Most Popular Film by Year in 2020

Lockdown led to an increase in movie watching in 2020, and our stats show that you all enjoyed exploring the wider canon of cinema, beyond 2020 releases.

So in response to a member question—“given the amount of time people spent indoors this year, it’d be interesting to see what the most popular older releases from each decade were in 2020”—we did the calculations. This is a list of the most popular film from almost* every year of cinema, according to your logging activity from 1 January to 31 December 2020.

The list is in chronological order, most recent year first.

Several directors appear multiple times: Alfred Hitchcock is the GOAT with seven films, including three consecutive years 1958–1960 (Vertigo, North…

  • Tenet
  • Parasite
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Lady Bird
  • La La Land
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Gone Girl
  • Snowpiercer
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Contagion
  • Inception
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • The Dark Knight
  • Zodiac
  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Spirited Away
  • American Psycho
  • Fight Club
  • The Truman Show
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Fargo
  • Before Sunrise
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Jurassic Park
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • GoodFellas
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Back to the Future
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Return of the Jedi
  • The Thing
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Shining
  • Alien
  • Halloween
  • Star Wars
  • Taxi Driver
  • Jaws
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Exorcist
  • The Godfather
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Aristocats
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Graduate
  • Persona
  • The Sound of Music
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • 8½
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Yojimbo
  • Psycho
  • North by Northwest
  • Vertigo
  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Killing
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Rear Window
  • Tokyo Story
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Third Man
  • Rope
  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Brief Encounter
  • Double Indemnity
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • Rebecca
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Modern Times
  • The 39 Steps
  • It Happened One Night
  • The Invisible Man
  • Vampyr
  • M
  • L'Âge d'Or
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Metropolis
  • The General
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • Safety Last!
  • Nosferatu
  • The Kid