Films of 2020: Ranked in Terms of Perceived Quality

Join me as I rank the films of 2020!

Last Updated: January 21, 2021

This list includes films that meet one of the following criteria:
• The film received its initial U.S. theatrical or direct-to-VOD release in 2020.
• The film screened at a 2020 festival at which I saw the film, and it has not yet received a theatrical release. (Festival listed in notes.)

This list does not include:
• Films that were released in limited release (including qualifying runs) in 2019 before expanding in 2020.
• Re-issues that had received a U.S. theatrical release prior to 2020.
• Films that screen at a 2020 festival but are not released in 2020, unless I saw them at said festival.
• Films that screened at a 2019 festival but were released in 2020, if I saw them at said festival.

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  • She Dies Tomorrow

    1

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    2

  • The Climb

    3

  • Boys State

    4

  • Ema

    5

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    6

  • Cockroach

    7

  • Bad Hair

    8

  • Farewell Amor

    9

  • Sound of Metal

    10

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    11

  • The Donut King

    12

  • The Boy from Medellín

    13

  • On the Record

    14

  • Special Actors

    15

  • Swallow

    16

  • Sorry We Missed You

    17

  • One Night in Miami...

    18

  • Some Kind of Heaven

    19

  • French Exit

    20

  • Red, White and Blue

    21

  • The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

    22

  • Bad Education

    23

  • Jasper Mall

    24

  • The Five Rules Of Success

    25

  • The Shock of the Future

    26

  • Crestone

    27

  • City Hall

    28

  • Another Round

    29

  • Wolfwalkers

    30

  • Herself

    31

  • The Assistant

    32

  • First Cow

    33

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    34

  • La Llorona

    35

  • Lovers Rock

    36

  • Promising Young Woman

    37

  • A White, White Day

    38

  • Da 5 Bloods

    39

  • Summer of 85

    40

  • Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

    41

  • Television Event

    42

  • The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show

    43

  • Never Gonna Snow Again

    44

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    45

  • The Painted Bird

    46

  • Monday

    47

  • Epicentro

    48

  • Kill It and Leave This Town

    49

  • Kubrick by Kubrick

    50

  • Akilla's Escape

    51

  • The Way I See It

    52

  • Time

    53

  • Savage State

    54

  • Beats

    55

  • The Trip to Greece

    56

  • Sophie Jones

    57

  • True History of the Kelly Gang

    58

  • My Little Sister

    59

  • Babyteeth

    60

  • Dark City Beneath the Beat

    61

  • Rebuilding Paradise

    62

  • Charm City Kings

    63

  • Tragic Jungle

    64

  • Nocturne

    65

  • The Dose

    66

  • The Invisible Man

    67

  • Free Country

    68

  • The Outpost

    69

  • 15 Years

    70

  • Selah and the Spades

    71

  • Deerskin

    72

  • Young Ahmed

    73

  • Fully Realized Humans

    74

  • Lapsis

    75

  • Mandibles

    76

  • You Cannot Kill David Arquette

    77

  • The Grand Bizarre

    78

  • Cowboys

    79

  • LA Originals

    80

  • Aviva

    81

  • A Secret Love

    82

  • Wyrm

    83

  • Greed

    84

  • The Painter and the Thief

    85

  • Disclosure

    86

  • Class Action Park

    87

  • Slaxx

    88

  • A Mermaid in Paris

    89

  • Legend of Deification

    90

  • Come True

    91

  • Target Number One

    92

  • Sputnik

    93

  • Texas Trip - A Carnival of Ghosts

    94

  • Tomboy

    95

  • Sword of God

    96

  • Socks on Fire

    97

  • Other Music

    98

  • Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

    99

  • Jumbo

    100