Yes, 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. It was the year Covid hit and film production in the year itself was made incredibly difficult.

However, there were a number of great films made the year befoe and released in 2020.

The best movies from 2020 were a mix of indie gems and blockbusters that made the most of their limited release dates.

Let’s take a look!

Best 2020 Movies

Here’s our list of the best 2020 movies. The top films that we really think made a difference to our screens in the difficult year that was 2020.

Nomadland (2020)

A mesmerizing and deeply personal journey into the hidden world of America’s modern nomads.

Nomadland is an American drama film written, edited, produced, and directed by Chloé Zhao.

Based on the 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, it stars Frances McDormand as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad who leaves her hometown of Empire, Nevada following the 2008 economic collapse of the town’s sole employer, an American Gypsum plant.

The film features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as fictionalized versions of themselves.

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Nomadland BD [Blu-ray] [2021] [Region Free]
  • German, Italian, Dutch, Danish, French (Subtitles)

One Night In Miami (2020)

One Night In Miami (2020) was originally written in the year 2000. The original production was directed by David Gilmore, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and music direction by Parker Donham. It is based on a book by Jay-Z.

The movie tells of a young man’s struggle to survive in the world of rap music, where money and power rule all. The main character, Johnny Blaze, was once part of a gang called the Get Money Boys. 

He later leaves that gang for a new career as an up-and-coming rapper. He begins his career under the guidance of manager Marcus King, who also knows Johnny from his past as a member of the Get Money Boys.

At a party hosted by Marcus King, Johnny Blaze meets the beautiful Tasha Mack, who has recently signed with Marcus King’s record label, Kingdom Records. Sparks fly between Johnny and Tasha and they eventually begin dating.

They fall in love quickly and he becomes her protector from those who want to do her harm.

When Tasha is invited to perform at an event hosted by popular rapper Ricky Harris (who is also managed by Marcus King), she brings Johnny along with her. Ricky Harris wants to hurt Tasha because he feels that she is intruding on his turf.

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One Night in Miami... (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Ben-Adir, Kingsley, Goree, Eli, Hodge, Aldis (Actors)
  • King, Regina (Director)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a play by August Wilson. It was first performed in 1984 and deals with the journey of Ma Rainey, a famous blues singer of the 1920s, as she tries to keep ownership of her songs and also to keep one of her musicians.

The play takes its title from the 1924 Ma Rainey song “Bo Weavil Blues”, sometimes known as “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. The phrase “black bottom” refers to a type of music and dance originating in African-American communities in the early 20th century.

The play is set in Chicago during the 1920s, where blues singer-guitarist Bertha “Ma” Rainey is rehearsing for a tour. Her bandleader, Tampa Red, has been cheating her by taking credit for her material; he convinces her that if she tours without him he will give away all of her songs.

She reluctantly agrees to go on tour without him. Much of the action revolves around Ma’s negotiations with J. Lyman Rumfoord, who wants to buy all rights to her songs for $10,000; this includes not only songs she has written but also songs that were originally written by others that she popularized.

Soul (2020)

The film is a lovely and, yes, soulful exploration of human connection, one that asks us to consider what makes us valuable and how we choose to spend our time on earth.

A lovely, moving, often funny story about the nature of being human and finding your place in this crazy world.

Soul is an imaginative and heartfelt story about life after death with great performances from Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey as well as an absolutely stunning original score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste.

Soul is beautifully animated with an incredible score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It’s a nice film that has some important messages about life and the things we take for granted but it doesn’t reach the heights I hoped it would.

Soul is a rare family film that values deeper thoughts and emotions over standard fare.

 

Best 2020 Movies

What makes a great Movie?

There are many theories, of course. Some say that a film is great if it makes a lot of money. Others say that greatness is measured by the number of Oscars a film has won.

Still others argue that a movie is great if it has stood the test of time or if it has changed the way other movies are made. But I think all of these definitions are only partly right.

I believe that a film can be considered great only if people like to watch it, over and over again. After all, making movies is an art form and the purpose of art is to please the senses and the mind.

Thus, a movie should be evaluated based on its entertainment value — the degree to which it engages its audience and generates excitement.

 

 

The Invisible Man (2020)

The Invisible Man is a remake of the 1933 film of the same name. It was directed by Universal Pictures and stars Johnny Depp.

The film was released in June 2020, to mixed reviews.

Description:The story follows Dr. Jack Griffin as he attempts to create a serum that will make him invisible, despite the warnings of his friend, Dr. Kemp. Griffin succeeds, but as a side effect he also becomes covered with a white translucent coat of fur.

He begins to terrorize Kemp’s family and commits several murders, putting both Kemp and Scotland Yard on his trail.

Description:The Invisible Man (2020) has received mixed reviews from critics so far. Rotten Tomatoes currently rates it at 55%, based on 103 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10; the site’s consensus states: “While it isn’t quite as fun as the original — or quite as scary — The Invisible Man delivers enough thrills to satisfy fans of creature-feature thrillers.”

On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 59 out of 100, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film an average grade of “B” on an A+ .

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The Invisible Man (2020) [Blu-ray]
  • Invisible Man
  • Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid (Actors)
  • Leigh Whannell (Director) - Leigh Whannell (Writer) - Jason Blum (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) is a simple technique to help you create new habits.

Let’s say you want to create a new habit. The first thing you do is identify the cue, like I want to floss my teeth after every meal.

Then you define the reward, like I’ll feel better and have healthier gums. Next, you decide what response you are going to have, so you will floss your teeth after every meal. And finally, you decide how long it will take to turn this trick into a habit, so it becomes automatic behavior.

In the 1970s, Professor Phil McArthur was teaching a class at the University of Minnesota on decision-making.

   

Presenting his students with stories about people who made good and bad decisions, McArthur realized that most of us tend to use one of four decision-making strategies:

He also discovered that we tend to make decisions this way almost without realizing it. It’s a habit, something we do without thinking.

And most of the time it’s fine; not everything we do in life needs to be carefully thought out. But some decisions really are worth taking the time to consider, and these four words can help you think through the pros and cons of a decision and be sure you’re doing what’s right for you.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin (Actors)
  • Eliza Hittman (Director) - Eliza Hittman (Writer) - Adele Romanski (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Minari (2020)

Minari2020.com is a professional blog about women’s health, beauty, fashion and lifestyle. We provide scientific reviews of the latest trends in skincare, nutrition, cosmetics, and other topics related to women’s health.

I’m a member of the editorial board of the site. I also write articles on skin care and cosmetics for the site. My articles are about trending topics in these industries: new products for skin care and makeup, effective tips for improving skin quality, and reviews of innovative cosmetics that have recently appeared on the market.

The audience of the site is women who are interested in everything related to beauty and health and who want to find out more about this industry. Our readers are not only women but all lovers of beauty.

My posts are regularly published on social networks — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter — which allows us to reach a huge audience.

In addition to my current job as a blogger on Minari2020.com, I also take part in advertising campaigns as a blogger, which brings me additional income from brands that I recommend to my readers. This gives me an opportunity to try new products before they are officially presented to the general public.

Minari
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim (Actors)
  • Lee Isaac Chung (Director) - Lee Isaac Chung (Writer) - Joshua Bachove (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Hamilton (2020)

“Hamilton” will be touring the U.S. in 2020 and tickets are going on sale soon. The musical is a history lesson about Alexander Hamilton, but it’s also a call to action for the nation to unite and fight for social justice.

Director Thomas Kail will keep the show fresh with new staging, music and choreography.

The touring production will feature a new set design by David Korins and a new costume design by Paul Tazewell, who both won Tony Awards for their work on the Broadway production of “Hamilton.” The touring cast will also feature Miranda reprising his role as Alexander Hamilton as he passes the torch to a new generation of performers.

Hamilton, which opened in 2016, has been a runaway hit. The $12-$1,000-a-ticket Broadway musical about the first U.S.

Treasury Secretary is written by and stars the rapper/actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his musical-theater piece In the Heights.

HBO recently announced that it had agreed to a deal with Miranda to produce a Hamilton TV series, which will be based on the original cast recording of the show. The creator said at the time: “I’m not leaving Broadway anytime soon.”

Hamilton: One Shot To Broadway
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jesse Green (Actors)
  • Elio España (Director) - Tom O'Dell (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Promising Young Woman (2020)

What is the meaning of Promising Young Woman (2020)? Promising Young Woman (2020) is a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe.

The portrait depicts a young woman with glowing hair, parted in the middle, falling over her shoulders and down her back.

Her arms are crossed, and she looks intensely at the viewer. O’Keeffe painted this image in 1923, when she was only 24 years old. 

It has been described as “her most well-known early work,” and “one of her most notable early paintings.”

She also had no experience with human models prior to painting this piece. However, after studying artists like Diego Velázquez and Pablo Picasso, she learned how to constructively criticize herself and improve her style.

This piece embodies that new style; in fact, it was even included in an exhibit titled “New Art” when it was first shown at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1924.

The subject’s expression is not a representation of a particular person or event; rather, it represents O’Keeffe’s own feelings toward the future. She had just moved to New York City from Virginia and was struggling with her artistic process. 

Wolfwalkers (2020)

Wolfwalkers (2020) The wolf of the North, the lupine god of the night, is a creature of legend. But what if it exists? What if there are many of them? What if they walk among us?

Toshio is a reporter who gets an assignment to investigate rumors about an increase in animal attacks and sightings of wolves in the city. His leads take him to a remote village near Mount Fuji where he meets Kanami, a young woman who claims to be attacked by a wolf every month.

Toshio realizes that Kanami’s story may be connected to his investigation and he begins to dig deeper into her past.

Wolfwalkers is based on the novel of the same name by Daisuke Sato. It was previously adapted into a live-action movie directed by Takashi Miike in 2010.

Production I.G has announced their latest project at Anime Expo 2018: Wolfwalkers, based on Daisuke Sato’s novel of the same name. Yuu Kobayashi will star in this sci-fi action film as Kanami, a young woman whose life changes after she is attacked by a wolf every month.

Wolfwalkers is based on the novel of the same name by Daisuke Sato. It was previously adapted into a live-action movie directed by Takashi Miike in 2010.

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Long Way North (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
  • Chloe Dunn (Actor)
  • Remi Chaye (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

In the aftermath of the death of their leader Bumpy Johnson in 1979, many of the remaining members of the Baltimore-based family are at war with one another. Fearing that one of the remaining lieutenants is going to try to take over, they all decide to come together and work together for the sake of staying alive.

Trouble is brewing in Baltimore as local drug kingpin Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) tries to move into a new territory overseen by Barksdale’s former mentor Stringer Bell (Idris Elba). Avon does not appreciate his encroachment on his territory and this leads to a turf war.

The fifth season takes place over fourteen months. Season five opens with D’Angelo Barksdale having been arrested for drug trafficking, and facing a sentence of life without parole if convicted. The rest of the crew must deal with the loss of their leader while they struggle with trying to control policy in Avon’s absence.

Meanwhile, Jimmy McNulty investigates a violent crime scene which has ties with an old case from his days in Narcotics. He finds himself back in uniform and working on the case with his former partner Bunk Moreland (Wendell Pierce), leading to tension between him and his new partner.

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Rambo First Blood [Blu-ray Steelbook + Digital HD]
  • Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy (Actors)
  • Ted Kotcheff (Director) - Buzz Feitshans (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

His House (2020)

The House That Jack Built
  • Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman (Actors)
  • Lars von Trier (Director) - Lars von Trier (Writer) - Louise Vesth (Producer)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

76 Days 

76 Days
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • No Actor (Actor)
  • Hao Wu (Director) - Hao Wu (Writer) - Sheila Nevins (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Miss Juneteenth (2020)

The black women who were invited to attend the Juneteenth celebrations in Austin, Texas, had no idea of the controversy that was brewing back home in Dallas.

Within two weeks, they would become the unwitting, unwilling and often unwilling participants in a national drama that some refer to as “Juneteenthgate.”

In case you don’t know what Juneteenth is all about, it is a celebration of freedom and the ending of slavery on June 19, 1865. The celebration celebrates African Americans’ emancipation from slavery.

What happened at Juneteenth 2020? At its most basic level, there were two issues — a scheduling conflict and a personality clash.

The scheduling conflict was between the local Austin Juneteenth Association and the Dallas Black Women’s Action Committee (DBWAC), which had always held its Juneteenth event on the same weekend as Austin.

The personality clash was between the president of DBWAC and an Austin news reporter who was a member of the executive board of the local Juneteenth Association. She questioned whether DBWAC should be allowed to hold its event during Juneteenth because members of DBWAC could not commit to spending time promoting it.

Miss Juneteenth
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze (Actors)
  • Channing Godfrey Peoples (Director) - Channing Godfrey Peoples (Writer) - Neil Creque Williams...
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Crip Camp (2020)

The Crip Camp is an annual event where people with disabilities and their allies gather for discussion and workshops. The camp is open to everyone who has a disability, or who identifies as having a disability, or who wants to learn about disability issues and the experience of living with a disability.

Crip Camp (2020) will be held at the University of Washington on June 29-July 1, 2020. See https://cripsoc.org/crip-camp-2020/ for more information and updates.

The Crip Camp is held each year to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities and their allies to get together, talk about common concerns, celebrate our lives, build community, and plan how we can work together in the future to secure our rights and improve our lives.

This year’s Crip Camp will be hosted by the UW Disability Studies Program, the UW Center on Human Development & Disability, the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Humanitarian Health program with support from other departments across the campus community.

Tentative plans include sessions on self-advocacy strategies; social justice; employment; education; housing; health care; personal support services; assistive technology & accessible transportation; communication & advocacy for youth.

Camp
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Michael Mattera, Miles Elliot, Asante Jones (Actors)
  • Jacob Roebuck (Director) - Jacob Roebuck (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Palm Springs (2020)

Palm Swings [Blu-ray]
  • Jason Lewis, Tia Carrere, Sugar Lyn Beard (Actors)
  • Sean Hoessli (Director) - Amanda Lockhart (Writer) - Sean Hoessli (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

 

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