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

Odie Henderson: Top Ten Films of 2020

16 December 2020

Odie Henderson: Top Ten Films of 2020, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  2. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  3. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  4. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  5. HamiltonThomas Kail
  6. Ma Rainey's Black BottomGeorge C. Wolfe
  7. His HouseRemi Weekes
  8. TimeGarrett Bradley
  9. The Old GuardGina Prince-Bythewood
  10. The TruthHirokazu Kore-eda

Screen Slate: Top 20 Films of 2020

16 December 2020

Screen Slate: Top 20 Films of 2020, a poll of the site's contributors. Also, visit Screen Slate to see their contributors' lists of notable first viewings and discoveries, "broadly defined." The responses make for some fun browsing.

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. TimeGarrett Bradley
  3. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  4. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  5. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  6. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  7. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  8. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  9. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  10. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  11. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  12. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  13. The InheritanceEphraim Asili
  14. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  15. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  16. The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo
  17. UndineChristian Petzold
  18. TommasoAbel Ferrara
  19. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  20. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov

RogerEbert.com Survey: The Ten Best Films of 2020

16 December 2020

RogerEbert.com: The Ten Best Films of 2020, as selected by the site’s regular film critics and editors

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  4. First CowKelly Reichardt
  5. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  6. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  7. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  8. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  9. The NestSean Durkin
  10. The AssistantKitty Green

Sheri Linden: The Best Films of 2020

15 December 2020

Sheri Linden: The Best Films of 2020, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

[see also 2019]

  1. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  2. GundaViktor Kosakovskiy
  3. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  4. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  5. One Night in MiamiRegina King
  6. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  7. 76 daysHao Wu, Weixi Chen and Anonymous
  8. First CowKelly Reichardt
  9. AmmoniteFrancis Lee
  10. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank

Jon Frosch: The Best Films of 2020

15 December 2020

Jon Frosch: The Best Films of 2020, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

[see also 2019]

  1. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. An Easy GirlRebecca Zlotowski
  4. AmmoniteFrancis Lee
  5. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  6. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  7. The ClimbMichael Angelo Covino
  8. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  9. The SurrogateJeremy Hersh
  10. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee

David Rooney: The Best Films of 2020

15 December 2020

David Rooney: The Best Films of 2020, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

[see also 2019]

  1. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  2. First CowKelly Reichardt
  3. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  4. AmmoniteFrancis Lee
  5. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  6. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  7. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  8. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  9. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  10. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

IndieWire Poll: Best Movies of 2020

15 December 2020

IndieWire: Best Movies of 2020, as voted by film critics from around the world

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

  1. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  2. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  3. First CowKelly Reichardt
  4. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  5. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  6. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  7. TimeGarrett Bradley
  8. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  9. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  10. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

Dana Stevens: The Best Movies of 2020

15 December 2020

Dana Stevens: The Best Movies of 2020, as published by Slate

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

Mara Reinstein: The Best Movies of 2020

14 December 2020

Mara Reinstein: The Best Movies of 2020, as published by Us Weekly

  1. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  2. Palm SpringsMax Barbakow
  3. The PromRyan Murphy
  4. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  5. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  6. The Trial of the Chicago 7Aaron Sorkin
  7. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  8. Bad EducationCory Finley
  9. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  10. Taylor Swift: Miss AmericanaLana Wilson

Randy Myers: The Best 10 Movies of 2020

14 December 2020

Randy Myers: The Best 10 Movies of 2020, as published by San Jose Mercury News

  1. DrivewaysAndrew Ahn
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  4. Small AxeSteve McQueen
  5. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  6. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  7. First CowKelly Reichardt
  8. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  9. MankDavid Fincher
  10. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart