Movies are released annually, and many of them have captivating sequences, suspense, action, or thriller that keep spectators riveted to their seats for long periods of time.
As movie streaming services like Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Apple Tv+ continue to tempt audiences with yet-to-be-released movies, it will also be interesting to take a look at the 25 most popular movies of 2022 so far. If you are a movie lover or looking for a movie to watch, you shouldn’t miss these 25 movies.
Here are Everydaynewsgh’s picks for the 25 popular and best-performing movies of 2022 so far.
25 Popular Movies of 2022 so far
1. Secret Headquarters
The 2022 American superhero movie Secret Headquarters is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
A teenager discover the secret headquarters of a powerful superhero with his friends and are forced to defend it from attackers.
An all-out war breaks out in the town of Athena after the terrible death of a little boy, with the elder brothers of the victim at its center.
3. Thirteen Lives
The biographical survival film Thirteen Lives, based on the Tham Luang cave rescue, was directed and produced by Ron Howard.
Thirteen Lives tells the incredible true story of the international effort to save the lives of the twelve members of a Thai soccer team and their coach who became trapped in the Tham Luang cave after an unexpected downpour. While Thai forces and over 10,000 volunteers face insurmountable odds, a team of the world’s best divers, who are the only ones who can make it through the cave’s flooded, narrow passages, attempt a daring rescue of the twelve boys and their coach. The group makes their riskiest dive to date with the whole world watching, proving that the human spirit is capable of anything.
Directed by Matthew Reilly, the action drama Interceptor was written by Matthew Reilly and Stuart Beattie. It features cameos from Elsa Pataky and Luke Bracey.
Terrorists planning a nuclear attack on the United States with stolen missiles is the focus. Terrorists launch an attack on a nearby offshore missile interceptor station, which is defended valiantly and cunningly by an officer (Pataky).
When a simultaneous coordinated attack threatens the remote missile interceptor station led by a single Army captain, she must use her extensive tactical training and military experience to save the day.
5. The Gray Man
Our countdown of the year’s popular 25 movies continues with The Gray Man, a 2022 American action thriller directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and based on the 2009 Mark Greaney novel of the same name, which Greaney co-wrote with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
In addition to Alfre Woodard and Billy Bob Thornton, the cast also includes Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, and Regé-Jean Page.
The top CIA asset, unbeknownst to anyone, discovers agency secrets, setting off a worldwide manhunt by assassins sent by his old colleague.
6. The Adam Project
Time-traveling After crashing into the year 2022, fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his younger self to change the course of events.
The Adam Project is a 2022 American science fiction action comedy-drama directed by Shawn Levy and produced by Skydance Media, Maximum Effort, and 21 Laps Entertainment. The script was written by Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, and Mark Levin. Watch the Trailer here
7. Black Crab
In a post-apocalyptic world, six soldiers are sent on a covert mission to move an intriguing object across a frozen island.
In 2022, Adam Berg will direct the Swedish action film Black Crab, which he also co-wrote with Pelle Rdström. Dar Salim, Aliette Opheim, and Noomi Rapace are the main characters.
Watch the Trailer here
8. AI Love You
A modern love story set in the near future where an AI structure is driven by human feelings. A bug in the program causes it to develop feelings for a human female, and it eventually leaves the structure into the body of a real man in an attempt to win her heart.
When two siblings at a California horse ranch stumble upon a mysterious extraterrestrial phenomenon, the owner of a nearby theme park is eager to cash in. The two kids see something beautiful and terrifying in the sky.
Best friends Hunter (Virginia Gardner) and Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) think that life is all about facing fears head-on and taking risks. After climbing over 2,000 feet to the top of a desolate radio tower, however, they find themselves trapped at the top with no way to return. Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing abilities are put to the ultimate test in this suspenseful thriller costarring Jeffrey Dean Morgan as they battle the elements, a lack of supplies, and dizzying heights.
In Moonfall, the Moon is jarred loose from its orbit around the Earth by an unseen force, sending it hurtling toward the planet and all of humanity. Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry), a former NASA executive and astronaut who believes she has the key to saving humanity, is rejected by all but one other former astronaut: Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, “Midway”) and a conspiracy theorist, K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, “Game of Thrones”). Leaving behind everything and everyone they care about, the unlikely heroes will attempt an impossible last-ditch space mission to the Moon, only to find that the moon is not what they think it is.
The course of a single day on the streets of Los Angeles will forever alter the trajectory of three people’s lives. In this action-packed thriller from director and producer Michael Bay, a decorated veteran named Will Sharp (Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman, The Matrix Resurrections) turns to his adoptive brother Danny (Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Zodiac, Spider-Man: Far From Home) for financial assistance, despite knowing that he shouldn’t. Charming career criminal Danny instead offers him a reward of $32 million from the largest bank heist in Los Angeles’s history. Will can’t say no because he fears for his wife’s safety.
After a disastrous attempt at escape, the brothers resort to robbing an ambulance carrying an EMT with exceptional skills (Eiza González, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Baby Driver) and a wounded police officer who is fighting for his life. Will and Danny are in the midst of the strangest escape attempt Los Angeles has ever seen, all the while trying to keep their hostages alive, avoid a massive citywide police enforcement reaction, and not kill each other.
13. Senior Year
Rebel Wilson (who also produced the film) plays a 37-year-old woman who, after waking up from a 20-year coma, decides to enroll in a high school to get her diploma.
Sam Cleary, portrayed by Javon “Wanna” Walton, is a thirteen-year-old boy who thinks his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Mr. Smith, is a real-life legend. Samaritan, Granite City’s superhuman vigilante, was pronounced dead after a brutal warehouse battle with Nemesis twenty years ago. There is a common misconception that the Good Samaritan perished in the blaze, and Sam is no exception. Sam goes about trying to coax his neighbor out of hiding so that they can put a stop to the recent uptick in crime and the impending chaos in the city.
Samaritan, written and directed by Julius Avery, is a 2022 American superhero film. The original graphic novels based on the story were published by Mythos Comics and adapted by Schut, Marc Olivent, and Renzo Podesta; they were praised for bringing a “dark, fresh twist” to the superhero genre.
15. Day Shift
A blue collar father wants nothing more than to provide a comfortable life for his bright 10-year-old daughter. Pool cleaning in the San Fernando Valley is just a front for his real job, which is to hunt and kill vampires.
Taking the helm for the first time, J. J. Perry directs the American vampire flick Day Shift in 2022 from a script written by Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten based on a story by Tice. Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, and Snoop Dogg all have roles in the movie.
16. The Royal Treatment
Izzy, a hairstylist from New York City, eagerly accepts an invitation to work at the wedding of a handsome prince, but when passion ignites between her and the groom, will she choose love or duty?
17. Minions the Rise of Gru
Minions: The Rise of Gru is a computer-animated comedy film developed by Illumination and released by Universal Pictures in 2022.
As a fan of the supervillain team the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plot to become a villain on par with the rest of them. Fortunately, his loyal minions can help him cause chaos. With Gru’s guidance, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto, a new Minion with braces and a strong desire to please, put their skills to use by building a lair, trying out weapons, and completing their first assignments.
18. Turning Red
In the history of Pixar, no film had ever been directed solely by a woman until Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi came along with this charming creature tale about a 13-year-old girl who turns into a red panda when powerful emotions call.
It’s autobiographical, and while it’s not the focus of the piece, it’s full of the authentic struggles of adolescence.
19. The Man from Toronto
A bumbling businessman is forced to work with an assassin after being mistaken for someone else and forced to do so in order to survive.
The American film The Man from Toronto, directed by Patrick Hughes in 2022, is set in Toronto.
Beyond Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, the film also features Ellen Barkin, Kaley Cuoco, Jasmine Mathews, Lela Loren, Pierson Fodé, and Jencarlos Canela.
Lightyear is a 2022 American computer-animated science fiction action-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios.
21. Everything Everywhere All at Once
Everything Everywhere All at Once, an American absurdist comedy-drama film released in 2022, was written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
A Chinese immigrant finds herself unwillingly embroiled in an epic quest, one in which she must join forces with alternate realities’ versions of herself to prevent the destruction of the multiverse.
22. A Jazzman’s Blues
Tyler Perry wrote, produced, and directed the American drama film A Jazzman’s Blues, released in 2022. Ryan Eggold, Austin Scott, Amirah Vann, Solea Pfeiffer, and Joshua Boone star in the movie.
On September 11 at TIFF 2022, A Jazzman’s Blues made its world premiere. On September 23, 2022, it was made available on Netflix.
23. The Sea Beast
A well-known sea monster hunter has his world turned upside down when a young girl manages to stow away on his ship as they travel through uncharted waters.
The Sea Beast is a 2022 computer-animated action adventure film written by Chris Williams and Nell Benjamin, who also served as co-producers alongside Jed Schlanger.
Some of the voice actors in the film are Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
The American superhero film Morbius (2022), produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel and based on the same-named Marvel Comics character, is the next in our series of 22 successful films from 2022.
In an effort to cure the illness that has plagued him for his entire life, Morbius performs a dangerous experiment with unexpected results.
25. Top Gun: Maverick
Last on the list of 25 Popular Movies of 2022 so far is Top Gun: Maverick. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, one of the Navy’s best aviators for over 30 years, has finally found his niche as a risk-taking test pilot after dodging the promotion that would have kept him on the ground. Maverick must face his greatest fears and the ghosts of his past while he prepares a group of graduates for a special mission. The mission’s climax exacts the highest price from pilots.