2021 in film

2021 in film is an overview of events, including award ceremonies, film festivals, a list of country-specific lists of films released, and notable deaths.

List of years in film

Highest-grossing films in 2021

Highest-grossing films of 2021
RankTitleDistributorWorldwide gross
1 Hi, Mom Lian Ray Pictures $847,390,000[1]
2 Detective Chinatown 3 Wanda Pictures $702,700,000[2]
3 Godzilla vs. Kong Warner Bros. / Toho $442,512,876[3]
4 F9 Universal $292,066,000[4]
5 A Quiet Place Part II Paramount $221,959,178
6 Cliff Walkers China Film Group Corporation $180,086,114
7 Cruella Disney $159,935,802
8 A Writer's Odyssey CMC Productions $149,528,951
9 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Warner Bros. $142,801,284
10 Sister China Film Group Corporation $128,292,175

2021 box office records

  • The Japanese anime film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (2020) released in North America in April 2021, with its opening weekend gross of $19.5 million setting the record as the biggest opening for any foreign-language film released in North America.[6]

Scheduled award ceremonies

Award ceremonies

2021 film award ceremonies
Date Event Host Location(s)
February 28[7] 78th Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
March 7[8] 26th Critics' Choice Awards Broadcast Film Critics Association Santa Monica, California, U.S.
March 21 73rd Writers Guild of America Awards Writers Guild of America, East
Writers Guild of America West
Ceremony held virtually
March 24 32nd Producers Guild of America Awards Producers Guild of America Ceremony held virtually
April 4[9] 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles, California, U.S.
April 10 73rd Directors Guild of America Awards Directors Guild of America Ceremony held virtually
April 11[10] 74th British Academy Film Awards[11] British Academy of Film and Television Arts London, England, UK
April 16[12] 48th Annie Awards ASIFA-Hollywood Los Angeles, California, U.S.
April 22 36th Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Awards Santa Monica, California, U.S.
April 24 41st Golden Raspberry Awards Golden Raspberry Awards Foundation Los Angeles, California, U.S.
April 25[13] 93rd Academy Awards Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Los Angeles, California, U.S.
May 3 67th National Film Awards Directorate of Film Festivals New Delhi, India
TBA 46th Saturn Awards Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films TBD

Film festivals

List of some of the film festivals for 2021 that have been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

2021 film festivals
Date Event Host Location
January 28–February 3 2021 Sundance Film Festival Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah, United States
March 1–5 71st Berlin International Film Festival Berlin International Film Festival Berlin, Germany
July 6–17 2021 Cannes Film Festival Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France
September 1–11 78th Venice International Film Festival Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy
September 9–18 2021 Toronto International Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2021 films


January 1Mark Eden92EnglishActor
4Tanya Roberts65AmericanActress
4Barbara Shelley88EnglishActress
4Gregory Sierra83AmericanActor
4Karl-Heinz Vosgerau93GermanActor
5James Greene89Northern IrishActor
5John Richardson86EnglishActor
6Antonio Sabàto Sr.77Italian-AmericanActor
7Michael Apted79EnglishDirector, Producer
7Thomas Gumpert68GermanActor
7Marion Ramsey73AmericanActress, Singer
8Steve Carver75AmericanDirector
8Mike Henry84AmericanActor
8Diana Millay85AmericanActress
9John Reilly86AmericanActor
11Tord Peterson94SwedishActor
11Stacy Title56AmericanDirector
14Peter Mark Richman93AmericanActor
15Dale Baer70AmericanAnimator
16Charlotte Cornwell71EnglishActress
17Jacques Bral72FrenchDirector, Screenwriter
18Jean-Pierre Bacri69FrenchActor, Screenwriter
18Perry Botkin Jr.87AmericanComposer
18Juan Carlos Tabío77CubanDirector, Screenwriter
20Mira Furlan65CroatianActress
21Nathalie Delon79FrenchActress
21Rémy Julienne90FrenchStuntman
23Walter Bernstein101AmericanScreenwriter, Director
23Tony Ferrer86FilipinoActor
23Alberto Grimaldi95ItalianProducer
23Hal Holbrook95AmericanActor
23Trisha Noble76AustralianActress, Singer
23Sumiko Sakamoto84JapaneseActress, Singer
24Bruce Kirby95AmericanActor
24Gunnel Lindblom89SwedishActress
27Cloris Leachman94AmericanActress
28Vasily Lanovoy87RussianActor
28Cicely Tyson96AmericanActress
29Jeremy Lubbock89EnglishComposer
30Allan Burns85AmericanScreenwriter, Producer
February 1Jonas Gricius92LithuanianCinematographer
1Robert C. Jones84AmericanFilm Editor, Screenwriter
3Haya Harareet89IsraeliActress
5Isa Bellini98ItalianActress, Singer
5Christopher Plummer91CanadianActor
7Giuseppe Rotunno97ItalianCinematographer
7Moufida Tlatli73TunisianDirector, Film Editor
8Jean-Claude Carrière89FrenchScreenwriter, Actor
9John Hora80AmericanCinematographer
11Joan Weldon90AmericanActress, Singer
12Antonio Giménez-Rico82SpanishDirector, Screenwriter
12Christopher Pennock76AmericanActor
12Lynn Stalmaster93AmericanCasting Director
15Sandro Dori82ItalianActor
15Lucía Guilmáin83MexicanActress
17Martha Stewart98AmericanActress, Singer
18Andrey Myagkov82RussianActor
22Giancarlo Santi81ItalianDirector
24Alan Robert Murray66AmericanSound Editor
24Ronald Pickup80EnglishActor
27Ng Man-tat70Hong KongActor
March 1Enrique San Francisco65SpanishActor
2Gil Rogers87AmericanActor
3Katharina Matz85GermanActress
3Nicola Pagett75Egyptian-EnglishActress
4Tony Hendra79EnglishScreenwriter
5David Bailie83South AfricanActor
8Leon Gast85AmericanDocumentarian
8Trevor Peacock89EnglishActor
9Isela Vega81MexicanActress
11Isidore Mankofsky89AmericanCinematographer
11Peter Patzak76AustrianDirector, Screenwriter
11Norman J. Warren78EnglishDirector
14Henry Darrow87AmericanActor
15Yaphet Kotto81AmericanActor
17Antón García Abril87SpanishComposer
18Richard Gilliland71AmericanActor
22Susana Canales87SpanishActress
22Pierick Houdy92FrenchComposer
22May Wynn93AmericanActress
23George Segal87AmericanActor
24Kunie Tanaka88JapaneseActor
24Jessica Walter80AmericanActress
25Larry McMurtry84AmericanScreenwriter
25Bertrand Tavernier79FrenchDirector, Screenwriter
April 1Lee Aaker77AmericanActor
1Biff McGuire94AmericanActor
3Lois de Banzie90Scottish-AmericanActress
3Gloria Henry98AmericanActress
3John Paragon66AmericanActor, Writer, Director
4Zygmunt Malanowicz83PolishActor
5Robert Fletcher98AmericanCostume Designer
5Paul Ritter55EnglishActor
6Walter Olkewicz72AmericanActor
7James Hampton84AmericanActor
8Richard Rush91AmericanDirector, Screenwriter
9Earl "DMX" Simmons50AmericanActor, Singer
11Giannetto De Rossi78ItalianMake-Up Artist
11Enzo Sciotti76ItalianPoster Artist
11Joseph Siravo66AmericanActor
16Helen McCrory52EnglishActress
16Anthony Powell85EnglishCostume Designer
16Felix Silla84Italian-AmericanStuntman, Actor
16Mari Törőcsik85HungarianActress
20Monte Hellman91AmericanDirector, Screenwriter, Producer
21Thomas Fritsch77GermanActor
22Charles Fries92AmericanProducer, Executive
24Yves Rénier78FrenchActor, Director
29Johnny Crawford75AmericanActor, Singer
29Billie Hayes96AmericanActress
29Frank McRae77AmericanActor
May 1Olympia Dukakis89AmericanActress
1Willy Kurant87BelgianCinematographer
2Jacques d'Amboise86AmericanChoreographer, Actor
7Tawny Kitaen59AmericanActress
8Graeme Ferguson91CanadianProducer, Cinematographer
9Neil Connery83ScottishActor
11Norman Lloyd106AmericanActor
11Buddy Van Horn92AmericanStunt Coordinator, Director
18Charles Grodin86AmericanActor
19Paul Mooney79AmericanActor
24Robert Green Hall47AmericanMake-Up Artist
24Samuel E. Wright74AmericanActor, Singer
26Isabella De Bernardi57ItalianActress
26Jerome Hellman92AmericanProducer
26Paul Soles90CanadianActor
27Shane Briant74EnglishActor
29Gavin MacLeod90AmericanActor
31Peter Del Monte77ItalianDirector, Screenwriter
31Arlene Golonka85AmericanActress
June 3Damaris Hayman91EnglishActress
3Ernie Lively74AmericanActor
4Clarence Williams III81AmericanActor
5Paulo Thiago75BrazilianDirector, Screenwriter
7Ben Roberts70WelshActor
9Libuše Šafránková68CzechActress
11John Gabriel90AmericanActor
12Dennis Berry76American-FrenchActor, Director
13Ned Beatty83AmericanActor
13David Lightfoot61AustralianProducer
14Lisa Banes65AmericanActress
16Frank Bonner79AmericanActor



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