My Top 10 Movies Of 2019
Updated: Aug 3
Below is the list of my Top 10 Movies of 2019.
Below is my intro from last year, to serve as a reminder.
This is not an Oscars list or some high-brow 'film review' that was put together. It was simply the ten movies that I most enjoyed last year, in order. I'm just a guy that likes watching movies and hoping that maybe you'll like some of these too, if you haven't seen them yet.
I don't watch superhero movies so that fact alone is going to have this list differing from pretty much every other list out there. I'm also not that big into sci-fi, so that leaves another large chunk of movies.
There is a few I still haven't seen, with a quick excerpt about a few of them at the end of this post.
I tried to remember all that I watched and checked a few lists to review but in the end, I'm sure I missed some. You can let me know in the comments or on social media if there are any omissions that you liked.
The descriptions will (purposely) be very vague. I will say, this year was LOADED, far more loaded than last year. There are movies in the Honorable Mention that would've landed Top 5 last year. As for the Top 10, 1 through 4 are pretty interchangeable as are 5-10. All so good.
This movie will be a lot better if you see it in theaters. But Sam Mendes took a loose story from his grandfather and turned it into a powerhouse of a movie. I'm usually not a big war movie guy either. The most notorious aspect of 1917 is that it's shot to appear to be one continuous take throughout the entire movie. You are on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
“It’s meant to make you feel as if you are in the trenches with those two young men.”
This South Korean movie cleaned up at the Oscars, taking home Best Picture, Best Director a a few other awards. Again, I usually don't go out of my way to watch foreign language films but this is so worth it. It's one of the most clever stories I've seen in a long time. It's hard to catch the comedy in foreign language films but this bucks that trend.
3. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Tarantino did it again. OUATIH has a star studded cast including Leo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt - who won an Oscar for his role. It brings you back to old Hollywood and mixes in the Charles Manson murders storyline. And as usual with Tarantino, get ready for an explosive third act.
4. The Irishman
This is the movie I was most excited for in 2019 and it did not disappoint. I'm a huge Martin Scorsese fan and this may be his last ride with the trio of De Niro, Pacino and Pesci. It's a long movie, clocking in at nearly 4 hours - but it's worth it.
All four of the already mentioned movies are must watch, if you haven't already.
5. Peanut Butter Falcon
This movie isn't getting as much attention but it should. Shia Lebeouf had a huge year in 2019 and he's a personal favorite of mine. This is a Huckleberry & Finn type of story, with a heartwarming twist.
Lebeouf had another movie in 2019 that landed in my Honorable Mention, Honey Boy. It was based off of his real life story growing up as a child star and the relationship he had with his father.
6. Uncut Gems
Snubbed! Uncut Gems mayyyybe should have gotten an Oscar nomination but Adam Sandler absolutely should've gotten one for Best Actor. This movie is a wild, heart racing and thrilling ride from the opening scene to the last scene. You have to get up and stretch a bit afterward, trying to make sense of what you just watched.
7. Richard Jewell
Clint Eastwood brought this real life story to the big screen and it was gripping. The story itself in interesting enough but the performances by Paul Walter Houser, Kathy Bates and Sam Rockwell were outstanding.
When I first saw Joker, I thought it would end up higher on this list. The year just ended with some real heaters. It's very good and as you know, I'm not a big superhero or comic guy. Joaquin Phoenix won a well deserved Oscar for the role of Joker. It's a little dark but it's really, really good.
Us wasn't as good at Jordan Peele's last movie, Get Out, but it was still one of the best movies of the year. I won't say much as there isn't a lot to say without giving it away but the ending made an already good movie, great.
10: Marriage Story
Mishawaka native Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were unreal in this. It very realistically depicts a divorce between a couple and what that fallout can look like. Both Driver and Johansson received Oscar nominations for their roles and Laura Dern won an Oscar, playing Johansson's lawyer.
HONORABLE MENTIONS (In Order)
Triple Frontier, Always Be My Maybe, The Farewell, Honey Boy, El Camino, Waves, Good Boys, Light Of My Life, The Upside
Below are a list of movies that I haven't seen yet but I anticipate would land on one of the above lists.
Knives Out, Jojo Rabbit, Ford V Ferrari, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood