Most Popular Film by Year in 2020

Lockdown led to an increase in movie watching in 2020, and our stats show that you all enjoyed exploring the wider canon of cinema, beyond 2020 releases.

So in response to a member question—“given the amount of time people spent indoors this year, it’d be interesting to see what the most popular older releases from each decade were in 2020”—we did the calculations. This is a list of the most popular film from almost* every year of cinema, according to your logging activity from 1 January to 31 December 2020.

The list is in chronological order, most recent year first.

Several directors appear multiple times: Alfred Hitchcock is the GOAT with seven films, including three consecutive years 1958–1960 (Vertigo, North…

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Broken Blossoms
  • A Dog's Life
  • The Immigrant
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Suspense
  • The Consequences of Feminism
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Astronomer's Dream
  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • Roundhay Garden Scene
  • Sallie Gardner at a Gallop
  • Passage of Venus