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

96 Metascore

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.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 161,554

Oh my god.

2. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

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

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer, Azhy Robertson

Votes: 134,050


3. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)

R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

83 Metascore

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

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

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

95 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: 12,494

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

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Bill Wise

Votes: 3,543

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

90 Metascore

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.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Mesfin Lamengo, Suin Zhi Hua-Hilton, Liang Wei-Hei Duncan, Sunny Wu Jin Zahoo

Votes: 30,450

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

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Ladj Ly | Stars: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica

Votes: 3,164

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

78 Metascore

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser

Votes: 3,852

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

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Tony Walker, Nicholas Hitchon, Lynn Johnson, Charles Furneaux

Votes: 509

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

83 Metascore

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.

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

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

58 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

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

89 Metascore

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

Directors: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts | Stars: Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab

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

69 Metascore

Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.

Directors: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe | Stars: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett, Neil Casey

Votes: 1,308

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

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Lulu Wang | Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Hong Lu

Votes: 25,083 | Gross: $16.88M

Simple, engaging, funny dramedy with great performances all around.

15. Little Women (2019)

PG | 135 min | Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

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.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 30,679

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

82 Metascore

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: Julia Stockler, Carol Duarte, Flávia Gusmão, António Fonseca

Votes: 1,998

Incredibly powerful drama with an engaging story, beautiful cinematography, and likable characters.

17. 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, 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.

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

Votes: 95,604

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

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín, Luis Gnecco

Votes: 54,685

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

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: 126,633

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

94 Metascore

A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

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

Votes: 209,177

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

76 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, Takahiro Miura

Votes: 1,185

Fun fun fun fun fun fun fun.

22. Honey Boy (2019)

R | 94 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

Director: Alma Har'el | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers

Votes: 4,991

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

75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 30,517

Fascinating, tense, and hilarious documentary about the disastrous Fyre Festival.

24. Honeyland (2019)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama

86 Metascore

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.

Directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov | Stars: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam

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

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, Colin Firth

Votes: 78,399

An okay war movie that's heavily enhanced by its cinematography and technical achievements.

26. Rocketman (I) (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

69 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

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

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson

Votes: 35,006

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

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Scott Z. Burns | Stars: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine

Votes: 16,936

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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez

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

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: 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

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Jérémy Clapin | Stars: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao, Alfonso Arfi

Votes: 11,013

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

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Brandon Stanley, Ryan Boz

Votes: 11,238

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

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: 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

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: 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.

Director: Serge Ou | Stars: Jessica Henwick, Scott Adkins, JuJu Chan, Amy Johnston

Votes: 491

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.

Director: Tara Wood | Stars: Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Kruger

Votes: 769

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

80 Metascore

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson

Votes: 14,985

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

42 Metascore

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.

Director: Eric Notarnicola | Stars: Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Terri Parks, Curtis Webster

Votes: 524

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

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Riley Stearns | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, Steve Terada

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

84 Metascore

A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte, Uria Hayik

Votes: 2,976

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

72 Metascore

A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Shun Oguri, Sei Hiraizumi

Votes: 6,615

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

87 Metascore

A film director reflects on the choices he's made as past and present come crashing down around him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas

Votes: 27,192

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

73 Metascore

A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 6,166

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

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: 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