Focus Features is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, releasing a newly redesigned logo to document the occasion.
Formed in 2020 as a merger between USA Films, Universal Focus and Good Machine, Focus Features has distributed some of the best storytelling Hollywood has to offer. With a focus on smaller, more independent features from creative filmmaking auteurs, audiences have been delighted and captivated by the likes of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Brokeback Mountain, Darkest Hour, and Phantom Thread among dozens of others.
“Cinema holds great power,” says Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski. “That is the simple belief that has guided us since we asked you to join us on a journey of discovery that began twenty years ago. It has been a voyage motivated by the boundless joy that comes from experiencing the world anew when seeing it through the eyes of others, and it has been steered by the conviction that sharing that experience in a theater with friends, family, and strangers not only delights us, but brings us closer to our loved ones, our community, and the world at large.”
To celebrate their anniversary, Focus Features is also teaming up with AMC Theatres to highlight some of their favorites. Beginning April 29, AMC Theatres will showcase seven films from Focus Features’ library in what they’re calling “Focus 20” week. Details can be found here. Focus Features will also have a dedicated film hub on Peacock so be on the lookout for that in the near future.
Speaking of favorite films, here are 20 of my favorite Focus Features films, spanning across all genres and filmmakers. It was honestly difficult to narrow things down to just 20 films because so many of them are so fantastic. Maybe in another 10 years I’ll get to do a 30 film list for their 30th anniversary so I can highlight even more.
For more information on the 20th anniversary of Focus Features, head over to FocusFeatures20.com.