Best A24 Movies, Ranked: ‘Moonlight’, ‘Uncut Gems’, ‘Lady Bird’

In the late summer of 2012, the independent film production and distribution company A24 was born. Drama, comedy, horror, documentary, animation – nothing was taboo for the New York outfit. Whether it’s a monochrome reflection of a family (“C’mon C’mon”), an outlandish character study of a former porn star (“Red Rocket”), or a man who can’t resist a female robot (“Ex Machina ‘) , some of the most memorable films of the last decade have just burst out of their doors.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the founding diversity lists the top 30 films from A24.

It was August 17, 2012 when diversity first wrote about starting the company with a plan to release eight to ten titles a year. A24 was created by David Fenkel, former President of Oscilloscope Laboratories and an executive at ThinkFilm; Daniel Katz, who headed the film financing group at Guggenheim Partners, and John Hodges, who served as production and development manager at Big Big Beach Films.

The company released its first-ever limited-release film in February 2013 – a film titled A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, the second directed film by Roman Coppola and starring Charlie Sheen. Critics slammed it, but even so, A24 persevered with four releases over the next six months – “Ginger & Rosa” with Elle Fanning, “Spring Breakers” with James Franco, “The Bling Ring” with Emma Watson and “The Spectacular Now” with Miles Teller.

By 2016, the studio was quickly finding its way through the Hollywood machinery, confidently navigating from the East Coast to the production studio, and fully financing its first feature film — coming-of-age LGBTQ drama Moonlight, co-written and directed by Barry Jenkins. In association with Plan B Entertainment, the film received critical acclaim and received eight Academy Award nominations. Along with winning the supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and the adapted screenplay, it was named Best Picture of the Year in one of the most notorious and memorable Academy Awards (up until the infamous slap in the face in 2022) in an envelope mix-up with one of the nominees. after “La La Land” is crowned the winner for the first time (for about 30 seconds).

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The sky was the limit. With critical favorites like Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird (2017) and Eighth Grade (2018), the studio has been part of partnership deals with Apple TV+ and Showtime Networks for its digital releases. It continues to execute some of the most innovative and thought-provoking films, such as Ari Aster’s Hereditary (2018) and the Safdie brothers’ Uncut Gems.

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After a decade in the game, in 2022 the studio has created one of its strongest theatrical films to date, including The Daniels’ Everything Everywhere All at Once, starring Michelle Yeoh, its highest-grossing film to date. There are also two more highly anticipated titles on the horizon – Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser, and Elegance Bratton’s The Inspection, starring Jeremy Pope.

Read diversity Rankings below and watch the best clip from each of the selections.

recognitions: “Enemy” (2014) by Denis Villeneuve; Morris from America (2016) directed by Chad Hartigan; “Swiss Army Man” by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert; The Florida Project (2017) directed by Sean Baker; Boys State (2020) by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine; Zola (2021) directed by Janicza Bravo

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