RogerEbert.com: The Ten Best Films of 2020

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The Editors of rogerebert.com voted for the Ten Best Films of 2020. Which of these films is your favorite?

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1. Small Axe (2020)
Episode: Lovers Rock (2020)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, History

95 Metascore

A single evening at a house party in 1980s West London sets the scene, developing intertwined relationships against a background of violence, romance and music.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Dennis Bovell, Saffron Coomber, Frankie Fox, Daniel Francis-Swaby

Votes: 4,582

2. Nomadland (2020)

R | 107 min | Drama

93 Metascore

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest

Votes: 135,005

3. David Byrne's American Utopia (2020)

TV-14 | 105 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

93 Metascore

Spike Lee documents the former Talking Heads frontman's brilliant, timely 2019 Broadway show, based on his recent album and tour of the same name.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: David Byrne, Jacqueline Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman

Votes: 3,872

4. First Cow (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Western

89 Metascore

A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Alia Shawkat, John Magaro, Dylan Smith, Ryan Findley

Votes: 15,703

5. Da 5 Bloods (2020)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, War

82 Metascore

Four African-American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis

Votes: 48,562

6. Minari (2020)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

Director: Lee Isaac Chung | Stars: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho

Votes: 65,415

7. Beanpole (2019)

Unrated | 130 min | Drama, War

84 Metascore

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Director: Kantemir Balagov | Stars: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov

Votes: 10,268

8. Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

92 Metascore

A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.

Director: Eliza Hittman | Stars: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Eliazar Jimenez

Votes: 24,488

9. The Nest (I) (2020)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

Life for an entrepreneur and his American family begins to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.

Director: Sean Durkin | Stars: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche, Charlie Shotwell

Votes: 10,927

10. The Assistant (III) (2019)

R | 87 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.

Director: Kitty Green | Stars: Julia Garner, Owen Holland, Jon Orsini, Rory Kulz

Votes: 20,346



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