Short Cuts: the 20 Best Films of 2020


Directors: Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho


Director: Kantemir Balagov

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Directors: Bill and Turner Ross

Bully. Coward. Victim: the Story of Roy Cohn

Director: Ivy Meeropol


Director: Alexander Nanau

Cordillera of Dreams

Director: Patricio Guzmán

Dick Johnson is Dead

Director: Kirsten Johnson

First Cow

Director: Kelly Reichart

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Director: Charlie Kaufman

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Director: George C. Wolfe


Director: Steve McQueen

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

Director: Werner Herzog


Director: Brandon Cronenberg

Public Trust: The Fight for America’s Public Lands

Director: David Garrett Byars 

Sound of Metal

Director: Darius Marder


Director: Garrett Bradley

The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight

Directors: Chris Simon and Susette Weisheit

The Vast of Night

Directed by Andrew Patterson

Welcome to Chechnya

Director: David France


Director: Alex Winter


Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book is An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism and Its Discontents (with Alexander Cockburn). He can be reached at: or on Twitter @JeffreyStClair3