10 Best Movies Of 2020, According To Ranker

The year 2020 saw the release of some highly regarded films. Though not all of these movies received as much coverage as other popular movies, that does not mean that they are any weaker in quality. From comedic takes on international competitions to horror films about a mysterious and dangerous figure, 2020 debuted movies that have stuck with viewers over the past year.

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Ranker has compiled the best films of 2020, as voted by users of the site. As a result, audiences can get inspiration for what to watch next, especially if they have not seen some of the most beloved films of last year.

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Run

Run Feature Ailments Accuracy Hulu 2020 Sarah Paulson Diane Sherman Chloe Sherman

Run is a thriller that revolves around Chloe, who uses a wheelchair and is constantly supervised by her mother, Diane. As the story goes on, Chloe begins to suspect that her mother is giving her medications to prevent her from leaving her side and making Chloe believe she has conditions which, in reality, she does not.

Though the premise is not a new one, Run does an excellent job at executing it, providing moments of genuine tension. Kiera Allen and Sarah Paulson convincingly play the two main characters, giving a further sense of realism to what audiences see on-screen.

Available to stream on Hulu.

Nomadland

Frances McDormand in a field in Nomadland

A great movie set in the American heartland, which allows for some gorgeous scenery, Nomadland is not only an aesthetically beautiful film, but it also provides a great story. The film stars Frances McDormand as Fern, who loses her job soon after her husband dies and decides to sell most of her possessions and travel the United States, living out of a van.

She visits a variety of places, meets interesting people, and learns more about herself in the process. The film is a wonderful exploration of the character, earning three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Available to stream on Hulu.

Greenland

Morena Baccarin and Gerard Butler panic on a plane in Greenland

Starring Morena Baccarin and Gerard Butler as the main protagonists of the story, Greenland is about a potential extinction event brought on by an incoming comet strike. As the event approaches, a family seeks an escape from the apocalypse by attempting to find safety at a site in Greenland.

While many films with similar premises tend to miss the mark, Greenland features excellent dramatic tension and makes audiences care about the characters on-screen, putting it on par with some of the best natural disaster movies. Performances feel realistic and help the audience to become further invested in the premise.

Available to stream on HBO Max. 

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga

Alexander Rybak playing the violin surrounded by a happy crowd in Eurovision Song Contest The Story of Fire Saga

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two musicians who seek to represent Iceland in the titular competition, and they must overcome obstacles on their journey to find massive success.

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The film offers plenty of laughs and manages to rise above what could have easily been just another silly comedy with Ferrell at the helm. This is further aided by the fact that the movie includes some great music, elevating it beyond what many may have expected it to be.

Available to stream on Netflix.

Let Him Go

Diane Lane and Kevin Costner In Let Him Go

Starring Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, Let Him Go is about two people who, years after losing their son in an accident, must rescue their daughter and grandson from a dangerous family. The thrilling plot keeps viewers on edge, keeping them concerned for the characters they grow to care for over the course of the story.

This is further helped through the heartfelt and grounded performances by the cast, especially Lane and Costner, making Let Him Go into a film that fans of the thriller genre will certainly enjoy.

Available to stream on HBO Max.

The Invisible Man

Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man

The premise has been adapted on several occasions, but the 2020 version delivers a different spin to become one of the best movies based on H.G. Wells’s The Invisible Man. In this rendition, Cecilia Kass thinks that her terrible ex-boyfriend, who is believed to have died, is still alive and has gained the ability to become invisible, terrorizing her while remaining invisible.

Much of the horror is well done, and Elisabeth Moss’s portrayal of the main protagonist provides an excellent presence to The Invisible Man, bringing the character to life and displaying Cecilia’s complex emotions excellently.

Available to stream on HBO Max.

Extraction

Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake in Extraction

With well-done action and an exciting plot, Extraction offers a high-energy experience that is an exceptional addition to the action and thriller genres. It centers on Tyler Rake, a mercenary played by Chris Hemsworth, who is hired to rescue the son of a drug lord, who has been kidnapped by a rival leader.

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The character has much more emotional weight behind his actions than he immediately lets on, which is portrayed well by Hemsworth, making the character more sympathetic and adding to the dramatic tension of his scenes.

Available to stream on Netflix.

Soul

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An emotional and inspiring Pixar film, Soul is about Joe Gardner, a music teacher who dreams of being a professional musician. When he falls into an open manhole, Joe’s soul is transported to a different realm, where he tries to find a way to return to his body, helping another soul in the process.

This film is full of heart and centers on themes of passion, friendship, and enjoying every moment. Music is a major part of the movie, and the soundtrack is excellent, adding an extra layer of excitement and emotion to the already wonderful film.

Available to stream on Disney+. 

The Call Of The Wild

Harrison Ford in The Call of the Wild

Based on the novel by Jack London, Call of the Wild is an exciting adventure film centered on a dog named Buck, who is taken from his home and brought to the Yukon, where he eventually meets John Thornton, played by Harrison Ford. Over the course of the film, Buck feels conflicted between his life with humans and the possibility of living in the wild.

The landscapes are beautifully shot, giving audiences a glimpse into the vast nature of the region. Also, though the main character is a CGI dog, he is brought to life through the performances of all those around him, especially Ford.

Available to stream on HBO Max.

Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman Cassie standing in the street with a crowbar

In one of Carey Mulligan’s best movies, she plays the role of Cassie Thomas, a woman who seeks revenge on an awful man while enacting various plots throughout to punish those who stood by and did not take action against him.

The movie excellently balances drama and comedy, providing genuinely hilarious and genuinely heartbreaking moments. Carey Mulligan’s performance in the lead role elevates Promising Young Woman, bringing a thrilling, heartfelt, and occasionally funny presence in a true display of her talents as an actor.

Available to stream on HBO Max.

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