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10 Best Movies of 2024 So Far

From steamy tennis love triangles to a superior sci-fi sequel — our picks for the movies that thrilled us, delighted us and moved us over the first half of the year

Best movies of 2024 so far

Clockwise from left: 'The Taste of Things, Challengers, 'Perfect Days,' 'Dune: Part 2,' 'Robot Dreams.' ILLUSTRATION BY MATT COOLEY. PHOTOGRAPHS IN ILLUSTRATION: IFC FILMS, NIKO TRAVERSE, 2, MUBI, NEON.

We’ve just hit the halfway mark for 2024, and already, moviegoers have been treated to tennis-fueled love triangles, toilet-cleaning everyman heroes, an animated buddy dramedy, and Timothée Chalamet in messiah-complex mode. A lot of holdovers from last year’s festival/awards circuit finally got wider releases over the last six months, and while Hollywood studios still seem to be flailing a bit in terms of post-strike lulls and a reliance on tentpole franchises, a host of medium-sized distributors and production companies (A24, Mubi, Neon) have managed to fill the must-see gap. Yes, it’s tempting to look back at the previous six months and fret for the future of film as a popular art form — a pastime that, in the first quarter of the 21st century, remains as enduring as going to the movies themselves. But the year’s first-half highlights have been so undeniably high, the standout works so exhilarating and exceptional, that it’s impossible to write off this whole “moving pictures” deal as a relic or a wash. We’d put the following 10 films up against anything we’ve seen over the past 10 years.

Here is the rundown of our favorite movies of 2024 so far, unranked and in alphabetical order. (Honorable mentions and hearty shout-outs as well to: The Animal Kingdom, Furiosa, Green Border, Hit Man, I Saw the TV Glow, In a Violent Nature, Late Night With the Devil, Love Lies Bleeding, Origin, and The Promised Land.)

From Rolling Stone US