Top 10 Best Movies of 2019

This is a list of the best movies released in the year 2019. This year had a lot of blockbusters and highly anticipated movies released, such as "Avengers: Endgame", "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", "Toy Story 4", and "Godzilla: King of the Monsters". So, with that being said, vote!
The Top Ten
1 Avengers: Endgame

Frankly, it deserves the title of best film of the year. No matter what your preference is, you can't deny that everything from the acting, the effects, script, and ending, all of it was perfect. The characters remained as we knew them from previous films for the most part, with comedy and drama balanced so well, and yet maintaining climax at so many points.

I can't even begin to describe what else qualifies it to be amongst the best works of the film industry, both contemporary and all-time. This one is going to be a classic a few years from now, and even if we do get an unexpected revival in new creative originals, it'll still stand out as a new milestone from which new directors and new writers will draw inspiration. The hard work of everyone who helped make this film will hopefully be appreciated in the future as well. Simply a masterpiece in its entirety, a perfect end to the Avengers' tetralogy, Stan Lee's legacy.

2 Joker

This movie was marvelous. I was honestly worried that people wouldn't appreciate this film because of what it is. Normally, the general audience wants comic book films to be action-oriented. Joker is not that at all. It's strictly a drama thriller film with literally no action at all, and I was worried that people would just find the film too boring for a comic book movie.

I'm glad that people appreciate good writing, as this movie has exactly that. Phoenix's acting as the Joker was dead-on. The way he laughed was so genuine that you sensed his pain and anguish. It wasn't like the laugh that people normally know the Joker for. This Joker laughed as he was slowly diving into insanity through sorrow.

This film did such a great job at making you feel empathy for Joker and bringing you on his side even when he finally loses it. It also should provide a lesson to people: treat others with respect no matter what you may perceive. Murderers aren't just born that way. They had some kind of motive, so watch yourself when dealing with the wrong person because he might come back to bite you in the end.

Definitely my favorite movie of the year, even more than Endgame.

3 Toy Story 4

This movie was better than it had any right to be. I, along with pretty much everyone, had the same reaction when Toy Story 4 was announced: "Why?! Toy Story 3 ended so perfectly! Why would they want to ruin that?!"

Toy Story 3 was a perfect ending for the toys' relationship with Andy. However, there was still a lot more to tell in the story of Woody and the rest of the toys. Toy Story 4 provides a great conclusion to the story of one of the greatest protagonists in animation: Woody.

This was a great ride with the same characters we grew up with and plenty of great and funny new characters. This movie is just heartwarming with so many feel-good moments. It's a mixture of comedy and drama that Pixar and the Toy Story franchise, in particular, has mastered over the years. This was just a great overall movie that hopefully concludes the greatest animated movie series ever. You can always count on Pixar to deliver with Toy Story.

4 Spider-Man: Far from Home

I find this movie much more fun than Endgame, which I know is a very unpopular opinion. It should be in the Top 3, way better than Toy Story 4 (again, I know that's an unpopular opinion). This is the Spider-Man movie I've always wanted as a kid.

Mysterio is basically the reason why. He's my all-time favorite Marvel villain, and it's about time for him to be in live action. Yes, he's a better villain than Carnage, hands down. I'm so upset that Sony took Spidey away.

Making another reboot could hurt Spider-Man (like no one wants another reboot), and Phase 4 would be boring without Spider-Man. Plus, the MCU is already done after Endgame. But overall, it's a great movie. This is my favorite Spider-Man movie to date. I hope Mysterio will return (it's not really a surprise that he's still alive and faked his death, we all know he will return for the Sinister Six).

5 Parasite

Holy crap, I was jaw-dropped and completely blown away after watching Parasite. I can safely say that the praise was deserved surrounding the Cannes Film Festival and Letterboxd community. I don't want to explain much else about this movie since you have to see this movie completely blind, and you'll feel a lot more surprised, as with what most people did.

Best movie of 2019, without a doubt. It received the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival, and it was absolutely deserved. A mind-blowing eerie story full of bitter social critique and human caricature, complete with the actors who embody their roles to the core and superb directing. You leave the cinema shaking.

6 Knives Out

Knives Out is officially my favorite murder mystery. I started watching it because I wanted to see what all this hype revolving around it was about, and it has a stellar cast. I was immediately glued.

It has just the right blend of humor, violence, mystery, and detective thriller, and it had many different twists and turns along the way. A must-see.

The acting in this movie was amazing! There's no question about that. I'm super talented at predicting who the murderer is in mystery movies, but this one took me longer than usual.

Chris Evans in a non-Captain America role seemed iffy at first, but it couldn't have been better. So good and a must-see!

7 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the first Tarantino movie that I have ever been able to see in theaters, and in my opinion, it ranks among his very best projects. Compared to his other films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is much more laid back and relaxed, and doesn't contain much tension or threat other than the fact that it takes place in 1969, and involves Sharon Tate and the Manson Family in the story. The film is essentially a love letter to 1960s Hollywood, and there is such an undeniable atmosphere and chilled feeling that causes you to get lost inside the world that Tarantino has recreated.

It's a little drawn out at points, but the screenplay and direction are so sharp that it hardly makes a difference. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers one of his greatest performances ever in a career filled with great performances. Brad Pitt is his normal charming and charismatic self, and Margot Robbie (despite not being as big a part of the movie as you may think) gives a heartfelt portrayal of the late actress. The ending might divide some people based on some decisions that Tarantino made, but in my opinion, it culminates in a very lovable movie that is filled with memorable, compelling characters and Tarantino's signature wit and sense of humor. This was just a fantastic movie and is a testament to why Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest filmmakers ever.

8 Shazam!

As much as I ignore the DCEU (since it's one of the weakest cinematic universes that's still going on today), this is part of the only two I like for now (alongside Wonder Woman). So that's good that DC is doing something right now.

But I still think that the DCEU is dying at the same time. Snyder is a terrible director, and most cast members are gone. Ben Affleck left, Henry Cavill is out, and a bunch of cast members left. But other than that, this movie is pretty good.

I saw the first showing of this movie on opening day in Dolby Cinema. What did I think? I loved it! Zachary Levi's performance as Shazam is amazing! The messages were excellent, there was no "feminism," and the villain was great. The only problem is some bad CGI though. 8.5/10

9 Godzilla: King of the Monsters

While I respect the opinions of those who didn't really like this movie, I find it harder to do so for those who hated the franchise. I've waited for this movie for years and can't easily change my opinions. I apologize to those upset or triggered because I yelled at those who hate the film. I've been a Godzilla fan for many years. I love this movie much more than Endgame for countless reasons.

The Kaiju action was amazing, probably the best of this decade. The music is perfection, the designs are great, and the human elements are a take-it-or-leave-it aspect, but I personally enjoyed them. The effects are also great. Critics seem to hate the franchise and have trolled the fans, which is why we demand Rotten Tomatoes be shut down.

We must acknowledge that Godzilla is the most iconic monster with the longest-running franchise compared to any other movie icons, having made 35 movies to date (or 36 when GvK comes out). But we must understand that Godzilla is something we all need to give love and respect to. The reason I yelled back at those who hate it is that I was upset so many people don't understand the true meaning of what Godzilla is. Critics are inconsequential in real life. I just ask that you give this movie a chance and give the franchise the respect it deserves. I will respect your opinions from now on.

But still, I love this movie no matter what. It's already my favorite of the year. Watching it more than once is better than the first time. The movie deserves an Oscar for best soundtrack. At least we can all agree on that.

10 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Adorable! I loved the story, but the only thing I found a little weird was (sorry if you haven't watched it) that Pikachu was actually his dad. Like, who actually has that relationship with their dad?!

This is probably the best video game adaptation to a live-action film. Even though the game Detective Pikachu was a bad game, the film is pretty good. It's no masterpiece, just rather a kids' movie.

This movie was so funny and great. Ryan Reynolds was as funny as in the Deadpool movies. The movie is awesome. It's a must-see if you're a fan of Pokémon.

The Contenders
11 The Lighthouse

This is the best film of the year simply because it's the most original: on an aesthetic level and a substantial level. This is undoubtedly the best character dynamic I've ever witnessed.

And on that note, two criminally under-appreciated performances (particularly Pattinson, who gives one of the greatest performances of the 2010s).

I love the performances of both Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, as well as the 35mm black and white cinematography, sound design, and dialogue. This movie perfectly captures its dark atmosphere. You'll leave the cinema feeling stirred.

12 1917

Watching 1917 is such a stunning cinematic experience from start to finish. I love the camera work, performances, direction, score, realism, and emotion in this film. 1917 is one of the best war movies I've seen.

True spectacle! I saw this movie twice in theaters (once on a large screen). Amazing cinematography by the all-time god Roger Deakins, a good story, likable characters (but development lacks).

Highly recommend seeing this on the biggest screen you can, preferably IMAX. 9/10

For me, this was the best movie of 2019. Definitely something one should experience in a cinema hall.

13 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

You guys don't get it. Palpatine survived using dark magic and vanished to that world when Vader defeated him in Episode 6. Remember in Episode One where Maul gets killed by Obi-Wan? Yeah, Episode One was before the Clone Wars, and in the Clone Wars, we still see Maul.

He survived thanks to Palpatine but then actually died in the Clone Wars and that's when Dooku came. But in Episode 9, Palpatine was mostly dead. He wanted Rey to join him so he could use her to make himself more powerful. Anyway, it was the best movie ever for 2019, but it was sad when Kylo Ren died. I cried for half the movie.

14 Us

Jordan Peele just beat the sophomore slump. "Us" is much more of a pure horror film, whereas "Get Out" was always more of a satirical thriller/dark comedy, in my opinion. Although this movie still has plenty of funny moments and lines, it is much more disturbing than Peele's previous outing.

"Us" is brilliantly directed and explores the interesting but horrifying theme of ourselves being our own worst enemies. Each member of the cast gives a brilliant performance in their dual role, especially Lupita Nyong'o, who needs to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars next year, as the film undergoes many twists and turns. I literally said, "Oh. My God." and had my mouth wide open at the ending.

"Us" is interesting and entertaining on both a surface-level slasher film level and an intellectual filmmaking and thematic level. The movie oozes ambition and can be interpreted in so many different ways. While "Get Out" is the better movie in my opinion, "Us" is still a modern horror classic that solidifies Jordan Peele as one of the brightest filmmakers in Hollywood.

15 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is the best movie I've ever watched. Sorry to those fans who enjoyed Avengers: Endgame, but this deserves more praise because of the work delivered by Keanu Reeves and Mark Dacascos.

It's purely a violent bloodbath, which I definitely don't like, of course, and the story needed to be more adjusted and understandable since I watched the sequel. Most of the stunts were real, as well as Keanu Reeves being the typical badass and arming himself with the available weapons around him.

After all, this movie puts more emphasis on action and less on melodramatic elements. I didn't want to have an emotional attachment to any film, and Endgame went too far with that because of the fanbase. All I wanted to do was watch a movie and not get overly attached to it, and this is what John Wick: Chapter 3 does right.

16 The Irishman

It is a sad day in cinematic history when films such as Endgame (which is still a good movie, but not great) and Godzilla outrank masterpieces like The Irishman, Knives Out, Ford v Ferrari, and The Rise of Skywalker (a film which I watched at a screening on a friend's computer that was obtained semi-legally).

A masterpiece, one of Scorsese's best movies. In my opinion, the best movie of 2019. This movie being ranked outside the top 10 is just wrong. Not having this in the top 10 is like denying the Earth is round.

How could The Irishman only be at #12? This should probably be top 5, with great music, great actors, and literally everything you would want in a movie with old De Niro and Pacino.

17 IT Chapter Two

This is definitely my favorite movie of all time, second to the first one. The deep friendship that they share is just so sweet and pure, and the horror element is perfect.

Highly entertaining to watch, with perfect casting and a conclusion to a great story.

Definitely the most hyped-up movie, and rightfully so!

18 Marriage Story

My sister's favorite. It was an interesting mixture of tragedy and comedy with two actors I enjoy so much together!

This should be number 1. Adam and Scarlett did such a good job! I am a picky movie watcher, especially if it is reality-based, and I have to say, I cried. I cried like a maniac. I cried more than Nicole and Charlie combined! Good job, Noah Baumbach!

Heartbreaking, realistic portrayal of divorce buoyed by great acting from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. The only reason the score is low is because it drags a lot. 8.5/10

19 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I cried after the movie ended for longer than I did with Avengers: Endgame. A truly perfect conclusion to this epic trilogy. It would be a shame to add a sequel to this movie.

Maybe a reboot? Honestly, this is an amazing movie. Here's to Dreamworks bringing us more fantastic trilogies like this one.

EDIT: They are making a short with Toothless's kids and Hiccup's kids. While it is continuing the series, it's just a short, so fingers crossed it doesn't ruin the franchise.

This movie is so suspenseful and wraps up the How to Train Your Dragon movie series in such an amazingly awesome way. I watched the movie three times in theaters because it was so good.

I cried for so long at the end, though. It was one of the best movies I had ever seen, and I can't wait to watch it again!

20 Captain Marvel

Seriously? I can't believe the haters won't shut up about how terrible Captain Marvel is. I'd rather not be arguing with those vicious people on the internet. That's like screaming at a wall that will not fall down. Captain Marvel was a good film, not the most perfect Disney and Marvel science fiction flick. Here's what was going on:

The special effects were good. Brie Larson was a good actress with a dry sense of humor. Mace Windu, excuse me, Samuel L. Jackson, was the guy who could turn any serious situation into a funny misadventure. The saving the world from bad guys plot was clichéd because it's recycled. Also, I enjoyed the old music from Nirvana, TLC, Lita Ford, and Heart.

The 1990s was the setting for this Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. When people think about the 90s, what comes to mind? Bill Clinton, Backstreet Boys, Toy Story, The Lion King, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Friends, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Frasier, Blockbuster Video, Forrest Gump, VHS cassettes? Nostalgia is kicking in for people who want the good old days to return.

21 Jojo Rabbit

How is Angry Birds 2 ranked higher than this! Angry Birds 2 was probably the worst movie I have ever seen in my life! Jojo Rabbit was stunning. It definitely deserved its Best Adapted Screenplay win at the Oscars.

It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it had The Beatles in it. Overall, an incredible film.

How is Jojo Rabbit ranked so low? If it's because you're scared to like a film where Hitler is a joke, I'm Jewish and I absolutely love this film. It's heartfelt, funny, emotional, and will stick in your head for a long time after watching.

It fully deserved all of its award season nominations and is a must-see.

22 Frozen 2

This should be WAY higher, as it does exactly what a movie sequel should do: expand upon the original. This movie answers so many plot holes the original didn't address, such as where Elsa's ice powers came from, the origin of the intro song, and why Elsa's parents went out on a ship, etc.

The original feels more complete after watching this movie. I really liked the plot as well, with the forest setting and the Inuit tribe playing an important role. Although the original is still better because it's more memorable.

23 Jumanji: The Next Level

Hot, hot, hot! I want to marry Dwayne. I know that might be weird, but he is so cute and makes baldness look good. Anyway, I'm getting off topic. The movie was amazing, and the humor intertwined with the two grandpas made me pee my pants!

It doesn't have the icing on the cake like Welcome to the Jungle, but The Next Level is an equally good movie.

This is a very underrated movie. I actually enjoyed this more than the first.

24 Little Women

My favorite movie of 2019, other than Avengers: Endgame, should've won Best Picture. Greta Gerwig deserves better.

I love Emma Watson. She's so cute!

25 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Fast and Furious is generally a good series, and I like this spin-off, which is fun.

Get this ranked above Captain Marvel and Rise of the Skywalker. This movie is awesome!

I love these movies. But, as a former street racer, you get hurt a lot more than in this movie. But a good movie nonetheless!

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