The A.V. Club's best films of 2020

This list uses U.S. theatrical release dates only.

In this year without blockbusters (and less middlebrow awards contenders), our critics cited documentaries, intimate independent dramas, adventurous visions from overseas, a bona fide avant-garde project, the kind of mid-budget Hollywood thriller the Oscars usually ignore, and the best installment of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology.

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This list was originally published to The A.V. Club on December 17, 2020

  • First Cow

    1

  • Nomadland

    2

  • The Assistant

    3

  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    4

  • Lovers Rock

    5

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    6

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    7

  • The Grand Bizarre

    8

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    9

  • Time

    10

  • Fourteen

    11

  • A White, White Day

    12

  • Minari

    13

  • Sound of Metal

    14

  • Martin Eden

    15

  • The Vast of Night

    16

  • Da 5 Bloods

    17

  • Mank

    18

  • Vitalina Varela

    19

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

    20

  • Beanpole

    21

  • The Climb

    22

  • The Nest

    23

  • The Invisible Man

    24

  • Shirley

    25