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Top 10 Best Movies of 2020

Well, here it is, my Top 10 Best Movies of 2020! It’s late, in true fashion of course, because 2021 is really testing my resolve right now. I’d tell you all about it to make my chest feel lighter, but there’s going off topic and then there’s derailing a blog post completely. So let’s stick with the positives, shall we? I already posted my Top 10 Worst Movies of 2020 if you happened to miss that. As much as I love these lists, it can be so confusing with release dates around the world. The UK tends to get the big, Oscars type movies in January but I’ve also been lucky enough to be given screeners for movies that aren’t released in the UK until 2021, so please bare that in mind.

Let’s do this, shall we?

Number of 2020 movies watched: 94
Movies that just missed out: Over the Moon, The Broken Hearts Gallery, Soul, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

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#10 Kajillionaire – Pre-pandemic I would have had to wait months to see this, when one of the streaming services picked it up. But with a lack of blockbusters my local cinema was playing Kajillionaire in the small summer window that it was allowed to open and it was such a great experience. I love quirky movies like this and I highly recommend it.

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#9 Happiest Season – Christmas is my favourite time of year, it’s no secret. So when new festive movies get released, I get excited. When last year’s biggest offering also happened to star some of my favourite actresses as well as one of geniuses behind Schitt’s Creek, my most adored TV show of 2020 – I was absolutely desperate to see it. And despite some troubled story telling as far as the lead couple goes, I still loved every minute.

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#8 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – Just when I was at an all time low living under Lockdown 1.0, this movie came along to brighten my spirits. Let the anthem of 2020 be Jaja Ding Dong! You don’t need to be a hardcore Eurovision fan to enjoy this but you will need to find a bit of joy in being silly.

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#7 Palm Springs – Another entry to the ‘Groundhog Day’ genre but this time featuring Andy Samberg in the glorious sunshine. It shouldn’t have been as good as it was but it had such charm that it was impossible not to love.

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#6 Wonder Woman 1984 – I have to admit, by Halloween I never thought we would have gotten Wonder Woman 1984 released in 2020. I had the privilege of watching it on the big screen at one of the very few open cinemas at the time, just days before they all closed (again!) and it was delightful. It served as a reminder that cinemas are still relevant and needed. Yes, it’s great watching new releases in the comfort of our own homes but you just can’t beat the big screen experience.

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#5 Tenet – Whether you loved it or hated it, Tenet was surely one of the most talked about movies of the year. Once the cinemas closed in March and speculation began as to what would be the first big release when they reopened, Tenet was the one. I needed two watches to fully appreciate it and understand it as much as I was ever going to, but if I were to describe my ideal kind of movie, Tenet is it, so I was always going to be a fan.

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#4 The Gentlemen – I had to check and re-check but yes, The Gentlemen was released on January 1st, 2020 in the UK. It was the first of very few movies I saw at the cinema last year and I loved every second of it. At the time I questioned myself giving it a full 5/5, but it turned out to be only one of four that I gave the rating to in the end! If you’ve only ever seen Hugh Grant as a charming British gentleman, you absolutely need to see how different he is in this!

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#3 The Trial of the Chicago 7 – I’ll admit, I haven’t watched many courtroom dramas. I think they can be quite slow and dry, but when they’re good they tend to be incredible, and that was the case with The Trial of the Chicago 7. I won’t even pretend to understand American politics so the beginning confused me but the trial itself was astounding, and shocking when it’s based on a real case.

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#2 Promising Young Woman – I’ve only recently reviewed this so I won’t ramble much but oh my goodness I loved this movie. Mix together Gone Girl (2014) and A Simple Favor (2018), give it a candy coloured aesthetic and a killer soundtrack and you have…this *chefs kiss*

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#1 Hamilton – I almost left Hamilton out of this list completely. It’s not considered eligible for the Oscars after all as really, it’s an edited recording of a live theatre performance that happened a few years ago. But it is so captivating and so easily the best thing I watched on any screen last year that it would be a travesty to disclude it from this list.

14 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Movies of 2020

  1. Hi Allie! Great list, and it’s not late as it’s still January 🙂 The Gentlemen and TENET made my Honorable Mention, I actually want to watch TENET again now that I had a better grasp at the plot, I read so many articles about it after I watched it, ahah. I haven’t seen Promising Young Woman yet, I should do that soon as I like Carey Mulligan. Eurovision Song Contest is a lot of fun, and Dan Stevens was amazing, such a scene stealer.

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  2. I hate the majority of Nolan’s films but I think that Tenet is his best film since Following (my personal favourite Nolan film). I definitely want to re-watch Tenet because I think I underrated it in my review (I only gave it a 4/10 but I think it deserves a 5 or 6 at least).

    Enjoyed Happiest Season and Palm Springs, disliked Wonder Woman 1984.

    By the way, what are your thoughts on the upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League film? Excited? No interest?

    Anyways, great content as always Allie! Hope your 2021 gets better 🙂

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    1. Well we agreed on some things at least, ha!
      Honestly? I have no idea. I still haven’t seen the original Justice League movie (BvS put me off). The thought of a 4-hour movie is off-putting to me though, no matter the subject. There’s no way I’d watch it in 1 sitting! Are you looking forward to it?
      I hope you have a good year too! 🙂

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      1. I am very much looking forward to Zack Snyder’s Justice League as I am a huge fan of MoS and BvS (the Ultimate Edition of BvS is much better than the theatrical cut, but if you absolutely hated the theatrical cut it likely won’t change your mind) and the original release of Justice League was ruined by Whedon’s re-shoots. Been waiting on the Snyder Cut for 4 years. I will honestly probably watch the full 4-hours in 1 sitting. Might even watch it twice in one sitting :p

        Hopefully by the end of 2021, we can start going to the cinemas like we used to. I miss going twice a month instead of twice a year 😦

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      2. My husband is a huuuge DC fan and he loved MoS so inevitably I will probably end up seeing the Snyder cut at some point. I’m completely open to loving it though, I’m certainly not writing it off for not enjoying other movies in the franchise!
        Oh how I long to be back in the cinema on a regular basis again! </3

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  3. I’ve only seen three of these. Glad to see some enthusiasm for Tenet. I didn’t love it, but I do appreciate what the movie was trying to do quite a bit, and would love to see more movies like it, if perhaps accomplished a bit better, lol. I also loved Hamilton, even if I left it off my own list, as I don’t consider it to count as a movie. If I did count it, it would’ve easily ranked #1 for me too though. 🙂

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  4. Ooh, you’re not gonna like what I just said about Wonder Woman, although I agree with most of your choices–in fact, the only reason I watched some of them was on your recommendation. Eurovision was the best!

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    1. Oh I’m so glad! Not about Wonder Woman of course, haha. I can see why you wouldn’t like it though – I think a lot of my hype came from the fact I was actually sat in a cinema for it which is such a rare treat now!

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  5. I absolutely loved The Gentlemen. I had high hopes as the casting looked fantastic, and I’m a huge fan of Lock stock and snatch. Clever, witty and a easy watch. Tenet on the other hand, I only got about 20 minutes in and was filling it apart in my head, the rest of the film I completely spaced out and was mentally decluttering my wardrobe and putting together a make up look. I may need to give it another go… X

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