Over the last six years, A24 Films has revolutionized the landscape of filmmaking and distribution. They’ve committed themselves to amplifying the voices of rising visionaries, upending industry norms, and championing films that disrupt mindless consumption. If any one company saw that Hollywood and moviegoers alike had become complacent, it was this New York-based independent film entity that rode in on a dark horse to lead us in a new direction.
A24’s banner is virtually inescapable these days with a ceaseless stream of indie hits that range from coming-of-age dramas such as Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight and Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade to polarizing genre flicks like Claire Denis’ High Life and Robert Eggers’ The Witch. With over 80 titles under their belt, A24 has received 25 Academy Award nominations, several prestigious industry wins, and their films have landed at the top of countless year-end lists.
It’s hard not to stan, honestly. A24’s fierce commitment to underserved audiences has led to truly profound stories getting the opportunity to be made and seen for the first time. Moreover, they’ve become a household name for burgeoning directors and undiscovered talent.
Unsurprisingly, 2019 has delivered us more A24 excellence with no sign of letting up anytime soon. Now that Ari Aster’s newest horror sensation Midsommar is out in theaters and anticipated drops like Lulu Wang’s The Farewell and Peter Strickland’s In Fabric are on their way, now felt like the right time to celebrate A24’s continued success by looking at their top 24 films to date. It's a decision I would soon realize was a fool’s errand, because where the hell do you even start?