Films of 2020: Ranked in Terms of Perceived Quality

Join me as I rank the films of 2020!

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.

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.

  • She Dies Tomorrow

    1

  • Boys State

    2

  • Special Actors

    3

  • Bad Education

    4

  • Ema

    5

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    6

  • The Donut King

    7

  • On the Record

    8

  • Swallow

    9

  • The Climb

    10

  • Sorry We Missed You

    11

  • Weathering with You

    12

  • Jasper Mall

    13

  • The Shock of the Future

    14

  • Crestone

    15

  • A White, White Day

    16

  • The Assistant

    17

  • First Cow

    18

  • La Llorona

    19

  • Babyteeth

    20

  • Da 5 Bloods

    21

  • The Painted Bird

    22

  • Beats

    23

  • The Trip to Greece

    24

  • True History of the Kelly Gang

    25

  • Dark City Beneath the Beat

    26

  • Rebuilding Paradise

    27

  • The Invisible Man

    28

  • The Outpost

    29

  • 15 Years

    30

  • Selah and the Spades

    31

  • Deerskin

    32

  • Young Ahmed

    33

  • Fully Realized Humans

    34

  • Lapsis

    35

  • The Grand Bizarre

    36

  • Cowboys

    37

  • LA Originals

    38

  • Aviva

    39

  • A Secret Love

    40

  • Greed

    41

  • The Painter and the Thief

    42

  • Disclosure

    43

  • Target Number One

    44

  • Good Boy

    45

  • Tomboy

    46

  • Sword of God

    47

  • Socks on Fire

    48

  • Other Music

    49

  • Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President

    50

  • The Other Lamb

    51

  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    52

  • Jumbo

    53

  • The Platform

    54

  • Ordinary Love

    55

  • The Surrogate

    56

  • Selfie

    57

  • Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

    58

  • Arkansas

    59

  • Onward

    60

  • Buffaloed

    61

  • Incitement

    62

  • Les Misérables

    63

  • Acasa, My Home

    64

  • Emma.

    65

  • Shithouse

    66

  • The Delicacy

    67

  • Two Gods

    68

  • Why Don't You Just Die!

    69

  • Laurel Canyon

    70

  • Mucho Mucho Amor

    71

  • Big Time Adolescence

    72

  • Troop Zero

    73

  • Animation Outlaws

    74

  • We Are Little Zombies

    75

  • John Lewis: Good Trouble

    76

  • Shirley

    77

  • The Truth

    78

  • White Noise

    79

  • Coded Bias

    80

  • Joan of Arc

    81

  • Tommaso

    82

  • Miss Juneteenth

    83

  • For Madmen Only

    84

  • Beanpole

    85

  • The Boy Who Sold The World

    86

  • A Thousand Cuts

    87

  • Palm Springs

    88

  • The Beach House

    89

  • Landfall

    90

  • The Fight

    91

  • Judy & Punch

    92

  • Be Water

    93

  • They Call Me Dr. Miami

    94

  • Our Mothers

    95

  • Stockton on My Mind

    96

  • Spaceship Earth

    97

  • Pacified

    98

  • 2040

    99

  • Lucky Grandma

    100