2021 has been a crazy year due to the Pandemic, restrictions, lockdowns, but movies were still created every month. Did you know more than 12,000 movies were made alone in the year 2021?
During lockdowns, everyone watched movies either one day a week to almost every day, but it was to select which movies to watch. Therefore, almost everyone used the IMDB website to find out the rating, reviews, critics, and storyline before spending nearly 2 hours watching a movie.
In this article, we'll look at some of the best IMDB-rated movies that are popular based on reviews, critics scores, IMDB ratings, etc. By the end of this piece, you should have a pretty good idea of the best-rated movies in 2021 to watch if you haven't watched them until now
The 15 Best IMDB Rated movies of 2021
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Here are the best IMDB rated movies:
- Spider-Man: No Way Home
- Zack Snyder's Justice League
- Licorice Pizza
- West Side Story
- Tick, tick…BOOM!
- King Richard
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- The Tragedy of Macbeth
- No Time to Die
- Red Rocket
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife
- The French Dispatch
- Last Night in Soho
#1: Spider-Man: No Way Home
If you are a Marvel Studios fan with Action, Adventure, Fantasy, this movie is for you. Now revealed in this film, Spider-Man's identity is exposed as Peter Parker's secret identity to the entire world. Desperate for help, Peter turns to Doctor Strange to make the world forget that he is Spider-Man. The spell goes wrong and shatters the multiverse, bringing in monstrous villains that could destroy the world.
This movie was released on December 17, 2021, with the highest IMDB rating of 8.7 with 148 minutes of run-time by Director Jon Watts. It has received more than 400k votes with 4.8k user reviews and 334 critic reviews.
The top review by one user states, "This is a movie made purely to satisfy the fans, and there should be no doubt about that. No Way Home, in my opinion, is even better than Homecoming and Far From Home and pretty much one of the best MCU movies of all time. It's a simple story, but the execution is fantastic. Even the smallest of surprises have a huge impact, and I could feel that in the theatre as I joined several other Spider-Man fans cheer out for both heroes and villains. The action sequences were brilliant; seeing them in 3D is worth the price of admission. Every actor delivered a believable, realistic performance, especially our lead actor Tom Holland. The visual effects, too, were top-notch, and the editing was spectacular. Two and a half hours flew by quickly while watching this popcorn action entertainer. It won't be fair to reveal anything, so here I conclude my review and recommend you check out this new world of Spidey-ness on the big screen and in 3D. And once you've seen it, please don't spoil it for others, just like you won't want it spoiled for yourself."
#2: Zack Snyder's Justice League
If you are a Justice League fan from HBOMax with Action, Adventure, Fantasy, this movie is for you. The film plot is to determined to ensure Superman's ultimate sacrifice was not in vain; Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.
This movie was released on March 18, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 8.1 with 242 minutes of run-time by Director Zach Snyder. It has received more than 350k votes with 7.9k user reviews and 297 critic reviews.
The top review by one user states, "The original film was 2 hours long; this version comes in at 4 hours! From start to finish, the film is literary a new film with more story, action, and everything! Epic, amazing, and can't wait for the sequel! 4 years of wait finally ended..."
#3: Licorice Pizza
If you are looking for a movie that consists of Comedy, Drama, and Romance, you will enjoy Licorice Pizza. This film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love, therefore rated as R. It is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973.
This movie was released on December 25, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.9 with 133 minutes of run-time by Director Paul Thomas Anderson. It has received around 20k votes with 210 user reviews and 156 critic reviews.
The top review by one of the users states, "Many younger people can't relate to the life and times of the '70s, which this movie nails, and they are uncomfortable when they apply today's standards. If you have lived through that decade, you will be happy with the depth of its portrayal. It will go over the heads of those who weren't. It deserves multiple viewings to see everything layered there, and older audiences most appreciate it. Younger fanboys of PTA aren't going to get it, just like they didn't get Inherent Vice or Phantom Thread".
#4: West Side Story
This movie is all about Crime, Drama, Musical with a PG-13 rating. The film plots an adaptation of the 1957 musical, which explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
This movie was released on December 10, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.8 with 156 minutes of run-time by Director Steven Spielberg. It has received around 29k votes with 484 user reviews and 240 critic reviews.
The top review by one of the users states, "Ansel Elgort stars as Tony, the former leader of the Jets attempting to find a new path for his life after spending a year in prison for nearly killing an Egyptian immigrant in a rumble. Rachel Zegler, in a remarkable silver screen debut, stars as Maria, a bright-eyed Puerto Rican who sees the upside to limitless opportunity. Initially, we get our first conflict between the rival gangs. It introduces us to Riff (a terrific Mike Faist), the quick-tempered Jets leader desperate to protect the neighbourhood. Bernardo (a dynamic David Alvarez), Maria's older brother and proud leader of the Sharks, aims to carve out a place in the new land as equal citizens. That first brawl gives Spielberg a chance to show off the choreography, as well as the new approach to fighting scenes, which are less balletic and more bone-crunching. It's also the first run-in with local cops, Officer Krupke (Brian D'arcy James) and Lt. Schrank (Corey Stoll), who have not much empathy or respect for the two gangs".
#5: tick, tick…BOOM!
This movie is an autobiography of Jonathan Larson's, consisting of Drama, Musical, and Biography. The film follows Jon (Andrew Garfield), a young theatre composer, waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he's due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael, who has moved on from his dream to a life of financial security; amidst a creative community who were devastated by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?
This movie was released on November 19, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.6 with 115 minutes of run-time by Director Lin-Manuel Miranda. It has received around 62k votes with 373 user reviews and 170 critic reviews.
The top review by one of the users states, "In tick, tick . . .Boom! Hamilton revives the memory of Jonathan Larson (Andrew Garfield), the creator/composer of Rent, a contemporary rock musical that inspired a new generation of shows for Broadway. That Larson should die at 35, the night before the preview of Rent lends a melancholy air to this adaptation of his autobiographical musical and this film's influence by his first failure, Suburbia, inspired by Orwell's 1984. Tick shows the evolution of Larson's signature realism, a fulfillment of his agent Rosa Stevens's (Judith Light) exhortation to write about what he knows. Poverty, paying Rent, facing rejection, protesting for justice, and HIV friends dying in droves are issues exploited in his iconic musical".
#6: King Richard
This movie is an autobiography of Richard Williams's daughters, consisting of Drama, Sports, and Biography. The storyline consists of Richard Williams, who is determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into the history books. Training on tennis courts in Compton, Richard shapes the girls' adamant commitment and intense intuition. Together, the Williams family defies the odds.
The movie was released on November 19, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.5 with 144 minutes of run-time by Director Reinaldo Marcus Green. It has received around 40k votes with 344 user reviews and 268 critic reviews.
#7: Judas and the Black Messiah
This movie is an autobiography of Fred Hampton, consisting of Drama, History and biography with a rating as R. Fred Hampton, a young activist, becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party - putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities will need a man on the inside.
This movie was released on February 12, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.1 with 126 minutes of run-time by Director Shaka King. It has received around 69k votes with 382 user reviews and 151 critic reviews.
#8: The Tragedy of Macbeth
This movie is a classic example of Drama, History, Thriller, War with a rating of R. The film tells us about a Scottish lord who becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland. His ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.
This movie was released on January 14, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.4 with 105 minutes of run-time by Director Joel Coen. It has received around 15k votes with 193 user reviews and 434 critic reviews.
#9: No Time to Die
This movie is for the fans of James Bond, consisting of Action, Adventure, Thriller. The film tells us when Bond has left active service and enjoys a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
This movie was released on October 08, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.4 with 163 minutes of run-time by Director Cary Joji Fukunaga. It has received around 297k votes with 3.6K user reviews and 159 critic reviews.
This movie is an autobiography of Kenneth Branagh's childhood events, consisting of History, Drama, Biography. The film shows us a young boy and his working-class Belfast family experiencing the tumult of the late 1960s.
This movie was released on November 12, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.4 with 98 minutes of run-time by Director Kenneth Branagh. It has received around 18k votes with 219 user reviews and 218 critic reviews.
#11: Red Rocket
If you are looking for a movie consisting of Comedy, Drama with a rating of R, then you will enjoy it. The film storyline consists of ex-porn star Mikey Saber finding himself down and out in Los Angeles; he decides to crawl back to his hometown of Texas City, Texas, where his estranged wife and mother-in-law live. Just as this dysfunctional family seems to be making things work, Mikey meets a young woman named Strawberry working the cash register at a local doughnut shop. He falls right back into his old habits.
This movie was released on December 17, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.4 with 130 minutes of run-time by Director Sean Baker. It has received around 6.7k votes with 46 user reviews and 190 critic reviews.
This movie is for the fans of Disney, consisting of Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical. Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals. They live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charming place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift, from super strength to power to heal every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might be her exceptional family's last hope.
This movie was released on November 24, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.3 with 102 minutes of run-time by Director Jared Bush. It has received around 111k votes with 812 user reviews and 259 critic reviews.
#13: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
This movie is all about Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi with a PG-13 rating. The film starts when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
This movie was released on November 19, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.3 with 124 minutes of run-time by Director Jason Reitman. It has received around 97k votes with 1.4K user reviews and 237 critic reviews.
#14: The French Dispatch
This movie is all about Comedy, Drama, Romance with an R rating. The storyline talks about a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine."
This movie was released on October 22, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.3 with 107 minutes of run-time by Director Wes Anderson. It has received more than 70k votes with 422 user reviews and 412 critic reviews.
#15: Last Night in Soho
This movie is all about Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller with an R rating. The film tells a story about an aspiring fashion designer who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, encountering a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be, and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker.
This movie was released on October 29, 2021, with an IMDB rating of 7.1 with 116 minutes of run-time by Director Edgar Wright. It has received more than 78k votes with 724 user reviews and 412 critic reviews.