• The American Film Institute (AFI) announced its pick for the top 10 movies and TV shows of 2020
  • "Nomadland," "Soul," "The Mandalorian" and "The Queen's Gambit" are some of the titles included in the list
  • Eight out of 10 movies on the list were directed by male directors

The American Film Institute (AFI) has unveiled its list of the top 10 movies and TV shows that enthralled viewers with their impeccable storylines in 2020.

The organization announced the winners on its official website and included awards frontrunners such as Chloe Zhao’s western-drama film “Nomadland,” Spike Lee’s war-drama movie “Da 5 Bloods,” Aaron Sorkin’s historical legal drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and Regina King’s directorial debut “One Night In Miami.”

All of these films have already received a number of accolades during the ongoing awards season and are poised to receive multiple nominations at this year’s Academy Awards.

“Mank,” David Fincher’s biographical drama film about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his development of the screenplay for “Citizen Kane” (1941), has also been included in the list alongside “Sound of Metal” and “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Another movie that made the cut is George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Chadwick Boseman’s final film as an actor received universal acclaim and is being touted as the frontrunner in the best picture category at the 2021 Oscars. Boseman posthumously won four best actor trophies so far for his performance in the film.

“Minari” and animated feature “Soul” rounded off the top 10.

On the television side, the AFI recognized “Bridgerton,” “The Crown,” “The Mandalorian” and “Lovecraft Country” as some of the winners.

Netflix’s drama series “The Queen’s Gambit” is one of the shows that had a huge impact on the jury. Helmed by Scott Frank, the series chronicles the journey of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), a young orphan who reveals a staggering talent for chess and starts an unlikely journey to become one of the best players while battling addiction. It currently holds a score of 97% on review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Other TV shows on the list are “Better Call Saul,” “The Good Old Bird,” “Mrs. America,” “Ted Lasso” and “Unorthodox.” Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of the Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” received the AFI Special Award.

The organization has decided to hold a virtual awards ceremony this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will take place on Feb. 26.

Here are the American Film Institute’s top 10 films and TV programs of the year:


“Da 5 Bloods” (Spike Lee)

“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Shaka King)

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (George C Wolfe)

“Mank” (David Fincher)

“Minari” (Lee Isaac Chung)

“Nomadland” (Chloe Zhao)

“One Night In Miami” (Regina King)

“Soul” (Pete Docter)

“Sound of Metal” (Darius Marder)

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Aaron Sorkin)

TV Programs

“Better Call Saul” (Netflix)

“Bridgerton” (Netflix)

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“The Good Lord Bird” (Showtime)

“Lovecraft Country” (HBO)

“The Mandalorian” (Disney+)

“Mrs. America” (FX)

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

“Unorthodox” (Netflix)

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
8. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (directed by George C. Wolfe) - The movie is truly a celebration of Black culture and one of its most iconic voices, Ma Rainey. Based on August Wilson’s play of the same name, the movie talks about various subjects such as artistic control, commercial exploitation and systemic racism. Led by superlative performances from Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” shows how management wanted to control Ma’s artistic liberties and how she took them head-on with her music and strong character. It also marks the last movie of Boseman, who died following a lengthy battle with colon cancer. The actor has been praised for his impeccable acting and has already won best actor prizes at the Boston Society of Film Critics awards and Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom/ Netflix