Best Movies of the Year: 2022

Like windows, movies help us see out of our world and into others. Good movies are easy to come by, but our Editorial Director Betsy Bozdech and Senior Editor of DVD & Streaming Beth Pratt masterfully sifted through the good to uncover the truly great. These titles from 2022 have impressed us with their meaningful themes, including friendship, adventure, courage, and overcoming adversity. They've stood out as entertaining family favorites, sure to capture the hearts of viewers of all ages. Above all, they're wide-open windows into the minds of memorable characters who can teach us more about the world around us—and, by extension, ourselves. Check out these great selections, and don't miss the rest of our favorite media picks from this year, linked below.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2022 favorites: TV | Books | Video Games | Podcasts | U.K. Films

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed Poster
MOVIE

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience

age 3+

Musical has big lesson, huge heart that all ages will love.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Ivy + Bean Movie Poster
MOVIE

Ivy + Bean

age 5+

Fun book-based movie has some taunts, imagined peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Luck Movie Poster
MOVIE

Luck

age 5+

Colorful, charming animated tale has positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
The Bad Guys Poster Image
MOVIE

The Bad Guys

age 6+

Book-based animated heist is so fun, it's criminal.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Lightyear Movie Poster
MOVIE

Lightyear

age 6+

Buzz origin story is exceptionally animated and inclusive.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Polar Bear Movie Poster
MOVIE

Polar Bear

age 6+

Docu has majestic footage, positive lessons, natural perils.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Movie Poster
MOVIE

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

age 8+

Sweet, poignant mockumentary goes small to make big points.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Rescued by Ruby Movie Poster
MOVIE

Rescued by Ruby

age 8+

Heartwarming true story has peril, positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
The Sea Beast Movie Poster
MOVIE

The Sea Beast

age 8+

Swashbuckling adventure has kid role model, monster attacks.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Sneakerella Movie Poster
MOVIE

Sneakerella

age 8+

NYC Cinderella musical has diverse cast, positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Better Nate Than Ever Movie Poster
MOVIE

Better Nate Than Ever

age 10+

Book-based tween musical celebrates differences, diversity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Turning Red Poster Image
MOVIE

Turning Red

age 10+

Pixar coming-of-age tale explores puberty and parent issues.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Thirteen Lives Movie Poster
MOVIE

Thirteen Lives

age 11+

Teamwork, ingenuity shine in excellent, intense true story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Wendell & Wild: Movie Poster
MOVIE

Wendell & Wild

age 11+

Inclusive stop-motion film has supernatural scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: Movie Poster
MOVIE

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

age 12+

Epic, women-led sequel is part tribute, part intense battle.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Catherine Called Birdy movie poster
MOVIE

Catherine Called Birdy

age 12+

Heartfelt medieval comedy adaptation tackles adult themes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
The Bob's Burgers Movie Poster
MOVIE

The Bob's Burgers Movie

age 13+

Charming, quirky TV spin-off celebrates family, community.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Cyrano Movie Poster
MOVIE

Cyrano

age 13+

Swoon-worthy musical take on classic romance; some violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Till Movie Poster
MOVIE

Till

age 13+

Unflinching drama about loss, love, impact of racism.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2022)
See full review
Marvelous and the Black Hole Movie Poster
MOVIE

Marvelous and the Black Hole

age 14+

Charming, moving coming-of-age tale has smoking, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
See full review