2020 was a terrible year for movies. So many films were pushed to 2021 thanks to COVID-19, however, that should lead to 2021 being one of the best years for movies ever…right? I didn’t get to see as many movies as I wanted to in 2020 because of that, so the hope is for at least 50 in 2021. We’ll see.

One note – I use the awards season calendar, and 2020 was extended until February 28, 2021 due to COVID, so anything that came out in the first two months counts as a 2020 movie since we were without movies almost entirely for upwards of five months. To see all of my 2020 movies, including movies from January/February of 2021, check out the 2020 Movie Ratings list.

Here are my most anticipated films heading into the year, many of which were originally 2020 movies:

1. Dune
2. A Quiet Place Part II
3. Eternals
4. Fast and Furious 9
5. Spider-Man: No Way Home
6. The Matrix 4
7. No Time To Die
8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
9. The Many Saints of Newark
10. West Side Story

I’ve also included my favorite of all time and the best from 2019 and 2020. 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:

– ET
– Children of Men
– The Green Mile
– Man on Fire
– Wall-E
– Saving Private Ryan
– Forrest Gump
– District 9
– Blade Runner 2049
– 1917

The best from 2019:

1. 1917
2. The Last Black Man in San Francisco
3. Luce
4. Marriage Story
5. The Farewell
6. The Lighthouse
7. Jojo Rabbit
8. Uncut Gems
9. Joker
10. Parasite

The best from 2020:

1. The Father
2. Minari
3. Judas and the Black Messiah\
4. One Night In Miami
5. Little Fish
6. The Trial of the Chicago 7
7. Pieces of a Woman
8. The King of Staten Island
9. Soul
10. Palm Springs

2021 Movies

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.



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.

A Quiet Place Part II – 9/10


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.

In The Heights (HBO Max) – 8/10
Black Widow (Disney+) – 7.5/10
Raya and the Last Dragon – 7.5/10


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.

Godzilla vs. Kong – 7/10
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (HBO Max) – 7/10
Cruella (Disney+) – 6/10
Luca (Disney+) – 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.

Long Weekend – 5/10
Thunder Force (Netflix) – 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.


Updated: February 6, 2021