Must See Films - 2019

by Beezwax15 | created - 31 Dec 2018 | updated - 31 Dec 2018 | Public

After setting a near 50 year high for cinema attendance during 2018 (in the UK at least), it's clear Hollywood satisfied audiences with some stellar tentpole releases and plenty of diversity. Whether that trend will continue in 2019 very much relies on a staple diet of sequels and remakes, many of which are under pressure to deliver like never before, with a continued need for those under-the-radar gems which truly define what cinema-going is all about. Take your seat.

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1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

78 Metascore

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Votes: 949,401 | Gross: $858.37M

2. Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

53 Metascore

In the riveting conclusion of the landmark Skywalker saga, new legends will be born-and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver

Votes: 405,536 | Gross: $515.20M

3. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019)

R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch

Votes: 644,432 | Gross: $142.50M

4. Toy Story 4 (2019)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

Director: Josh Cooley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale

Votes: 224,230 | Gross: $434.04M

5. The Lion King (2019)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

55 Metascore

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 227,421 | Gross: $543.64M

6. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 384,800 | Gross: $390.53M

7. Captive State (2019)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extraterrestrial force, 'Captive State' explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 52,667 | Gross: $5.96M

8. Captain Marvel (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law

Votes: 495,279 | Gross: $426.83M

9. Gemini Man (2019)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong

Votes: 103,763 | Gross: $20.55M

10. Joker (2019)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Votes: 1,079,661 | Gross: $335.45M

11. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, causing the X-Men to decide if her life is worth more than all of humanity.

Director: Simon Kinberg | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 170,945 | Gross: $65.85M

12. It Chapter Two (2019)

R | 169 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

58 Metascore

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa

Votes: 232,122 | Gross: $211.59M

13. Us (II) (2019)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Votes: 258,767 | Gross: $175.08M

14. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

55 Metascore

Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 161,346 | Gross: $26.80M

15. Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

Votes: 297,100 | Gross: $140.37M

16. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

An augmented human and Sarah Connor must stop an advanced liquid Terminator from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the human race.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes

Votes: 163,735 | Gross: $62.25M

17. The New Mutants (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

43 Metascore

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga

Votes: 67,328

18. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 353,603 | Gross: $7.00M

19. Chaos Walking (2021)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

38 Metascore

Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality where all thoughts are seen and heard by everyone.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demián Bichir, David Oyelowo

Votes: 33,889

20. Ad Astra (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

80 Metascore

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 215,387 | Gross: $35.40M

21. Ford v Ferrari (2019)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe

Votes: 338,672 | Gross: $117.62M

22. Glass (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Votes: 225,216 | Gross: $111.05M

23. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

71 Metascore

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

Director: Dean DeBlois | Stars: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 115,592 | Gross: $160.80M

24. Cats (2019)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

32 Metascore

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba

Votes: 46,961

25. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

R | 130 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassins' guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 307,855 | Gross: $171.02M

26. Men in Black: International (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson

Votes: 123,665 | Gross: $80.00M

27. Ava (IV) (2020)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

39 Metascore

Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Common, Geena Davis

Votes: 49,201

28. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 167,703 | Gross: $110.50M

29. Dumbo (2019)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green

Votes: 71,049 | Gross: $114.77M

30. The Rhythm Section (2020)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

45 Metascore

A woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Director: Reed Morano | Stars: Blake Lively, Richard Brake, Elly Curtis, David Duggan

Votes: 15,878

31. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A deactivated cyborg's revived, but can't remember anything of her past and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 248,155 | Gross: $85.71M

32. Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis

Votes: 538,458 | Gross: $165.36M

33. The Woman in the Window (2021)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger

Votes: 63,217

34. Artemis Fowl (2020)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

31 Metascore

Artemis Fowl, a young criminal prodigy, hunts down a secret society of fairies to find his missing father.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart

Votes: 25,991

35. Boss Level (2020)

TV-MA | 94 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

56 Metascore

Trapped in a time loop that constantly repeats the day of his murder, a former special forces agent must unlock the mystery behind his untimely demise.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Michelle Yeoh

Votes: 51,481

36. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 60,612 | Gross: $105.81M

37. The King's Man (2021)

R | Action, Adventure, Comedy | Completed

In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Djimon Hounsou

38. Aladdin (2019)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari

Votes: 245,855 | Gross: $355.56M

39. Ma (2019)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller

Votes: 49,473 | Gross: $45.37M

40. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

Lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby

Votes: 195,123 | Gross: $173.96M

41. Hellboy (2019)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

31 Metascore

Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane

Votes: 84,315 | Gross: $21.90M

42. The Aeronauts (2019)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

60 Metascore

A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Vincent Perez

Votes: 30,602

43. Greyhound (2020)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Drama, History

64 Metascore

Several months after the U.S. entry into World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy commander must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Matt Helm

Votes: 84,230

44. Missing Link (2019)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.

Director: Chris Butler | Stars: Hugh Jackman, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas

Votes: 24,322 | Gross: $16.65M

45. Downton Abbey (2019)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early twentieth century.

Director: Michael Engler | Stars: Stephen Campbell Moore, Michael Fox, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera

Votes: 46,357 | Gross: $96.85M

46. True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Corbett

Votes: 9,839

47. Pet Sematary (2019)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller