The same rules apply to this list as to yesterday’s list. These are subjective choices, rooted in my perception of how well a film was received, and how well it should have been received. Many of these films got good reviews (there weren’t many films this year where I seriously diverged from the critical consensus, honestly), and a few of them were widely seen to one degree or another, but all of them, I think, deserved to be embraced more fully than they were.
It might be a less forceful word, but “underappreciated” might be more accurate for what these films are. And I hope you’ll either take a chance on them and appreciate them too…or you already have and will share them with someone who will.