The Best Movies From 2018 You May Have Missed

It is said that movies reflect society. This couldn’t be truer for the films that came out in 2018. Here are some movie masterpieces you may have missed.

Widows - Steve McQueen

2018 was a good year for cinephiles. From action blockbusters like Mission: Impossible — Fallout to mesmerising melodramas like A Star is Born, moviegoers were thrilled to the bone.

Whether Infinity War inspired you to be heroic, Bohemian Rhapsody made you nostalgic, Deadpool 2 made you cry with laughter or Ocean’s 8 made you want to gamble big on websites like, there was something for everyone.

But, 2018 was a big year for small films than bigger ones, because many amazing movies didn’t come to everyone’s attention. Here’s the list of the best movies of 2018 you may have missed.

Leave No Trace

Writer-director Debra Granik returns eight years after her last fictional feature, 2010’s Winter’s Bone. The movie is a pensive, prickly character study about a father-daughter duo living off the grid illegally in Pacific Northwest national forests. Granik has once again teamed with co-screenwriter Anne Rosellini and cinematographer Michael McDonough to detail the ins and outs of her character’s isolated circumstances. She focuses on the trauma that’s driven Foster’s dad away from society and the tension developing between him and his daughter who has difficulties following in her father’s footsteps.

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

Joel and Ethan Coen create a bountiful anthology of Western tales that bestows this classic genre with love while simultaneously scrutinising it with passion. You’ll find yourself in the shoes of Liam Neeson’s showman trying to get his show on the road with an armless and legless performer, Tom Waits’ prospector searching for gold, and James Franco’s desperado attempting to rob a remote prairie bank. The Coens’ six tales go from jaunty to gloomy along with plenty of humour and pessimism. It is, of course, laced with a fatalism that’s emblematic of the brothers’ finest work.


Hirokazu Kore-eda has many beautifully told Japanese domestic dramas under his belt, but Shoplifters takes it a few levels deep. The movie centres on a semi-homeless family that struggles to make ends meet, resorting to any means necessary. They end up taking in a young, runaway girl and grow fond of her just like the audience. This Palme d’Or winner sets things up through intimacy and empathy only to end in a crushing fall. The movie earns every bit of hope it allows and seeing the end coming doesn’t make the finale any less heartbreaking.

First Reformed

First Reformed - Ethan Hawke (Directed by Paul Schrader)

Paul Schrader’s bleak look at humanity and the world at large forces viewers to question their fundamentals in this movie. A writer-turned-director, Schrader’s work is a mix of the bold and brilliant and the misunderstood and, a times, downright rubbish. First Reformed is very much the former, a piece of horror marked with penitence that wonders whether humanity deserves to survive after what it’s done to Earth. Playing Reverend Toller, a man whose beliefs crumble into chaos, Ethan Hawke gives a performance of the year and, possibly, his career.


Best British Films of 2018 - Widows

This masterpiece of a movie avoided the mantra of mixing topicality and entertainment and instead went on to explore various patriarchal systems and invalidate every one of them. Taking an impressive $42 million in the United States (according to figures listed by, and ranked one of the top 10 British films of 2018 by Top 10 Films, the film is about the widows of a blown up all-male criminal gang that decides to finish their husband’s final job, but more so, it is about female empowerment. Directed and co-written by Steve McQueen, the cast is anchored by the brilliant Viola Davis. The movie can only be described as a genre film that transcends its genre.

Amilia Totten
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Amilia Totten is a freelance writer, photographer and erstwhile time-waster. Her eclectic film favourites include the latest Hollywood blockbuster to European avant-garde and the joys of Bollywood.

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