Best Films of 2021

Selected by Piero Scaruffi
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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus mine.

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.


Special section: The 2021 Film Festivals

Sundance (jan):
Fran Kranz: Mass
Sian Heder: CODA
Amalia Ulman: El Planeta
Dash Shaw: Cryptozoo
Iuli Gerbase: The Pink Cloud
Ana Katz: The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet
Jane Schoenbrun: We're All Going to the World's Fair
Rebecca Hall: Passing
Blerta Basholli: Zgjoi/ Hive
Christopher Makoto Yogi: I Was a Simple Man
Theo Anthony: All Light Everywhere
Ben Wheatley: In The Earth
Jerrod Carmichael: On the Count of Three
Lyle Mitchell Corbine: Wild Indian
Shaka King: Judas and the Black Messiah
Jonas Poher Rasmussen: Flee
Ninja Thyberg: Pleasure
Natalia Almada: Users
Robin Wright: Land


Berlin (feb):
Radu Jude: Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Alexandre Koberidze: What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
Denes Nagy: Natural Light
Le Bao: Taste
Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Andreas Fontana: Azor
Sang-soo Hong: Introduction
Alice Diop: We
Denis Cote: Social Hygiene
Celine Sciamma: Petite Maman
Cannes (may):
Joachim Trier: The Worst Person in the World
Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Drive my Car
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Memoria
Gaspar Noe: Vortex
Joanna Hogg: The Souvenir Part II
Kira Kovalenko: Unclenching the Fists
Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic: Murina
Semih Kaplanoglu: Baglilik Hasan/ Commitment Hasan
Asghar Farhadi: A Hero
Julia Ducournau : Titane
Kogonada: After Yang
Nadav Lapid: Ahed's Knee
Juho Kuosmanen: Hytti No 6/ Compartment No 6
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: Lingui
Mamoru Hosoda: Belle
Venezia (aug):
Paolo Sorrentino: E` stata la mano di Dio/ The Hand Of God
Jake Wachtel: Karmalink
Paul Schrader: The Card Counter
Valentyn Vasyanovych: Vidblysk/ Reflection
Teemu Nikki: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic
Ana Lily Amirpour: Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon
Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupo: Captain Volkonogov Escaped
New York (oct):
Joachim Trier: The Worst Person in the World
Radu Jude: Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Drive my Car
Joanna Hogg: The Souvenir Part II
Nadav Lapid: Ahed's Knee
Joel Coen: The Tragedy of Macbeth

Toronto (sep):
Joachim Trier: The Worst Person in the World
Kenneth Branagh: Belfast
Maria Schrader: I'm Your Man
Julia Ducournau : Titane
Jane Campion: The Power of the Dog
Stephen Karam: The Humans
Juho Kuosmanen: Hytti No 6/ Compartment No 6
Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Drive my Car
Celine Sciamma: Petite Maman
Melanie Laurent: The Mad Women's Ball
Michael Showalter: The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Jean Luc Herbulot: Saloum
John Michael McDonagh: The Forgiven

Ratings for the 2021 season

MUST SEE...:

7.3 Joachim Trier: The Worst Person in the World
7.3 Andreas Fontana: Azor
7.2 Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Drive my Car
7.2 Radu Jude: Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
7.2 Alexandre Koberidze: What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
7.1 Denes Nagy: Natural Light
7.1 David Lowery: The Green Knight
7.1 Le Bao: Taste
7.1 Fran Kranz: Mass
7.1 Sian Heder: CODA
7.1 Amalia Ulman: El Planeta
7.1 Dash Shaw: Cryptozoo
7.1 Iuli Gerbase: The Pink Cloud
7.1 Ana Katz: The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet
7.1 Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Memoria
7.1 Gaspar Noe: Vortex
7.1 Joanna Hogg: The Souvenir Part II
7.1 Kira Kovalenko: Unclenching the Fists
7.1 Kenneth Branagh: Belfast
7.0 Maria Schrader: I'm Your Man
7.0 Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic: Murina
7.0 Stephen Karam: The Humans
7.0 Joel Coen: The Tragedy of Macbeth
7.0 Paolo Sorrentino: E` stata la mano di Dio/ The Hand Of God
7.0 Jake Wachtel: Karmalink
7.0 Paul Schrader: The Card Counter
7.0 Semih Kaplanoglu: Baglilik Hasan/ Commitment Hasan
7.0 Asghar Farhadi: A Hero
7.0 Julia Ducournau : Titane
7.0 Haider Rashid: Europa
7.0 Omar El Zohairi: Feathers
7.0 Mathieu Amalric: Hold Me Tight
7.0 Saul Williams: Neptune Frost
7.0 Nadav Lapid: Ahed's Knee
7.0 Ainsley Gardiner & Briar Grace Smith: Cousins
7.0 SK Dale: Till Death
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: No Sudden Move
7.0 Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
7.0 Andreas Fontana: Azor
7.0 Sang-soo Hong: Introduction
7.0 Alice Diop: We
7.0 Denis Cote: Social Hygiene
7.0 Celine Sciamma: Petite Maman
7.0 Jane Schoenbrun: We're All Going to the World's Fair
7.0 Rebecca Hall: Passing
7.0 Blerta Basholli: Zgjoi/ Hive
7.0 Christopher Makoto Yogi: I Was a Simple Man
7.0 Theo Anthony: All Light Everywhere
7.0 Jerrod Carmichael: On the Count of Three
7.0 Lyle Mitchell Corbine: Wild Indian
7.0 Simon Stone: The Dig
7.0 Shaka King: Judas and the Black Messiah
7.0 Ben Wheatley: In The Earth
7.0 Michael Sarnoski: Pig
7.0 Juho Kuosmanen: Hytti No 6/ Compartment No 6
7.0 Kogonada: After Yang
7.0 Mamoru Hosoda: Belle
7.0 Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: Lingui
7.0 Tom McCarthy: Stillwater
7.0 Lyle Mitchell Corbine: Wild Indian
7.0 Maria Schrader: I'm Your Man
7.0 James Ashcroft: Coming Home in the Dark
7.0 Jane Campion: The Power of the Dog
7.0 Valdimar Johannsson: Lamb
SO SO...:

6.9 Enrico Casarosa: Luca
6.9 Jonas Poher Rasmussen: Flee
6.9 Ninja Thyberg: Pleasure
6.9 Natalia Almada: Users
6.9 Robin Wright: Land
6.9 Oliver Hermanus: Moffie
6.9 Ramin Bahrani: The White Tiger
6.9 Sang-soo Hong: In Front of Your Face
6.9 Vincent LePort: Bruno Reidal Confessions Of A Murderer
6.9 Jim Jarmusch: Broken Flowers
6.9 Tatiano Huezo: Prayers For The Stolen
6.9 Jean Luc Herbulot: Saloum
6.9 John Michael McDonagh: The Forgiven
6.8 Vladimir Johannsson: Lamb
6.8 Vesela Kazakova & Mina Mileva: Women Do Cry
6.8 Clio Barnard: Ali & Ava
6.8 Justin Chon: Blue Bayou
6.8 Leos Carax: Annette
6.8 Abel Ferrara: Siberia
6.8 Argyris Papadimitropoulos: Monday
6.8 Joe and Anthony Russo: Cherry
6.8 J Blakeson: I Care a Lot
6.8 Corinna Faith: The Power
6.8 Khyentse Norbu: Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache
6.8 Ben Sharrock: Limbo
6.8 Tran Quoc Bao: The Paper Tigers
6.8 Euros Lyn: Dream Horse
6.8 Suzanne Lindon: Spring Blossom
6.8 Mia Hansen-Love: Bergman Island
6.8 Sean Baker: Red Rocket
6.8 Valentyn Vasyanovych: Vidblysk/ Reflection
6.8 Teemu Nikki: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic
6.8 Sarah Adina Smith: Birds of Paradise
6.8 Melanie Laurent: The Mad Women's Ball
6.8 Frida Kempff: Knocking
6.8 Claudia Llosa: Fever Dream
6.8 Alex Camilleri: Luzzu
6.7 Fran Kranz: Mass
6.7 Rodrigo Garcia: Four Good Days
6.7 Ana Lily Amirpour: Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon
6.7 Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupo: Captain Volkonogov Escaped
6.7 Naomi Kawase: True Mothers
6.7 Nikole Beckwith: Together Together
6.6 Jon Chu: In the Heights
6.6 Lena Khan: Flora & Ulysses
6.6 Mona Fastvold: The World to Come
6.6 Rob Savage: Dashcam
6.6 Ruth Paxton: A Banquet
6.6 Kate Dolan: You Are Not My Mother
6.5 Theodore Melf: The Starling
6.5 Danis Goulet: Night Raiders
6.5 Hany Abu-Assad: Huda's Salon
6.5 Clio Barnard: Ali & Ava
6.5 Terence Davies: Benediction
6.5 Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: Lingui
6.5 Sian Heder: CODA
6.5 Kirill Serebrennikov: Petrov's Flu
6.5 Sebastian Meise: Great Freedom
6.5 Nabil Ayouch: Casablanca Beats
6.5 Wes Anderson: The French Dispatch
6.5 Justin Kurzel: Nitram
6.5 Miguel Gomes & Maureen Fazendeiro: The Tsugua Diaries
6.5 Ari Folman: Where Is Anne Frank
6.5 Antoine Fuqua: Infinite
6.5 Chris McKay: The Tomorrow War
6.5 Jimmy Giannopoulos: The Birthday Cake
6.5 Michael Chaves: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
6.5 Michael Haussman: Edge of the World
6.5 Kerem Sanga: The Violent Heart
6.5 Taylor Sheridan: Those Who Wish Me Dead
6.5 Alexandre Aja: Oxygen
6.5 Robert Machoian: The Killing of Two Lovers
6.5 Stephen Johnson: High Ground
6.5 David Charbonier & Justin Powell: The Djinn
6.5 Kevin Macdonald: The Mauritanian
6.5 Ilya Naishuller: Nobody
6.5 Dusty Mancinelli & Madeleine Sims-Fewer: Violation
6.5 Bettina Oberli: My Wonderful Wanda
6.5 Rodrigo Bellott: Tu Me Manques
6.5 Michael Rianda: The Mitchells vs. the Machines
6.5 Wagner Moura: Marighella
6.5 Natalie Morales: Plan B
6.5 Tom McCarthy: Stillwater
6.5 Jacques Audiard: Paris 13th District
6.5 Agnieszka Holland: Charlatan
6.5 Arie Esiri & Chuko Esiri: Eyimofe
6.5 John Pollono: Small Engine Repair
6.5 Xavier Giannoli: Illusions Perdues/ Lost Illusions
6.5 Potsy Ponciroli: Old Henry
6.5 Michel Franco: Sundown
6.5 Yvan Attal: Les Choses Humaines/ The Accusation
6.5 Mario Martone: Qui Rido Io
6.5 Leonardo di Costanzo: Ariaferma
6.5 Audrey Diwan: L'Evenement/Happening
6.5 Amalia Ulman: El Planeta
6.5 Clint Eastwood: Cry Macho
6.5 David Yarovesky: Nightbooks
6.5 Evgeny Ruman: Golden Voices
6.5 Gillian Wallace Horvat: I Blame Society
6.5 Eric Andre : Bad Trip
6.5 Tim Hill: The SpongeBob Movie - Sponge on the Run
6.5 Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Guzen to Sozo/ Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
6.5 John Ridley: Needle in a Timestack
Passable...:

6.4 Jonathan Butterell: Everybody's Talking About Jamie
6.4 John Krasinski: A Quiet Place II
6.4 Edgar Wright: Last Night in Soho
6.4 Pablo Larrain: Spencer
6.4 Denis Villeneuve: Dune
6.4 Clark Johnson: Percy vs Goliath
6.4 Zack Snyder: Army of the Dead
6.4 Ian Samuels: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
6.4 Josh Greenbaum: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
6.4 John Lee Hancock: The Little Things
6.4 Lee Daniels: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
6.4 Guy Ritchie: Wrath of Man
6.4 Kirk DeMicco & Brandon Jeffords: Vivo
6.4 Michael Showalter: The Eyes of Tammy Faye
6.4 David Charbonier & Justin Powell: The Boy Behind the Door
6.3 Julie Delpy: My Zoe
6.2 Stephanie Chuat & Veronique Reymond: My Little Sister
6.2 Michael Parks Randa & Lauren Smitelli: Best Summer Ever
6.2 Sara Colangelo: Worth
6.2 Sion Sono: Prisoners of the Ghostland
6.1 Ricky Staub: Concrete Cowboy
6.0 Chris Appelhans: Wish Dragon
6.0 Jonathan Hensleigh: The Ice Road
6.0 Leigh Janiak: Fear Street
6.0 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: Toofaan
6.0 Karthik Subbaraj: Jagame Thandhiram
6.0 Matt Thompson: America - The Motion Picture
6.0 Alister Grierson: Bloody Hell
6.0 Michael Fimognari: To All the Boys - Always and Forever
6.0 Days of the Bagnold Summer
6.0 Andrei Konchalovsky: Sin
6.0 Gitanjali Rao: Bombay Rose
6.0 Pal Oie: The Tunnel
6.0 Grear Patterson: Giants Being Lonely
6.0 Jeff Rosenberg: We Broke Up
6.0 Samad Zarmandili: Beate
6.0 Anthony Chen: Wet Season
6.0 Kelly Oxford: Pink Skies Ahead
6.0 Haifaa Al-Mansour: The Perfect Candidate
6.0 David White: This Town
6.0 Caroline Link: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
6.0 Robert Connolly: The Dry
6.0 Ildiko Enyedi: The Story Of My Wife
6.0 Arnaud Larrieu & Jean-Marie Larrieu: Tralala
6.0 Paul Verhoeven: Benedetta
6.0 Bruno Dumont: France
6.0 Aleksey German: House Arrest
6.0 Leila Bouzid: A Tale Of Love And Desire
6.0 Night Shyamalan: Old
6.0 Israel Cardenas & Laura Amelia Guzman: Holy Beasts
6.0 Quentin Dupieux: Mandibles
6.0 Lodewijk Crijns: Tailgate
6.0 James Gunn: The Suicide Squad
6.0 Maximiliano Contenti: The Last Matinee
6.0 Pascual Sisto: John and the Hole
6.0 Shawn Levy: Free Guy
6.0 Rodo Sayagues: Dont Breathe 2
6.0 Liesl Tommy: Respect
6.0 Kay Cannon: Cinderella
6.0 Vicente Amorim: Yakuza Princess
6.0 Natalie Morales: Language Lessons
6.0 Maggie Gyllenhaal: The Lost Daughter
6.0 Pedro Almodovar: Madres Paralelas/ Parallel Mothers
6.0 Jan Matuszynski: Zeby nie bylo Sladow/ Leave No Traces
6.0 Gabriele Mainetti: Freaks Out
6.0 Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo: America Latina
6.0 Thomas Kruithof: Les Promesses
6.0 Antoine Barraud: Madeleine Collins
6.0 Ridley Scott: The Last Duel
6.0 Mariano Cohn & Gaston Duprat: Competencia Oficial/ Official Competition
6.0 Stephanie Brize: Un Autre Monde/ Another World
6.0 Roberto Ando`: Il Bambino Nascosto
6.0 Francesco Lettieri: Lovely Boy
6.0 Bruce La Bruce: Saint-Narcisse
6.0 SJ Chiro: East of the Mountains
6.0 Nicole Riegel: Holler
6.0 Todd Stephens: Swan Song
6.0 Benoit Jacquot: Suzanna Andler
6.0 Tommy Wirkola: The Trip
YUCK!...:

5.9 Glendyn Ivin: Penguin Bloom
5.8 Robert Lorenz: The Marksman
5.8 Cathy Yan: Dead Pigs
5.8 Simon Barrett: Seance
5.7 Doug Liman: Chaos Walking
5.7 Don Hall & Carlos Lopez Estrada: Raya and the Last Dragon
5.6 Eddie Huang: Boogie
5.6 Jude Weng: Finding Ohana
5.5 Sia: Music
5.5 Stefano Mordini: La Scoula Cattolica
5.5 Celine Sciamma: Mi Iubita Mon Amour
5.5 Nanni Moretti: Tre Piani
5.5 Oskar Roehler: Enfant Terrible
5.5 Timur Bekmambetov: Profile
5.5 Alex McAulay: Don't Tell a Soul
5.5 Jonah Feingold: Dating & New York
5.5 Tiller Russell: Silk Road
5.5 BenDavid Grabinski: Happily
5.5 Joe Lawlor & Christine Molloy: Rose Plays Julie
5.5 Neil Burger: Voyagers
5.5 Ryuichi Hiroki: Ride or Die
5.5 Christoph Waltz: Georgetown
5.5 Eytan Fox: Sublet
5.5 Justin Lin: F9
5.5 Destin Cretton: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
5.5 Justin Chon: Blue Bayou
5.5 Stephen Chbosky: Dear Evan Hansen
5.2 Joe Carnahan: Boss Level
5.0 Kazik Radwanski: Anne at 13,000 Ft
5.0 David Gorden Green: Halloween Kills
5.0 Lorenzo Vigas: La Caja/ The Box
5.0 David Gordon Green: Halloween Kills
5.0 Carson Mell: Some of Our Stallions
5.0 Braden King: The Evening Hour
5.0 Trent O'Donnell: Ride the Eagle
5.0 Paul Weitz: Fatherhood
5.0 Prano Bailey-Bond: Censor
5.0 Ryan Crego: Arlo the Alligator Boy
5.0 Doug Liman: Locked Down
5.0 Nate Parker: American Skin
5.0 Vincent Paronnaud: Hunted
5.0 Edward Hall: Blithe Spirit
5.0 Jennifer Harrington: Shook
5.0 Nicholas Jarecki: Crisis
5.0 Jon Garcia: Luz
5.0 Espen Sandberg: Amundsen - The Greatest Expedition
5.0 Joe Penna: Stowaway
5.0 Nick Stagliano: The Virtuoso
5.0 Casimir Nozkowski: The Outside Story
5.0 Ivo van Aart: The Columnist
5.0 Inon Shampanier: Paper Spiders
5.0 Joe Wright: The Woman in the Window
5.0 Julio Quintana: Blue Miracle
5.0 Michael Polish: American Traitor
5.0 Arnaud Desplechin: Tromperie/ Deception
5.0 Catherine Corsini: La Fracture/ The Divide
5.0 Sean Penn: Flag Day
5.0 Chase Palmer: Naked Singularity
5.0 Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly: Queenpins
5.0 Nia DaCosta: Candyman
5.0 Neill Blomkamp: Demonic
5.0 Ferdinando Cito Filomarino: Beckett
5.0 Clay Tarver: Vacation Friends
5.0 Amber Sealey: No Man of God
5.0 Theodore Melfi: The Starling
5.0 Alan Taylor: The Many Saints of Newark
5.0 Antoine Fuqua: The Guilty
5.0 Karen Cinorre: Mayday
5.0 Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon: The Addams Family 2
5.0 Andy Serkis: Venom - Let There Be Carnage
5.0 Justin Corsbie: Hard Luck Love Song Review: A Glossy Take on a Gritty Tune
GASP!...:

4.9 Craig Brewer: Coming 2 America
4.8 Dominic Cooke: The Courier
4.6 Adam Wingard: Godzilla vs. Kong
4.5 Mikael Hafstrom: Outside the Wire
4.5 Vince Marcello: The Kissing Booth 3
4.5 Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin: Together
4.5 Sean Penn: Flag Day
4.5 Navot Papushado: Gunpowder Milkshake
4.5 Malcolm Lee: Space Jam - A New Legacy
4.5 Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini: Things Heard & Seen
4.5 Stefano Sollima: Tom Clancy's Without Remorse
4.5 Brett Leonard: Triumph
4.5 Darren Lynn Bousman: Spiral - From the Book of Saw
4.5 John Le: False Positive
4.5 David Charhon: The Last Mercenary
4.4 Evan Spiliotopoulos: The Unholy
4.2 Robert Schwentke: Snake Eyes
4.0 Baron Davis: Domino - Battle of the Bones
4.0 Elaine Bogan & Ennio Torresan: Spirit Untamed
4.0 Jean-Paul Salome': Mama Weed
4.0 Josh Lawson: Long Story Short
4.0 Mark Raso: Awake
4.0 Todd Randall: Under the Stadium Lights
4.0 Tom McGrath: The Boss Baby - Family Business
4.0 Will Gluck: Peter Rabbit 2 - The Runaway
4.0 Tim Story: Tom & Jerry
4.0 Amy Poehler: Moxie
4.0 Tim Hill: Sponge on the Run
4.0 Miguel Arteta: Yes Day
4.0 Devereux Milburn: Honeydew
4.0 Vaughn Stein: Every Breath You Take
4.0 Ben Falcone: Thunder Force
4.0 Simon McQuoid: Mortal Kombat
4.0 Cate Shortland: Black Widow
4.0 Jaume Collet-Serra: Jungle Cruise
4.0 Steven Tsuchida: Resort to Love
4.0 Martin Campbell: The Protege'
4.0 Mark Waters: Hes All That
4.0 Cal Brunker: Paw Patrol the Movie
4.0 Robert Cullen etc: My Little Pony - A New Generation
4.0 Adam Salk: Intrusion
4.0 Cary Joji Fukunaga: No Time to Die
4.0 Aharon Keshales: South of Heaven
4.0 Cary Joji Fukunaga: No Time to Die

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