2020 was a unique year for cinema. In a world that continues to be ravaged by the social, economic, and health-adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the film industry experienced its own share of difficulties in continuing production and releasing films set to hit theaters this year. Some studios chose to push new releases back until 2021 and beyond, others have shelved projects with indefinite release dates, and more recently, one studio has made the unprecedented decision to allow the entirety of its 2021 slate to go straight to streaming on HBO MAX next year.
However, many studios simply bit the bullet and chose to let their films go to streaming on either subscription-based platforms or for individual renting, premiere them at virtual film festivals, and/or opt for very limited theatrical releases. Despite theaters being mostly closed and festivals at a standstill, a whole host of films were still able to make it to audiences one way or another and find their own success.
Thus, in spite of the unparalleled struggles the film industry underwent this year, there still managed to be a slew of fantastic films from around the world ranging in subject matter from the coronavirus itself to the horrors of war, social and political justice, capitalism, cows, and…time inversion.
Stacker compiled data on all eligible 2020 movies to come up with a Stacker score—a weighted index split evenly between IMDb and Metacritic scores—to rank the top 100. To qualify, the film had to have an IMDb score, Metascore, and at least 1,000 votes. Ties were broken by Metascore, and further ties were broken by IMDb user rating. The data was acquired on Dec. 3, 2020.
At one point, it felt as if the film landscape for 2020 would be undoubtedly bleak, yet we have been treated to a cinematic banquet that beat the odds. Counting down from 100, here are the best films of 2020.
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