Top 50 Movies of 2019by samclk688 | created - 9 months ago | updated - 1 hour ago | Public
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1. Parasite (2019)
R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
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.
Infectiously magnetic as a “home invasion” heist thriller, rapturous comedy, and social parable; “Parasite” is nearly flawless on every level, epitomizing an archetype of originality and vision. Each scene bleeds with a rarely executed pirouette of sharp wit, malevolence, and edge-of-your-seat uncertainty. Director Bong Joon-Ho has executed a profound discernment on the human condition, and how class dictates how we view one another
2. 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: 450,400 | Gross: $192.73M
While predicated upon post-modernist character studies of old; “Joker” finds its own identity in stark mood, antiquated texture, and an ambiguity as enigmatic as its unreliable narrator. Joaquin Phoenix gives a towering performance, making the character his own in an intrepid film that dares to elicit the type of contemplative conjecture found only in the most daring cinematic efforts of the past decade
3. 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: 599,992 | Gross: $858.37M
A generational epic; “Avengers: Endgame” is the emotionally nuanced and marvelously architected culmination of the MCU’s strongest variables. Providing breathtaking sequences of fan service, and effectively finalizing each hero’s character arch; Endgame is a deeply personal, wildly ambitious, Superhero movie for the ages.
4. Luce (2019)
R | 109 min | Drama
A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.
Votes: 2,854 | Gross: $1.78M
Providing a multitude of unnerving sociopolitical reflections; “Luce” is an urgent challenge of our expectations and underlying sensibilities while still functioning as a taut psychological thriller
5. 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: 11,232 | Gross: $2.41M
A gleefully depraved love child of the more tantalizing features from Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and David Fincher’s “Fight Club”. This is a pitch-black comic satire that pulls no punches in its caustic wit and biting social politics. “The Art of Self Defense” is a nightmarish parable and audaciously provocative exploration into the confines of toxic masculinity.
6. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.
Votes: 12,454 | Gross: $13.12M
For viewers who find themselves fatigued by formula; this profoundly earnest adventure is bound to tickle your sense uninhibited fancy. “Peanut Butter Falcon” is a modern fable that synchronizes delicate topics of the subnormal and disenfranchised with effortless optimism and compassion.
7. 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: 226,647 | Gross: $135.37M
Tarantino’s latest exhibition of unequivocal zest and ultra-violent virtue provides the uncommon maturity and insight of a filmmaker in his purest, most self-discerning form. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” traverses patient and temperately in an intricately lived-in canvas, and thoughtfully dissects the artist’s entire body of work with punch-drunk pizzazz.
8. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)
R | 121 min | Drama
A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.
Votes: 5,181 | Gross: $4.52M
“People aren’t just one thing” befittingly proclaimed by the film’s lead character, acts as a deeply profound reflection on this poetically nuanced and intimately life-affirming directorial debut. “Last Black Man in San Francisco” balances a euphoric visual palate with trenchant themes of racial compartmentalization to engender a moving and powerfully understated investigation of african-american identity
9. Us (II) (2019)
R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
Votes: 159,561 | Gross: $175.01M
A genre-fused, eclectic fable from a visionary of modern film; one thats distinctive style is only matched by its expert craftsmanship and metaphorical template. “Us” is both exceptionally original and meticulously structured
10. Pain & Glory (2019)
R | 113 min | Drama
A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.
With grace and meta-mystique; director Pedro Almodovar finds himself effortlessly balancing tonal inequities and self awareness with precision and flair, in a vibrant and moving ode to filmmaking and artistic inspiration
11. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)
R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Votes: 13,031 | Gross: $0.43M
An enigmatic and immersive incarnate of atmosphere and claustrophobia. “The Lighthouse” shines upon two dynamic performances, and an expert integration of visual storytelling- presenting the fractured male psyche at its most barbaric and desolate
12. Midsommar (I) (2019)
R | 147 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Votes: 77,009 | Gross: $27.33M
Genre auteur Ari Aster’s richly emblematic, audacious and psychotropic horror epic is an experience like no other. “Midsommar”, through a juxtaposition of beauty and terror, creates a deeply unsettling exploration of the search for identity through belonging within a group
13. 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: 128,765 | Gross: $433.03M
Only this revolutionary animation team can create a fourth installment with this much integrity. “Toy Story 4” capitalizes on proven formula and cerebral substance to help manufacture another earnest and existential testament to the timeless ingenuity of Pixar.
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: 11,497 | Gross: $16.88M
Painting an intimate and sincere portrait of familial kinetics, cultural customs, and misguided stoicsm; “The Farewell” is an ardently palpable and affectionately rendered dissection of the ambivalent marriage between blissful ignorance and burdened knowledge
15. The Mustang (2019)
R | 96 min | Drama
The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.
Votes: 6,147 | Gross: $5.04M
A beautifully intimate, soft-spoken and soulful journey of spiritual rehabilitation; “The Mustang” is an exceptionally acted and gracefully delicate meditation on the parallel nature and intuitional bond of man and animal
16. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
R | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.
Votes: 191,415 | Gross: $171.02M
While not as narratively cohesive as the first two installments; Parabellum remains a sensationally choreographed and inventive action extravaganza, furthering the franchise’s win streak whilst expanding on it’s gung-ho premise
17. Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.
Votes: 2,003 | Gross: $0.22M
Resonant on a universal scale, and erected by a method-esc Jillian Bell showcase; "Brittany Runs a Marathon" is a unique character study that channels human insecurities on a macro level, while teaching us that perseverance is the catalyst to self-discovery
18. Doctor Sleep (2019)
R | 152 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
While more akin to King than Kubrick; it’s an adaptation thats better experienced outside of comparison. “Doctor Sleep” is an eloquently handled and thoroughly entertaining successor to a timeless classic that is sure to please die hard fans and newcomers alike
19. The King (I) (2019)
R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History
Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.
20. 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: 8,447 | Gross: $0.35M
While the film has defects - including a confusing tonal rhythm and inhibited satirical edge - “Jojo Rabbit” ultimately gratifies its audience with a prodigious display of humanism - ignorance in innocence, and the disillusionment in force fed idealism
21. Booksmart (2019)
R | 102 min | Comedy
On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.
Votes: 45,187 | Gross: $22.68M
While it doesn’t exactly reinvent the genre; “Booksmart” is far more vocal and idiosyncratic than the average teen comedy. Director Olivia Wilde sharply balances situational levity with the unique dynamic of it’s charming and accessible characters to cleverly emphasize emotion, empowerment, and reflections of inclusive diversity.
22. Dragged Across Concrete (2018)
R | 159 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation.
This crime thriller overcomes subpar pacing and excessive length through rich dialogue, sharp characterization, and unapologetic cynicism. Though neither as perverse or provocative as it’s title suggests; “Dragged Across Concrete” is an uncommonly patient and realist deconstruction of genre expectations
23. The Souvenir (2019)
R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.
Votes: 3,643 | Gross: $1.04M
The film’s reticently emanated minimalism will frustrate the impatient viewer; but “The Souvenir”s acutely whispered truths and polished decor are effective functions for a suitably subtle exploration of co-dependence and muted communication.
24. Yesterday (III) (2019)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music
A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.
Votes: 60,703 | Gross: $73.29M
Richard Curtis’ charming incarnation effortlessly channels the exuberant zeitgeist of Beatles phenomena with affection and high-concept grandeur. Though it’s tread is markedly predictable, “Yesterday”s irrefutable warmth and wit are enough to enliven even the most rock-ribbed pessimist.
25. Hustlers (2019)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Votes: 19,367 | Gross: $80.55M
Inherently undermined by the Scorcesian formula of its emulative inspirations; "Hustlers" finds its rhythm in an unapologetic depiction of its seductive yet criminal leads, and a career best performance by Jennifer Lopez.
26. 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.
While certainly for refined palates; this is the real housewives of David Lynchs nightmares. “Greener Grass” blends desert dry humor and provocative commentary to explore female infused competition and the compulsive need for validation ingrained in suburban subculture
27. Skin (V) (2018)
R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.
Jamie bell thoroughly inhabits the skin of the tortured arian anti-hero in this contemporary true crime tale and efficacious exposé. “Skin” is a testament to the ethical duality of man, and an attestation to the ever prominent and insidious underbelly of racism in red states America
28. Judy (II) (2019)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History
Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.
Powered by a captivating central performance, and a tangible sense of melancholy and nostalgia; “Judy” is a biopic that negates all glamour from it’s subject, harkening back to a lost era while still functioning as a truly resonant character study
29. Ad Astra (2019)
PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 67,119 | Gross: $35.40M
An unconventional epic, of which sprawling nature is poignantly juxtaposed against meditative intimacy. "Ad Astra" is a metrical and contemplative space opera that is at times pretentious, and meanderingly indulgent; but overcomes it's defects with awe-inspiring visual flair and an absorbing sense of introspection
30. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
TV-MA | 122 min | Action, Drama
A sequel, of sorts, to Breaking Bad following Jesse Pinkman after the events captured in the finale of Breaking Bad. Jesse is now on the run, as a massive police manhunt for him is in operation.
While ultimately frivolous, “El Camino” breaks bad potentialities through working as a stand alone film. Through visceral sequences and a career best Aaron Paul, this belated continuation summits on its undeniable entertainment value and die hard nostalgia
31. 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: 230,484 | Gross: $388.53M
Marvel’s phase 3 finale is decidedly less grounded than previous entries; but “Far From Home”s radiant buoyancy, visceral thrills and beguiling revelations more than account for it’s moderate shortcomings
32. Rocketman (I) (2019)
R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.
Votes: 78,002 | Gross: $96.37M
A daring, and suitably flamboyant representation of it’s eccentric star, captained by a fully realized Taron Edgerton performance. “Rocketman” doesnt transcend cliches but rather gives them panache; in a fantastical, if inevitably flawed, musical biopic.
33. Harriet (I) (2019)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
"Harriet"s insipid approach in style and narrative is nullified through it's fierce lead performance and perennial tale of defiance and vindication.
34. Late Night (2019)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.
Votes: 12,641 | Gross: $15.50M
A film of winsome identity in which character flaws are emphasized with sportive compassion. “Late Night” benefits from sharp humor and an enlightened perspective; employing sympathetic treatment to all parties involved
35. Fighting with My Family (2019)
PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.
Votes: 42,178 | Gross: $22.96M
Sympathetically textured and characterized, “Fighting with My Family” transcends lackluster sports-drama fare with it’s thoroughly illustrated characters and true passion for the sport it celebrates
36. Triple Frontier (2019)
R | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Loyalties are tested when five friends and former special forces operatives reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.
Chandor’s latest exploration of socio-political ethics is neither as consistent or as thought-provoking as his previous work. “Triple Frontier” assembles an all-star cast and a handful of visceral sequences; but its uneven narrative, and lack of concrete ideas make for a somewhat impotent crime thriller.
37. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
R | 117 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.
Like it’s title character “Dolemite is My Name” rips off superior source material ("Ed Wood", “The Disaster Artist”) but succeeds on heart, and the sheer comic bravado of a revitalized Eddie Murphy
38. Greta (2018)
R | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her.
Votes: 17,287 | Gross: $10.52M
Huppert’s exuberantly unhinged showcase turns a rather pedestrian narrative into a preposterously daft and campy, guilty-pleasure piece.
39. Shazam! (2019)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.
Votes: 190,457 | Gross: $140.37M
The antithesis to the DCEU’s failed tonal structure. Anchored by a wonderfully silly Zachary Levi performance, “Shazam” is good-hearted entertainment for the inner child in all of us
40. Good Boys (II) (2019)
R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy
Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.
Votes: 24,435 | Gross: $69.06M
“Good Boys” adopts a tricky balance of pre-adolescent mischief and genuine warmth. Between the 12 year old F-bombs and penis jokes, lies a genuine sincerity uncommon in the modern gross-out comedy
41. The Dead Don't Die (2019)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.
Votes: 29,715 | Gross: $6.56M
Theres a sort of novelty to “The Dead Don’t Die”s deadpan apathy and meandering senselessness; but it’s lifeless pacing and amateur-esc stylization will leave even the most ardent Jarmusch-junkies unprovoked
42. Charlie Says (2018)
R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The tragic tale of an all-American girl who was transformed into a cold-blooded killer in the summer of 1969.
Votes: 1,425 | Gross: $0.04M
Smith does an admirable job emulating the titular cult leader’s inflection and mannerisms; though the film ultimately feels inhibited and detached. “Charlie Says” tackles an objectively fascinating event with valiant efforts albeit squinted scope
43. Long Shot (2019)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance
Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
Votes: 54,561 | Gross: $30.32M
“Long shot” is elevated by a surprisingly organic chemistry between it’s two leads; adequately blending insightful political satire with timely comedic observations
44. Stockholm (I) (2018)
R | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
Based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the 'Stockholm Syndrome'.
Votes: 5,728 | Gross: $0.30M
“Stockholm” is without full throttle investment in the subject’s audacity, satire, or dissection of it’s title syndrome; but it’s an entertainingly offbeat reenactment that garners multiple stand out performances
45. Brightburn (2019)
R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Votes: 52,290 | Gross: $17.30M
If allegorically rendered, the film acts as a cautionary tale to paternal denial. “Brightburn” is no masterpiece, but for genre fans; this piece of pulp cinema is devilishly undeniable
46. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Pinnacled by a pitch-perfect Zac Efron performance and an understated illustration of Bundy’s depravity; the film ultimately suffers from it’s narrow perspective, and reluctance to thoroughly explore the subject’s pathology.
47. Sword of Trust (2019)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.
Votes: 841 | Gross: $0.32M
A sporadically amusing exercise in brash belief and bare bones minimalism; "Sword of Trust" explores distorted and secular credence in the mold of a tonally inconsistent narrative that feels about as extensive as the rooms of which the film take place in.
48. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure