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1. Trouble (III) (2019)

83 min | Documentary, War | Post-production

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Director: Mariah Garnett

2. And Then We Danced (2019)

105 min | Drama, Romance

Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world turns upside down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire.

Director: Levan Akin | Stars: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli

Votes: 821

3. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

95 Metascore

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Merritt Wever, Adam Driver, Laura Dern

Votes: 521

4. Sid & Judy (2019)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary based on the memoir written in 2017 by Sid Luft, the third of Judy Garland's five husbands, about their years together, during which he was involved with her film A Star Is Born and her career as a concert performer.

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: Judy Garland, Jon Hamm, Norman Jewison, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 7

5. A Son (2019)

95 min | Drama

10 years old Aziz needs a blood transfusion for getting injured during an ambush while on holiday in Tunisia, this event will reveal a heavy family secret.

Director: Mehdi Barsaoui | Stars: Sami Bouajila, Najla Ben Abdallah, Youssef Khemiri, Noomen Hamda

Votes: 19

6. T@gged (2016– )
Episode: Rewind (2018)

TV-14 | 23 min | Thriller

After the bonfire, Rowan and Elisia are determined to confront KingCobra, convinced they now know who it is.

Director: Hannah Macpherson | Stars: Lulu Antariksa, Gabriel Armijo, Kurt Caceres, J.C. Caylen

Votes: 19

7. Lucky Grandma (2019)

100 min | Drama

Set in New York City's Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck - and in the middle of a gang war.

Director: Sasie Sealy | Stars: Christine Chang, Wayne Chang, Lyman Chen, Clem Cheung

Votes: 25

8. Happy Birthday (2019)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

A mother's birthday party is interrupted by her most unpredictable daughter.

Director: Cédric Kahn | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bercot, Vincent Macaigne, Cédric Kahn

Votes: 84

9. Maggie (I) (2018)

88 min | Drama

She wants to believe for everything.

Director: Ok-seop Yi | Star: Gyo-hwan Koo

Votes: 46

10. My Friend Fela (2019)

94 min | Documentary

My Friend Fela provides a new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, in order to counter the most often portrayed narrative of Fela "as an eccentric African pop idol of the ghetto"... See full summary »

Director: Joel Zito Araújo

Votes: 8

11. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

119 min | Drama, History, Romance

93 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 760

12. Circus of Books (2019)

92 min | Documentary

In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flynt was seeking ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Mason | Stars: Larry Flynt, Rachel Mason, Jeff Stryker, Alaska Thunderfuck

Votes: 25

13. The Kingmaker (2019)

101 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Documentary centering on the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand's presidency rocketed her to the global political stage.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Star: Imelda Marcos

Votes: 33

14. Talking About Trees (2019)

90 min | Documentary

Four older Sudanese filmmakers with passion for film battle to bring cinema-going back to Sudan, not without resistance. Their 'Sudanese Film Club' have decided to revive an old cinema, and again draw attention to Sudanese film history.

Director: Suhaib Gasmelbari | Stars: Suleiman Ibrahim, Ibrahim Shaddad

Votes: 52

15. The Aeronauts (2019)

101 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

73 Metascore

Pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Anne Reid

Votes: 237

16. Hope Frozen (2018)

75 min | Documentary

A Buddhist scientist from Bangkok decides to cryo-preserve his daughter's brain. As scandal swirls around the family, they struggle to grieve a child that, in their view, is suspended between death and a future reawakening.

Director: Pailin Wedel

Votes: 11

17. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019)

87 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years from 1975 until her death in 2012. For Marion taping was a form of activism to seek the truth, and she believed that a... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wolf

Votes: 24

18. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.

Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes

Votes: 4,845 | Gross: $13.12M

19. Tremors (2018 TV Movie)

Comedy, Horror

A television reboot of the film 'Tremors' in which a small town is gripped with fear over giant underground worms living beneath them.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Shiloh Fernandez, Hunter Parrish, Fred Ward

Votes: 85

20. 37 Seconds (2019)

115 min | Drama

Yuma is a young Japanese woman who suffers from cerebral palsy. Torn between her obligations towards her family and her dream to become a manga artist, she struggles to lead a self-determined life.

Director: Hikari | Stars: Makiko Watanabe, Shunsuke Daitô, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shôhei Uno

Votes: 97

21. Monsoon (2019)

85 min | Drama, Romance

Kit, a British Vietnamese man, returns to Saigon for the first time in over 30 years, after fleeing during the Vietnam-American War.

Director: Hong Khaou | Stars: Henry Golding, Parker Sawyers, David Tran, Molly Harris

Votes: 25

22. Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs (2019)

70 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Summer adventure story about two kids who spend summer in city suburb, where together with talking dogs they rescue the romantic wooden-house neighborhood from reconstruction.

Director: Edmunds Jansons

Votes: 48

23. Bacurau (2019)

131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

74 Metascore

After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Barbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira, Thardelly Lima

Votes: 2,394

24. The Lighthouse (2019)

R | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

89 Metascore

The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman

Votes: 1,128

25. The Father (2019)

87 min | Drama

Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Valentina. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cell phone, Vasil seeks out the help of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | Stars: Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov

Votes: 30

26. Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

Not Rated | 128 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a... See full summary »

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Göran Björkdahl, Dag Hammarskjöld, Neddy Banda

Votes: 686 | Gross: $0.09M

27. The Disappearance of My Mother (2019)

94 min | Documentary

A once-iconic fashion model strives to escape the world of images and disappear for good, but her son's determination to make a final film about her sparks an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera's gaze.

Director: Beniamino Barrese | Stars: Carlotta Antonelli, Beniamino Barrese, Benedetta Barzini, Michela De Rossi

Votes: 57

28. The House of Us (2019)

92 min | Drama

It's the summer holidays in the city and young Hana is trying to get her warring parents to reunite. But she's distracted from her quest one day by a couple of younger girls, nine-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: Ga-eun Yoon | Stars: Na-Yeon Kim, Si-ah Kim, Ye-rim Joo, Ji-ho Ahn

Votes: 18

29. First Love (2019)

108 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

75 Metascore

A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Becky, Sakurako Konishi, Masataka Kubota, Jun Murakami

Votes: 177

30. Overseas (2019)

90 min | Documentary

In The Philippines, women get deployed abroad to work as domestic workers or nannies. To do so, they frequently leave their own children behind, before embracing this big unknown. In a ... See full summary »

Director: Sung-a Yoon

Votes: 9

31. The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (2019)

139 min | Drama

Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.

Director: Karim Aïnouz | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Carol Duarte, Gregório Duvivier, Julia Stockler

Votes: 220

32. My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (2019)

82 min | Family

On a family vacation at the beach, Sam meets Tess, who carries her own secrets around with her and shows him how the present moment can win out over memories and anxiety about what's yet to come.

Director: Steven Wouterlood | Stars: Sonny Coops Van Utteren, Josephine Arendsen, Tjebbo Gerritsma, Jennifer Hoffman

Votes: 137

33. Staff Only (2019)

82 min | Drama

A 17-year-old girl spends the Christmas holidays in Senegal with her brother and father. Tired of planned trips and the ceremonious actions of the hotel employees, as well as her father's ... See full summary »

Director: Neus Ballús | Stars: Elena Andrada, Sergi López, Diomaye Augustin Ngom, Ian Samsó

Votes: 56

34. So Long, My Son (2019)

185 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Two married couples adjust to the vast social and economic changes taking place in China from the 1980s to the present.

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Liya Ai, Jiang Du, Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang, Jingjing Li

Votes: 982

35. Atlantics (2019)

104 min | Drama

81 Metascore

In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Suleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.

Director: Mati Diop | Stars: Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane, Ibrahima Mbaye, Amadou Mbow

Votes: 254

36. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

R | 121 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director: Joe Talbot | Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold

Votes: 3,728 | Gross: $4.52M

37. Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019)

102 min | Documentary

Ghost Pictures and Passion Pictures and a documentary feature about the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS.

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Star: Michael Hutchence

Votes: 151

38. Monos (2019)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 1,459

39. Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019)

86 min | Comedy

A teenager spends his summer listening to heavy metal music and trying to get along with his librarian mom.

Director: Simon Bird | Stars: Tamsin Greig, Rob Brydon, Alice Lowe, Monica Dolan

Votes: 11

40. Run (III) (2019)

78 min | Drama

52 Metascore

In the Northern Scottish town of Fraserburgh, young men dream of escapism through late-night drag races. Finnie used to be one such lad, but now he works at the fish factory and it's his ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Graham | Stars: Mark Stanley, Amy Manson, Marli Siu, Anders Hayward

42. Instinct (III) (2019)

108 min | Drama

In spite of her expertise and experience, a seasoned psychologist is completely infatuated by the sex offender she is treating in a penal institution.

Director: Halina Reijn | Stars: Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari, Marie-Mae van Zuilen, Pieter Embrechts

Votes: 40

43. The Traitor (2019)

145 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

The real life of Tommaso Buscetta the so called "boss of the two worlds", first mafia informant in Sicily 1980's.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi, Maria Fernanda Cândido

Votes: 1,155

44. By the Grace of God (2018)

137 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

The three men, friends of childhood, will cross, compare their personal experiences and question their life of couple, family and professional.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca

Votes: 2,329

45. Ema (2019)

102 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Santiago Cabrera, Mariana Di Girolamo, Josefina Fiebelkorn, Giannina Fruttero

Votes: 236

46. Family Romance, LLC (2019)

89 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A man is hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Mahiro Tanimoto, Ishii Yuichi

Votes: 45

47. Beanpole (2019)

130 min | Drama

81 Metascore

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Director: Kantemir Balagov | Stars: Konstantin Balakirev, Andrey Bykov, Olga Dragunova, Timofey Glazkov

Votes: 802

48. It Must Be Heaven (2019)

97 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Ali Suliman, Kwasi Songui, Elia Suleiman

Votes: 230

49. White Snake (2019)

99 min | Animation, Fantasy, Romance

A love story between a snake spirit and a snake hunter.

Directors: Amp Wong, Ji Zhao | Stars: Zhe Zhang, Tianxiang Yang, Xiaoxi Tang, Wei Liu

Votes: 575

50. Krabi, 2562 (2019)

94 min | Documentary