The 20 Best Movies of 2020

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15. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
> Starring: Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Peter Brown
> IMDb rating (0-10): 8.2
> IMDb votes: 1,677
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

The documentary directed by Frank Marshall (“Congo”) tells the story of the British-Australian trio the Bee Gees through interviews with the oldest brother, Barry Gibb, and using archival footage with the late twin brothers Robin and Maurice. “2020 has been an excellent year for music documentaries, and this one holds its own amongst the best,” according to Staci Layne Wilson from Fantastica Daily.

Source: Courtesy of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

14. Small Axe: Lovers Rock
> Starring: Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, Micheal Ward, Shaniqua Okwok, Kedar Williams-Stirling
> IMDb rating (0-10): 7.6
> IMDb votes: 2,101
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Small Axe is a collection of five films created and directed by Steve McQueen for BBC and Amazon concerning the experiences of West Indian immigrants in London during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. “Lovers Rock” centers around the budding romantic relationship between two Black British youths set amidst the reggae house party scene of the late 1970s. “Lovers Rock” currently has a Tomatometer score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, the second highest of any Small Axe film.

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13. Never Rarely Sometimes Always
> Starring: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Eliazar Jimenez
> IMDb rating (0-10): 7.4
> IMDb votes: 11,445
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

The critically-acclaimed drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” follows two teenage girls from rural Pennsylvania who go to New York City, looking for help after one of them becomes pregnant. “An enlightening script, expert ensemble acting and the most revealing film ever made about a young woman’s right to choose,” wrote Dwight Brown from National Newspaper Publishers Association.

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12. Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado
> Starring: Walter Mercado, Willy Acosta, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Raul de Molina
> IMDb rating (0-10): 7.2
> IMDb votes: 2,684
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

“Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” is one of 12 documentaries on this list. In the movie, famous gender non-conforming astrologer and psychic Walter Mercado talks about his life, career, and time spent away from the spotlight. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes calls the film “an absorbing and affectionate tribute to a unique individual,” giving it 100% approval rating.

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11. Totally Under Control
> Starring: Alex Azar, Charlie Baker, Scott Becker, Taison Bell
> IMDb rating (0-10): 7.7
> IMDb votes: 2,146
> Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

“Totally Under Control” takes a look at how the U.S. government responded to the coronavirus outbreak before it became a pandemic from the perspective of public health officials. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly described the documentary as “A methodical, devastating account of the American government’s malfeasance and failure to act from the top down.”