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The Best Movies Of 2020

Updated April 16, 2021 36.4k votes 1.0k voters 15.7k views330 items

List RulesOnly movies released in the US after January 1st, 2020.

UPDATE: Check out the top movies of 2021!

With so many great films coming out, it's hard to decide on the best movies of 2020. This list is also more than just the critics' movie choices, you get to help decide the best movie of 2020 by voting up your favorites and you don't have to choose just one. There are some highly anticipated films coming out this year, such as Christopher Nolan's Tenet, the next installment in the Wonder Woman franchise with Wonder Woman 1984, and the sure to be hilarious Bill & Ted Face the Music. In short, there is a lot to look forward to this year when it comes to great movies.

The best films of 2020, should take everything into account, the performances, the cinematography, and everything in between. So if you find yourself asking, "what is the best film to come out of 2020 so far?" Look to the list below and vote up the 2020 movies you feel were the highest quality films of the year.

If you see that any of the top movies of 2020 are left out, feel free to add them to the list. Then vote for your favorites and be sure to check back as upcoming and new 2020 films are released.

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    Promising Young Woman

    Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham

    Released2020

    Directed byEmerald Fennell

    Promising Young Woman is a 2020 American black comedy thriller film directed by Emerald Fennell. After a mysterious traumatic event, a cunning, young woman named Cassie (Carey Mulligan) lives a...  more
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    The Call of the Wild

    Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens

    Released2020

    Directed byChris Sanders

    The Call of the Wild is a 2020 American live-action CGI-animated adventure film directed by Chris Sanders, based on Jack London's 1903 novel. Buck, a domesticated St. Bernard/Scotch Collie, is stolen...  more
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    Soul

    Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey

    Released2020

    Directed byPete Docter

    Soul is a 2020 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter. With dreams of performing jazz music onstage, middle school music teacher Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) suddenly has his soul...  more

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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

    Extraction (a.k.a. Out of the Fire) is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave. A Bangladeshi businessman hires a mercenary (Chris Hemsworth) to rescue his kidnapped son....  more

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    Released2020

    Directed byCathy Yan

    Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a 2020 superhero film directed by Cathy Yan, based on the DC Comics superhero team. After splitting up with The Joker, Harley...  more

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    Let Him Go

    Kevin Costner, Diane Lane

    Released2020

    Directed byThomas Bezucha

    Let Him Go is a 2020 American drama film directed by Thomas Bezucha. A retired sheriff and his wife fight to rescue their grandson from a dangerous off-grid family after their son dies....  more
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    Vanguard

    Jackie Chan, Yang Yang

    Released2020

    Directed byStanley Tong

    Vanguard is a 2020 Chinese action adventure film directed by Stanley Tong. The world's premier covert security company known as Vanguard attempts to protect an account from a deadly mercenary...  more
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    Greenland

    Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin

    Released2020

    Directed byRic Roman Waugh

    Greenland is a 2020 American disaster film directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Scientists discover that a comet will hit Earth in a few days, and will likely cause the extinction of humanity; the only hope...  more
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    The Invisible Man

    Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

    Released2020

    Directed byLeigh Whannell

    The Invisible Man is a 2020 American science fiction psychological horror film directed by Leigh Whannell and loosely adapted from both the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and a remake of the...  more
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    Released2020

    Directed byDavid Dobkin

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a 2020 American comedy film directed by David Dobkin. Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) are Icelandic singers...  more

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    Greyhound

    Tom Hanks, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

    Released2020

    Directed byAaron Schneider

    Greyhound is a 2020 war film directed by Aaron Schneider, based on The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. During World War II, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by Commander Ernest Krause...  more

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    Bad Boys for Life

    Martin Lawrence, Will Smith

    Released2020

    Directed byAdil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

    Bad Boys for Life is a 2020 is an action crime comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and the third film in the series. Detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey...  more

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    Let Them All Talk

    Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen

    Released2020

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Let Them All Talk is a 2020 American comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. An author goes on a trip with her friends and nephew in an effort to find fun and come to terms with her past....  more
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    Run

    Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen

    Released2020

    Directed byAneesh Chaganty

    Run is a 2020 American horror film directed by Aneesh Chaganty. A homeschooled teenager (Kiera Allen) begins to suspect her mother (Sarah Paulson) is keeping a dark secret from her....  more
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    Robert the Bruce

    Angus Macfadyen, Jared Harris

    Released2020

    Directed byRichard Gray

    Robert the Bruce is a 2019 American historical drama film directed by Richard Gray. As his rebellion is on the verge of defeat, Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen) is forced to retreat and finds...  more

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    First Cow

    John Magaro, Orion Lee

    Released2020

    Directed byKelly Reichardt

    First Cow is an 2020 American drama film directed by Kelly Reichardt, based on the novel The Half Life by Jonathan Raymond. A cook (John Magaro) travels west to join up with fur trappers but team up...  more
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    Palm Springs

    Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti

    Released2020

    Directed byMax Barbakow

    Palm Springs is a 2020 American romantic comedy film directed by Max Barbakow. Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) encounter each other by chance at a Palm Springs wedding and find that...  more

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    Emma.

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O'Connor

    Released2020

    Directed byAutumn de Wilde

    Emma. is a 2020 British comedy-drama film directed by Autumn de Wilde, based on the 1815 novel by Jane Austen. In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman (Anya Taylor-Joy) meddles in...  more
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    Spenser Confidential

    Mark Wahlberg, Colleen Camp

    Released2020

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Spenser Confidential is a 2020 American mystery film directed by Peter Berg, based on the novel Wonderland by Ace Atkins and the Spenser character created by Robert B. Parker. An ex-felon, Spenser...  more
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    Crip Camp

    Larry Allison, Dennis Billups

    Released2020

    Directed byJames Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham

    Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht. The documentary offers and intimate look at Camp Jened, a summer camp that for...  more
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    I Still Believe

    KJ Apa, Britt Robertson

    Released2020

    Directed byAndrew Erwin, John Erwin

    I Still Believe is 2020 Christian biographical drama film directed by the Erwin Brothers and based on the memoir of singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp and his first wife, Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp. It...  more
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    Enola Holmes

    Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill

    Released2020

    Directed byHarry Bradbeer

    Enola Holmes is a 2020 mystery film directed by Harry Bradbeer, based on the book series of the same name by Nancy Springer. The younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), embarks...  more

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    Hamilton

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonathan Groff

    Released2020

    Directed byThomas Kail

    Hamilton is a 2020 American musical drama film directed by Thomas Kail, it is a recording of the Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2015 Broadway musical of the same which is based on the 2004 biography Alexander...  more
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    Happiest Season

    Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis

    Released2020

    Directed byClea DuVall

    Happiest Season is a 2020 American romantic comedy directed by Clea DuVall. A young woman (Kristen Stewart) plans to propose to her girlfriend (Mackenzie Davis) while at her family's annual holiday...  more
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    Color Out of Space

    Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson

    Released2020

    Directed byRichard Stanley

    Color Out of Space is a 2020 horror film directed by Richard Stanley, based on the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft. Struggling artist patriarch Nathan (Cage) tries his hand...  more