Instant 20: Best Sundance Movies to Watch

As the 2021 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, here are the 20 best films to watch from the past 20 festivals.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Sidney Flanigan in "Never Rarely Sometimes Always."

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The 2021 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today with a mainly virtual festival that we all can attend from the comfort of our homes. As you consider taking in a likely pre-awards contender, here are our picks for the 20 best movies from past 20 festivals that you can watch right now.

Sidney Flanigan in "Never Rarely Sometimes Always."
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Elsie Fisher in "Eighth Grade."
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Viggo Mortensen and Annalise Basso in "Captain Fantastic."
Mukunda Angulo in "The Wolfpack."
Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash."
Michael B. Jordan and Melonie Diaz in "Fruitvale Station."
Quvenzhane Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Paulson in "Martha Marcy May Marlene."
Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone."
Paulina Gaitan in "Sin nombre."
Philippe Petit in "Man on Wire."
Christina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson in "Black Snake Moan."
Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand in "Friends with Money."
Terrence Howard in "Hustle & Flow."
David Sullivan and Shane Carruth in "Primer."
Hope Davis and Paul Giamatti in "American Splendor."
Sung Kang, Jason Tobin, Parry Shen in "Better Luck Tomorrow."
Guy Pearce in "Memento."

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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