The Best 2021 Movies to Stream in 2022
Did you miss these the first time around? Here’s your chance to catch up.
Last year saw a number of big Hollywood blockbuster films, as well as expansions on many franchises. In case you missed any of them, here’s our list of the top 10 movies released in 2021 that you can stream today. (Warning: spoiler alert.) We’ll see if 2022’s films can top these, in terms of performance, visual effects or any other way!
In this adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel of the same name, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his family, the noble House Atreides, travel to the hostile and dangerous desert planet Arrakis, where they meet the Fremen people and are pushed into a war against the House Harkonnen clan. The cliff-hanger ending does a fantastic job of setting things up for a sequel! Find out where to stream it here.
2. Black Widow
This edition of the Marvel franchise takes place after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, where we saw Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) on the run and forced to deal with her past and her relationship with her surrogate sister, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). Indeed, this film begins with scenes of the two from their childhood and shows how they became Black Widow agents in the first place. But though Romanoff and Belova seem to be continually in a state of conflict, they find themselves working together again for a common goal. Find out where to stream it here.
3. No Time to Die
No Time to Die is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final appearance as the dapper British secret agent James Bond. Here, he plays a Bond who has left MI6 and moved to Jamaica. His retirement doesn’t last long, however, as he’s soon called upon to find kidnapped MI6 scientist Valdo Obruchev (David Dencik), who had been working on a bioweapon called Project Heracles, which infects and kills people through DNA. Find out where to stream it here.
4. Godzilla vs. Kong
The two monsters clash yet again, this time on both land and sea. The film begins on Skull Island where Kong lives, and where we meet the orphan girl Jia (Kaylee Hottle) with whom Kong has developed a bond. The plot begins unfolding when scientist Nathan Lind convinces Kong expert Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) to have the huge gorilla locate a power source in the Hollow Earth. Meanwhile, Godzilla has been attacking cities for seemingly no reason, and then begins attacking Kong as well … yet at the end, the pair surprisingly team up. Find out where to stream it here.
5. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
With this return to the Conjuring universe, the demonologist duo Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) face one of their scariest cases yet. The film is loosely based on the 1981 trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who murdered his landlord because he claimed to have been possessed, as well as Gerald Brittle’s book The Devil in Connected, written about the trial. The Warrens set out to investigate the killing, which becomes the first American murder trial to use the defense of demonic possession. Find out where to stream it here.
6. Mortal Kombat
The newest iteration of Mortal Kombat follows Cole Young (Lewis Tan), a former MMA fighter who doesn’t know how his lineage is attached to martial arts champions although he has a dragon mark, which others who have been chosen to fight for Earthrealm also bear. Young is being hunted by the assassin Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), who killed Young’s ancestor Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada). Eventually he discovers that he must awaken his special power (his “arcana”) in order to defeat the Outworld villain. Find out where to stream it here.
7. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
This is the first Marvel movie helmed by an Asian director and featuring a largely Asian cast. It tells the story of martial arts master Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), who leaves China for America after training vigorously underneath his father, Wenwu’s (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) Ten Rings organization and suffering his father’s cruelty. Eventually an epic fight ensues between Wenwu and Shang-Chi, as the pair battle over control of the weapon, the ten rings. Find out where to stream it here.
8. Free Guy
In comparison to some of the other films in this list, Free Guy is lighthearted fare. The central character is Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a bank teller who leads a blissful life until he finds out that his world isn’t real. Cue Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer), otherwise known as Molotov Girl, who tells him that he’s actually a non-player character in a huge multiplayer online video game. Guy eventually becomes the hero by saving his friends from being deleted by the game’s creator, Antwan Hovachelik (Taika Waititi). Find out where to stream it here.
9. The Suicide Squad
The premise: A convict taskforce is recruited by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to travel to the island nation of Corto Maltese to eradicate any evidence of an experimental, gigantic alien starfish called Starro the Conqueror. What the crew doesn’t know is that the American government secretly is behind it all, though when Starro escapes, Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) has his suspicions and tries to find proof of the plot. The rest of the Squad decides to save the city, and Waller finally gets her just desserts. Find out where to stream it here.
10. F9: The Fast Saga
The latest installation of the Fast and Furious franchise, F9: The Fast Saga sees Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) living off the grid with their son, Little Brian (Brian Marcos). However, their peace is short-lived when they uncover a plan by Dom’s estranged brother Jakob (John Cena), who, with his associate Otto (Thue Ersted Rasmussen), is trying to steal a super weapon called Project Aries. Both sides face off in Tbilisi, where the villains trigger the device … but, rest assured, all is right in the end. Find out where to stream it here.
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