Ask Approved: 18 of the Best Movies of 2020

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Looking back, 2019 capped off 10 years’ worth of cinema in a decidedly uneven way. Mega-blockbuster sagas that spanned years came to a close thanks to Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: Episode IX—The Rise of Skywalker. Some of the decade’s best films, like Parasite and Knives Out, made indelible marks on our collective pop culture consciousness, while other late-decade entries completely baffled audiences. (Yes, we’re looking at you, Cats, the next midnight cult classic a la Rocky Horror Picture Show.) So, what will 2020’s film offerings be remembered for?

Without a doubt, this past year posed a real challenge for filmmakers and movie theaters alike. As with most things, the COVID-19 pandemic threw a real wrench into Hollywood’s plans: The newest (and 25th) James Bond film, No Time to Die, had to learn to debut another day, while Universal’s Trolls World Tour skipped the theaters altogether and, when all was said and done, put more money directly in the studio’s pockets than it would have had theaters taken a cut.

Soon enough, big-name studios like Disney and Warner Bros. followed suit, queueing up films like Mulan, Soul and Wonder Woman 1984 for streaming platforms. Needless to say, the landscape has changed quite a bit. And, despite what detractors say, a ton of incredible films were delivered directly to our living rooms this year. We’ve rounded up 2020’s best of the best.