Best to Worst A24 Films

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1. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 294,414 | Gross: $14.68M

The first hour is a masterwork of filmmaking and claustrophobia, but the psychological effects of that first hour are never effectively felt throughout the rest of the film. 8/10

2. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 42,334 | Gross: $8.41M

3. Ex Machina (2014)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

Votes: 404,425 | Gross: $25.44M

A science fiction film with an emphasis on the science. And the fiction. Brilliant screenwriting, cinematography, visual effects, score, acting, directing, and most of all, messages. 10/10

4. Mid90s (2018)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

Director: Jonah Hill | Stars: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith

Votes: 4,118 | Gross: $7.33M

5. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Director: Bo Burnham | Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Votes: 21,792 | Gross: $13.54M

6. The Florida Project (2017)

R | 111 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera

Votes: 63,315 | Gross: $5.90M

Emotional, subtle, engaging, and heart-wrenching. It excellently takes viewers to a time and place that will never be forgotten and goes through nearly every emotion humanly possible in less than 2 hours. 10/10

7. Lady Bird (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

94 Metascore

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 156,300 | Gross: $48.96M

It takes its cliches and distorts/shapes them in such a manner that they make a film so memorable and enjoyable that you hardly care when the plot becomes predictable. 8.5/10

8. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 210,112 | Gross: $27.85M

Touching, heartfelt, and powerful. This film makes viewers experience nearly everything that life has to offer and pulls it off with true poignancy and meticulousness that will always stay in the back of your mind, or heart. 10/10

9. The Disaster Artist (2017)

R | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen

Votes: 100,379 | Gross: $21.12M

Hilarious and engaging for most of the film, and slightly emotional during the drawn-out, but ultimately satisfying ending. 8/10

10. Remember (I) (2015)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp to kill him himself.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Kim Roberts, Amanda Smith, Martin Landau

Votes: 18,040 | Gross: $0.64M

11. De Palma (2015)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.

Directors: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow | Star: Brian De Palma

Votes: 3,741 | Gross: $0.16M

12. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 108,452 | Gross: $44.07M

Creepy, unsettling, and creatively haunting. The story becomes more and more clear while at the same time becoming less and less predictable. 9/10

13. Good Time (2017)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother Nick out of jail.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Buddy Duress

Votes: 46,710 | Gross: $2.01M

A consistent thrill ride of heart-pounding tension and unforgettable filmmaking aspects that serve the story, atmosphere, and mood. 9.5/10

14. 20th Century Women (2016)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

Votes: 29,937 | Gross: $5.66M

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15. The End of the Tour (2015)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer

Votes: 24,973 | Gross: $2.99M

16. Lean on Pete (2017)

R | 121 min | Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 7,056 | Gross: $1.16M

Emotional, thoughtful, and engaging. The characters are built so subtly and carefully that you can’t help but be enthralled along their journey. 9/10

17. Krisha (2015)

R | 83 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Krisha Fairchild, Alex Dobrenko, Robyn Fairchild, Chris Doubek

Votes: 5,564 | Gross: $0.14M

Personal, intimate, and tragic. The tension slowly builds as the cinematic conventions are broken and the characters (mostly character, really) deepen. 8/10

18. First Reformed (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill

Votes: 17,053 | Gross: $3.45M

Deep, metaphorical, and a perfect encapsulation of Paul Shrader’s career, particularly his screenwriting. 8/10

19. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 164,047 | Gross: $8.70M

Odd, unusual, and extremely memorable. The quirkiness of the setting adds to the atmosphere and creative set-up. 9/10

20. The Spectacular Now (2013)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 129,811 | Gross: $6.85M

Emotional, realistically-touching, and profound. The characters and “plot” are superb, but one character in particular is too perfect and one plot point could take some getting used to. 9/10

21. Locke (2013)

R | 85 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.

Director: Steven Knight | Stars: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott

Votes: 116,369 | Gross: $1.36M

Very creative and engaging. The style takes some getting used to, but the situation and character development is easily welcomed. 8/10

22. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 84,343 | Gross: $3.22M

Consistently gruesome, engaging, and fast-paced, with the exception of the last 15 minutes that slowly unravels the tension where it should have and could have been built up more. 8/10

23. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

73 Metascore

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Barry G. Bernson, Herb Caillouet, Bill Camp, Raffey Cassidy

Votes: 77,595 | Gross: $2.29M

Psychologically haunting and intense with a few strong scenes, but it falls victim to characters that aren’t meant to be portrayed on film in a story, but only to further a message and allegory. 7/10

24. Swiss Army Man (2016)

R | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

Votes: 85,849 | Gross: $4.21M

This movie made farting an emotional experience. Any film that does that has to be thoughtfully made and subtly engaging, even despite its glaring flaws. 7.5/10

25. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 29,419 | Gross: $0.66M

Deep, inspiring, and nostalgic. It’s subtle themes are not always seen, but felt. The film takes a while to get nowhere, but you will always appreciate how it moves along. 8/10

26. A Most Violent Year (2014)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 58,020 | Gross: $5.74M

27. A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

R | 116 min | Action, Biography, Crime

76 Metascore

The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire | Stars: Joe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai

Votes: 10,950

28. Enemy (2013)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 136,582 | Gross: $1.01M

The very deep messages and the very smart, intelligent deeper meanings are easily the best parts of this film. However, it lacks a satisfying narrative that only leaves much to ponder in the context of the film itself rather than afterwards. 7.5/10

29. Slow West (2015)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Western

72 Metascore

A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.

Director: John Maclean | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Caren Pistorius, Aorere Paki, Jeffrey Thomas

Votes: 36,774 | Gross: $0.23M

30. The Last Movie Star (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama

46 Metascore

An aging former movie star is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface, the film is a tale about faded fame. At its core, it's a universal story about growing old.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase

Votes: 2,267 | Gross: $0.01M

31. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

Votes: 142,363 | Gross: $25.14M

Excellent use of time period and setting with stunning production value. There are a few genuinely riveting scenes and a few dull scenes. The balance makes this film less scary and more real, until it becomes shockingly horrifying. 8.5/10

32. A Ghost Story (2017)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

84 Metascore

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr., Kenneisha Thompson

Votes: 42,350 | Gross: $1.60M

Extremely memorable and profound. While the individual scenes may be forgotten, the overall effect and message will stay with viewers until they come to their inevitable end and certain death. 9.5/10

33. The Exception (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, War

60 Metascore

A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

Director: David Leveaux | Stars: Lily James, Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer, Loïs van Wijk

Votes: 7,440 | Gross: $0.61M

34. Under the Silver Lake (2018)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez

Votes: 3,915

35. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

51 Metascore

Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland, Chaske Spencer

Votes: 2,637 | Gross: $0.06M

It doesn’t take enough risks to be considered a true A24 film, but what it plays safe, it does with beautiful cinematography and powerful ending text. 7/10

36. Son of a Gun (2014)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

JR busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia's most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch's gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.

Director: Julius Avery | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Brendan Kerkvliet

Votes: 23,539

37. Menashe (2017)

PG | 82 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.

Director: Joshua Z Weinstein | Stars: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Hershy Fishman, Ruben Niborski

Votes: 1,345 | Gross: $1.70M

Impactful, real, and touching, but ultimately forgettable and unimportant. 7/10

38. Hot Summer Nights (2017)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

44 Metascore

Circa 1980s, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends in Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.

Director: Elijah Bynum | Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Emory Cohen

Votes: 5,696

The first-time director’s influences are clear and numerous. It has a Boogie Nights and GoodFellas vibe to most of it, which manages to elevate the engaging story with a sloppy third act, somewhat cliched characters, and a subtly genius ending. 7.5/10

39. Free Fire (2016)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

63 Metascore

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy

Votes: 33,725 | Gross: $1.80M

Wildly entertaining most of the time, and painfully boring and dull the rest of the time. 6.5/10

40. Mississippi Grind (2015)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been lost.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry, Anthony Howard

Votes: 16,198 | Gross: $0.13M

41. Laggies (2014)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber

Votes: 37,903 | Gross: $0.44M

42. The Rover (2014)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field

Votes: 39,594 | Gross: $1.11M

43. Under the Skin (I) (2013)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell

Votes: 109,012 | Gross: $2.61M

Genius in its symbolic imagery and metaphorical subtext, but dry on plot and emotion. 9/10

44. While We're Young (2014)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A middle-aged couple's career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 40,002 | Gross: $7.57M

45. Ginger & Rosa (2012)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt

Votes: 9,385 | Gross: $1.01M

46. It Comes at Night (2017)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

78 Metascore

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough

Votes: 64,103 | Gross: $13.99M

Subtle, thrilling, and intense. The symbolism and lack of clear answers made this film far more memorable, chilling, and intriguing than a straightforward explicit monster movie would have been. 9/10

47. Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)

R | 108 min | Drama, History, Romance

48 Metascore

A young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Theo James, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Kingsley, Belçim Bilgin

Votes: 2,373

48. The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Western

64 Metascore

A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

Director: Jared Moshe | Stars: Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Stephen Alan Seder, Kathy Baker

Votes: 3,485 | Gross: $0.01M

49. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance