2020 Ranked

This'll be pretty "rough draft" until late January of 2021 or so...
Every film I've watched with an initial 2020 US release date, be it theatrical, VOD, or BluRay. Films that played fests in a previous year but weren't otherwise available until this year qualify for this year's list and not 2019's (for example, Color Out of Space played TIFF in September of 2019 but didn't go wide until January 2020, so it's on this list and not last year's.) Also, end of the year films that complete an Oscar qualifying run in limited release despite not going wide until 2021 also qualify for this year.

So Oscar qualifying runs, yes.... fest runs without VOD or multiscreen theatrical release, no. (EDIT: The pandemic has made this rule a bit loosey goosey this year...)

And, again, I don't do "best"... these are just my favorites

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • The Invisible Man
  • First Cow
  • Another Round
  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow
  • Bacurau
  • Sound of Metal
  • Possessor
  • The Vast of Night
  • The Painter and the Thief
  • Extra Ordinary
  • Palm Springs
  • Relic
  • Alone
  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
  • Bad Education
  • She Dies Tomorrow
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Underwater
  • Mank
  • Come to Daddy
  • The Beach House
  • Tenet
  • The Dark and the Wicked
  • Sputnik
  • 12 Hour Shift
  • Vivarium
  • The Gentlemen
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music
  • Sea Fever
  • Black Bear
  • Save Yourselves!
  • Last and First Men
  • Class Action Park
  • White Riot
  • Greyhound
  • Deerskin
  • Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway
  • The Rental
  • Greenland
  • The Hunt
  • Zappa
  • Crazy, Not Insane
  • Happiest Season
  • Gretel & Hansel
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Fight of Fury
  • Money Plane
  • Verotika
  • Extraction
  • The Midnight Sky
  • Horse Girl
  • Villains
  • David Byrne's American Utopia
  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
  • The Wild Goose Lake
  • The Old Guard
  • Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds
  • The Rhythm Section
  • Tesla
  • Beastie Boys Story
  • Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
  • Showbiz Kids
  • Blow the Man Down
  • Capone
  • The Mystery of D.B. Cooper
  • It Started As a Joke
  • Live from the Space Stage: A HALYX Story
  • The Social Dilemma
  • Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Rise of the Synths
  • Console Wars
  • The Go-Go's
  • Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies
  • Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story
  • Judy & Punch
  • The Lovebirds
  • My Spy
  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
  • Color Out of Space
  • Sincerely Louis C.K.
  • Amityville Island
  • The Lodge
  • VFW
  • An American Pickle
  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • The New Mutants
  • On the Rocks
  • After Midnight
  • I've Got Issues
  • Amulet
  • Fantasy Island
  • Calm with Horses
  • True History of the Kelly Gang