My Favourite Films Of 2020

This isn’t going to be a post about the best films released last year, but simply a list of films that I enjoyed. I’ve watched a lot of movies over the years so 2020 had me looking further back in time and exploring new regions. It was an entertaining and educational experience, whether I was time traveling or getting to know a another culture and way of life.

I went through a few genre-based themes and explored cinema from various countries, including: Korea, Iran, and New Zealand. In 2019 I was watching a lot of European cinema from Italy, Germany, France, etc. I could actually write a post on each of these forays. Maybe that’s something I can do in the future.

During the course of the year I made myself familiar with the work of Asghar Farhadi, Taika Waititi and started to dive into films by Ingmar Bergman. All very different in style and genre. Performances from the actors of yesteryear such as Ingrid Bergman, Edward G. Robinson, Humphery Bogart, Lawrence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and Joan Crawford linked me to other films which were added to my IMDB watchlist.

The following list is in chronological order. I gave all of these films a score of 8/10 on IMDB. I hope that you find something here you also enjoy or are reminded of a movie you love. Some can be found free to stream on YouTube, Kanopy or SBS On Demand. I also rent films on YouTube and iTunes.

‘The 39 Steps’ (1935)
‘Rebecca’ (1940)
‘Casablanca’ (1942)
‘Shadow Of A Doubt’ (1943)
‘Gaslight’ (1944)
‘Mildred Pierce’ (1945)
‘Key Largo’ (1948)
‘The Night Of The Hunter’ (1955)
‘Viridiana’ (1961)
‘The Great Escape’ (1963)
‘Autumn Sonata’ (1978)
‘The English Patient’ (1996)
‘All About My Mother’ (1999)
‘Whale Rider’ (2002)
‘Boy’ (2010)
‘A Separation’ (2011)
‘Django Unchained’ (2012)
‘Life Of Pi’ (2012)
‘The Past’ (2013)
‘Breadcrumb Trail’ (2014)
‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ (2016)
‘1917’ (2019)
‘Jojo Rabbit’ (2019)
‘Joker’ (2019)
‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ (2019)
‘Pain & Glory’ (2019)

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