In March of 2020, the US forced theaters to close down due to the pandemic. AMC reported a $2 billion quarterly loss. The movie and theater industry is facing its worst decline in almost 10 years.
But while theaters remain closed, citizens find a workaround with movie streaming services. Many upcoming films postponed their release date due to the pandemic. But 2020 still offers great hit movies if you know where to find them.
In this article, we give fifteen of the best movies in 2020. From women coming-of-age stories to films with political undertones, this list is full of movies you’re sure to enjoy.
1. Bad Education
Bad Education by Corey Finley and Mike Makowsky is a retelling of the US’s education system. The film casts Hugh Jackman and Allison Janey. Corey Finley based Bad Education on a true story about an embezzlement scandal in a Long Island school district.
Bad Education spins a tale about morality in a highly competitive school district. Jackman plays a highschool administrator with a few skeletons in his closet. His portrayal of his character’s vanity reminds us of his success as a Hollywood actor.
2. Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey is a follow-up of Harley Quinn after her breakup with Joker. The movie takes place sometime after Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie) shows a lighter and fun side to herself as opposed to her role in Suicide Squad.
As Harley tries to get over her recent breakup, she finds herself entangled with a narcissistic crime lord. Throughout the movie, she meets a band of girls that turn into an interesting group of friends. The movie stars Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Capone tells the story of a gangster’s last days as he fights against dementia. The Chicago gangster finds himself trapped in a Palatial Florida estate. As his mind slowly deteriorates, he’s haunted by memories of his past.
Capone dives headfirst into the delusions of a notorious gangster played by Tom Hardy. The free-flowing suspense and comedy take its viewers on a wild journey. Because it tells the story through Capone’s point of view, we don’t know which scenes are real.
Capone viewers will see life through his point of view. They will understand his ambitions and desires first-hand.
4. The Trip to Greece
The Trip to Greece focuses on the story of two old friends in Greece. The bickering pair enjoys their days eating fine meals and singing in water tunnels. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s goal is to retrace the first steps of Odysseus.
The duo’s dynamic is full of witty banter with a strain of deep-seated regrets. Their anxiety comes from the transition of turning into middle-aged men. When Coogan dreams about his father’s declining health, he reminds himself about mortality.
Watch The Trip to Greece to follow the tale of two friends as they rekindle their friendship and talk about the good old days.
5. Crip Cramp
A group of teenage campers in backwaters small town Woodstock become inspired to fight for disability civil rights. The creators of Crip Cramp based it on a true story. It started in the 1970s, at Camp Jened which was a summer getaway camp for the disabled.
The documentary film tells the story of the young marginalized kids. Camp Jened was a place where they could be themselves without judgment from others. Camp Jened helped them find a sense of self-worth and belonging.
Crip Cramp is a heartfelt retelling of that story. Follow the story of the teens who found the strength to fight for what was theirs.
Hamilton first made its debut in Broadway back in January 2015. The musical about the ten-dollar founding father found its way into the hearts of many. Hamilton the musical revolutionized and set the bar for Broadway theater.
This 2020, Disney+ featured Hamilton as a film. It was originally set to release in theaters by August but this changed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The movie consists of five recordings of the play all put together. It follows the continuous flowing format of the original play.
If you enjoy historical stories with a touch of drama, watch Hamilton! You’re sure to enjoy the wide variety of their music.
Emma, directed by Autumn de Wilde, is a British comedy romance. It features a girl named Emma Woodhouse. Emma takes place in a Georgian and Regency-era England.
Emma spends her days with meddlesome matchmaking in the love lives of her friends and family. The imagery emphasizes on a dainty variation of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic visuals. Emma follows a matchmaking heroine with playful sass and ambition.
The movie was a movie based on Jane Austen’s novel. If you enjoy romantic comedies and meddlesome characters, push Emma to the top of your to-watch list.
8. Gretel and Hansel
Despite the light-hearted children’s tale that we all know and love, Gretel and Hansel tells a much darker story. The pair must fend for themselves in the cold and unforgiving woods as they watch their mother slowly lose her mind. The pair of siblings never seem to catch a break as they consume some suspicious mushrooms.
They stumble upon a house in the woods with an unattended feast. The strange old woman named Holda (played by Alice Krige) invites them to stay for the night. Unlike their book counterparts, the pair picks up on the strange behavior of their host.
Gretel and Hansel is a great and touching movie about a young lady’s coming of age. It spins a touching tale with a touch of horror undertones.
9. Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always
The movie follows a young teen by the name of Autumn, played by Sydney Flanigan. The movie introduces her singing on a talent show. Autumn seems to carry a lot of heavy baggage, and we soon learn that she’s 17 and pregnant.
She can only confide in her cousin and co-worker, Skylar, played by Eliza Hitman. Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always follows the struggle of these two young girls in New York City.
10. Sorry We Missed You
Sorry We Missed You tells the story of a few remaining characters who can’t seem to find a job. Jobs are becoming outsourced, jobs that manufacture cellphones to cars find new homes in countries with cheaper labor. Rickey Turner and Debbie Honeywood must deal with their low-income jobs.
Everything from worker protection and basic human interaction became limited. The film gives its take on the failure of the modern era. Sorry We Missed You is an intimate film that almost passes as a documentary.
It emphasizes both parallels of Rickey and Debbie. Follow Rickey and Debbie as they try to make the best of a bad situation.
The film Swallow follows a young modern housewife with a strange habit of ingesting random objects. Pica, played by Haley Bennett will swallow almost everything she finds. From dirt to jewelry, and even battery, this strange compulsion symbolizes a woman’s struggles.
Swallow is a play on feminist-thrillers. Swallow is not as graphic or gory as some movies but adopts the same techniques. The strategical approach makes the movie effective and powerful.
Delve into the story of a woman repressed by a fake ideal marriage. The film challenges viewers to look beneath the surface and understand its true meaning.
12. The Cordillera of Dreams
The Cordillera of Dreams takes place in Chile. Patricio Guzmán finds himself home after he left in the 1970s. During then, he exiled himself to Cuba with only movie reels in his arms.
The Cordillera of Dreams is the last of Patricio Guzmán’s trilogy of films. He takes through a journey of politics, philosophy, and individuality. Guzman explored Chile and the cultural impact on the snowy mountains.
If you plan on watching The Cordillera of Dreams, be sure to watch Guzmán’s older films. Watch Nostalgia for the Light and The Pearl Button to immerse yourself in Guzmán’s heartfelt trilogy.
13. The Painter and The Thief
The Painter and The Thief is a hit movie that features a Czech artist named Barbara Kysilkova. She receives a call from gallerist two of her painting have gone missing. It’s no wonder that this hit our list of top movies, as it delves into a painter’s conflicting compassion.
Barbara is a woman drawn to the darker aspects of the human mind. Despite having her paintings stolen, she desires to understand the man behind it all.
14. Vitalina Varela
Vitalina Varela is a bleak movie of a woman who finds herself in her late husband’s home. Vitalina Varela is a real woman, retelling her experiences. In the 1980s, she married a man who soon ran away from her.
He promised to find work in Lisbon and send her money to support her. For 40 years, he never returned. As Vitalina comes to Lisbon to confront her husband, she finds out about his secret life.
15. A Whisker Away
A Whisker Away is the only animation film on this list but is one of the top hit movies nevertheless. This wholesome story tells the tale of puppy love in the form of one girl named Miyo. This serene fantasy film follows Miyo as she gains the ability to turn into a cat.
She uses this ability to get closer to her unrequited love, a young boy named Hinode. The movie does a great job of telling that no matter your devotion, forcing love will only smother it.
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Try Hit Movies Before 2020 Ends
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