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43 Must-See Movies from 2022 Streaming Right Now

It's a brand new year in streaming. Here's where to watch the best movies from 2022, including blockbuster hits like "Top Gun: Maverick" and "The Batman" alongside indie favorites "TÁR," "Aftersun," and "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On."

(Clockwise from bottom left): "Crimes of the Future," "Turning Red," "The Batman," "Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio," and "Top Gun: Maverick"

The Best 2022 Movies Streaming Right Now

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For the stay-at-home cinephile, awards season has never been more convenient.

2022 is now a thing of the past, but with the change of the calendar comes Hollywood’s annual commemoration of the latest and greatest films. The best movies of last year will compete first at the returning Golden Globes on January 10, 2023, before qualifying titles war it out at the Indie Spirit Awards on March 4 and earn other artistic honors from organizations across the globe throughout spring.

On March 12, it’s the 95th Academy Awards: an event that will test and possibly steer the future of the moviemaking business as industry visionaries work on coaxing audiences back to theaters and critics question what Best Picture even means these days. (Could action sequel-turned-summer box-office smash “Top Gun: Maverick,” Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” or James Cameron’ long-awaited and highly innovative “Avatar: The Way of the Water” clinch the win?)

Whether you’re preparing your predictions or just picking a good movie, you can stream — and/or rent on a VOD platform — many of 2022’s most talked about titles to watch at home right now. It’s an offshoot of the pandemic and the still-raging streaming wars that have made seeing popular new movies more affordable and more available (for good and bad, depending on who you ask). Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” Edward Berger’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” adaptation, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” are all streaming on Netflix, for example.

Combining the results of IndieWire’s annual critics survey with the movies that made the IndieWire staff’s best of list*, the following guide tells you where to stream 43 must-see movies from 2022. We’ve got blockbuster crowd-pleasers, from “The Batman” to “Elvis”; boundary-pushing horror movies, from “Crimes of the Future” to “Resurrection”; unforgettable romances, from “Decision to Leave” to “Bones and All”; and plenty more stories that defied definition.

Listed alphabetically, here are 43 of the best movies from 2022 to stream now on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, Shudder, and more.

*Films listed on the critics survey and/or IndieWire’s end of year staff list not available to stream currently include: “All That Breathes,” “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” “Avatar 2,” “Corsage,” “EO,” “Il Buco,” “Living,” “No Bears,” “Return to Seoul,” “Saint Omer,” “Vortex,” and “Women Talking.”

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