Best Films of 2020

Selected by Piero Scaruffi
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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics (including mine when there is a link to my review).

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.


Special section: The 2020 Film Festivals

Sundance (jan):
Lee Isaac Chung: Minari
Janicza Bravo: Zola
Eliza Hittman: Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Kitty Green: The Assistant
Lawrence Michael Levine: Black Bear
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
Josephine Decker: Shirley
Emerald Fennell: Promising Young Woman
Miranda July: Kajillionaire
Radha Blank: The 40-Year-Old Version
Maite Alberdi: The Mole Agent
Florian Zeller: The Father
Max Barbakow: Palm Springs
Robert Machoian: The Killing of Two Lovers


Berlin (feb):
Sang-soo Hong: Domangchin Yeoja/ The Woman Who Ran
Ilya Khrzhanovsky: DAU Natasha
Mohammad Rasoulof: There Is No Evil
Eliza Hittman: Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Johann Johannsson: Last and First Men
Christian Petzold: Undine
Cristi Puiu: Malmkrog
Agnieszka Holland: Charlatan
Natalia Meta: The Intruder
Sandra Wollner: The Trouble With Being Born
Srdan Golubovic: Father
Radu Jude: Uppercase Print
Burhan Qurbani: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Kitty Green: The Assistant
Sung-hyun Yoon: Sa-nyang-eui-si-gan/ Time to Hunt
Josephine Decker: Shirley
Faraz Shariat: Futur Drei/ No Hard Feelings
Cannes (may):
(Unrated because the festival hasn't taken place)
Koji Fukada: The Real Thing
Thomas Vinterberg: Druk/ Another Round
Lucas Belvaux: Des Hommes
Im Sang-Soo: Heaven
Sharunas Bartas: In The Dusk
Wes Anderson: The French Dispatch
Francois Ozon: Summer 85
Yeon Sang-Ho: Peninsula
Venezia (aug):
Chloe Zhao: Nomadland
Ahmad Bahrami: The Wasteland
Michel Franco: Nuevo Orden
Chaitanya Tamhane: The Disciple
Francis Lee: Ammonite
Andrei Konchalovsky: Dear Comrades
Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Supai no Tsuma/ Wife of a Spy
New York (oct):
Kornel Mundruczo: Pieces of a Woman
Chloe Zhao: Nomadland
Sang-soo Hong: Domangchin Yeoja/ The Woman Who Ran
Chaitanya Tamhane: The Disciple
Steve McQueen: Mangrove
Steve McQueen: Red, White and Blue
Pedro Almodovar: The Human Voice
Steve McQueen: Lovers Rock
Philippe Lacote: Night of the Kings

Toronto (sep):
Kornel Mundruczo: Pieces of a Woman
Chloe Zhao: Nomadland
Michel Franco: Nuevo Orden
Lili Horvat: Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Thomas Vinterberg: Druk/ Another Round
Francis Lee: Ammonite
Chaitanya Tamhane: The Disciple
Regina King: One Night in Miami
Jasmila Zbanic: Quo Vadis Aida
Tracy Deer: Beans
Tomm Moore: Wolfwalkers

Ratings for the 2020 season

MUST SEE...:

7.8 Ilya Khrzhanovsky: Degeneratsia/ Degeneration
7.4 Ilya Khrzhanovsky: DAU Natasha
7.3 Chloe Zhao: Nomadland
7.3 Lee Isaac Chung: Minari
7.2 Alexis Gambis: Son of Monarchs
7.2 Mohammad Rasoulof: There Is No Evil
7.2 Ming-liang Tsai: Days
7.2 Kornel Mundruczo: Pieces of a Woman
7.2 Lav Diaz: Lahi Hayop/ Genus Pan
7.2 Lili Horvat: Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
7.2 Filip Jan Rymsza: Mosquito State
7.2 Fernanda Veladez: Sin Senas Particulares Identifying Features
7.2 Christian Petzold: Undine
7.2 Janicza Bravo: Zola
7.1 David Bruckner: The Night House
7.1 Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Supai no Tsuma/ Wife of a Spy
7.1 Sang-soo Hong: Domangchin Yeoja/ The Woman Who Ran
7.1 Joao Paulo Miranda Mari: Memory House
7.1 Nicolas Pereda: Fauna
7.1 Jasmila Zbanic: Quo Vadis Aida?
7.1 Michel Franco: Nuevo Orden/ New Order
7.1 Lois Patino: Lua Vermella/ Red Moon Tide
7.1 Eliza Hittman: Never Rarely Sometimes Always
7.1 Johann Johannsson: Last and First Men
7.1 Max Barbakow: Palm Springs
7.1 Ahmad Bahrami: Dashte Khamoush/ The Wasteland
7.1 Cristi Puiu: Malmkrog
7.1 Majid Majidi: Khorshid/ Sun Children
7.1 Viggo Mortensen: Falling
7.1 Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
7.0 Kitty Green: The Assistant
7.0 Matias Pineiro: Isabella
7.0 Bassam Tariq: Mogul Mowgli
7.0 Edson Oda: Nine Days
7.0 Kaveh Mazaheri: Botox
7.0 Emma Dante: The Macaluso Sisters
7.0 Radha Blank: The 40-Year-Old Version
7.0 Joe DeNardo & Paul Felten: Slow Machine
7.0 Ephraim Asili: The Inheritance
7.0 Azazel Jacobs: French Exit
7.0 C.W. Winter and Anders Edstrom: The Works and Days
7.0 Anders Thomas Jensen: Retfaerdighedens Ryttere/ Riders of Justice
7.0 Luca Guadagnino: We are Who we are
7.0 Lawrence Michael Levine: Black Bear
7.0 Philippe Garrel: The Salt of Tears
7.0 Steve McQueen: Mangrove
7.0 Chaitanya Tamhane: The Disciple
7.0 Regina King: One Night in Miami
7.0 Andrei Konchalovsky: Dorogie Tovarishchi/ Dear Comrades
7.0 Charlie Kaufman: I'm Thinking of Ending Things
7.0 Egor Abramenko: Sputnik
7.0 Romola Garai: Amulet
7.0 Craig Zobel: The Hunt
7.0 Liz Garbus: Lost Girls
7.0 Agnieszka Holland: Charlatan
7.0 Natalia Meta: The Intruder
7.0 Sandra Wollner: The Trouble With Being Born
7.0 Srdan Golubovic: Father
7.0 Radu Jude: Uppercase Print
7.0 Burhan Qurbani: Berlin Alexanderplatz
7.0 Sung-hyun Yoon: Sa-nyang-eui-si-gan/ Time to Hunt
7.0 Miranda July: Kajillionaire
7.0 Maite Alberdi: The Mole Agent
7.0 Florian Zeller: The Father
7.0 Robert Machoian: The Killing of Two Lovers
7.0 Faraz Shariat: Futur Drei/ No Hard Feelings
7.0 Josephine Decker: Shirley
7.0 Christopher Munch: The 11th Green
7.0 Michael Almereyda: Tesla
7.0 Francis Lee: Ammonite
7.0 Catarina Vasconcelos: A Metamorfoses dos Pasaros
7.0 Pete Docter & Kemp Powers: Soul
7.0 Yujiro Harumoto: A Balance
7.0 Pak Ruslan: Three
SO SO...:

6.9 Dea Kulumbegashvili: Beginning
6.9 Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo: Favolacce
6.9 Anthony Scott Burns: Come True
6.9 Brandon Cronenberg: Possessor
6.9 Ana Vaz: Apiyemiyeki
6.9 Tracy Deer: Beans
6.9 Emma Seligman: Shiva Baby
6.9 Carlo Mirabella-Davis: Swallow
6.9 Cristina Ibarra & Alex Rivera The Infiltrators
6.9 Guillaume Pierret: Lost Bullet
6.9 Gerardo Naranjo: Viena and the Fantomes
6.9 Gregor Jordan: Dirt Music
6.9 Rob Savage: Host
6.9 Steve McQueen: Red, White and Blue
6.9 Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead: Synchronic
6.9 Johannes Nyholm: Koko-di Koko-da
6.9 Antonio Capuano: Il Buco in Testa
6.9 Aaron Sorkin: The Trial of the Chicago 7
6.9 Emerald Fennell: Promising Young Woman
6.9 Philippe Lacote: Night of the Kings
6.8 Thomas Vinterberg: Druk/ Another Round
6.8 Abel Ferrara: Siberia
6.8 Roseanne Liang: Shadow in the Cloud
6.8 Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo: `Favolacce/ Bad Tales'
6.8 Lydia Dean Pilcher & Ginny Mohler: Radium Girls
6.8 Gaspar Antillo: Nobody Knows Im Here
6.8 Michael Matthews: Love and Monsters
6.8 Alice Wu: The Half of It
6.8 Ant Timpson: Come to Daddy
6.8 Sally Potter: The Roads Not Taken
6.8 Michael Winterbottom: Greed
6.8 Atom Egoyan: Guest of Honour
6.8 Brandon Trost: An American Pickle
6.8 Ayumu Watanabe: Kaiju no Kodomo/ Children of the Sea
6.8 Steve Collins: I've Got Issues
6.8 Angel Manuel Soto: Charm City Kings
6.8 Aneesh Chaganty: Run
6.8 Takeshi Fukunaga: Ainu Mosir
6.8 Spike Lee: Da 5 Bloods
6.8 Kirill Sokolov: Papa Sdokhni/ Why Don't You Just Die
6.8 Kaouther Ben Hania: Ar-rajul Alladi ba'a Zahrihu/ The Man Who Sold His Skin
6.7 John Hyams: Alone
6.7 Andrei Khrzhanovsky: Nos ili Zagovor Netakih/ The Nose or Cospiracy of Mavericks
6.7 Michaela Coel: I May Destroy You
6.7 Ina Weisse: The Audition
6.7 John Turturro: The Jesus Rolls
6.7 Abel Ferrara: Tommaso
6.7 Sergio Navarretta: The Cuban
6.7 Steve McQueen: Lovers Rock
6.7 Pedro Almodovar: The Human Voice
6.6 Sean Durkin: The Nest
6.6 Phyllida Lloyd: Herself
6.6 David Wnendt: The Sunlit Night
6.6 Stella Meghie: The Photograph
6.6 Craig Borten: Sergio
6.6 Rashaad Ernesto Green: Premature
6.6 Gavin O'Connor: The Way Back
6.6 Harry Bradbeer: Enola Holmes
6.6 Sofia Coppola: On the Rocks
6.6 Tomm Moore: Wolfwalkers
6.6 Diane Paragas: Yellow Rose
6.5 Philippa Lowthorpe: Misbehaviour
6.5 Robert Connolly: The Dry
6.5 Charlene Favier: Slalom
6.5 Malgorzata Szumowska & Michal Englert: Never Gonna Snow Again
6.5 Dzintars Dreibergs: Blizzard of Souls
6.5 Jason Woliner: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
6.5 Udo Flohr: Effigy - Poison and the City
6.5 John Sheedy: H Is for Happiness
6.5 Autumn de Wilde: Emma
6.5 Guy Ritchie: The Gentlemen
6.5 Channing Godfrey Peoples: Miss Juneteenth
6.5 Benjamin Ree: The Painter and the Thief
6.5 Natalie Erika James: Relic
6.5 Giuseppe Capotondi: The Burnt Orange Heresy
6.5 Joe Robert Cole: All Day and a Night
6.5 Robert Jury: Working Man
6.5 Peter Cattaneo: Military Wives
6.5 Brian Welsh: Beats
6.5 Justin Simien: Bad Hair
6.5 David Talbert: Jingle Jangle
6.5 Ian Nelms & Eshom Nelms: Fatman
6.5 Clea DuVall: Happiest Season
6.5 Ekwa Msangi: Farewell Amor
Passable...:

6.4 Sherry Hormann: A Regular Woman
6.4 Andrew Cohn: The Last Shift
6.4 Dan Scanlon: Onward
6.4 Hirokazu Kore-eda: The Truth
6.4 Julie Taymor: The Glorias
6.4 Julia Hart: I'm Your Woman
6.3 Deborah Kampmeier: Tape
6.3 Jeffrey Brown: The Beach House
6.3 Judd Apatow: The King of Staten Island
6.3 Karen Maine: Yes God Yes
6.3 Mark Steven Johnson: Love Guaranteed
6.2 John Leguizamo: Critical Thinking
6.2 Tony Bancroft & Scott Christian Sava: Animal Crackers
6.2 Brett Pierce & Drew Pierce: The Wretched
6.2 Rod Lurie: The Outpost
6.2 Paula van der Oest: The Bay of Silence
6.2 Sang-ho Yeon: Peninsula
6.2 Antonio Campos: The Devil All the Time
6.2 Alastair Orr: Triggered
6.2 Ron Howard: Hillbilly Elegy
6.2 George Clooney: The Midnight Sky
6.1 Leigh Whannell: The Invisible Man
6.0 Chris Sanders: The Call of the Wild
6.0 David Fincher: Mank
6.0 Deon Taylor: Fatale
6.0 George Nolfi: The Banker
6.0 Aitor Arregi, Jon Gara¤o and Jose Mari Goenaga: The Endless Trench
6.0 Andrea DiStefano: The Informer
6.0 Rapman: Blue Story
6.0 Thomas Kail: Hamilton
6.0 Nicol Paone: Friendsgiving
6.0 Ninian Doff: Get Duked!
6.0 Joe Mantello: The Boys in the Band
6.0 Lydia Pilcher: A Call to Spy
6.0 Marcus Rosenmueller: The Keeper
6.0 Tim Hill: The War With Grandpa
6.0 Christopher Landon: Freaky
6.0 Hong Khaou: Monsoon
6.0 Claire Oakley: Make Up
6.0 Nick Sarkisov: Embattled
6.0 Stanley Tong: Vanguard
6.0 Ben Falcone: Superintelligence
6.0 Alan Ball: Uncle Frank
6.0 Eric Schultz: Minor Premise
6.0 Reginald Hudlin: Safety
6.0 Deepa Mehta: Funny Boy
6.0 Paul Greengrass: News of the World
6.0 Patrick Liu: Your Name Engraved Herein
YUCK!...:

5.9 Richard Wong: Come as You Are
5.9 Gina Prince-Bythewood: The Old Guard
5.8 Michael Herbig: Balloon
5.8 Ludwig & Paul Shammasian: Retaliation
5.8 Derrick Borte: Unhinged
5.8 Isabel Sandoval: Lingua Franca
5.8 Xavier Dolan: Matthias & Maxime
5.7 William Teitler: Bad Therapy
5.7 Aaron Schneider: Greyhound
5.7 Niki Caro: Mulan
5.6 Drake Doremus: Endings Beginnings
5.6 Brett Haley: All Together Now
5.5 Dean Parisot: Bill & Ted Face the Music
5.5 Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas: White Lie
5.5 Spike Lee: American Utopia
5.5 Oz Perkins: Gretel & Hansel
5.5 Stephanie Turner: Justine
5.5 Prentice Penny: Uncorked
5.5 David Dobkin: Eurovision Song Contest
5.5 Jessica Swale: Summerland
5.5 James D'Arcy: Made in Italy
5.5 Christopher Nolan: Tenet
5.4 Paul Ireland: Measure for Measure
5.4 Jonathan Jakubowicz: Resistance
5.4 Andrew Wonder: Feral
5.4 Katleho & Rethabile Ramaphakela: Seriously Single
5.4 Roger Michell: Blackbird
5.3 Gary Lundgren: Phoenix Oregon
5.3 Andrew Heckler: Burden
5.2 Jon Abrahams: Clover
5.2 Kenneth Branagh: Artemis Fowl
5.2 Kevin Willmott: The 24th
5.1 Benjamin Kasulke: Banana Split
5.1 Peter Segal: My Spy
5.0 Floria Sigismondi: The Turning
5.0 Andy de Emmony: Four Kids and It
5.0 Elissa Down: Feel the Beat
5.0 Mike Doyle: Almost Love
5.0 Mark Webber: The Place of No Words
5.0 Nick Peet: Lazy Susan
5.0 Aaron Fisher: Inside the Rain
5.0 Will Forbes: John Henry
5.0 Reed Morano: The Rhythm Section
5.0 Levan Akin: And Then We Danced
5.0 Marc Meyers: Human Capital
5.0 Ben Cookson: Waiting for Anya
5.0 Josh Boone: The New Mutants
5.0 Annie Silverstein: Bull
5.0 Tony Cervone: Scoob!
5.0 Josephine Mackerras: Alice
5.0 Vaclav Marhoul: The Painted Bird
5.0 Dave Franco: The Rental
5.0 David Ayer: The Tax Collector
5.0 Marc Munden: The Secret Garden
5.0 Rachel Lee Goldenberg: Unpregnant
5.0 Woody Allen: A Rainy Day in New York
5.0 Joe Marcantonio: Kindred
5.0 Miles Joris-Peyrafitte: Dreamland
5.0 Edoardo Ponti: The Life Ahead
5.0 Mike Rohl: The Princess Switch - Switched Again
5.0 Matthew Michael Carnahan: Mosul
5.0 Chris Columbus: The Christmas Chronicles - Part Two
5.0 Luke Greenfield: Half Brothers
5.0 Sharon Maguire: Godmothered
5.0 Steven Soderbergh: Let Them All Talk
5.0 Maiwenn LeBesco: DNA
5.0 Ron Vignone: Two Ways Home
GASP!...:

4.9 Jeremy Teicher: Olympic Dreams
4.8 Josh Trank: Capone
4.8 Cooper Raiff: S#!%house
4.8 Unjoo Moon:I Am Woman
4.8 Regina Welker & Nina Wels: Latte and the Magic Waterstone Review: A Hedgehogs Journey
4.8 Richard Tanne: Chemical Hearts
4.8 Yuval Adler: The Secrets We Keep
4.7 Benh Zeitlin: Wendy
4.6 Lisa Barros D'Sa & Glenn Leyburn: Ordinary Love
4.6 Laura Terruso: Work It
4.5 Patty Jenkins: Wonder Woman 1984
4.5 Joey Klein: Castle in the Ground
4.5 Daniel Alfredson: Intrigo - Death of an Author
4.5 Jack Henry Robbins: VHYes
4.5 Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy: Blow the Man Down
4.5 Katharine O'Brien: Lost Transmissions
4.5 David & Alex Pastor: The Occupant
4.5 Michael Winterbottom: The Trip to Greece
4.5 Matt Eskandari: Survive the Night
4.5 Steven Brill: Hubie Halloween
4.5 Robert Zemeckis: The Witches
4.5 Mark Tonderai: Spell
4.5 Jacob Chase: Come Play
4.5 Brenda Chapman: Come Away
4.5 Ashley Avis: Black Beauty
4.5 John Patrick Shanley: Wild Mountain Thyme
4.5 Tamara Bass & Meagan Good: If Not Now, When?
4.4 Michael Dowse: Coffee & Kareem
4.4 Cathy Yan: Birds of Prey
4.4 Nat Faxon & Jim Rash: Downhill
4.4 Cuneyt Kaya: Rising High
4.4 Thea Sharrock: The One and Only Ivan
4.4 Gerard Bush & Christoper Renz: Antebellum
4.3 Dee Rees: The Last Thing He Wanted
4.2 Michael Showalter: The Lovebirds
4.2 Chris Foggin: Fisherman's Friends
4.0 Dave Wilson: Bloodshot
4.0 James Sweeney: Straight Up
4.0 Jeff Fowler: Sonic the Hedgehog
4.0 Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah: Bad Boys for Life
4.0 Stephen Gaghan: Dolittle
4.0 Nico Raineau: Hooking Up
4.0 Rachel Lee Goldenberg: Valley Girl
4.0 Clark Duke: Arkansas
4.0 Tyler Spindel: The Wrong Missy
4.0 Peter Sullivan: Fatal Affair
4.0 Vince Marcello: The Kissing Booth 2
4.0 Trish Sie: The Sleepover
4.0 Jeremy Garelick: The Binge
4.0 Mike Elliott: American Pie Presents - Girls Rules
4.0 Ben Wheatley: Rebecca
4.0 Glen Keane & John Kahrs: Over the Moon
4.0 Zoe Lister-Jones: The Craft: Legacy
4.0 Olivier Marchal: Rogue City
4.0 John Whitesell: Holidate
4.0 Joel Crawford: The Croods - A New Age
4.0 Gabriel Range: Stardust
4.0 Martin Wood: Operation Christmas Drop
4.0 Max Winkler: Jungleland
4.0 Andre Szots: Grizzly II Revenge
3.5 Debbie Allen: Dolly Partons Christmas on the Square

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