The 10 best (and 5 worst) movies of 2020
It's true that this year didn't give us the movie slate we expected; 2020 was funny like that. But to say that a world without Bonds and Wonder Women and only provisional Christopher Nolan is somehow not worth noting would be huge disservice to all the smart, strange, and often entirely unexpected films we were lucky enough to get instead. So many, in fact, that dozens couldn't even make this list. A boom in female-helmed horror? Yes please, Relic, Amulet, and She Dies Tomorrow. The deluge of great documentaries? Find Crip Camp, On The Record, Boys State, Welcome to Chechnya, Time, Athlete A, and The Mole Agent streaming online. A pretty strong Ben Affleck drama? We see you, The Way Back! (And we regret you, The Last Thing He Wanted). A lot of nervy, norm-cracking comedy, too: Palm Springs, Happiest Season, The Forty-Year-Old Version, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
We may be more than ready to put these past months in the rearview, but in a moment decidedly short on magic, the ten picks here represent something sweeter: Education, escapism — and more than anything, the sheer joy of cinema.
The Worst: Prestige Gone Bad
This article originally included The White Tiger, directed by Ramin Bahrani, among EW's 10 best films of the year. It has since been removed from the list, as Netflix shifted its theatrical release plan from December 2020 to January 2021.
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