Ranked // FILMS OF A24

The production and distribution company has been around since 2012.



If there was a certain studio that had become synonymous with its output in current, modern cinema, it would be A24. The label has become synonymous with intriguing and original content, whether it's through distribution of a picture picked up at a film festival or a title produced in-house. While the company hasn't yet been around for a decade, the films released under its name have gone on to receive wide acclaim and a healthy number of Academy Award nominations and wins. In fact, Moonlight became somewhat of an anomaly upon being named 2016's Best Picture; an independent film that transcended the usual makeup of an eventual top Oscar winner.


A24 is known for its unique choices in choosing artistry over mainstream tropes, as seen in the eclectic list of titles it has brought to the big screen so far. And, they company isn't letting up with its offerings this year. 2018 has already brought critical favorites like Lean on Pete, First Reformed, and Hereditary. Plus, Eighth Grade is earning awards season buzz in its second weekend of release and upcoming titles like Under the Silver Lake and Mid-90s are on most prognosticator's radars.


The following is a very subjective ranking of every title released by A24, at this point. As new titles are released, they'll be added to this list.


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69. THE CAPTIVE

Dir. Atom Egoyan

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman

Cannes Film Festival Nomination - Palme d'Or


68. A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III

Dir. Roman Coppola

Starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray


67. THE SEA OF TREES

Dir. Gus Van Sant

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Ken Watanabe

Cannes Film Festival Nomination - Palme d'Or


66. THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER

Dir. Osgood Perkins

Starring Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton


65. LIFE AFTER BETH

Dir. Jeff Baena

Starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Grand Jury Prize


64. BARELY LETHAL

Dir. Kyle Newman

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson


63. THE LAST MOVIE STAR

Dir. Adam Rifkin

Starring Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke


62. THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN

Dir. Jared Moshe

Starring Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Kathy Baker


61. TRESPASS AGAINST US

Dir. Adam Smith

Starring Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal

British Independent Film Awards Nominations - Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Douglas Hickox Award


60. REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS

Dir. Andrew Loo

Starring Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr.


59. CUT BANK

Dir. Matt Shakman

Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Bruce Dern, John Malkovich


58. SON OF A GUN

Dir. Julius Avery

Starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikadern


57. WOMAN WALKS AHEAD

Dir. Susanna White

Starring Jessica Chastain, Boots Southerland, Sam Rockwell


56. THE DISASTER ARTIST

Dir. James Franco

Starring James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor

Academy Awards Nomination - Best Adapted Screenplay

Golden Globe Awards Wins - Best Actor, Comedy/Musical

Golden Globe Awards Nomination - Best Picture, Comedy/Musical

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nomination - Best Actor

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - Best Actor


55. THE VANISHING OF SIDNEY HALL

Dir. Shawn Christensen

Starring Michelle Monaghan, Elle Fanning, Logan Lerman


54. WHILE WE'RE YOUNG

Dir. Noah Baumbach

Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver


53. GINGER & ROSA

Dir. Sally Potter

Starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Annette Bening


52. THE BLING RING

Dir. Sofia Coppola

Starring Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang

Cannes Film Festival Win - Palm Dog

Cannes Film Festival Nomination - Un Certain Regard


51. THE MONSTER

Dir. Bryan Bertino

Starring Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine, Aaron Douglas


50. INTO THE FOREST

Dir. Patricia Rozema

Starring Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella


49. REMEMBER

Dir. Atom Egoyan

Starring Christopher Plummer, Kim Roberts, Amanada Smith

Venice Film Festival Win - Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award

Venice Film Festival Nominations - Golden Lion, Green Drop Award


48. SLOW WEST

Dir. John Maclean

Starring Kodi-Smit McPhee, Caren Pistorius, Aorere Paki

British Independent Film Nomination - Douglas Hickox Award

Sundance Film Festival Win - Grand Jury Prize


47. MENASHE

Dir. Joshua Z Weinstein

Starring Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Hershy Fishman

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - Best First Feature

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Audience Award


46. THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Dir. Sean Baker

Starring Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite

Academy Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actor

Golden Globe Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actor

BAFTA Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actor

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actor

British Independent Film Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actor

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Feature, Best Director


45. MISSISSIPPI GRIND

Dir. Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - Best Actor


44. DE PALMA

Dir. Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow

Starring Brian De Palma


43. OASIS: SUPERSONIC

Dir. Mat Whitecross

Starring Paul Arthurs, Christine Biller, Mark Coyle

British Independent Film Awards Nomination - Best Editing


42. THE EXCEPTION

Dir. David Leveaux

Starring Christopher Plummer, Lily James, Jai Courtney


41. WOODSHOCK

Dir. Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbaek


40. TUSK

Dir. Kevin Smith

Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment


39. BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS

Dir. Per Fly

Starring Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Jacqueline Bisset


38. EQUALS

Dir. Drake Doremus

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Vernetta Lopez

Venice Film Festival Win - Soundtrack Stars Award

Venice Film Festival Nominations - Golden Lion, Green Drop Award


37. THE ROVER

Dir. David Michod

Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy


36. LOCKE

Dir. Steven Knight

Starring Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson

British Independent Film Awards Win - Best Screenplay

British Independent Film Awards Nominations - Best Actor, Best Editing


35. HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES

Dir. John Cameron Mitchell

Starring Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson

Cannes Film Festival Nomination - Queer Palm

British Independent Film Awards Nomination - Best Costume Design


34. THE LOVERS

Dir. Azazel Jacobs

Starring Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aiden Gillen

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - Best Screenplay


33. THE ADDERALL DIARIES

Dir. Pamela Romanowsky

Starring James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard


32. KRISHA

Dir. Trey Edward Shults

Starring Krisha Fairchild, Alex Dobrenko, Robyn Fairchild

Cannes Film Festival Nominations - Critics Week Grand Prize, Golden Camera

Film Independent Spirit Awards Win - John Cassavetes Award


31. DARK PLACES

Dir. Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks


30. FREE FIRE

Dir. Ben Wheatley

Starring Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer

British Independent Film Awards Nominations - Best Director, Best Casting


29. MOJAVE

Dir. William Monahan

Starring Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Louise Bourgoin


28. THE END OF THE TOUR

Dir. James Ponsoldt

Starring Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Screenplay, Best Actor


27. THE SPECTACULAR NOW

Dir. James Ponsoldt

Starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Screenplay, Best Actress

Sundance Film Festival Win - Special Jury Prize

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Grand Jury Prize


26. MORRIS FROM AMERICA

Dir. Chad Hartigan

Starring Craig Robinson, Markees Christmas, Carla Juri

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actor

Sundance Film Festival Wins - Special Jury Prize, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Grand Jury Prize


25. OBVIOUS CHILD

Dir. Gillian Robespierre

Starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best First Feature, Best Actress

Sundance Film Festival Win - Red Crown Producer's Award

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Audience Award


24. LAGGIES

Dir. Lynn Shelton

Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell


23. FIRST REFORMED

Dir. Paul Schrader

Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer

Venice Film Festival Win - Green Drop Award

Venice Film Festival Nomination - Golden Lion


22. IT COMES AT NIGHT

Dir. Trey Edward Shults

Starring Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Carmen Ejogo


21. GREEN ROOM

Dir. Jeremy Saulnier

Starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat


20. GOOD TIME

Dir. Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Starring Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Cannes Film Festival Win - Cannes Soundtrack Award

Cannes Film Festival Nomination - Palme d'Or

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing


19. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Dir. J.C. Chandor

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

Golden Globe Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actress

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actress


18. HEREDITARY

Dir. Ari Aster

Starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff


17. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan

Cannes Film Festival Win - Best Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival Nomination - Palme d'Or

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography


16. ROOM

Dir. Lenny Abrahamson

Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen

Academy Awards Win - Best Actress

Academy Awards Nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

Golden Globe Awards Win - Best Actress, Drama

Golden Globe Awards Nominations - Best Picture, Drama, Best Screenplay

BAFTA Awards Win - Best Actress

BAFTA Awards Nomination - Best Adapted Screenplay

Screen Actors Guild Awards Win - Brie Larson

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actor

British Independent Film Awards Win - Best International Independent Film

Film Independent Spirit Awards Wins - Best First Screenplay, Best Actress

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - Best Editing


15. AMY

Dir. Asif Kapadia

Starring Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson

Academy Awards Win - Best Documentary

BAFTA Awards Win - Best Documentary

BAFTA Awards Nomination - Best British Film

British Independent Film Awards Nominations - Best British Independent Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Editing, Producer of the Year

Cannes Film Festival Nominations - Golden Eye, Queer Palm


14. THE WITCH

Dir. Robert Eggers

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Film Independent Spirit Awards Win - Best First Feaure, Best First Screenplay

Sundance Film Festival Win - Directing Award

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Grand Jury Prize


13. SWISS ARMY MAN

Dir. Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best First Feature, Best Editing

Sundance Film Festival Win - Directing Award

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Grand Jury Prize


12. ENEMY

Dir. Denis Villeneuve

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon


11. LEAN ON PETE

Dir. Andrew Haigh

Starring Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel

Venice Film Festival Win - Marcello Mastroianni Award

Venice Film Festival Nomination - Golden Lion


10. THE LOBSTER

Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden

Academy Awards Nomination - Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Awards Nomination - Best Actor, Comedy/Musical

BAFTA Awards Nomination - Best British Film

British Independent Film Awards Win - Best Supporting Actress

British Independent Film Awards Nominations - Best British Independent Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor

Cannes Film Festival Wins - Jury Prize, Palm Dog, Queer Palm

Cannes Film Festival Nomination - Palme d'Or


9. EX MACHINA

Dir. Alex Garland

Starring Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Academy Awards Win - Best Visual Effects

Academy Awards Nomination - Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actress

BAFTA Awards Nominations - Best British Film, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer

British Independent Film Awards Wins - Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Visual Effects

British Independent Film Awards Nomination - Best Production Design


8. A GHOST STORY

Dir. David Lowery

Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - John Cassavetes Award

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Audience Award


7. EIGHTH GRADE

Dir. Bo Burnham

Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson

Sundance Film Festival Nomination - Grand Jury Prize


6. UNDER THE SKIN

Dir. Jonathan Glazer

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay

BAFTA Awards Nominations - Best British Film, Best Original Music

British Independent Film Awards Nominations - Best Director, Best Actress, Best Sound Design, Best Music

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - Best International Film

Venice Film Festival Nomination - Golden Lion


5. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Dir. Mike Mills

Starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig

Academy Awards Nomination - Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Awards Nominations - Best Picture, Comedy,/Musical, Best Actress, Comedy/Musical

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Actress, Best Screenplay


4. SPRING BREAKERS

Dir. Harmony Korine

Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nomination - Best Cinematography

Venice Film Festival Win - Future Film Festival Digital Award Special Mention

Venice Film Festival Nomination - Golden Lion


3. LADY BIRD

Dir. Greta Gerwig

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Academy Awards Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Awards Wins - Best Picture, Comedy/Musical, Best Actress, Comedy/Musical

Golden Globe Awards Nominations - Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress

BAFTA Awards Nominations - Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations - Best Cast, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress

Film Independent Spirit Awards Win - Best Screenplay

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress


2. MOONLIGHT

Dir. Barry Jenkins

Starring Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes

Academy Awards Wins - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay

Academy Awards Nominations - Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score

Golden Globe Awards Win - Best Picture, Drama

Golden Globe Awards Nominations - Bet Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score

BAFTA Awards Nominations - Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay

Screen Actors Guild Awards Win - Best Supporting Actor

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations - Best Cast, Best Supporting Actress

British Independent Film Awards Win - Best International Independent Film

Film Independent Spirit Awards Wins - Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Robert Altman Award


1. AMERICAN HONEY

Dir. Andrea Arnold

Starring Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

BAFTA Awards Nominations - Best British Film

British Independent Film Awards Wins - Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography

British Independent Film Awards Nominations - Best Actor, Best Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival Wins - Jury Prize, Prize of Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

Cannes Film Festival Nomination - Palme d'Or

Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations - Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography


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