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My Favorite Movies of 2020s (2020-2029) & Top 100 Favorite Films of the Decade

Posted by Anthony Mango Thursday, February 16, 2023

Welcome to the fifth block of my gargantuan series of lists breaking down My Favorite Movies of Every Year and my top movies of every decade. This edition focuses on the 2020s—movies that were released between the years 2020 and 2029.

To check out the other entries in this series, click on the following links as they are broken down by every decade:

FAVORITE MOVIES LISTS - BY DECADE
1960s, 1970s, 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020sMASTER LIST PAGE

For a more elaborate explanation of this project as a whole, consult the master list page above.

But in general, the three major notes to keep in mind are:

1) This is a list of my favorite movies, rather than the films I think are the best. There is a distinction. Just because I like them the most doesn't mean I think they are of the highest quality, necessarily.

2) I try to keep a top 10 list for each year, but some don't have a proper 10, while others have more. Everything is still ranked, though.

3) There is a key to the level of fandom. Bold means I absolutely love the movie. Italics without being bold means I like them a lot. Gray movies are a bit on the fence for the list. And gray movies that are striked out are mostly filler and could easily be replaced.

Check out my Letterboxd for some star ratings for any of these movies and more, since I've obviously seen a lot of films that I don't like that won't be appearing on these lists whatsoever.

Also, stay tuned for any possible updates! Whenever I see a new movie that I like, I'll potentially be adding it to the ranking. So while something is on the list at this particular moment, it may not always be there!

Best Movie Every Year Favorite Films

TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2020

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog
  2. A Quiet Place Part II
  3. Superman: Man of Tomorrow
  4. Peninsula
  5. Soul
  6. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
  7. Wonder Woman 1984
  8. Palm Springs
  9. Tenet
  10. The Devil All the Time

The only movie I really took away from this year loving for the most part was Sonic the Hedgehog. Then again, this was the year of a full-blown shutdown with movies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost nothing came out.

That's why you'll see something like Tenet here, which I didn't even really like. But holy shit did I still overall appreciate it more than Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) which just actively pissed me off, or The New Mutants, which was about as terrible of a pilot episode of a CW reject show as you could get.

Blind Spot Movies = Guns Akimbo, Mulan, Project Power and more.

TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2021

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Zack Snyder's Justice League
  3. The Suicide Squad
  4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 
  5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  6. No Time to Die
  7. Black Widow
  8. Nobody
  9. Godzilla vs. Kong
  10. Free Guy
  11. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  12. The King's Man
  13. Batman: The Long Halloween (Part One and Part Two)
  14. Red Notice

With more movies coming back into theaters this year, you can see the big difference. This year actually had some heavy hitters and some genuinely fun movies I'll be watching for years to come.

No Way Home was a wild ride. Zack Snyder's Justice League is certainly way better than the Joss Whedon cut. The Suicide Squad follows that format in being a massive improvement. And Shang-Chi was one of the best parts of this phase of the MCU.

I really enjoyed some of what Ghostbusters: Afterlife had to offer, even though it is a shell of the first movie and falls short of the second by a mile, too.

Black Widow was disappointing, as was Free Guy and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and even The King's Man, but I still enjoyed them.

If we're talking disappointments, though, No Time to Die......but it is still a James Bond film, so it gets some priority placement.

Shout out to some movies like Ron's Gone Wrong and Mass and Encanto that don't make the cut, and a surprise in Vacation Friends that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Blind Spot Movies = National Champions, The Protege and more.

TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2022

  1. The Batman
  2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  4. Bullet Train
  5. Everything Everywhere All At Once
  6. The Menu
  7. Nope
  8. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  9. Top Gun: Maverick
  10. Prey
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  12. Thor: Love and Thunder
  13. Clerks III
  14. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
  15. The Black Phone
  16. The Bad Guys
  17. DC League of Super-Pets
  18. Jackass Forever
  19. Amsterdam
  20. Jurassic World Dominion
  21. The Adam Project
  22. Lightyear
  23. Death on the Nile

Great stuff in the top three, with Bullet Train just narrowly behind. That was a blast to sit through. As was Everything Everywhere All at Once even though I think that won't be the type of movie I want to sit down and watch here and there on a whim.

I really enjoyed The Menu and Nope, and was surprisingly thumbs up on Top Gun: Maverick, as well as Prey. Obviously. These movies were rock solid. And Sonic 2 was good, but I think the first was better. The same goes for Glass Onion. And for how Thor: Love and Thunder went WAY too far into the ridiculous aspects that I still think were a little overbearing in Ragnarok, even.

I was disappointed in Clerks III. I was surprised by how fun Weird: The Al Yankovic Story was. Also, The Black Phone did its job. But a movie like that isn't going to be a favorite of mine, nor will Amsterdam or the others in gray. So while I appreciate a movie for having a great performance like The Whale, I'm not going to rewatch it.

Boy did Black Adam and Morbius suck. Yikes.

Blind Spot Movies = The 355, Ambulance, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Outfit, Turning Red and more.

TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2023

  1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  2. Godzilla Minus One
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  4. The Holdovers
  5. The Iron Claw
  6. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  7. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  8. They Cloned Tyrone
  9. Knock at the Cabin
  10. John Wick: Chapter 4
  11. The Flash
  12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  13. Oppenheimer
  14. Saltburn
  15. Barbie
  16. Dream Scenario
  17. Leave the World Behind
  18. Renfield
  19. A Haunting in Venice
  20. The Marvels
  21. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  22. M3gan
  23. Missing
  24. Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
  25. Haunted Mansion
  26. Blue Beetle
  27. The Zone of Interest 
  28. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
  29. Merry Little Batman
  30. The Creator
  31. Shazam! Fury of the Gods
  32. Talk to Me
  33. 65
  34. Saw X
  35. When Evil Lurks
  36. Paradise
  37. All of Us Strangers
  38. Cobweb
  39. Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match
  40. The Meg 2: The Trench
  41. Five Nights at Freddy's
  42. Vacation Friends 2
  43. The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster
  44. The Pale Blue Eye
  45. Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham
  46. The Pope's Exorcist
  47. Hidden Strike
  48. Justice League: Warworld

Considering how many comic book films were underwhelming this year, and how a few other movies were surprisingly higher up than I anticipated, this is not at all the list that I was expecting heading into 2023, that's for sure!

Across the Spider-Verse was naturally awesome. Godzilla was SO good, which blew my mind. GOTG wasn't as good as the first, but I think there are elements that are better than the second, and it was a good way to finish the trilogy. I don't have an attachment to Indiana Jones in the same way some others do when they saw the first three as kids, but I did enjoy Dial of Destiny quite a bit, even if it feels a bit unnecessary in the grand scheme.

Holdovers and Oppenheimer are the two "best" movies of the year in terms of Oscar caliber Best Picture nominations, with Saltburn just behind them. I enjoyed Barbie while watching it, but the more I think about it after the fact, the less staying power it has. I can't imagine watching it a second time.

Knock at the Cabin was a very early "wow" for me that eventually was just overtaken by other movies, but for a while, sat at the top of the list.

When you tap into my childhood and you do a pretty good job at pulling it off, I have to give a thumbs up to Super Mario and TMNT, although while Mario far exceeds its 90s movie precursor, Mutant Mayhem is a shell of the 1990 Ninja Turtles film, which remains one of my favorites of all time.

The Marvels, The Flash, Shazam, Quantumania, Blue Beetle...what are we doing? Woof. The general idea was that all of these movies had some good ideas and some potential, but just weren't good. The execution was just not what it could have been. Frankly, I'm being kinder to some of them than I would be if they were the exact same films, but of a different genre. They're lucky I love superhero flicks. Unless it was Justice League: Warworld, which was just beyond dissatisfying.

Renfield was fun, as was Haunted Mansion and M3GAN, for random examples. I even enjoyed Talk to Me more than most horror films. The Creator was a bust, though. Very disappointing.

Blind Spot Movies = Beau is Afraid, Eileen, Rebel Moon and more.

TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS OF 2024

This year is obviously ongoing, so my list will be adjusted here and there as I see more movies.

  1. Civil War
  2. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
  3. Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One
  4. Late Night with the Devil
  5. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
  6. Challengers
  7. Ricky Stanicky
  8. Beekeeper
  9. Argylle
  10. Road House
  11. Immaculate
  12. The I.S.S.
  13. Imaginary 
  14. The First Omen
  15. Madame Web
Here's hoping this is a great year for movies that makes it tough to just pick only 10!

TOP 10+ FAVORITE FILMS OF 2020s DECADE (so far)
BONUS ROUND

  1. Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  3. The Batman (2022)
  4. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
  5. The Suicide Squad (2021)
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)
  7. Civil War (2024)
  8. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)
  9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
  10. Godzilla Minus One (2023)
  11. The Holdovers (2023)
  12. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings  (2021)
  13. Bullet Train (2022)
  14. Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
  15. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
  16. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
  17. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  18. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
  19. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020)
  20. Batman: The Long Halloween (Part One and Part Two) (2021)
  21. Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020)
  22. The Menu (2022)
  23. No Time to Die (2021)
  24. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
  25. They Cloned Tyrone (2023)
  26. Nope (2022)
  27. Prey (2022) 
  28. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)
  29. Knock at the Cabin (2023)
  30. John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)
  31. The Flash (2023) 
  32. The Iron Claw (2023)
  33. Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
  34. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024)
  35. Saltburn (2023)
  36. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
  37. Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One (2024)
  38. Nobody (2021)
  39. A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
  40. Renfield (2023)
  41. Soul (2020)
  42. Oppenheimer (2023)
  43. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023)
  44. Dream Scenario (2023)
  45. Barbie (2023)
  46. A Haunting in Venice (2023)
  47. Death on the Nile (2022)
  48. Black Widow (2021)
  49. The Marvels (2023)
  50. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
  51. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
  52. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)
  53. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022)
  54. M3gan (2023)
  55. Free Guy (2021)
  56. Clerks III (2022)
  57. Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)
  58. Peninsula (2020)
  59. The Black Phone (2022)
  60. Palm Springs (2020)
  61. The Bad Guys (2022)
  62. Leave the World Behind (2023)
  63. Missing (2023)
  64. Talk to Me (2023)
  65. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
  66. Haunted Mansion (2023)
  67. The King's Man (2021)
  68. DC League of Super-Pets (2022)
  69. Jackass Forever (2022)
  70. Amsterdam (2022)
  71. Jurassic World Dominion (2022)
  72. Red Notice (2021)
  73. Late Night with the Devil (2024)
  74. The Adam Project (2022)
  75. Blue Beetle (2023) 
  76. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)
  77. Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)
  78. Tenet (2020)
  79. Challengers (2024)
  80. Vacation Friends (2021)
  81. Ricky Stanicky (2024)
  82. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
  83. 65 (2023)
  84. Lightyear (2022)
  85. Merry Little Batman (2023)
  86. Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match (2023)
  87. Five Nights at Freddy's (2023)
  88. Immaculate (2024)
  89. Saw X (2023)
  90. Beekeeper (2024)
  91. Argylle (2024)
  92. Road House (2024)
  93. The I.S.S. (2024)
  94. Cobweb (2023)
  95. Imaginary (2024)
  96. The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (2023)
  97. When Evil Lurks (2023)
  98. The Creator (2023)
  99. The Meg 2: The Trench (2023)
  100. Vacation Friends 2 (2023)
  101. The First Omen (2024)
  102. Madame Web (2024)
  103. The Pale Blue Eye (2023)
  104. The Pope's Exorcist (2023)
  105. Hidden Strike (2023)
  106. Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham (2023)
  107.  Justice League: Warworld (2023)
  108. **** Pending additions, removals and adjustments upon future extra viewings

Obviously, this decade list is a work in progress. I'll be updating it every few months or so, any time I remember to put in a new film that I've liked enough to put somewhere on the list.

What are your favorite movies from every year?
Drop your thoughts in the comments below!

THIS POST WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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