Students Name The Best Movies of 2022

This year, numerous shows and movies were released. The number one ranked Domestic Box Office movie this year was distributed by Paramount Pictures–Top Gun: Maverick, and was released on May 27th. 


“I think of Top Gun: Maverick when I think back through 2022,” said senior Molly Jackson. However, her “favorite movie that came out this year is Where the Crawdad’s Sing.”


The Domestic Box Office supports Jackson’s answer with how much Top Gun: Maverick produced: $716 million in gross earnings. Where the Crawdad’s Sing produced over $90 million in gross earnings. 


Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to the 1986 Top Gun movie, while Where the Crawdad’s Sing is based on the book by Delia Owens about a girl surviving the world alone.


Senior Reagan Russ watched multiple movies in the theaters and said, “I saw Don’t Worry Darling, Bullet Train, and Minions: The Rise of Gru.” She also thought another 2022 movie was made well, “I would recommend Nope.”


Bullet Train is a comedic, action-packed movie based on the book Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isaka. While Minions: The Rise of Gru tells the backstory of Gru from the Despicable Me movies and Minions. Nope, directed by Jordan Peele, is a science-fiction horror movie telling the story of two horse-wrangling siblings attempting to capture evidence of an unidentified flying object. 


Don’t Worry Darling produced over $45 million, Bullet Train with over $103 million, Minions: The Rise of Gru with over $369 million, and Nope produced over $123 million, according to the Domestic Box Office.


Don’t Worry Darling stars actor Florence Pugh and actor/singer Harry Styles. It is about an ideal housewife living in a town who begins to suspect a dark secret being kept from its residents by the man who runs it.


Francesca Smith, another senior at Arrowhead, would also recommend Nope. She said, “Don’t Worry Darling was good, but my favorite movie this year was Nope. I definitely would recommend Nope, I love Jordan Peele as a director.” 


James Norcross, Sophia Hirschfeld, Mady Scholzen, Jordyn Hefter, and many others had heard of Don’t Worry Darling, even if they hadn’t seen it. But it was Russ’ favorite.

Don’t Worry Darling was so good. I’m still flabbergasted from it,” Russ said. “I think I saw it at least three different times in theaters.”