Barack Obama Lists His Favorite Films of 2018

Credit: Pete Souza

Former President Barack Obama has compiled his annual list of 15 cinematic treasures that graced the silver screen this year.

It's almost the end of the year—it's self-reflection time, friends! Don't worry, we're all doing it: me, you probably, and even Barack Obama, the former Cinephile in Chief. As he has done for the past several years, the 44th President of the United States has put out his annual list of books, music, and movies that he "found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved," and his list is chock full of Hollywood hits, as well as indie favorites.

Here are all 15 titles he named this year: 

  • Annihilation, dir. Alex Garland
  • Black Panther, dir. Ryan Coogler
  • BlacKkKlansman, dir. Spike Lee
  • Blindspotting, dir. Carlos López Estrada
  • Burning, dir. Lee Chang-dong
  • The Death of Stalin, dir. Armando Iannucci
  • Eighth Grade, dir. Bo Burnham
  • If Beale Street Could Talk, dir. Barry Jenkins
  • Leave No Trace, dir. Debra Granik
  • Minding the Gap, dir. Bing Liu
  • The Rider, dir. Chloé Zhao
  • Roma, dir. Alfonso Cuarón
  • Shoplifters, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Support the Girls, dir. Andrew Bujalski
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor, dir. Morgan Neville

'Shoplifters' (2018)

Regardless of where you stand politically, I think we can all agree that Obama's list is full of bangers, from superhero tentpoles like Black Panther to unique coming-of-age stories like Eighth Grade. Personally, I appreciate seeing a healthy amount of international films, like Shoplifters and Burning, as well as some great docs, like the film whose trailer I can't watch without drowning in a puddle of my own tears, Won't You Be My Neighbor.

If you want to see which books and songs made it onto his year-end list, head on over to his Facebook post.

Which of Obama's favorite films of 2018 make it on your own list? Let us know down in the comments!     

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He could star in 1984

December 29, 2018 at 11:06AM

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Aaron Harper
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OMG ....who really cares?

December 30, 2018 at 8:10AM

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Exactly my thoughts, nobody cares what a non-film enthusiast thinks unless they just really love Obama... I guess it's safe to say that V Renee does. Keep this about filmmaking and not about highlighting your political hero.

January 4, 2019 at 2:05PM

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D Jones
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Is Obama somehow a qualified critic? WHO CARES what any current or former politician thinks about movies?!?!

December 30, 2018 at 10:57AM

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Alex Fuerst
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Alex - sounds like he should write for NoFilmSchool. He can't do any worse than the latest crop of contributors.

December 30, 2018 at 11:56AM

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Why are you even on this website if you hate it so much?

December 31, 2018 at 8:49PM

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Exactly, nobody cares what a non-film enthusiast thinks regardless of political party. I want to know what Christopher Nolan's favorite films were from 2018.

January 4, 2019 at 2:17PM

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D Jones
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Great list of films.

December 31, 2018 at 9:25PM

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Barack Obama? Nobody except for Obama fans cares what he likes and doesn't like. Are we going to talk about what President Trump's favorite films are from 2018? He has a lot more qualification and experience with Hollywood and the film industry since he's been in the spotlight for over 30 years and featured in multiple films, music videos, TV shows, etc... Keep No Film School about the art, tech, good deals, DIY, best practice, tips from the pros, and so on. Not everybody here is a flaming liberal.

January 4, 2019 at 2:15PM

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