Top 25 Films Of 2018

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The year 2018 ushered in great movies, this list was collated based on viewer’s choice, ranking at the Box office and amount racked worldwide.

Top films 2018

The year 2018 ushered in great movies, this list was collated based on viewer’s choice, ranking at the Box office and amount racked worldwide.

Billionaire Boys Club

An American biographical crime drama film directed by James Cox starring Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey, Emma Roberts, and Judd Nelson. The movie is based on the real-life Billionaire Boys Club from Southern California during the 1980s, a group of rich teenagers who get involved in a Ponzi scheme and eventual murder.

Billionaire Boys Club has released 17 July 2018.

24.

A private war

In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the front lines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado.

Directed by Matthew Heineman, starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander, Stanley Tucci, and Faye Marsay. Released 16 November 2018, grossed over $1,583 million.

23.

Badtimes at the El Royale

The El Royale is a run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager, and the mysterious Billy Lee converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong.

The movie stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman, and Chris Hemsworth, was directed by Drew Goddard.

Released 12 October 2018, Badtimes at the El Royale grossed over $18 million worldwide.

22.

The Meg

Expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, and Cliff Curtis. Meg was released 10 August 2018 and grossed $315,960,074 worldwide.

21.

The Nun

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Directed by Corin Hardy and stars Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet.

Released 7 September 2018, grossed over $360 worldwide.

20.

Gringo

A crime comedy film about businessman Harold Soyinka who finds himself in a web of lies, an experimental marijuana pill, a back-stabbing business colleagues, local drug lords, and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary.

Directed by Nash Edgerton, starring  David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley.

Released 9 March 2018 Gringo grossed over  $11 million worldwide.

19.

Ready Player One

A science fiction film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, set in 2045 when much of humanity uses the virtual reality software OASIS to escape the desolation of the real world. Wade Watts (Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS and joins several allies to try to complete the game before a large company run by businessman Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn) can take control.

Produced by Steven Spielberg starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, TJ Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance, the movie was released 29 March 2018 and grossed  $582,218,455 worldwide.

18.

Crazy Rich Asian

A romantic comedy-drama about an American-born Chinese economics professor (Rachel Chu), who accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, where she learned that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives, and Nick’s disapproving mother.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, and packed with Asian stars such as  Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Nico Santos, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh.

Crazy Rich Asian was released August 15, 2018, and grossed over $238 million worldwide

17.

Annihilation

A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone but does not find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist.

Directed by Alex Garland, stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.

Released 23 February 2018, grossed over $32 million worldwide.

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16.

Blackkklansman

A biographical drama about another provocative exploration of American race relations. In the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. He sets out to prove his worth by infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and convinces his Jewish colleague (Adam Driver) to go undercover as a white supremacist.

Directed by Spike Lee, Blackkklansman was released 10 August 2018 and grossed over $25 million worldwide.

15.

A Quiet place

Two parents do what it takes to keep their children safe in a world full of creatures hunting every sound they can hear. Not a sound can be heard from the family hiding in silence, but all it takes is one noise and everything can go wrong.

The film stars John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe.

Released  6 April 2018, grossed $332,583,447 worldwide.

14.

Hunter killer

American submarine Captain Joe Glass is on the hunt for a US submarine in distress in the Arctic Ocean. He soon learns that a secret Russian coup is in the offing, a conspiracy that threatens to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Glass must assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to sneak through enemy waters, rescue the kidnapped Russian president and prevent World War III.

The movie stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, and Michael Nyqvist was directed by Donovan Marsh.

Released 26 October 2018 and grossed over $20 million (and counting)

13.

First-man

A Biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon. Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel.

Directed by Damien Chazelle and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring  Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, alongside Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas.

Released 12 October 2018 and grossed over $44,803,035 worldwide.

12.

The Hate You Give

the movie is about Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds the poor, (black neighborhood) and the wealthy,(white neighborhood). The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must decide to stand up for her dead friend.

Directed by George Tillman Jr., it stars  Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby etc. release 19 October 2018, the hate you give grossed over $29million worldwide.

11.

Creed II

In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former US champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world. Against the wishes of trainer Rocky Balboa, Apollo’s son Adonis Johnson accepts a challenge from Drago’s son another dangerous fighter. Under guidance from Rocky, Adonis trains for the showdown of his life a date with destiny that soon becomes his obsession. Now, Johnson and Balboa must confront their shared legacy as the past comes back to haunt each man.

Directed by Steven Caple Jr, starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Wood Harris, and Phylicia Rashad.

10.

Widows

This is a heist story about four women who unite after police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago.

Directed by Steve McQueen, Widows stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson.

Release 16 November 2018, Widows has gross $42 million and counting.

9.

Mile 22

A modern action thriller about an elite CIA task force composed of paramilitary officers from Ground Branch of Special Activities Division, that has to escort a high-priority asset 22 miles to an extraction point while being hunted by the government.

Directed by Peter Berg,  starring  Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, and Ronda Rousey.

Released 17 August 2018 and grossed over $14 million worldwide.

8.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Its biographical film about the British rock band Queen, the film traces the rise of the musical band, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered norms to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid.

Directed by Bryan Singer, and produced by Graham King and former Queen manager Jim Beach. The movie stars Rami Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers in supporting roles.

Bohemian Rhapsody was release 2 November 2018 and grossed over $175.7 million.

7.

A star is born

An absolutely incredible movie about seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally  (Lady Gaga) when she was about to give up on her dream as a singer.

A musical romantic drama, produced and directed by Bradley Cooper (his directorial debut), starring Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott.

A star is born was release August 31, 2018, and grossed over $370.5 million worldwide.

6.

Solo: A star wars story

Movies about the adventure of Han Solo when he joins forces with a gang of galactic smugglers and a Wookie named Chewbacca. His encounter with Qi’ra, (Emilia Clarke) Lando Calrissian, (Donald Glover). Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium.

Directed by Ron Howard, it stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany. It is the second Star Wars anthology film following Rogue One (2016). The movie was released 25 May 2018 and grossed over $392 million worldwide.

5.

Equalizer 2

The movie is about retired US Marine and ex-CIA agent Robert McCall as he sets out to avenge the death of his friend and former colleague Susan Plummer. Robert McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who’ll stop at nothing to destroy him.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, stars Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman.

Released 20 July 2018, grossed over $124 million worldwide.

4.

Black Panther

Prince T’Challa returns home after the death of his father. When a powerful enemy (Killmonger) challenge him for the throne, putting the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

Released 16 February 2018, Black panther grossed $1,347,071,259 worldwide.

3.

Jurassic world: Fallen Kingdom

After the destruction of the Jurassic World park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

Directed by J A Bayona, starring  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, and Jeff Goldblum.

Released 22 June 2018 and grossed $1,304,902,710 worldwide.

2.

Deadpool 2

A superhero film based on the Marvel Comics forms a team of mutant to protect a young boy (Firefist) from the time-traveling cyborg, Cable.

Director David Leitch was able to live up to the standard set by the initial movies. The combination of  Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Josh Brolin (Cable) and Zazie Beetz (Domino) was remarkable. Deadpool 2 was released May 18, 2018, and grossed $734,245,921 worldwide.

1.

Avengers: Infinity War

The much-awaited arrival of Thanos came in 2018, with his mission to unite all six infinity stones and inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Calling again on the Avengers and its allies to defend the fate of the entire universe

Directed by the Russo brothers, the movie features A-list cast such as Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin etc.

Avengers: infinity war was release 23 April 2018 and grossed  $2,047,675,173 worldwide.

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