My Top 10 Movies of 2020

Adrian Todd Zuniga
5 min readJan 4, 2021


At the end of 2019 I decided to do two things:

1. keep track of every film I saw in 2020.
2. make a point of watching older films.

The pandemic + lockdown + the lack of new releases added up to make #2 way, way easier. Of the 122 films I watched, only 19 were released in 2020 (Now for my shameful, noteworthy admission: before 2020, I had seen LESS THAN 20 films released before 1975. I KNOW.)

With all that in mind, here are the 10 best movies I saw in 2020:

#10. PALM SPRINGS (2020)

The only 2020 movie in my top 10. It’s inventive, hilarious, surprising. It’s sweet, emotional, and short (90 minutes). A Groundhog’s Day for a new generation.


An astonishingly-written sports film from super-scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney. I put off seeing this for no good reason, and was blown away by nearly every sentence. Plus, it features one of 2019’s great, most overlooked performances by André Holland.


For YEARS I asked people that knew and loved me if I should see this — George Lucas’s debut — and they were all like: it’s okay, no rush. DO THESE PEOPLE SECRETLY HATE ME?!? I was honestly wowed and thrilled by every aspect of it.


The casual violence towards women in ’70s film SHOCKED me, and it comes out swinging here. I couldn’t take my eyes off Elliott Gould, but the only terrible thing about this…



Adrian Todd Zuniga

is an award-nominated author (Collision Theory), award-winning director/screenwriter (HOLD ME, DON'T TOUCH ME) and the creator and host of Literary Death Match.