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255 Films from Around the World for 2018

Here’s a master list of over 250 movies that have caught the eye of Awards Daily readers in our search for the most promising titles of 2018.

Thanks to our friends Bryce Forestieri, MrScreenAddict and Ferdinand. A preliminary assembly list of 115 films was based entirely on the titles they named in their own surveys right after Oscar Night. Over 40 films appeared on all three of their lists. This weekend we took suggestions and added about 100 more. When the number of films not in English expanded to 90, they were enough to demand a list of their own. Thanks also to Roderigo, SirKicks, dh, and everyone else who contributed.

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UPDATE 2:
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FILMS IN ENGLISH

Ad Astra (James Gray)
Adrift (Baltasar Kormákur)
The Aftermath (James Kent)
Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez)
America to Me (Steve James)
American Animals (Bart Layton)
Annihilation (Alex Garland)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed)
Apostle (Gareth Evans)
Aquaman (James Wan)
At Eternity’s Gate (Julian Schnabel)
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo)
Backseat (Adam McKay)
Bad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen Bros.)
The Beach Bum (Harmony Korine)
Beautiful Boy (Felix van Groeningen)
The Bell Jar (Kirsten Dunst)
Ben Is Back (Peter Hedges)
The Best Of Enemies (Robin Bissell)
Bisbee ’17 (Robert Greene)
Black Klansman (Spike Lee)
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer/Dexter Fletcher)
Boy Erased (Joel Edgerton)
Burden (Andrew Heckler)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller)
The Catcher Was A Spy (Ben Lewin)
The Children Act (Richard Eyre)
Christopher Robin (Marc Forster)
Colette (Wash Westmoreland)
Come Sunday (Joshua Marston)
Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu)
Damsel (Zellner Bros.)
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (Xavier Dolan)
The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci)
Destroyer (Karyn Kusama)
Disobedience (Sebastian Lelio)
Domino (Brian De Palma)
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (Gus Van Sant )
Dragged Across Concrete (S. Craig Zahler)
Dumplin’ (Anne Fletcher)
Early Man (Nick Park)
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
Extremely Evil, Wickedly Funny, and Vile (Joe Berlinger)
Fast Color (Julia Hart)
The Favorite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Fighting With My Family (Stephen Merchant)
Filmworker (Leon Vitali)
First Man (Damien Chazelle)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
The Front Runner(Jason Reitman)
Galveston (Melanie Laurent)
Georgetown (Christoph Waltz)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Fede Álvarez)
Gloria (Sebastian Lelio)
Going Places (John Turturro)
Green Book (Peter Farrelly)
Halloween (David Gordon Green)
Happy Prince, The (Rupert Everett)
The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson)
Hearts Beat Loud (Brett Haley)
Hereditary (Ari Aster)
High Life (Claire Denis)
Hold the Dark (Jeremy Saulnier)
Hotel Artemis (Drew Pearce)
Hotel Mumbai (Anthony Maras)
The House That Jack Built (Lars Von Trier)
The Hummingbird Project (Kim Nguyen)
I Think We’re Alone Now (Reed Morano)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
In Fabric (Peter Strickland)
The Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird)
The Irishman (Martin Scorsese) (2019?)
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
J.T. LeRoy (Justin Kelly)
Juliet, Naked (Jesse Peretz)
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom (J. A. Bayona)
The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Sara Colangelo)
Kursk (Thomas Vinterberg)
The Land Of Steady Habits (Nicole Holofcener)
Lapham Rising (Charlie Kessler)
Lean On Pete (Andrew Haigh)
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (Jody Hill)
Life Itself (Dan Fogelman)
Light of My Life (Casey Affleck)
The Little Stranger (Lenny Abrahamson)
Love, Simon (Greg Berlanti)
Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker)
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Terry Gilliam)
Mary Magdelene (Garth Davis)
Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall)
Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke)
The Mercy (James Marsh)
Metalhead (Derek Cianfrance)
Mid ’90s (Jonah Hill)
Miss Bala (Catherine Hardwicke)
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie)
Mute (Duncan Jones)
The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)
Newsflash (David Gordon Green)
Norway (Paul Greengrass)
Oceans 8 (Steven Soderbergh)
The Old Man And The Gun (David Lowery)
On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder)
Operation Finale (Chris Weitz)
Ophelia (Claire McCarthy)
The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)
Outlaw King (David Mckenzie)
Paddington 2 (Paul King)
The Party (Sally Potter)
Peterloo (Mike Leigh)
Piercing (Nicolas Pesce)
The Pope (Fernando Meirelles)
Private Life (Tamara Jenkins)
The Predator (Shane Black)
A Private War (Matthew Heineman)
Proxima (Alice Winocour)
Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub)
A Quiet Place (John Krasinski)
Radegund (Terrence Malick)
A Rainy Day in New York (Woody Allen)
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg)
Red Joan (Trevor Nunn)
The Rider (Chloé Zhao)
Rio (Luca Guadagnino)
The Seagull (Michael Mayer)
Search (Aneesh Chaganty)
Secrets from the Russian Tea Room (Lone Scherfig)
Serenity (Steven Knight)
The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)
Skate Kitchen (Crystal Moselle)
Slice (Austin Vesley)
The Souvenir: Part I (Joanna Hogg)
Soldado (Stefano Sollima)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley)
Stan And Ollie (Jon S. Baird)
A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper)
Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)
Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)
Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle)
Trial By Fire (Edward Zwick)
The True History Of The Kelly Gang (Justin Kurzel)
Tully (Jason Reitman)
Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell)
Unsane (Steven Soderbergh)
Untitled Adam Driver/Laura Dern Divorce Film (Noah Baumbach)
Untitled Comedy (Chris Morris)
Untitled Deadpool Sequel (David Leitch)
Untitled Laika Project
Untitled Pippa Bianco Project (Pippa Bianco)
Venom (Ruben Fleischer)
Vita And Virginia (Chanya Button)
We the Animals (Lucrecia Martel)
Wendy (Benh Zeitlin)
What They Had (Elizabeth Chomko)
Where Is Anne Frank? (Ari Folman)
Where Is Kyra? (Andrew Dosunmu)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Richard Linklater)
White Boy Rick (Yann Demange)
A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay)
The White Crow (Ralph Fiennes)
The Widow (Neil Jordan)
The Wife (Bjorn Runge)
Widows (Steve McQueen)
Wildlife (Paul Dano)
Woman Walks Ahead (Susannah White)
The Women Of Marwen (Robert Zemeckis)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Morgan Neville)
You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)

[Can a few of you give these two lists a quick scan to be sure I have all the English language films correctly separated from the International films?]

INTERNATIONAL FILMS (not in English)

About Endlessness (Roy Andersson)
Adoration (Fabrice du Welz)
Alice T. (Radu Muntean)
Anette (Leos Carax)
Angelo (Markus Schleinzer)
Animal (Armando Bo)
Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)
Un Autre Monde (Stéphane Brizé)
Bacuarau (Kleber Mendoça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallegos)
Black Circle (Adrian Garcia Bogliano)
Blessed Virgin (Paul Verhoeven)
Born a King (Agusti Villaronga)
Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
Campeones (Javier Fesser)
Caravan (Sebastian Schipper)
Claire Darling (Julie Bertuccelli)
Coincoin and the Extra Humans (Bruno Dumont)
Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)
Un couteau dans le coeur (Yann Gonzalez)
Dau (Ilya Khrzhanovsky)
The Daughters of Fire (Pedro Costa)
The Devil All the Time (Antonio Campos)
Dogman (Matteo Garrone)
Ether (Krzysztof Zanussi)
Eva (Benoît Jacquot)
Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi)
Evil Games (Ulrich Seidl)
Fleuve noir (Erick Zonca)
Fugue (Agnieszka Smoczynska)
Gareth Jones (Agnieszka Holland)
Gomera (Corneliu Porumboiu)
O Grande Circo Místico (Cacá Diegues)
I Feel Good (Gustave Kervern & Benoît Delépine)
Il Peccato (Andrey Konchalovsky)
In My Room (Ulrich Köhler)
Is This What You Were Born For? (Radu Jude)
Une jeunesse dorée (Eva Ionesco
Jimmie (Jesper Ganslandt)
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Kim Jee-woon)
Keep Going (Joachim Lafosse)
Laplace’s Witch (Takashi Miike)
Lazzaro Felice (Alice Rohrwacher)
Le livre d’image (Jean-Luc Godard)
Les Estivants (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi)
Little Joe (Jessica Hausner)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Gan Bi)
Loro (Paolo Sorrentino)
Luxembourg (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
Mandy (Panos Cosmatos)
Maradona (Asif Kapadia)
Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello)
Maya (Mia Hansen-Love)
Mr. Casanova (Benoit Jacquot)
Mr. Freeze (Romain Gavras)
Nocturne (Gianfranco Rosi)
Non Fiction (Olivier Assayas)
Overgod (Gabriel Mascaro)
Pray for (Jack Abdellatif Kechiche)
Profile (Timur Bekmambetov)
Psychokinesis (Yeon Sang-ho)
La Quietud (Pablo Trapero)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
The Season of the Devil (Lav Diaz)
Shadow (Zhang Yimou)
Sunny (Eva Sørhaug)
Sunset (Laszlo Nemes)
Synonymes (Nadav Lapid)
Tassen (Guillaume Nicloux)
Ten Years in Thailand (Apichatpong Weeraesethakul)
The Thousand Miles (Sylvain Chomet)
Time Share (Sebastian Hofmann)
Transit (Christian Petzold)
U-22 July (Erik Poppe)
Untitled Family Drama (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Valley of the Gods (Lech Majewski)
Vision (Naomi Kawase)
Werewolf (Adrian Panek)
Western (Valeska Grisebach)
Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)
The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
The Workshop (Laurent Cantent)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)

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Previously:

Ready for the best of the movies ahead of us in 2018? This is a work in progress so let us know what we’ve forgetting. I won’t mind at all if we can expand this to 175 titles or more. When we feel like we’ve got every conceivable base covered then this list will become a poll and we’ll all get 20 votes to rank our favorites. These first 115 films were gleaned from merging three post-Oscar lists gathered up by our friends Bryce Forestieri, MrScreenAddict and Ferdinand.

At this end of this collection you’ll find about 50 titles that I came up with as interesting possibilities. I’ll fold most of those in later after you guys have vetted them. And we expect another 50 suggestions or more from readers.

About Endlessness (Roy Andersson)
Ad Astra (James Gray)
Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez)
Anette (Leos Carax)
Annihilation (Alex Garland)
Apostle (Gareth Evans)
Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)
At Eternity’s Gate (Julian Schnabel)
Backseat (Adam McKay)
Bacuarau (Kleber Mendoça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
Bad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard)
The Beach Bum (Harmony Korine)
Beautiful Boy (Felix van Groeningen)
The Bell Jar (Kirsten Dunst)
The Best Of Enemies (Robin Bissell)
Birds of Passage (Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallegos)
Black Klansman (Spike Lee)
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
Blessed Virgin (Paul Verhoeven)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer/Dexter Fletcher)
Born a King (Agusti Villaronga)
Boy Erased (Joel Edgerton)
Burden (Andrew Heckler)
Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
Coincoin and the Extra Humans (Bruno Dumont)
Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)
Damsel (Zellner Bros.)
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (Xavier Dolan)
The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci)
Destroyer (Karyn Kusama)
The Devil All the Time (Antonio Campos)
Disobedience (Sebastian Lelio)
Domino (Brian De Palma)
Dragged Across Concrete (S. Craig Zahler)
Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi)
Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil And Vile (Joe Berlinger)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ramin Bahrani)
The Favorite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
First Man (Damien Chazelle)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
The Front Runner(Jason Reitman)
Gloria (Sebastian Lelio)
Halloween (David Gordon Green)
The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson)
Happy Prince, The (Rupert Everett)
Hereditary (Ari Aster)
High Life (Claire Denis)
Hold the Dark (Jeremy Saulnier)
The House That Jack Built (Lars Von Trier)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
In Fabric (Peter Strickland)
The Irishman (Martin Scorsese) (2019?)
Is This What You Were Born For? (Radu Jude)
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Kim Jee-woon)
The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish)
La Quietud (Pablo Trapero)
Le livre d’image (Jean-Luc Godard)
Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (Jody Hill)
Little Joe (Jessica Hausner)
The Little Stranger (Lenny Abrahamson)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Gan Bi)
Loro (Paolo Sorrentino)
Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker)
Mandy (Panos Cosmatos)
Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall)
Mary Queen Of Scots (Josie Rourke)
Maya (Mia Hansen-Love)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie)
Mute (Duncan Jones)
The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)
Non Fiction (Olivier Assayas)
The Old Man And The Gun (David Lowery)
On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder)
Ophelia (Claire McCarthy)
The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)
Outlaw King (David Mckenzie)
Overgod (Gabriel Mascaro)
Paddington 2 (Paul King)
Peterloo (Mike Leigh)
The Predator (Shane Black)
Private Life (Tamara Jenkins)
Proxima (Alice Winocour)
Psychokinesis (Yeon Sang-ho)
Radegund (Terrence Malick)
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
The Seagull (Michael Mayer)
Secrets from the Russian Tea Room (Lone Scherfig)
The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)
The Souvenir: Part I (Joanna Hogg)
Star Is Born, A (Bradley Cooper)
Sunset (Laszlo Nemes)
Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)
The Tale (Jennifer Fox)
Transit (Christian Petzold)
Tully (Jason Reitman)
Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell)
Unsane (Steven Soderbergh)
Untitled Adam Driver/Laura Dern Divorce Film (Noah Baumbach)
Untitled Comedy (Chris Morris)
Untitled Family Drama (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Untitled Laika Project
We the Animals (Lucrecia Martel)
Wendy (Benh Zeitlin)
Where Is Anne Frank? (Ari Folman)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Richard Linklater)
The Widow (Neil Jordan)
Widows (Steve McQueen)
Wildlife (Paul Dano)
The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
The Women of Marwen (Robert Zemeckis)
A Wrinkle In Time (Ava DuVernay)
You Were Never Really Here (Lynn Ramsey)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)

Here are 4 dozen more. Are these worthy and eligible to be included?

A Rainy Day in New York (Woody Allen)
Aquaman (James Wan)
Bad Times At The El Royale (Drew Goddard)
Birds Of Passage (Ciro Guerra)
Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller)
Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)
Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu)
Destroyer (Karyn Kusama)
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (Gus Van Sant )
Early Man (Nick Park)
Fast Color (Julia Hart)
Filmworker (Leon Vitali)
Galveston (Melanie Laurent)
Hotel Artemis (Drew Pearce)
Hotel Mumbai (Anthony Maras)
I Think We’re Alone Now (Reed Morano)
The Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird)
J.T. LeRoy (Justin Kelly)
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Kim Jee-Woon)
The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish)
Kursk (Thomas Vinterberg)
The Land Of Steady Habits (Nicole Holofcener)
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
Light of My Life (Casey Affleck)
Luxembourg (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Terry Gilliam)
Mary Magdelene (Garth Davis)
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan)
The New Mutants (Josh Boone) (2019)
Oceans 8 (Steven Soderbergh)
The Party (Sally Potter)
Piercing (Nicolas Pesce)
Private Life (Tamara Jenkins)
Proxima (Alice Winocour)
The Rider (Chloé Zhao)
Shadow (Zhang Yimou)
The Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell)
Slice (Austin Vesley)
Soldado (Stefano Sollima)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard)
The Souvenir: Part One (Joanna Hogg)
Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Fede Álvarez)
The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson)
Untitled Deadpool Sequel (David Leitch)
Venom (Ruben Fleischer)
White Boy Rick (Yann Demange)
The Wife (Bjorn Runge)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Morgan Neville)

UPDATE 1

New adds:
Campeones (Javier Fesser)
Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom (J. A. Bayona)
Lapham Rising (Charlie Kessler)
Love, Simon (Greg Berlanti)
Serenity (Steven Knight)
Going Places (John Turturro)
Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle)
The Pope (Fernando Meirelles)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley)

A few more from Ferdinand:
Bisbee ’17 (Robert Greene)
Nocturne (Gianfranco Rosi)
Maradona (Asif Kapadia)
America to Me (Steve James)
The Workshop (Laurent Cantent)
Metalhead (Derek Cianfrance)
Western (Valeska Grisebach)
Ten Years Thailand (Apichatpong Weeraesethakul)
Coincoin et les z’inhumans (Bruno Dumont)
Norway (Paul Greengrass)
Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello)

From Roderigo:
The Children Act (Richard Eyre)
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Sara Colangelo)
Skate Kitchen (Crystal Moselle)
A Quiet Place (John Krasinski)
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
American Animals (Bart Layton)
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan)

From SirKicks:
U-22 July (Erik Poppe)
Profile (Timur Bekmambetov)
Dogman (Matteo Garrone)
Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen brothers)