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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:

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


  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.


  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 = Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, National Champions, The Protege and more.


  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 (so far)

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

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  2. Knock at the Cabin
  3. M3gan
  4. Missing
  5. The Pale Blue Eye
  6. ^ none of these are really all that great, but this is what you've seen so far

Here's hoping this is a great year for movies that makes it tough to just pick only 10!


  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  2. Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)
  3. The Batman (2022)
  4. The Suicide Squad (2021)
  5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
  6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
  7. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings  (2021)
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  9. Bullet Train (2022)
  10. Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
  11. The Menu (2022)
  12. Nope (2022)
  13. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
  14. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
  15. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
  16. No Time to Die (2021)
  17. Black Widow (2021)
  18. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
  19. Prey (2022)
  20. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)
  21. Thor: Love and Thunder  (2022)
  22. Nobody (2021)
  23. Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
  24. Knock at the Cabin (2023)
  25. Free Guy (2021)
  26. Clerks III (2022)
  27. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022)
  28. A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
  29. Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020)
  30. Peninsula (2020)
  31. Soul (2020)
  32. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020)
  33. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
  34. The King's Man (2021)
  35. Batman: The Long Halloween (Part One and Part Two) (2021)
  36. The Black Phone (2022)
  37. The Bad Guys (2022)
  38. DC League of Super-Pets (2022)
  39. Jackass Forever (2022)
  40. Amsterdam (2022)
  41. Jurassic World Dominion (2022)
  42. Red Notice  (2021)
  43. Death on the Nile  (2022)
  44. M3gan (2023)
  45. Missing (2023)
  46. The Adam Project (2022)
  47. Lightyear (2022)
  48. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
  49. Palm Springs (2020)
  50. Tenet (2020)
  51. Vacation Friends (2021)
  52. **** Pending additions and removals

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!


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.