My Favorite Movies of 2019 (Ranked)by AaronKenMcGuire | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public
Haven't seen every "great" movie this year, but this is my ranking of what I've seen so far.
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1. Parasite (2019)
R | 132 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Oh my god.
2. Marriage Story (2019)
R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.
3. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)
R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Votes: 53,756 | Gross: $0.43M
Brilliant directing, screenplay, cinematography, editing, production design, and performances. Darkly funny, strange, tense, absorbing, and creepy.
4. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
R | 121 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Gorgeous film with a brilliant screenplay and brilliant performances. You really feel the characters' anger, sadness, and desire; I was completely taken away by every scene. And that ending! Whoa!
5. Waves (I) (2019)
R | 135 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Traces the journey of a suburban family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.
Beautiful, stressful, and extremely sad. Amazing performances, story, and cinematography. Uneven plot structure prevents me from loving it even more, but the first two hours are pretty much perfect.
6. Uncut Gems (2019)
R | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
This movie was total madness. Terrific performances, great cinematography, a unique score, and a tense, anxiety-inducing story. And that ending! Whoa!
7. Les Misérables (2019)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A cop of provinces moves Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm.
One of the most visceral, intense, and frustrating movies of the year. I wanted it to end as soon as it started (in a good way, if that makes sense). That entire climax made me wanna panic.
8. A Hidden Life (2019)
PG-13 | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
The prettiest movie of the year. Despite its length, I thought this was an ambitious, powerful, and beautiful film with incredible performances, editing, and music.
9. 63 Up (2019 TV Movie)
Unrated | 180 min | Documentary
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
One of the most incredible documentaries out there. I could analyze this film for days, but I'll just say it's hilarious, emotional, and very honest. There's nothing else quite like it.
10. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)
R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Votes: 345,731 | Gross: $135.37M
Fun fun fun fun fun fun fun. Also DiCaprio and Pitt are excellent.
11. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War
A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Votes: 53,907 | Gross: $0.35M
Hilarious and heartfelt. Everything you'd expect from a Taika Waititi dramedy but with a bigger budget.
12. For Sama (2019)
TV-PG | 100 min | Documentary, War
FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
Votes: 2,041 | Gross: $0.03M
A powerful, disturbing documentary from the perspective a woman raising her daughter during the Syrian Civil War. Extremely emotional documentary that'll likely leave a lasting impact on anyone who sees it.
13. Greener Grass (2019)
Unrated | 95 min | Comedy
Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.
Hilarious, disgusting, and totally wrong comedy. Definitely not gonna be for everyone, but the comedy worked perfectly for me. An admirable satire on suburbia.
14. The Farewell (I) (2019)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.
Votes: 25,083 | Gross: $16.88M
Simple, engaging, funny dramedy with great performances all around.
15. Little Women (2019)
PG | 135 min | Drama, Romance
Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.
A tad too long in my opinion, but the performances, music, cinematography, story, production design/costumes, and screenplay by Greta Gerwig make up for it a whole lot.
16. Invisible Life (2019)
R | 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.
Incredibly powerful drama with an engaging story, beautiful cinematography, and likable characters.
17. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Biography, Drama
American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Cheesy and predictable, but exhilarating and crazy with great performances. The 3-hour runtime flew by and I think almost anyone could enjoy it.
18. The Two Popes (2019)
PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.
Surprisingly fun and entertaining comedy with great performances and witty dialogue. The dramatic turn towards the last half is also affecting. My main issue is I feel it was too long.
19. Knives Out (2019)
PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
Everything I was expecting from it: fun, funny, exciting, clever, and complicated. Fun performances from the great cast. Nothing mind-blowing; just a fun time.
20. The Irishman (2019)
R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.
Brilliant performances, screenplay, and direction. But I'm personally not a fan of the runtime and this isn't really the kind of story that resonates with me. Not necessarily my kind of movie, but there's a lot of aspects that I loved.
21. First Love (2019)
108 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.
Fun fun fun fun fun fun fun.
22. Honey Boy (2019)
R | 94 min | Drama
A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.
I'm just blown away that this movie exists at all. Affecting drama with great performances and realistic dialogue. My only issue is the cinematography didn't leave any impression on me and the story was all over the place. And the ending was somewhat underwhelming.
23. Fyre (2019)
TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.
Fascinating, tense, and hilarious documentary about the disastrous Fyre Festival.
24. Honeyland (2019)
Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama
The last female bee-hunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood.
Votes: 3,645 | Gross: $0.50M
Entertaining character study about a woman who breeds bees and her neighbors who attempt to do the same. Not amazing, but very enjoyable and ultimately emotional.
25. 1917 (2019)
R | 119 min | Drama, War
Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.
An okay war movie that's heavily enhanced by its cinematography and technical achievements.
26. Rocketman (I) (2019)
R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.
Votes: 91,151 | Gross: $96.37M
Generic structure, but creative biopic with great songs (obviously) and a terrific performance by Taron Egerton.
27. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.
Funny, vulgar, and endearing biopic that follows a familiar structure to other "rags-to-riches" biopics, but is very inspiring and entertaining nonetheless. Amazing soundtrack too.
28. The Report (I) (2019)
R | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets.
Intense, engaging, and disturbing political thriller with believable performances and a great story.
29. Under the Silver Lake (2018)
R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Sam, a disenchanted young man, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.
Votes: 25,418 | Gross: $0.05M
I don't really know what to say about this one. It's extremely entertaining, strange, and original. But also very confusing and somewhat underwhelming (but simultaneously overwhelming?). I should probably just see this one again, but I still really enjoyed it on my first watch and it has a lot to say about idolization and paranoia. (Also IMDb says this is a 2018 movie, but A24 says 2019, so it's 2019)
30. Joker (2019)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 624,975 | Gross: $192.73M
Amazing performance by Joaquin Phoenix, but decent story. A retelling of "Taxi Driver" and "The King of Comedy" essentially with many scenes that I dislike, but still tense and exciting overall.
31. I Lost My Body (2019)
TV-MA | 81 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A story of Naoufel, a young man who is in love with Gabrielle. In another part of town, a severed hand escapes from a dissection lab, determined to find its body again.
Beautiful animated film a unique story and style, but I don't think it's really a movie that I'll be thinking about. I saw it, and enjoyed it, and that's about it. Maybe I missed the point, but it's still very entertaining.
32. Richard Jewell (2019)
R | 131 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
American security guard Richard Jewell saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely reported that he was a terrorist.
Engaging true story of Richard Jewell with terrific performances and great dialogue. But the filmmaking doesn't stand out to me, and it might not leave a lasting impression on me.
33. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.
Votes: 256,890 | Gross: $388.53M
I don't like the first half of this movie, but the second half is so much fun to me that I mostly forget how much I didn't like the first half.
34. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 650,971 | Gross: $858.37M
Satisfying payoff to the previos 10 years of the MCU, but a bit too long and bad comedy.
35. Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019)
107 min | Documentary, History
The history of Hong Kong martial arts cinema and its influence.
Stylish, well-edited documentary about the impact of kung fu cinema. If you think all kung fu movies are mindless garbage, this documentary will hopefully change your mind. As a big fan of the genre, I thought it was great.
36. QT8: The First Eight (2019)
TV-MA | 103 min | Documentary
A documentary that focuses on the first 21 years of Quentin Tarantino's career and includes interviews with his frequent collaborators.
Perfectly entertaining and insightful documentary about Tarantino's first eight films, full of interviews with frequent collaborators. Mainly made for fans.
37. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama
Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.
Incredibly cheesy, but it has a mesmerizing performance by Tom Hanks as one of the most likable people ever. Not amazing, but very endearing.
38. Mister America (2019)
R | 89 min | Comedy
After representing himself and beating a murder charge, a concert promoter runs for the San Bernardino District Attorney's office against the prosecutor of his case.
Dry, funny mockumentary for fans of Tim Heidecker. Not for everyone depending on your sense of humor.
39. The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself from future threats.
Votes: 16,615 | Gross: $2.41M
Simple dark comedy with a perfectly-cast Jesse Eisenberg. But not my kind of comedy unfortunately, though it definitely has its moments.
40. Synonyms (2019)
Unrated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama
A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.
Strange, unique, disturbing, bleak, uncomfortable, and sometimes pretty funny. Definitely not gonna be for everyone. Unfortunately, I definitely felt the runtime.
41. Weathering with You (2019)
PG-13 | 112 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.
Beautiful animation, lovable characters, and an intense story, but one of the most problematic endings to a movie I've ever seen. What the hell was that?
42. Pain and Glory (2019)
R | 113 min | Drama
A film director reflects on the choices he's made as past and present come crashing down around him.
I don't know what to make of this movie. It has so many strong elements to it: excellent performances, a unique voice, great music. But it also left no impression on me. I don't know. It was good though.
43. Dark Waters (2019)
PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History
A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Interesting story with good performances, but the direction is nothing special up to a point where I can barely recall any scenes.
44. Toy Story 4 (2019)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 147,535 | Gross: $433.03M
Almost made me tear up. Very funny and heartfelt, but nothing crazy or special.
45. Ad Astra (2019)
PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery