Post a slow year for movies in 2020-21, due to the pandemic throwing production schedules and distribution deals for a toss, 2022 really came through. The best 2022 movies came from around the country and the world. The year also saw the lines blur between conventional ‘mass’ Bollywood Cinema and regional cinema. The biggest blockbusters came from the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movie industries. Whether you're a fan of ‘masala’ blockbusters, indie films, or something in between, there's sure to be something for everyone. So we asked around the team, and put together a list of the best movies of 2022.
Best Movies of 2022
A movie that took the world by storm.
A big-budget spectacle, Rajamouli’s RRR is an anti-colonial drama revolving around two freedom fighters, played by Ram Charan and N.T. Rama Rao Jr. A rare yet roaring mix of genres, RRR is a mythological, action, bromance and superhero story all at once. The actors add substance to their roles, however, the biggest star of the movie is Rajamouli, who even makes a blink-and-miss appearance at the end. And what can we say about the music that’s not said better by a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination. It’s streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix and Zee5 now.
An immersive and entertaining retelling of Kannada folklore, Kantara took many by surprise. It is hard to pinpoint one thing that makes Kantara tick. The plot is rooted in Indian culture, the cinematography is breathtaking (a feat in its own considering the budget) and the music transports you to Karnataka villages. However, the one thing that shines through is Rishab Shetty. As writer, director and actor, Rishab has created nothing short of a miracle. Now streaming on Prime Video.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The sequel to the 2018 mega-hit "Black Panther," this film is set to continue the story of Wakanda and its people after they lose their king T’Challa. A fitting tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman for his defining role as Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler still manages to bring some of the focus back to the surviving members of the family, Queen Ramona and Shuri. It’s not the best MCU film ever made but is worth a watch. It’s available on Disney+ Hotstar now.
Avatar: The Way of Water
James Cameron's long-awaited sequel to his 2009 blockbuster finally hit the theatres in December 2022. Cameron takes us back to Pandora and life in water. His mastery over VFX and ability to create fantasy fiction, while still keeping it connected to real-world problems of today, is pure magic. With a talented cast and cutting-edge special effects, it’s a must-see film for fans of science fiction and action.
A reboot of the Batman film franchise, the movie directed by Matt Reeves stars Robert Pattinson as the titular character. It’s difficult to take a franchise that’s already legendary and make it your own. So props to Matt Reeves, for giving the neo-noir film a ‘70s crime drama feel, instead of a dazzling blockbuster. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video now!
Top Gun: Maverick
It’s difficult to describe Tom Cruise’s charisma in words. But Top Gun Maverick does a fine job of it on screen. 36 years after the release of the first film, Maverick does live up to the hype and the wait. Top Gun Maverick is a thrilling and entertaining action film that still holds up as well as the legendary first movie. Its iconic status as a classic of the genre is well-deserved, and it's a must-watch for fans of action and Tom Cruise. Catch it on Amazon Prime Video!
Dark comedy is at a very nascent stage in Bollywood, but this movie has surely attempted to bring it to the mainstream. The story is about a marginalised woman, played by Alia Bhatt, facing domestic abuse, and her journey of finding a way out of that situation with the help of her mother. The actors Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah and Vijay Varma are fabulous in their characters, adding a bit of dark humour to the most intense scenes. Stream it on Netflix!
Directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni, the Badhaai Do plot revolves around its two protagonists, Shardul and Sumi who enter, what is commonly referred to as, a ‘lavender marriage’. A marriage of convenience where a gay man and a lesbian woman marry each other to live with the accepted norms of society, often suppressing their queer selves. Starring Rajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles, the plot intensifies when their families start to demand a child. Watch out for Sheeba Chaddha and Seema Pahwa’s memorable performances! Catch it on Netflix now!
In the end, it isn’t letting go, but not saying goodbye properly that hurts the most. This one-liner summarised the whole concept of the Amitabh Bachchan, Neena Gupta, and Rashmika starred movie. This plot revolves around a small family of 5 in which the mother dies suddenly and forces the family to come back together. The parents (Amitabh Bachchan and Neena Gupta) tried connecting with their kids who are busy in their lives on multiple occasions, but the kids just took their parents for granted. This tear-jerking movie is based on a plot that we’re all vaguely familiar with in life and acts as an important reminder to not take your family for granted. Watch it on Netflix!
The man who made us walk with our shoulders tilted!
Pushpa Raj, played by the one and only Allu Arjun, is a coolie who rises in the world of the red sandalwood smuggling business. Along the way, he doesn’t shy from making an enemy or two. This rustic masala film is filled with punch dialogues, characters that speak in a Chittoor dialect and a story that’s rooted deep in the region it’s set in. Catch it on Prime Video today!
Ponniyin Selvan: Part I
A dream come true!
Mani Ratnam’s adaptation of this legendary book by Kalki, is finally a dream come true for Tamil filmmakers. Ponniyin Selvan is set in the Chola age during which the kingdom is threatened by external and internal forces. This star-studded film includes Vikram (Aditha Karikalan), Aishwariya Rai Bachchan (Nandini), Jayam Ravi (Arulmozhi Varman), Karthi (Vallavaraiyan Vanthiyathevan), Trisha (Kundavai) & many more top tier actors! You can watch it on Prime Video.
A new era has dawned on Tamil cinema in this list of top movies in 2022!
The four-film-old filmmaker, Lokesh Kanagaraj is one of the first to open a new cinematic universe dubbed ‘Lokiverse’, with none other than Ulaganayagan Kamal Hasan. This universe was hinted at to us in Vijay’s ‘Master.’ The story follows a series of murders of police officials. A black ops cop played by Fahadh Faasil goes after masked men in a mysterious gang, who have declared war on the system which is protecting a fearsome drug lord, Sandhanam (Vijay Sethupathi). Watch this blockbuster on Disney+ Hotstar!
Rocky's name always strikes fear into his foes.
KGF 2, undoubtedly one of the best movies of 2022, picks up where KGF1 dropped off. Now Rocky’s allies look up to him but the government sees him as a threat to law and order. Yash delivers another amazing performance in this sequel and keeps you invested in the movie, even during a few illogical scenes. But the screenplay, cuts, and sound effects all deserve a standing ovation! Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
The Kashmir Files
A bold yet tragic tale of the Kashmiri Pandit community in 1990.
Based on a true tragedy, The Kashmir Files sheds light on the pain, suffering, and struggle faced by the Kashmiri Pandits. The Pandits were a religious minority in the 1990s Kashmir valley, who were compelled to flee their homes by the Islamic militants. Embroiled in controversy regarding the violence depicted on screen, and is termed a ‘propaganda’ film, it’s still one you might want to watch and decide for yourself! Watch it on Zee5.
Monica, O My Darling
When passion takes the wrong turn!
Monica, O My Darling shows the story of a robotics expert who joins a murderous plot when a passionate affair takes a sudden turn. The movie has the perfect mix of ingredients for one of the best Bollywood movies in 2022 like plot twists, unpredictability, perfect casting and amazing acting. Rajkummar Rao delivers a very convincing performance to show why he is innocent yet slick. If you’re a Vasan Bala fan after watching ‘Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota’, this is a must watch on Netflix!
Jana Gana Mana
Who really speaks the truth?
In a country where political parties have long been using police vigilantism as a tool; Jana Gana Mana, a Malayalam mainstream movie starring Prithviraj discusses this issue in an engaging manner. The story revolves around a college professor getting killed and the public outcry that follows it. A lawyer (Prithviraj) and a cop (Suraj Venjaramoodu) try to unmask the real criminals behind the act. Jana Gana Mana is streaming on Netflix now.
Another reason why teachers are THE BEST!
Gargi stars Sai Pallavi who is a teacher from a struggling family, who sets out to prove her father’s innocence with the help of a juvenile advocate. This hard-hitting drama unfolds when her father is accused of child sexual abuse. Sai Pallavi shoulders the responsibility of this immersive movie which drives the plot. Watch this drama thriller on Sony Liv.
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect
The story of India’s biggest “spy.”
Directed and acted by R Madhavan, based on true events, Rocketry follows ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan who was framed for being a spy against India and was arrested in 1994. What follows is the gripping story of how Nambi continues to fight for justice against the people who falsely accused him of being a traitor. Catch this thriller on Amazon Prime Video or Voot.
A classic love story, etched into the times.
Lieutenant Ram, played by the evergreen Dulquer Salmaan, is an orphan who finds love in the toughest place after he receives a letter from a girl named Sita, played by Mrunal Thakur. After getting caught in jail, Ram writes a letter to Sita, which doesn’t reach her. Afreen, played by Rashmika Mandanna, tries to uncover what went down and track that letter. Watch this love story for the ages on Amazon Prime Video.
The quest to know their new life, filled with true identities and deep-rooted problems.
Wonder Women, directed by Anjali Menon, is a film about six pregnant ladies attending a parental class conducted by Nandita (Nadiya Moidu). The movie beautifully portrays the beliefs, confusions and questions regarding pregnancy and childbirth. Watch this beautiful movie on Sony Liv.
No Best movies 2022 list could be complete without a mention of 2022’s most memorable performance; Alia Bhatt in Gangubai Kathiawadi. Ignore the elaborate sets and the rose-tints, and at its core, The movie retells the story of a brave woman and her battle for women’s rights that goes back to the 1960s. Bhansali lets us travel along with Ganga, from her youth in a well-off family, to being sold to in Kamathipura, Mumbai’s infamous red light district. Watch it on Netflix now, and we assure you, you’ll never see Alia Bhatt or any other acting role the same way again.
Turns that frown upside down!
“If you are lucky, a dog will come into your life,” is the opening lines in 777 Charlie. The movie is about the bond and connection between Dharma played by Rakshit Shetty and Charlie, our four-legged star of the film. The life-changing road trip with Dharma and Charlie, who have been through their share of life-scarring moments, turns into how they found happiness with each other.
1. What is the best movie in 2022 so far?
Avatar 2, Top Gun Maverick and RRR are tied for the best movie in 2022.
2. What is the best Netflix movie in 2022?
Monica, O My Darling is undoubtedly the best movie in 2022.
3. What is the best Disney+ movie in 2022?
Best Disney+ Hotstar in 2022 goes to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
4. Which movie has the highest rating in 2022?
Top Gun: Maverick is the highest rated movie in 2022 with an IMDb rating of 8.3/10.