2019 Recap – Top 100 of the Year

by - December 28th, 2019 - Features


TOP 100 OF 2019

Once again I methodically tracked everything I watched in 2019, compiling a massive master list of my favorite films and placing them in some rough order of preference as I went along. As of the publication of this feature, I’d watched 383 features for the first time, 187 of which were released to domestic U.S. theatres during the calendar year or are scheduled to get a release during the first quarter of 2020.

With that in mind, here were the Top 100 films of 2019 as I saw them. Please note, unlike on previous pages documentaries have not been sorted out. It’s all just one giant glorious bundle. Enjoy sifting through them all.

Booksmart (2019) | PHOTO: Annapurna Pictures

1. Her Smell (D: Alex Ross Perry)

2. Booksmart (D: Olivia Wilde)

3. The Nightingale (D: Jennifer Kent)

4. Pain and Glory (D: Pedro Almodóvar)

5. The Farewell (D: Lulu Wang) [Interview with writer/director Lulu Wang]

Doctor Sleep (2019) | PHOTO: Warner Bros

6. Doctor Sleep (D: Mike Flanagan)

7. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (D: Joe Talbot)

8. Hustlers (D: Lorene Scafaria)

9. Toy Story 4 (D: Josh Cooley)

10. Knives Out (D: Rian Johnson)

Sunset (2018) | PHOTO: Sony Pictures Classics

11. 1917 (D: Sam Mendes)

12. Dolemite Is My Name (D: Craig Brewer)

13. Sunset (D: László Nemes)

14. Us (D: Jordan Peele)

15. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (D: Céline Sciamma)

Captain Marvel (2019) | PHOTO: Marvel Studios

16. Ford v Ferrari (D: James Mangold)

17. The Wind (D: Emma Tammi)

18. The Irishman (D: Martin Scorsese)

19. Captain Marvel (D: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden)

20. Parasite (D: Bong Joon-ho)

Rust Creek (2018) | PHOTO: IFC Films

21. The Most Dangerous Year (D: Vlada Knowlton)

22. The Peanut Butter Falcon (D: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz)

23. Rust Creek (D: Jen McGowan)

24. Gloria Bell (D: Sebastián Lelio)

25. Apollo 11 (D: Todd Douglas Miller)

Little Women (2019) | PHOTO: Sony

26. Brittany Runs a Marathon (D: Paul Downs Colaizzo) [Interview with writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo]

27. Ready or Not (D: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett)

28. Furie (D: Le Van Kiet)

29. Little Women (D: Greta Gerwig)

30. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (D: Bi Gan)

Missing Link (2019) | PHOTO: Laika Studios

31. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (D: Marielle Heller)

32. Amazing Grace (D: Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott)

33. Photograph (D: Ritesh Batra)

34. Missing Link (D: Chris Butler)

35. The Lighthouse (D: Robert Eggers)

Charlie Says (2018) | PHOTO: IFC Films

36. In Fabric (D: Peter Strickland)

37. Frozen II (D: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)

38. Crawl (D: Alexandre Aja)

39. Charlie Says (D: Mary Harron)

40. Honey Boy (D: Alma Har’el)

Diane (2018) | PHOTO: IFC Films

41. Abominable (D: Jill Culton)

42. Happy Death Day 2U (D: Christopher Landon)

43. The Kid Who Would Be King (D: Joe Cornish)

44. Diane (D: Kent Jones)

45. Wild Rose (D: Tom Harper)

Waves (2019) | PHOTO: A24

46. Waves (D: Trey Edward Shults)

47. Ad Astra (D: James Gray)

48. The Report (D: Scott Z. Burns)

49. Arctic (D: Joe Penna) [Interview with actor Mads Mikkelsen]

50. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (D: James Bobin)

Les Misérables (2019) | PHOTO: Amazon Studios

51. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (D: Dean DeBlois)

52. Uncut Gems (D: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie)

53. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (D: André Øvredal)

54. Les Misérables (D: Ladj Ly)

55. The Art of Self-Defense (D: Riley Stearns) [Interview with writer/director Riley Stearns]

Blinded by the Light (2019) | PHOTO: Warner Bros

56. Harriet (D: Kasi Lemmons)

57. Blinded by the Light (D: Gurinder Chadha)

58. Queen & Slim (D: Melina Matsoukas)

59. Rocketman (D: Dexter Fletcher)

60. Klaus (D: Sergio Pablos)

Alita: Battle Angel (2019) | PHOTO: 20th Century Fox

61. Satanic Panic (D: Chelsea Stardust) [Interview with director Chelsea Stardust)

62. The Two Popes (D: Fernando Meirelles)

63. Alita: Battle Angel (D: Robert Rodriguez)

64. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (D: Chad Stahelski)

65. Fighting with My Family (D: Stephen Merchant)

Jojo Rabbit (2019) | PHOTO: Fox Searchlight

66. Black Christmas (D: Sophia Takal)

67. The Biggest Little Farm (D: John Chester)

68. Official Secrets (D: Gavin Hood)

69. Jojo Rabbit (D: Taika Waititi)

70. For Sama (D: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts)

Long Shot (2019) | PHOTO: Lionsgate

71. Sword of Trust (D: Lynn Shelton) [Interview with actor Marc Maron]

72. Long Shot (D: Jonathan Levine)

73. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (D: Alison Reid)

74. Donnybrook (D: Tim Sutton)

75. The Death of Dick Long (D: Daniel Scheinert)

Shadow (2018) | PHOTO: Well Go USA

76. Shadow (D: Zhang Yimou)

77. Charlie’s Angels (D: Elizabeth Banks)

78. Vita & Virginia (D: Chanya Button) [Interview with director Chanya Button]

79. The Aeronauts (D: Tom Harper)

80. Teen Spirit (D: Max Minghella)

Downton Abbey (2019) | PHOTO: Focus Features

81. The Quiet One (D: Oliver Murray)

82. Shazam! (D: David F. Sandberg)

83. Annabelle Comes Home (D: Gary Dauberman)

84. Triple Threat (D: Jesse V. Johnson)

85. Downton Abbey (D: Michael Engler)

Ladyworld (2018) | PHOTO: Cleopatra Entertainment

86. Avengers: Endgame (D: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo)

87. Ladyworld (D: Amanda Kramer)

88. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (D: Michael Dougherty)

89. Greener Grass (D: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe)

90. Late Night (D: Nisha Ganatra)

Haunt (2019) | PHOTO: Momentum Pictures

91. Just Mercy (D: Destin Daniel Cretton)

92. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (D: Joachim Rønning)

93. Metal Heart (D: Hugh O’Conor)

94. Glass (D: M. Night Shyamalan)

95. Haunt (D: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods)

Bliss (2019) | PHOTO: Dark Sky Films

96. Aladdin (D: Guy Ritchie)

97. Depraved (D: Larry Fessenden) [Interview with writer/director Larry Fessenden]

98. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (D: Chris Renaud)

99. Bliss (D: Joe Begos)

100.  I Trapped the Devil (D: Josh Lobo)

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