What are the best A24 movies? Launched in 2012, A24 began as a film distribution company before later moving into film production of its own in 2016. In less than a decade A24 has gone from being a lesser known independent film distribution company, to a massively popular global brand, with a devoted following.

The success of A24 has seen films with their stamp of approval attract a certain level of esteem from parts of the film community, specifically those who relish in the A24 vibes that each of their films boast. Their latest title, Everything Everywhere All At Once has already become one of their most critically acclaimed yet. So with audience excitement at an all-time high, we look back at the studios’ best films to date. Here are the top 10 A24 movies.

The top 10 A24 movies are:

  • Minari
  • The Witch
  • Green Room
  • Lady Bird
  • 20th Century Women
  • Hereditary
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Midsommar
  • Ex Machina
  • Moonlight
The best A24 movies: Alan Kim and Steven Yeun in Minari

10. Minari

Minari tells the story of a South Korean immigrant family who move from California to rural Arkansas during the ‘80s. Director Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical tale of his upbringing is an important and emotional account of the immigrant experience of so many, and of course still remains truly relevant in today’s world.

Family is at the heart of this most delicate of A24 movies, and Chung’s cast are all excellent. Steven Yuen leads the picture brilliantly, whilst its young newcomer Alan Kim and his onscreen granny, Youn Yuh-jung who steal the show. It’s these performances that help to create one of cinema’s most tender stories ever seen about the American dream. 

The best A24 movies: Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch

9. The Witch

Robert Eggers’ first film, The Witch (or The VVitch for A24 purists) is one of the best A24 horror movies. This supernatural folktale is set in 1600’s New England and sees a Puritan family encounter evil in the forest behind their farm. It was certainly a startling introduction to Eggers’ filmmaking talents.

Since then he’s gone on to direct The Lighthouse and The Northman, but it’s his debut which remains his most unsettling work yet. If that wasn’t enough, it also features Anya Taylor-Joy in her film debut. Together with Eggers, the pair deliver a damning descent into the wicked ways of those that inhabit the woods, and we’ve been living deliciously ever since. 

The best A24 movies: Imogen Poots and Anton Yelchin in Green Room

8. Green Room

While Jeremey Saulnier’s horror-thriller Green Room under-performed at the box office, it received acclaim from critics and those audiences who saw it. Stumbling upon a murder at a neo-Nazi bar, a punk band mad up of Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, and Joe Cole must fight for their lives after becoming witnesses to the crime.

It also features Patrick Stewart in a role as far from the comforting nature of Professor X as you could imagine. It’s short, nasty and gnarly, featuring an onslaught of visceral violence that is not for the faint of heart. But for those who can stomach it, Green Room is a gripping and gory thriller well worth seeking out. 

the best A24 movies: Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

7. Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s debut feature gave us one of the best coming-of-age movies of its decade. Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan as a high school student on the brink of graduation. Her future plans are as uncertain as her relationship with her mother, played by Laurie Metcalf, is tempestuous. With supporting performances from Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet and Beanie Feldstein, the film helps convey that often meandering phase between adolescence and adulthood.

However, it’s Metcalf and Ronan’s mother/daughter chemistry and relationship that becomes most affecting. The film earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination and Gerwig was also short-listed for Best Director, at the time becoming only the fifth female to do so. 

The best A24 movies: 20th Century Women

6. 20th Century Women

Drawing inspiration from the women who raised him, Mike Mills, who would later direct the A24 distributed C’mon C’mon, took audiences back to the ‘70s with his coming-of-age drama 20th Century Women. Set in Southern California it charts his upbringing in a boarding house owned by his mother, played by Annette Benning.

This 15-year-old version of himself, played by Lucas Jade Zumann, tries to make sense of everything the world around him has to offer, and it’s the women in his life who help him do so. Mills’ screenplay is consistently engaging, refusing to limit its ideas. In addition to this the film has a great sense of time and place and Roger Neill’s score is the beautifully contemplative compliment that the story needs to see it fully soar.

The best A24 movies: Toni Collette in Hereditary

5. Hereditary

Toni Collette’s matriarchal performance in Ari Aster’s horror film, Hereditary, will go down as one of the all-time biggest acting snubs in the history of the Academy Awards. While it’s unsurprising, considering their track record of failing to recognise this genre, it remains such a shame that they failed to celebrate her fantastic work. She plays the exasperated head of a family trying to process the death of her own mother, amidst the arrival of a sinister supernatural presence.

A24’s willingness to give first-time directors a chance to prove themselves is one of their defining traits and with A24 movies like this, full of terror, misdirection and iconic performances, that show just why they are often right to do so.

The best A24 movies: Barry Keoghan in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

After first working together on his dystopian black comedy, The Lobster, director Yorgos Lanthimos reunited with A24 for his next film, psychological drama, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman this absurd film is as enthralling as it is odd. Presented with an impossible decision, Farrell’s character must pick a member of his family to kill, or face losing all of them due to a mystery illness.

Lanthimos’ screenplay unfolds in fascinating fashion but the film’s standout feature is without a doubt Barry Keoghan’s star-making performance as the film’s mysterious antagonist. A role that accelerated his career trajectory with immeasurable effect. 

The best A24 movies: Florence Pugh as Dani in Midsommar

3. Midsommar

Ari Aster’s sophomore film, Midsommar proved Hereditary was no fluke. Subverting many of the genre staples, this folk horror is a shocking and sinister slow burn (literally). Following a group of friends who travel to Sweden for a midsummer festival, the film stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter.

Pugh’s character is a young woman grieving after a family bereavement who must now simultaneously deal with finding herself on the holiday from hell. Like Hereditary before it, Aster delivers a thematically rich horror full of unexpected moments, unforgettable imagery and brilliant performances. The Swedish tourism board might want a word though. 

The best A24 movies: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina

2. Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina is nothing short of a sci-fi masterpiece. Combining the talents of Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac, Garland crafts a captivating story of the space between man and machine, as the characters test the effectiveness of an AI.

It’s a stylish and claustrophobic sci-fi thriller with the intelligence to back up its forward-thinking concept. The trio of central performances are excellent and the constantly shifting dynamics of power between each of the characters makes for engrossing viewing. Throw in a disco-dancing Isaac and there’s no A24 directorial debut more impressive than Alex Garland’s Ex Machina

The best A24 movies: Moonlight

1. Moonlight 

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight was the first ever film that A24 produced and it remains their very best. Its story is told in three distinct chapters, with a different actor portraying lead character Chiron, throughout the various stages of his life. The film encapsulates themes of race, sexuality and masculinity which creates a powerful yet deeply sensitive drama with universal appeal.

The stirring contents of its screenplay are enhanced by Nicholas Britell’s stunning score which helps to showcase the beauty of the picture. It made history at the Academy Awards in several categories and set the bar at an unprecedented height for the subsequent A24 production slate. One that, on many occasions they’ve come close to reaching again, but ultimately have yet to surpass. 

Those are the best A24 movies to date! For more movie rankings, why not check out our list of the best comic book movies of all time.