YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Movies of 2020

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Top Movies of 2020

Theaters may have closed down but movies found new life on streaming. With indie darlings, streaming platform originals, and a blockbuster or two, we’ve put together our list of the Top Movies of 2020. The only requirement for the list is that the movie had to have released to wide audiences this year either through theatrical release or through VOD/streaming platform. This means that we didn’t include the number of festival films we covered this year but instead wanted to celebrate the stories that had to the chance to bring wide audiences joy this year.

We made this list by pulling together ranked lists from our writers for the films they saw in 2020 and then brought them all together to highlight these 10 movies. Spanning different genres and time periods, check out our Top Movies of 2020:

10. The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield - Top Movies of 2020

Director: Armando Iannucci
Writer: Simon Blackwell and Armando Iannucci (screenplay)
Stars:  Dev PatelHugh LaurieTilda Swinton

“A modern take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.”

Watch the movie here.

9. Love and Monsters

Love and Monsters - Top Movies of 2020

Director: Michael Matthews
Writer: Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson (screenplay), Brian Duffield (story)
Stars: Dylan O’BrienJessica HenwickMichael Rooker

“In a monster-infested world, Joel learns his girlfriend is just 85 miles away. To make the dangerous journey, Joel discovers his inner hero to be with the girl of his dreams.”

Watch the movie On Demand.

8. The Old Guard

The Old Guard

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writer:  Greg Rucka (screenplay and original graphic novel)
Stars: Charlize TheronKiKi LayneMatthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari

“A covert team of immortal mercenaries is suddenly exposed and must now fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered.”

Watch the movie on Netflix.

7. The Platform

The Platform - Top Movies of 2020

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Writer: David Desola (screenplay & story), Pedro Rivero (screenplay)
Stars: Ivan MassaguéZorion EguileorAntonia San Juan

A vertical prison with one cell per level. Two people per cell. Only one food platform and two minutes per day to feed. An endless nightmare trapped in The Hole.

Watch the movie on Netflix.

6. Sonic the Hedgehog

Director: Jeff Fowler
Writer: Pat CaseyJosh Miller
Stars: Ben SchwartzJames MarsdenJim Carrey

After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.

Watch the movie On Demand.

5. The Vast of Night

The Vast of Night

Director: Andrew Patterson
Writer:  Andrew Patterson (teleplay), Craig W. Sanger (teleplay)
Stars: Sierra McCormickJake HorowitzGail Cronauer

“One night in New Mexico, in the late 1950s, a switchboard operator and radio DJ discover a strange audio frequency which could change the future forever.”

Watch the movie on Amazon Prime.

4. The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Director:  Leigh Whannell
Writer:  Leigh Whannell
Stars: Elisabeth MossOliver Jackson-CohenHarriet Dyer

“When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.”

Watch the movie on HBO Max.

3. Minari

Minari - Top Movies of 2020

Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Writer: Lee Isaac Chung
Stars: Steven YeunYeri HanYuh-jung Youn

“A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.”

2. Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Director: Max Barbakow
Writer: Andy Siara
Stars: Andy SambergCristin MiliotiJ.K. Simmons

When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.”

Watch the movie on Hulu.

1. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn – Movie of the Year

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey - Top Movies of 2020

Director: Cathy Yan
Writer: Christina Hodson
Stars: Margot RobbieRosie PerezMary Elizabeth Winstead

“After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.”

Watch the movie on HBO Max.


My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising , Shirley, Lupin III: The First, Over the Moon, and Sound of Metal are just a few of the titles that narrowly missed our Top Movies of 2020 list. Did your favorites show up on the But Why Tho? Top Movies of 2020? Let u sknow on social media.

Synopses for films featured on the Top Movies of 2020 list come directly from IMDb to avoid spoilers.