2020 has not been the best year for movies, so many blockbusters pushed to 2021 and beyond thanks to COVID-19 concerns. However, there have still been plenty of things to watch on streaming platforms and a handful of things to go to the theater to see.
One note – I am extending 2020 through the end of February 2021 due to the Oscars shifting their dates to February 28 due to many movies not being able to release late in 2020. So this is actually January 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021. Basically, the dates that would count for awards season.
I’ve also included my favorite of all time and the best from 2018 and 2019. One movie from 2019 made my top 10 list of all time. There were a lot of really good movies, but only one truly great movie last year.
The movies listed under each rating for this year are listed in alphabetical order.
The ten best of all time:
– Children of Men
– The Green Mile
– Man on Fire
– Saving Private Ryan
– Forrest Gump
– District 9
– Blade Runner 2049
The best from 2018:
1. A Star Is Born
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
7. Beautiful Boy
8. Avengers: Infinity War
10. A Quiet Place
The best from 2019:
2. The Last Black Man in San Francisco
4. Marriage Story
5. The Farewell
6. The Lighthouse
7. Jojo Rabbit
8. Uncut Gems
Movies in alphabetical order for each rating under every tier, all movies seen in theaters unless otherwise noted (VOD, Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
S-Tier films are looked at as the absolute best of the best. These are movies that I would basically give a perfect score and in my opinion, should be shoo-in’s for the major awards after the year is through. The S means “Super” meaning it’s even better than A-Tier. It’s only for a select few movies and they are all sure to make my Top 10 at the end of the year. Ratings here are 10/10.
The Father (VOD) – 10/10
In and Of Itself (Hulu) – 10/10
Minari (VOD) – 10/10
A-Tier films are movies that should get serious consideration during awards season. They have a great story, great direction, great acting, and everything else that you could possibly want in a movie. They may not be pure perfection, but they are still a fine piece of cinema that deserves recognition. Ratings vary from 8.5-9.5/10.
Judas and the Black Messiah (HBO Max) – 9.5/10
One Night In Miami (Amazon) – 9.5/10
Soul (Disney+) – 9.5/10
Little Fish (VOD) – 9/10
Onward – 9/10
Pieces of a Woman (Netflix) – 9/10
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) – 9/10
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon) – 8.5/10
B-Tier movies are still very enjoyable. While they may lack in a few different places, most of the movie are still great and worth the price of admission. B-Tier will typically have the most movies listed in it’s tier. Ratings vary from 7.5-8.5/10.
The King of Staten Island (VOD) – 8.5/10
Nomadland (Hulu) – 8/10
Palm Springs (Hulu) – 8/10
Promising Young Woman (VOD) – 8/10
Tenet – 8/10
C-Tier movies can be looked at as films that maybe missed the boat in a few ways, but overall still get a thumbs up. Maybe the writing wasn’t great, or it was just a cash grab kind of movie – yet the film was still enjoyable and you don’t regret spending the money or time to watch it. If it comes on TV down the road – you may stay tuned, you may move on – but while the overall movie may be average, there is still something about it you like. Ratings vary from 6-7.5/10.
An American Pickle (HBO Max) – 7.5/10
Bill and Ted: Face the Music (VOD) – 7.5/10
Irresistible (VOD) – 7.5/10
On the Rocks (Apple TV+) – 7.5/10
Sound of Metal (Amazon) – 7.5/10
The Invisible Man – 7/10
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) – 7/10
Wonder Woman 1984 (HBO Max) – 7/10
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Netflix) – 6.5/10
Project Power (Netflix) – 6.5/10
Malcolm & Marie (Netflix) – 6/10
The New Mutants – 6/10
D-Tier movies are not very favorable. While you don’t want to throw tomatoes at the screen, you’re not really looking forward to the next time you get to watch this film. It’s not that you would give it two thumbs way down, it’s just that you wouldn’t be very enthusiastic to give it a thumbs up. Earning a D in school is still a passing grade, but only barely. Ratings vary from 3-5.5/10.
First Cow (VOD) – 5/10
Hubie Halloween (Netflix) – 5/10
The Lovebirds (Netflix) – 5/10
The Prom (Netflix) – 5/10
Rebecca (Netflix) – 5/10
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix) – 5/10
Mulan (Disney+) – 4/10
Birds of Prey – 3/10
Fantasy Island – 3/10
F-Tier movies have to be absolutely terrible. Rarely will movies find their way here because typically movies wouldn’t be sent to the big screen if they were truly this bad. If a film finds it’s way here, avoid it at all costs. Ratings vary from 0-2.5/10.
The Little Things (HBO Max) – 2/10
You Should Have Left (VOD) – 2/10
Updated: February 6, 2021