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Top 2020 Discoveries

20 films

Best older films that were new to me when I watched them in 2020. Ranked in rough order of preference.…

  • Do the Right Thing
  • Malcolm X
  • 25th Hour
  • Bamboozled
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Vengeance
  • Drug War
  • Exiled
  • Fulltime Killer
  • Throw Down

Ranked: Johnnie To

15 films

I need to see more, especially BREAKING NEWS and BLIND DETECTIVE. What else? I like the first 8 of these…

  • Dunkirk
  • Inception
  • Memento
  • The Prestige
  • The Dark Knight Rises

Ranked: Christopher Nolan

11 films

Edited to add FOLLOWING. (And really, all three Batmans are so close that you can swap any of them).

  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • WALL·E
  • Up

Ranked: Pixar

17 films

Missing a few but I'm okay skipping CARS sequels and shit.

  • The Limey
  • Ocean's Twelve
  • King of the Hill
  • Out of Sight
  • Logan Lucky
  • Fight Club
  • Se7en
  • The Social Network
  • Zodiac
  • Panic Room

Ranked: David Fincher

11 films

And I really like THE GAME.

  • Shame
  • Mangrove
  • Widows
  • Lovers Rock
  • 12 Years a Slave

Ranked: Steve McQueen

9 films

Unimpeachable. Maybe he'll make a movie that isn't really good, someday, but I doubt it.

  • Swingers
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • The Bourne Identity
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Go

Ranked: Doug Liman

7 films

I don't really think of Liman as a particularly good or distinctive filmmaker, but looking at this list it seems…

  • Melvin and Howard
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Philadelphia
  • The Silence of the Lambs

Ranked: Jonathan Demme

12 films

Several I haven't seen, notably BELOVED and the early stuff like CAGED HEAT.

  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • A New Leaf
  • Mikey and Nicky
  • Ishtar