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Source: 20th Century Fox / Warner Bros / A24 / Universal

‘The Favourite’, ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Eighth Grade’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’

When they’re not reporting on the industry issues of the day, the Screen staff have found time to watch a few films too. Here, the editorial team, contributors and correspondents select their five favourite films of 2018.

Rules as follows: a film must have had a festival premiere and/or theatrical release in the UK/US in 2018 to be eligible. Five points for 1st place, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, 2 for 4th and 1 for 5th. Read to the bottom to find out the overall top five.

Matt Mueller (editor)

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Source: Netflix


  1. ROMA (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  2. Girl (dir. Lukas Dhont)
  3. Three Identical Strangers (dir. Tim Wardle)
  4. Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)
  5. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (dir. Marielle Heller)

Jeremy Kay (Americas editor)

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Source: 20th Century Fox

‘The Favourite’

  1. ROMA (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  2. The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  3. Museo (dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios)
  4. Blindspotting (dir. Carlos López Estrada)
  5. A Star Is Born (dir. Bradley Cooper)

Orlando Parfitt (senior editor - online)

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Source: Universal

‘Phantom Thread’

  1. Phantom Thread (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (dir. Martin McDonagh)
  3. They Shall Not Grow Old (dir. Peter Jackson)
  4. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (dir. Christopher McQuarrie)
  5. Birds Of Passage (dirs. Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra)

Tom Grater (senior reporter)

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Source: Nordisk Film

‘The Guilty’

  1. The Guilty (dir. Gustav Möller)
  2. The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  3. Girl (dir. Lukas Dhont)
  4. Only You (dir. Harry Wootliff)
  5. Jellyfish (dir. James Gardner)

Ben Dalton (reporter, online/editorial assistant)

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Source: Twentieth Century Fox


  1. Widows (dir. Steve McQueen)
  2. Eighth Grade (dir. Bo Burnham)
  3. Anna And The Apocalypse (dir. John McPhail)
  4. Black Panther (dir. Ryan Coogler)
  5. First Man (dir. Damien Chazelle)

Louise Tutt (acting news editor)

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Source: Sony

‘Leave No Trace’

  1. Leave No Trace (dir. Debra Granik)
  2. You Were Never Really Here (dir. Lynne Ramsay)
  3. Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)
  4. ROMA (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  5. Private Life (dir. Tamara Jenkins)

Melanie Goodfellow (France/Middle East correspondent)

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Source: Universal


  1. BlacKkKlansman (dir. Spike Lee)
  2. The Reports On Sarah And Saleem (dir. Muayad Alayan)
  3. Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)
  4. A Quiet Place (dir. John Krasinski)
  5. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (dir. Lorna Tucker)

Geoffrey Macnab (UK correspondent)

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Source: Film4

‘Cold War’

  1. ROMA (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  2. Phantom Thread (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  3. BlacKkKlansman (dir. Spike Lee)
  4. Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)
  5. The Guardians (dir. Xavier Beauvois)

Nikki Baughan (contributing editor)

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Source: Film4


  1. The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  2. Beast (dir. Michael Pearce)
  3. The Rider (dir. Chloé Zhao)
  4. A Quiet Place (dir. John Krasinski)
  5. Leave No Trace (dir. Debra Granik)

Wendy Mitchell (contributing editor)

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Source: Meta Spark&Kärnfilm AB 2018


  1. Border (dir. Ali Abbasi)
  2. The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  3. ROMA (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  4. The Guilty (dir. Gustav Möller)
  5. Leave No Trace (dir. Debra Granik)

Charles Gant (features editor)

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Source: Celluloid Dreams


  1. ROMA (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  2. The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  3. Custody (dir. Xavier Legrand)
  4. Free Solo (dirs. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)
  5. American Animals (dir. Bart Layton)

Team Screen overall top 5

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Source: Netflix


  1. ROMA
  2. The Favourite
  3. Cold War
  4. Phantom Thread
  5. BlacKkKlansman