From ‘Black Panther 2’ to ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ here are some interesting movies of 2022.

2022 was a fantastic year for movies, with everything from thrilling thrillers to hilarious comedies and moving dramas. There was also no shortage of heartbreaking films that examined the human condition in depth.

From Charlotte Wells’s deeply human debut, Aftersun, to Martin McDonagh’s darkly hilarious but profoundly poignant The Banshees of Inisherin, 2022 provided cinephiles with a plethora of gut-wrenching films of incredible emotional power.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Honored Chadwick Boseman in a Beautiful Way

Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death was a tragedy that saddened everyone who was fortunate enough to have seen his work. The sequel to his 2018 film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, was the most touching and tender farewell to the actor that the MCU could have given him.

The film, however, is more than just a tribute to Boseman. It’s a moving story about grief and loss and how to move on in a healthy way. Wakanda Forever has plenty of tearjerking scenes to satisfy those in need of a good cry.

‘Bones and All’ Is an Odd Allegory About Relationships

Bones and All, Luca Guadagnino’s latest film with Timothée Chalamet, is a strange romantic drama about a young cannibalistic girl who, on a thousand-mile journey, meets the love of her life—who happens to be quite similar to her.

Those who can stomach the entire Bones and All will be rewarded with a beautiful, rewarding romance about how one must leave oneself painfully vulnerable in order to receive the reward of love and connection. It’s a heartfelt message made all the more powerful by the tragic ending.

‘EO’ Will Leave Animal Lovers in Painful Tears

The Polish drama EO follows an adventurous donkey as he travels across the country, meeting both good and bad people and experiencing both ecstatic joy and heartbreaking sadness.

The fact that EO, a depressed donkey, feels like one of the most sympathetic and human protagonists in any 2022 film says a lot about the film’s power to make us connect with any creature. EO’s odyssey is often heartwarming, but director Jerzy Skolimowski is sure to remind the audience that humans’ cruelty and kindness can have the same amount of power.

The Film ‘The Quiet Girl’ Demonstrates That Silence Is Worth a Thousand Words

This stunning Irish-language family drama, about a neglected girl sent away by her dysfunctional family to live with a distant family member and her husband for the summer, is one of the most powerful films of 2022.

The Quiet Girl takes a more subdued approach to melodrama. Catherine Clinch’s admirably nuanced performance ranks among the best child performances of all time, and the painfully genuine and earnest ending will leave no audience member dry-eyed.

‘Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Retells the Classic Story in a Novel Way

The story of Pinocchio and Guillermo Del Toro’s style and thematic fascinations go hand in hand perfectly, so it’s no surprise that the director made Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio the best adaptation of the classic story that the big screen has gotten.

The film effortlessly pulls at the heartstrings with its intelligent and loving exploration of parenthood, loss, and how war and fascism can destroy the beauty of a child’s innocence.

‘Till’ Breaks Hearts With Its Timely Meditation on Racism and Activism

Till is based on a heartbreaking true story about a woman’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, who was lynched while visiting family in Mississippi.

The film approaches the subject with great care, compassion, and timeliness. It’s a truly devastating film made with incredible love, no matter how you cut it. Even if it is guaranteed to make you cry, it is an important film to watch.

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Paints War as Hell

One of the most common criticisms leveled at the war film genre is that, when done carelessly, these films can make war appear exciting or thrilling. Not Everything is Quiet on the Western Front. This German drama, based on a 1928 novel (and adapted for an Oscar in 1930), depicts war as the most terrifying hellscape humanly imaginable.

The film perfectly captures the terrifying nature of trench warfare during WWI, and while it’s so brutal and sad that some people may avoid watching it, those who can tolerate its unflinching narrative should give it a chance.

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Is Both Hilarious and Dark.

In Martin McDonagh’s latest film, The Banshees of Inisherin, a man wakes up one day and decides he no longer wants to be friends with his best friend.

It’s a naturally silly premise, but there’s nothing silly about the witty and exquisitely cynical way in which McDonagh tackles the story’s dark sense of humor. Banshees is a story about kindness and its battle with existential dread, and it will break your heart as much as it will make you laugh.

‘The Whale’ Makes It Obligatory to Watch It With Tissues Close By

The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is best known for giving Brendan Fraser his long-awaited return to the big screen, but it’s so much more than that.

The Whale, a harrowing drama about giving people the tools for their salvation, but said salvation is ultimately up to them, stars Hong Chau and Sadie Sink in equally heartbreaking performances. It’s thematically broad, full of interesting characters, and capable of touching even the most hardened hearts.

‘Aftersun’ Is a Gorgeous Collection of Seaside Memories

In Aftersun, a woman reflects on a vacation she took with her father twenty years ago, with all the secrets and emotions revealed along the way returning to haunt her.

Charlotte Wells’ tender and bittersweet drama depicts the fragmented nature of memories beautifully. Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio have incredible chemistry, and the dynamic between their characters is incredibly touching. It’s nearly impossible not to cry while watching Aftersun, making it easily the saddest film of 2022—and also one of the best.