Top 10 A24 Films

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Script written by Nathan Sharp

When you see their logo appear at the start of a movie, you know you're in for a treat. From The Witch, to The Lobster, to Lady Bird, these films show why A24 is a cinematic force to be reckoned with. WatchMojo ranks the top A24 films.

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Script written by Nathan Sharp

Top 10 A24 Films


Who says they don’t make good movies anymore? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 A24 Films.

For this list, we’re looking at the most critically revered and popular movies ever released by the great independent distributor, A24. We’re focusing solely on fictional movies, so documentaries will not be included – no matter how great “Amy” was.

#10: “Good Time” (2017)

We think “Good Time” was definitely one of the better movies of 2017. It stars Robert Pattinson, in a very respectable turn, as bank robber Connie Nikas, who tries to evade the law and bail his brother out of prison. Only, things don’t go smoothly, and Connie digs himself into deeper and deeper trouble. The movie is terrifically tense throughout the entirety of its high-energy 90-odd minutes, and Robert Pattinson gives the performance of his career as a charismatic, quasi-sociopath on the run. “Good Time” successfully puts its viewers into the headspace of its protagonist, and it is not a nice place to be.

#9: “The Witch” (2015)

A24’s horror movies have the ability to wow. Cases in point: 2017’s “It Comes At Night” and particularly 2015’s “The Witch.” Both are critically acclaimed, and unrelentingly creepy. “The Witch” is a bewitching (sorry) movie about a banished Puritan family who is seemingly haunted by an unseen force in the nearby woods. Like “Good Time,” this movie isn’t as concerned with story so much as it is with powerfully immersing viewers in its universe. “The Witch” is nothing but pure paranoia for 90 minutes, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a movie that more successfully evokes pure dread and helplessness.

#8: “The Florida Project” (2017)

“The Florida Project” is undoubtedly one of A24’s success; it was nominated for an Academy Award, and is in the high 90s on Rotten Tomatoes. And for good reason. While the story of an impoverished family living in a motel in Orlando, in the shadow of Disney World, may not sound like much (maybe even a little cliché), the story is told with exquisite empathy and detail. Child actor Brooklynn Prince gives a fantastic performance as six-year-old Moonee, and the characters, including Willem Dafoe as a caring motel manager, are all three-dimensional and all-too-human.

#7: “Spring Breakers” (2012)

“Spring Breakers” is the one that got A24’s name out there. Directed by Harmony Korine, it follows a gaggle of, yes, spring breakers (including the previously squeaky-clean Selena Gomez) descending into a world of drugs and violence. Like a lot of A24 films, “Spring Breakers” is stylish as hell - full of neon colors, terrific use of music . . . and the now-controversial James Franco hamming it up as a grilled gangster rapper. It’s a unique mix of party fun and heavy crime story, and it provides one of the most original moviegoing experiences in recent years.

#6: “Under the Skin” (2013)

“Under the Skin” stars megastar Scarlett Johansson, but it was certainly not meant for mainstream audiences. Johansson stars as an alien who takes on a human woman’s appearance to lure and prey on men. However, this is not a typical “invasion” movie; it’s, again, more of an immersive experience than a coherent story. The movie is rife with symbolism., and is a probing look at such heavy topics as sexism and gender roles. It’s not light entertainment, but it is distinctive, and unapologetic. Maybe that explains why it failed at the box office but was a critical hit.

#5: “The Lobster” (2015)

Filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and A24 are a match made in heaven. They first made waves in 2015 with the especially-weird “The Lobster” and again in 2017 with the equally-odd “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” “The Lobster” stars an absolutely brilliant Colin Farrell as a man who must find a romantic partner within 45 days or face being turned into an animal. The movie is unapologetically odd, yet its distinct weirdness is what makes it so appealing. It’s also a biting satire of society’s seemingly never-ending need for relationships and bubbly stories of love.

#4: “Room” (2015)

This is undoubtedly one of A24’s best and most popular movies. While it wasn’t a huge hit at the box office, it made significant waves in critical circles due to the raw performances of Brie Larson and breakout child star Jacob Tremblay. The movie is a brilliant mix of suspenseful survival story and heartfelt examination of parental love, and while this epic of captivity certainly doesn’t make for easy viewing, it is immensely rewarding and intimate. Few movies so successfully capture the unrestricted love a parent has for their child, and “Room,” despite its persistent bleakness, is a beautiful story of love and unbreakable familial bonds.

#3: “ex_machina” (2014)

If “Spring Breakers” put A24 on the map, “Ex Machina” vaulted them into the mainstream. The movie stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb Smith, a programmer who is invited to his boss’s secluded mansion to give the Turing test to a sophisticated AI (played to perfection by Alicia Vikander). Like most great movies (and works of literature, “Ex Machina” raises big questions about modern life while still boasting a well-told story full of interesting characters, excitement, and drama. It is also somewhat of a rarity, remaining highly sophisticated and intelligent, without being pretentious. “Ex Machina” is sci fi done right.

#2: “Lady Bird” (2017)

Like “The Florida Project,” “Lady Bird” is a fantastic example of quality filmmaking elevating an everyday concept. The story is nothing new – a high school girl comes-of-age and must deal with a seemingly problematic and overbearing mother. But what makes “Lady Bird” so fantastic is its construction and execution. The script is wonderfully humanistic and relatable, and characters are finely-detailed. Greta Gerwig also directs her script with a masterful, natural eye. “Lady Bird” is undoubtedly a coming-of-age classic in a crowded field.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- “Locke” (2013)
- “20th Century Women” (2016)
- “Green Room” (2015)

#1: “Moonlight” (2016)

It’s unfortunate that this brilliant film will forever be associated with the infamous Best Picture fiasco, because “Moonlight” deserves acknowledgment as one of the best films of the 2010s. Throughout this coming-of-age story (yes, another one), we follow the often-harrowing life travails of Chiron, from troubled upbringing to adulthood. And while the movie explores the manifold challenges and dangers of growing up gay, black and poor in Miami, “Moonlight” is also a masterful examination of the human condition. Bleak and uplifting in equal measure, it’s a masterpiece.
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