Year-End Lists

A browsable archive of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

2020 Movies

Glenn Kenny: Notable Films of 2020

26 December 2020

Glenn Kenny: Notable Films of 2020, the first ten in order of preference

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012]

Vogue: The 15 Best Movies of 2020

26 December 2020

Vogue: The 15 Best Movies of 2020

[see also 2019]

Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2020

24 December 2020

Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2020, as published by Gay City News along with a list of shorts and a list of older films first seen this year

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

David Fear: The 20 Best Movies of 2020

23 December 2020

David Fear: The 20 Best Movies of 2020, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  2. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  3. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  4. First CowKelly Reichardt
  5. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  6. TimeGarrett Bradley
  7. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  8. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  9. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  10. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  11. TigertailAlan Yang
  12. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  13. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  14. Night of the KingsPhilippe Lacôte
  15. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  16. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  17. Boys StateJesse Moss and Amanda McBaine
  18. La LloronaJayro Bustamante
  19. The AssistantKitty Green
  20. MankDavid Fincher

K. Austin Collins: Top 20 Movies of 2020

23 December 2020

K. Austin Collins: Top 20 Movies of 2020, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  2. TimeGarrett Bradley
  3. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  4. Fire Will ComeOliver Laxe
  5. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  6. Small Axe: Red, White and BlueSteve McQueen
  7. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  8. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  9. FourteenDan Sallitt
  10. First CowKelly Reichardt
  11. ResidueMerawi Gerima
  12. TeslaMichael Almereyda
  13. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  14. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  15. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  16. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  17. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  18. Ham on RyeTyler Taormina
  19. The AssistantKitty Green
  20. Borat Subsequent MoviefilmJason Woliner
  21. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  22. KajillionaireMiranda July
  23. MankDavid Fincher

Matt Singer: The Best Movies of 2020

20 December 2020

Matt Singer: The Best Movies of 2020, as published by ScreenCrush

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  2. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  3. SoulPete Docter
  4. Sound of MetalDarius Marder
  5. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  6. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  7. First CowKelly Reichardt
  8. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  9. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  10. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen

Joshua Rivera: The Best Movies of 2020

20 December 2020

Joshua Rivera: The Best Movies of 2020, as published by The Verge, in no particular order

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2020

18 December 2020

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2020, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2019, 2018]

Alissa Wilkinson: The 25 Best Movies of 2020

17 December 2020

Alissa Wilkinson: The 25 Best Movies of 2020, as published by Vox

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. The Painter and the ThiefBenjamin Ree
  2. MayorDavid Osit
  3. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  4. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  5. DrivewaysAndrew Ahn
  6. The AssistantKitty Green
  7. Another RoundThomas Vinterberg
  8. TimeGarrett Bradley
  9. First CowKelly Reichardt
  10. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  11. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  12. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  13. Scheme BirdsEllen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin
  14. Ma Rainey's Black BottomGeorge C. Wolfe
  15. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  16. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  17. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  18. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  19. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  20. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  21. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  22. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  23. Palm SpringsMax Barbakow
  24. South MountainHilary Brougher
  25. Bill & Ted Face the MusicDean Parisot

A.V. Club: Best Films of 2020

17 December 2020

The A.V. Club: Best Films of 2020, assembled from the ballots of a dozen contributors

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. The AssistantKitty Green
  4. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  5. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  6. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  7. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  8. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  9. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  10. TimeGarrett Bradley
  11. FourteenDan Sallitt
  12. A White, White DayHlynur Pálmason
  13. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  14. Sound of MetalDarius Marder
  15. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  16. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  17. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  18. MankDavid Fincher
  19. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  20. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  21. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  22. The ClimbMichael Angelo Covino
  23. The NestSean Durkin
  24. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  25. ShirleyJosephine Decker