Favorite Films of 2019

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1. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

230 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.

Director: Bo Hu | Stars: Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Congxi Li

Votes: 2,897 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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: 91,643

3. The Souvenir (2019)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

92 Metascore

A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Director: Joanna Hogg | Stars: Neil Young, Tosin Cole, Jack McMullen, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 4,156 | Gross: $1.04M

4. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 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, Wallace Shawn

Votes: 15,163

5. Woman at War (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Halla becomes a determined environmental activist, but this threatens a long-held hope of hers.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson

Votes: 4,994 | Gross: $0.85M

6. Pain and Glory (2019)

R | 113 min | Drama

88 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 19,655

7. I Lost My Body (2019)

TV-MA | 81 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

81 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: 2,814

8. Border (2018)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

75 Metascore

A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

Director: Ali Abbasi | Stars: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén

Votes: 16,711 | Gross: $0.77M

9. Chained for Life (2018)

91 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut.

Director: Aaron Schimberg | Stars: Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 212

10. A Bread Factory, Part Two (2018)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

At The Bread Factory, they rehearse the Greek play, Hecuba. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Wang | Stars: Tyne Daly, Wayne Fugate, Isabela Quines, Phil Helm

Votes: 137

11. A Bread Factory, Part One (2018)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

After 40 years of running their community arts space, The Bread Factory, Dorothea and Greta are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple--performance artists from China--come ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Wang | Stars: Tyne Daly, Elisabeth Henry-Macari, James Marsters, Shershah Mizan

Votes: 175 | Gross: $0.02M

12. 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: 14,732 | Gross: $16.88M

13. Ash Is Purest White (2018)

Not Rated | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao, Jiali Ding

Votes: 4,843 | Gross: $0.42M

14. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

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

Votes: 104,976

15. Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Mystery

89 Metascore

A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago.

Director: Gan Bi | Stars: Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Hong-Chi Lee

Votes: 3,276 | Gross: $0.50M

16. Transit (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

A man attempting to escape Nazi-occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman

Votes: 4,760 | Gross: $0.82M

17. Honeyland (2019)

90 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: 1,299 | Gross: $0.50M

18. For Sama (2019)

TV-PG | 100 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 957 | Gross: $0.03M

19. American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

End 2008, GM closes a plant in Ohio. A Chinese billionaire/Fuyao Glass buys the plant 2014 and invests in auto glass production. There are 2000 jobs there by late 2016. USA meets PRChina.

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | Stars: Junming 'Jimmy' Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown, Dave Burrows

Votes: 4,073

20. Maiden (2018)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

82 Metascore

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Frank Bough, John Chittenden, Bruno Du Bois, Pat Edwards

Votes: 860 | Gross: $3.01M

21. Diane (2018)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Diane fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addicted son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she'd sooner forget than face.

Director: Kent Jones | Stars: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin

Votes: 674 | Gross: $0.34M

22. Ray & Liz (2018)

108 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Photographer Richard Billingham returns to the squalid council flat outside of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a confrontation and reconciliation with parents Ray and Liz.

Director: Richard Billingham | Stars: Richard Ashton, Jamie-Lee Beacher, Michelle Bonnard, Sam Dodd

Votes: 887

23. Rosie (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama

83 Metascore

ROSIE tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless.

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, Ellie O'Halloran, Ruby Dunne

Votes: 752 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Her Smell (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music

69 Metascore

A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

Director: Alex Ross Perry | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn

Votes: 2,411 | Gross: $0.26M

25. Birds of Passage (2018)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra | Stars: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez

Votes: 6,920 | Gross: $0.51M

26. The Burial Of Kojo (2018)

80 min | Drama, Thriller

93 Metascore

A man is trapped in a mine shaft by his vengeful brother while his daughter embarks on a magical journey to rescue him.

Director: Blitz Bazawule | Stars: Ama K. Abebrese, Joe Addo, Henry Adofo, Kobina Amissah-Sam

Votes: 359

27. The Chambermaid (2018)

102 min | Drama

81 Metascore

A look at the working environment of a chambermaid in one of Mexico City's most luxurious hotels.

Director: Lila Avilés | Stars: Gabriela Cartol, Agustina Quinci, Teresa Sánchez

Votes: 803 | Gross: $0.08M

28. Black Mother (2018)

TV-MA | 77 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

From red light districts to lush rain-forests, 'Black Mother' is a loving and lyrical ode to Jamaica and its people, a visual poem that is at once deeply felt love letter and ecstatic street-corner prayer.

Director: Khalik Allah

Votes: 153 | Gross: $0.02M

29. One Cut of the Dead (2017)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

85 Metascore

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda | Stars: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya

Votes: 9,477

30. In Fabric (2018)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Horror

84 Metascore

In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences..

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill

Votes: 3,984

31. Midsommar (I) (2019)

R | 147 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper

Votes: 85,112 | Gross: $27.33M

32. Atlantics (2019)

TV-14 | 106 min | Drama

85 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 Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.

Director: Mati Diop | Stars: Mame Bineta Sane, Traore, Coumba Dieng, Arame Fall Faye

Votes: 1,447

33. An Impossible Love (2018)

135 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In the late 1950s in Châteauroux, France, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. This brief but passionate connection results in ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Corsini | Stars: Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, Jehnny Beth, Estelle Lescure

Votes: 768

34. Only You (2018)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Romance

Elena and Jake meet by chance on New Years Eve, arguing for the same taxi. However, instead of going their separate ways after sharing a taxi ,they start a passionate relationship.

Director: Harry Wootliff | Stars: Natalie Arle-Toyne, Isabelle Barth, Tam Dean Burn, Daniel Campbell

Votes: 642

35. High Life (2018)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth

Votes: 18,727 | Gross: $1.23M

36. 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: 79,386 | Gross: $35.40M

37. The Plagiarists (2019)

76 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A young couple is shaken by a seemingly fraudulent yet unprovable act that strikes to the core of their cultural pretensions.

Director: Peter Parlow | Stars: William Michael Payne, Emily Davis, Lucy Kaminsky, Eamon Monaghan

Votes: 48 | Gross: $0.01M

38. August at Akiko's (2018)

75 min | Drama

Musician Alex sets off to an island to find his ancestral home with only childhood memories as his navigational system. As he fails to find his home, he reaches a retreat run by a Buddhist ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Makoto Yogi | Stars: Alex Zhang Hungtai, Akiko Masuda

Votes: 46



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