The Top 5 Movies of 2020 Worth Watching (So Far)

No matter where you are in the world or what your expertise is, most of us love watching movies. And, so far, 2020 has been quite giving in terms of new exciting cinematic adventures.

2020 Movies in a Nutshell

If there’s a short answer to what the predominant style and genre of movies released in 2020 have been so far, it would be: diversity, experimentalism in filming, and actors challenged to go outside of their comfort zone to embody a character. The titles you’ll see below are all worth the watch, and then some. Enjoy!

1. Tesla by Michael Almereyda

Ethan Hawke as Tesla
The Top 5 Movies of 2020 Worth Watching (So Far)

There is hardly a soul out there that hasn’t heard the name Nikola Tesla. A wildly mystified and controversial character, director Michael Almereyda dives deep into the life and stoic genius of the prominent nineteenth-century inventor. The movie is vastly experimental, built as a fragmentary collage peppered with anachronistic touches (an iPhone here, a vacuum cleaner there) to show the lasting legacy of Tesla’s revolutionary work. You’ll see Ethan Hawke as Mr. Tesla in the widely anticipated movie.

2. Emma by Autumn de Wilde

Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma
The Top 5 Movies of 2020 Worth Watching (So Far)

This new adaptation of Jane Austen’s timeless novel comes with a fresh cinematic style, a dash of spirited wit, and a splash of humor that will have you glued to the screen. Played by Anya Taylor-Joy, this version of Emma has just the right amount of ambition and playful cockiness, as well as an internally conflicted soul torn by her blossoming feelings and goals.

3. The Vast of Night by Andrew Patterson

Movie poster for The Vast of Night
The Top 5 Movies of 2020 Worth Watching (So Far)

The Vast of Night is one of those movies that pay tribute to the old and the new in a tale set in the 1950s that centers around a possible alien invasion. The Amazon original is a thrilling picture where anticipation, mystery, and suspense gradually climb to their peak. It all starts when telephone operator Faye stumbles upon a strange signal. She and confidant radio DJ Everett soon begin to suspect that signal comes from the stars above their small town…

4. The Invisible Man by Leigh Whannell

Elizabeth Moss as Cecilia in The Invisible Man
The Top 5 Movies of 2020 Worth Watching (So Far)

The Invisible Man isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s a modern spin on Universal’s original of 1933. When Cecilia (played by Elizabeth Moss) escapes her abusive boyfriend, and he later commits suicide, it seems like she’ll enjoy her newfound freedom. Instead, her ex begins to haunt her, and no one believes her. Driven to the verge of paranoia and craziness, Cecilia will go to great lengths to win her freedom.

5. Bad Education by Cory Finley

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney as Tassone and Pam in Bad Education
The Top 5 Movies of 2020 Worth Watching (So Far)

Based on Robert Kolker’s New York Magazine article, the story follows the historic embezzlement scandal that exposed public school superintendent Dr. Frank Tassone, his assistant Pam Gluckin (played by Allison Janney), and their colleagues. It’s a story about ambition, greed, the intense pressures of suburban academia, and how college admissions and educational-ranking achievements are part of a vicious business model.