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[Film/TV] Top 64 Films & TV Series of 2021

PSYCHIC GARDEN presents our ultimate Top 65 films & series of 2020.

We look back on our favourite releases of 2021. The decision was hard, but here's our official yearly round-up.

This is a list of films and series strictly released either in cinemas or streaming in 2021 (UK), excluding any films which had festival premieres in 2021.


64. Invincible

An adult animated series based on the Skybound/Image comic about a teenager whose father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. (IMDb)

63. The French Dispatch

A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine". (IMDb)

62. Paper Lives

Mehmet is a cherished fellow who runs the solid waste warehouse in the neighborhood, he helps everyone in need, especially homeless children and teenagers since he was one too. (IMDb)

61. Mr. Bachman and His Class

Where does one feel at home? In Stadtallendorf, a German city with a complex history of both excluding and integrating immigrant children, genial teacher Dieter Bachmann offers his pupils the key to at least feeling as if they are at home. (IMDb)

60. Reservation Dogs (Series 1)

Comedy series about four Native American teenagers growing up on a reservation in eastern Oklahoma. (IMDb)

59. Station Eleven (Limited Series)

A post apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, telling the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what's been lost.

58. The Choe Show (Series 1)

Choe paints a portrait literally and figuratively of his guests. From the walls of his childhood home, Choe will talk to his guests as a motivational interviewer and compassionate listener. (IMDb)

57. Concrete Cowboy

Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys. (IMDb)

56. Summer of Soul

Documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture and promoted Black pride and unity. (IMDb)

55. Some Kind Of Heaven

Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America's largest retirement community, The Villages, FL, strive to find solace and meaning. (IMDb)

54. PEN15 (Series 2, Part 2)

The comedic story of middle school seen through the eyes of two 7th grade girls dealing with the awkwardness of being a teenager. (IMDb)

53. Rick & Morty (Series 5)

An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson. (IMDb)

52. South ParQ Vaccination Special

The citizens of South ParQ are clamoring for the COVID-19 vaccine. A hilarious new militant group tries to stop the boys from getting their teacher vaccinated. (IMDb)

51. Bo Burham: Inside

A musical comedy special shot and performed by Bo Burnham, alone, over the course of a very unusual year. (IMDb)

50. Mare of East Town

A detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart. (IMDb)

49. The Summit Of The Gods

A photojournalist's obsessive quest for the truth about the first expedition to Mt. Everest leads him to search for an esteemed climber who went missing. (IMDb)

48. 14 Peaks

Fearless Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja embarks on a seemingly impossible quest to summit all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks in seven months. (IMDb)

47. Ascension

This observational documentary presents a contemporary vision of China that prioritizes productivity and innovation above all. (IMDb)

46. Titane

A woman with a titanium plate fitted in her head and murderous intent on her mind embarks on a bizarre journey of identity and unconditional love when she's forced to go on the run. (IMDb)

45. Tragedy Of Macbeth

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power. (IMDb)

44. What We Do In The Shadows (Series 3)

A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires, who've lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island. (IMDb)

43. The Dig

An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938. (IMDb)

42. Malcolm & Marie

A director and his girlfriend's relationship is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and face each other's turmoil during one long night. (IMDb)

41. Forever Rich

When Richie's watch is stolen in a violent robbery and humiliating images of the encounter go viral, the rapper has to fix his reputation to save his career. (IMDb)

40. Inside Job (Series 1)

For employees of the Deep State, conspiracies aren't just theories, they're fact. And keeping them a secret is a full-time job. (IMDb)

39. Succession (Series 3)

The Roy family is known for controlling the biggest media and entertainment company in the world. However, their world changes when their father steps down from the company. (IMDb)

38. True Story

A tour stop becomes a matter of life and death for a famous comic when the fallout from a night with his brother threatens to destroy everything he's built. (IMDb)

37. King Richard

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams (IMDb)

36. American Crime Story (Series 3)

An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals. (IMDb)

35. Time

Eric is a prison officer who tries to protect those in his charge. When one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family. (IMDb)

34. The Spine Of Night

Ultra-violent, epic fantasy set in a land of magic follows heroes from different eras and cultures battling against a malevolent force. (IMDb)

33. Lapsis

Struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother, delivery man Ray takes a strange job in a strange new realm of the gig economy. (IMDb)

32. Something Beautiful Left Behind

Cameras follow young children going through bereavement support at Good Grief, an organization based in Morristown, N.J., that provides ongoing support for kids mourning the loss of a loved one. (IMDb)

31. Don’t Look Up

Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. (IMDb)

30. Writing With Fire

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, redefining what it means to be powerful. (IMDb)

29. Dune

A noble family becomes embroiled in a war for control over the galaxy's most valuable asset while its heir becomes troubled by visions of a dark future. (IMDb)

28. Truffle Hunters

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years old, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. (IMDb)

27. Flee

FLEE tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time. (IMDb)

26. Squid Game (Series 1)

Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes. A survival game that has a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake. (IMDb)

25. The Father

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality. (IMDb)

24. Holler

To pay for her education, and the chance of a better life, a young woman joins a dangerous scrap metal crew. (IMDb)

23. Exterminate All The Brutes

The path to the new world, an unsettling and intricate story of genocides. Conquest, slavery and the fabrication of "Whiteness". (IMDb)

22. Curb Your Enthusiasm (Series 11)

The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers. (IMDb)

21. Little Fish

A couple fights to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship. (IMDb)

20. Hive

Fahrije's husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo. She sets up her own small business to provide for her kids, but as she fights against a patriarchal society that does not support her, she faces a crucial decision. (IMDb)

19. The Rescue

A chronicle of the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. (IMDb)

18. The Last Duel

King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel. (IMDb)

17. Acasa My Home

In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, nine children and their parents lived in perfect harmony with nature for 20 years until they are chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city. (IMDb)

16. Sisters With Transistors

Follows the story of electronic music's female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. (IMDb)

15. After Love

Set in the port town of Dover, Mary Hussain suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband. A day after the burial, she discovers he has a secret just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais. (IMDb)

14. The Killing Of Two Lovers

David desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife. They both agree to see other people but David struggles to grapple with his wife's new relationship. (IMDb)

13. Coda

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents. (IMDb)

12. Dave (Series 2)

A neurotic mid-20s suburbanite's convinced he's destined to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Now he's got to prove it to everyone else. (IMDb)

11. Limbo

Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request. (IMDb)

10. Saturday Morning All Star Hits! (Series 1)

Follows Skip and Treybor as they celebrate all that is 80s and 90s television. (IMDb)

9. Shiva Baby

At a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy and ex girlfriend. (IMDb)

8. The White Lotus (Limited Series)

Set in a tropical resort, it follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week. (IMDb)

7. Sabaya

Documentary follows a group into Syria's Al-Hol, a dangerous camp in the Middle East, as they risk their lives to save a women being held by ISIS as abducted sex slaves. (IMDb)

6. Midnight Mass

An isolated island community experiences miraculous events - and frightening omens - after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. (IMDb)

5. The North Water (Limited Series)

A disgraced former military doctor embarks as a doctor aboard a whaler bound for the Arctic. His quest for redemption becomes a fight for survival in the desolate reaches of the Arctic. (IMDb)

4. The Mitchells Vs The Machines

A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope. (IMDb)

3. Dopesick (Limited Series)

The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Purdue Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. (IMDb)

2. Maid

After fleeing an abusive relationship, a young mother finds a job cleaning houses as she fights to provide for her child and build them a better future. (IMDb)

1. The Hand Of God

In 1980s Naples, young Fabietto pursues his love for football as family tragedy strikes, shaping his uncertain but promising future as a filmmaker. (IMDb)



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