2021 Watchlist

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1. The Sacrifice (2020)

122 min | Action, Drama, War

In 1953, the Korean War is entering the final stage. The People's Volunteer Army of China has launched the last major battle in Kumsong. In order to arrive at the battleground on time and ... See full summary »

Directors: Hu Guan, Frant Gwo, Yang Lu, Yusheng Tian | Stars: Yi Zhang, Jing Wu, Jiuxiao Li, Vision Wei

Votes: 497

2. One Second (2020)

104 min | Drama, History

79 Metascore

A movie fan in a remote farmland strikes a relationship with a homeless female vagabond.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Yi Zhang, Haocun Liu, Wei Fan, Ailei Yu

Votes: 847

3. The Woman Who Ran (2020)

77 min | Drama

81 Metascore

While her husband is on a business trip, Gamhee meets three of her friends on the outskirts of Seoul. They make friendly conversation but there are different currents flowing independently of each other, both above and below the surface.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Kim Min-hee, Song Seon-mi, Eun-mi Lee, Hae-hyo Kwon

Votes: 2,193

4. Uncut Gems (2019)

R | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, Mesfin Lamengo

Votes: 247,435

5. Bang! Shao Nian (2020)

108 min | Documentary

In the suburbs of Beijing, a group of troubled teenagers learns to play baseball under a 70-year-old coach. When an accident took place in the winter of 2017, local residents got evacuated ... See full summary »

Director: Huijing Xu

Votes: 156

6. Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020)

PG-13 | 89 min | Documentary, Drama

89 Metascore

A daughter helps her father prepare for the end of his life.

Director: Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Michael Hilow, Ana Hoffman, Dick Johnson, Kirsten Johnson

Votes: 5,779

7. Nomadland (2020)

R | 107 min | Drama

93 Metascore

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest

Votes: 129,916

8. Bacurau (2019)

131 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira, Thardelly Lima

Votes: 24,465

9. Soul (2020)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife.

Directors: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House

Votes: 281,381

10. First Cow (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Western

89 Metascore

A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Alia Shawkat, John Magaro, Dylan Smith, Ryan Findley

Votes: 15,043

11. Classmates Minus (2020)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

Four high school buddies -- a director, a temp worker, an insurance salesman, and a paper craftsman -- grapple with unfulfilled dreams amid middle age ennui.

Director: Hsin-yao Huang | Stars: Jen-Shuo Cheng, Kuan-Ting Liu, Na-Dou Lin, Ming-Shuai Shih

Votes: 1,294

12. The Reunions (2020)

80 min | Drama

Rework on Dong Chengpeng's previous award winning short "A Final Reunion". A comedy director has come up with an idea of breaking through his common filmmaking take by shooting a short film... See full summary »

Director: Chengpeng Dong | Stars: Jixiang Wang, Chengpeng Dong, Lu Liu

Votes: 254

13. A Writer's Odyssey (2021)

130 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Six years after the abduction of his daughter, a man is hired to kill the author of a fantasy novel, but the world of the novel seems to intersect with reality.

Director: Yang Lu | Stars: Jiayin Lei, Mi Yang, Zijian Dong, Shengdi Wang

Votes: 1,767

14. Minari (2020)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

Director: Lee Isaac Chung | Stars: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho

Votes: 62,041

15. Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021)

Documentary, History

Love, power, money, ghosts of empire, conspiracies, artificial intelligence and You. An emotional history of the modern world by Adam Curtis.

Star: Adam Curtis

Votes: 1,534

16. Enormous (2019)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy

A world traveling pianist and her husband have decided not to have a baby, but then he sees a surprise childbirth on a flight and tampers with her pill.

Director: Sophie Letourneur | Stars: Marina Foïs, Jonathan Cohen, Jacqueline Kakou, Ayala Cousteau

Votes: 1,264

17. Dear Comrades! (2020)

121 min | Drama, History

82 Metascore

When the communist government raises food prices in 1962, the rebellious workers from the small industrial town of Novocherkassk go on strike. The massacre which then ensues is seen through the eyes of a devout party activist.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrey Gusev, Yuliya Burova

Votes: 3,549

18. Saturday Fiction (2019)

126 min | Drama, History

51 Metascore

Yu Jin is working undercover gathering intelligence for the Allies.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Gong Li, Mark Chao, Pascal Greggory, Xiangli Huang

Votes: 532

19. Time (I) (2020)

PG-13 | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

91 Metascore

Fox Rich fights for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison.

Director: Garrett Bradley | Stars: Rob Rich II, Fox Rich, Laurence M. Rich, Mahlik Rich

Votes: 5,414

20. Little Big Women (2020)

123 min | Drama

Family members grapple with the passing of their estranged father and the remnants of the life he led during his absence.

Director: Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu | Stars: Shu-Fang Chen, Ying-Hsuan Hsieh, Vivian Hsu, Ke-Fang Sun

Votes: 1,964

21. Cliff Walkers (2021)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, four Communist party special agents, afterreturning to China, embark on a secret mission. Sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Hewei Yu, Yi Zhang, Hailu Qin, Haocun Liu

Votes: 1,269

22. The Father (I) (2020)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Director: Florian Zeller | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams

Votes: 101,737

23. Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019)

103 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Adapting one of the most groundbreaking and powerful books of our time, Capital in the 21st Century is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, that breaks the popular assumption ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Pemberton | Stars: Michael Douglas, Vanessa Redgrave, Ronald Reagan, Daniel Huttlestone

Votes: 2,467

24. A Dog Barking at the Moon (2019)

107 min | Drama

A Chinese family saga, told in different periods of time, commencing with the wife's discovery of her husband's homosexuality. When her adult daughter comes to visit, other secrets slowly come to light.

Director: Lisa Zi Xiang | Stars: Renhua Na, Gaowa Siqin, Zhang Yinyue, Jiang Bing

Votes: 185

25. Wife of a Spy (2020)

115 min | Drama, History, War

77 Metascore

A Japanese merchant who leaves his wife behind in order to travel to Manchuria, where he witnesses an act of barbarism. His subsequent actions cause misunderstanding, jealousy and legal problems for his wife.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Yû Aoi, Issey Takahashi, Masahiro Higashide, Ryôta Bandô

Votes: 1,279

26. No.7 Cherry Lane (2019)

125 min | Animation

72 Metascore

Ziming, a University undergraduate, is entangled between his amorous feelings for a self-exiled mother Mrs Yu from Taiwan and her beautiful daughter Meiling, in the era coincides with Hong Kong's turbulent times of 1967.

Director: Yonfan | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Wei Zhao, Alex Tak-Shun Lam, Wei Yao

Votes: 370

27. Hand Rolled Cigarette (2020)

101 min | Drama

A story of how a retired British-Chinese soldier and a marginalized young South Asian man face the plight of being abandoned by society.

Director: Kin Long Chan | Stars: Ka Tung Lam, Bipin Karma, Singh Hartihan Bitto, Siu-Ho Chin

Votes: 233

28. Saint Maud (2019)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

83 Metascore

Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

Director: Rose Glass | Stars: Morfydd Clark, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Hutton

Votes: 26,390

29. Annette (2021)

R | 141 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

67 Metascore

A stand-up comedian and his opera singer wife have a two-year-old daughter with a surprising gift.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowell

Votes: 9,917

30. Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang (2014)

105 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

Documentary of the life & filmmaking of Jia Zhang-Ke from the Brazilian Walter Salles. Reflections on transformation of Chinese society, towns, family, the cultural revolution and ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Salles | Star: Jia, Zhangke

Votes: 224

31. Gunda (2020)

G | 93 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

Documentary looks at the daily life of a pig and its farm animal companions: two cows and a one-legged chicken.

Director: Viktor Kosakovskiy | Star: Gunda

Votes: 1,466

32. Limbo (II) (2021)

118 min | Drama

Rookie policeman Will Ren and his partner, the veteran cop Cham Lau, are pursuing an obsessive and especially brutal murderer of women.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Ka Tung Lam, Yase Liu, Mason Lee, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

Votes: 231

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