Best Films of 2019

Selected by Piero Scaruffi
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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus mine.

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.


Special section: The 2019 Film Festivals

(scroll down for the 2019 ratings)
Sundance (jan):
Lulu Wang: The Farewell
Gurinder Chadha: Blinded by the Light
Joanna Hogg: The Souvenir
Joe Talbot: The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Alma Har'el: Honey Boy
Julius Onah: Luce
Jennifer Kent: The Nightingale
Lucia Garibaldi: The Sharks
Nisha Ganatra: Late Night
Paul Downs Colaizzo : Brittany Runs a Marathon
Alejandro Landes: Monos
Alice Waddington: Paradise Hills
Rashid Johnson: Native Son
Justin Chon: Ms Purple
Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe: Greener Grass
Gavin Hood: Official Secrets
Scott Burns: The Report
Dan Gilroy: Velvet Buzzsaw
Daniel Scheinert: The Death of Dick Long
Jason Orley: Big Time Adolescence
Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala: The Lodge
Grant Sputore: I Am Mother


Berlin (feb):
Wang Xiaoshuai: So Long My Son
Angela Schanelec: I Was at Home But
Nadav Lapid: Synonyms
Claudio Giovannesi: Piranhas
Hans Petter Moland: Out Stealing Horses
Francois Ozon: By the Grace of God
Cannes (may):
Quentin Tarantino: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho: Gisaengchung/ Parasite
Celine Sciamma: Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu/ Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Mati Diop: Atlantique
Corneliu Porumboiu: La Gomera/ Whistlers
Robert Eggers: Lighthouse
Terrence Malick: A Hidden Life
Ken Loach: Sorry We Missed You
Pedro Almodovar: Dolor y Gloria/ Pain and Glory
Jim Jarmusch: The Dead Don't Die
Danielle Lessovitz: Port Authority
Xavier Dolan Matthias & Maxime
Elia Suleiman: It Must Be Heaven
Venezia (aug):
James Gray: Ad Astra
Shannon Murphy: Babyteeth
Vaclav Marhoul: The Painted Bird
Roy Andersson: About Endlessness
Paolo Sorrentino: The New Pope
Pablo Larrain: Ema
Steven Soderbergh: The Laundromat
Noah Baumbach: Marriage Story
Haifaa al-Mansour: The Perfect Candidate
Oliver Hermanus: Moffie
Pietro Marcello: Martin Eden
Todd Phillips: Joker
Roman Polanski: J'accuse/ An Officer and a Spy
New York (oct):
Director: Title

Toronto (sep):
Director: Title

Ratings for the 2019 season

MUST SEE...:

7.6 Quentin Tarantino: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
7.5 Bong Joon-ho: Gisaengchung/ Parasite
7.3 Celine Sciamma: Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu/ Portrait of a Lady on Fire
7.3 James Gray: Ad Astra
7.2 Shannon Murphy: Babyteeth
7.2 Kirill Mikhanovsky: Give Me Liberty
7.2 Lulu Wang: The Farewell
7.2 Corneliu Porumboiu: La Gomera/ Whistlers
7.2 Jordan Peele: Us
7.2 Joel Potrykus: Relaxer
7.2 Mati Diop: Atlantique
7.2 Robert Eggers: Lighthouse
7.2 Rick Alverson: The Mountain
7.2 David Robert Mitchell: Under the Silver Lake
7.2 Joanna Hogg: The Souvenir
7.1 Kent Jones: Diane
7.1 Jean-Bernard Marlin: Sheherazade
7.1 Ken Loach: Sorry We Missed You
7.1 Joe Talbot: The Last Black Man in San Francisco
7.1 Radu Jude: I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians
7.1 Alex Ross Perry: Her Smell
7.1 Olivia Wilde: Booksmart
7.1 Gaspar Noe: Climax
7.1 Steven Soderbergh: High Flying Bird
7.1 Vaclav Marhoul: The Painted Bird
7.0 Roy Andersson: About Endlessness
7.0 Paolo Sorrentino: The New Pope
7.0 Pablo Larrain: Ema
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: The Laundromat
7.0 Noah Baumbach: Marriage Story
7.0 Stephane Brize': At War
7.0 Roberto Minervini: What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire?
7.0 Terrence Malick: A Hidden Life
7.0 Luc Besson: Anna
7.0 Jim Jarmusch: The Dead Don't Die
7.0 Pedro Almodovar: Dolor y Gloria/ Pain and Glory
7.0 Danielle Lessovitz: Port Authority
7.0 Xavier Dolan Matthias & Maxime
7.0 Ash Mayfair: The Third Wife
7.0 Ritesh Batra: Photograph
7.0 Blitz Bazawule: The Burial of Kojo
7.0 Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra: Birds of Passage
7.0 Milorad Krstic: Ruben Brandt Collector
7.0 Christophe Honore: Sorry Angel
7.0 Stephen Merchant: Fighting with My Family
7.0 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck: Never Look Away
7.0 Peter Jackson: They Shall Not Grow Old
7.0 Laura Bispuri: Daughter of Mine
7.0 Gurinder Chadha: Blinded by the Light
7.0 Wang Xiaoshuai: So Long My Son
7.0 Angela Schanelec: I Was at Home But
7.0 Nadav Lapid: Synonyms
7.0 Julia Hart: Fast Color
7.0 Josh Lobo: I Trapped the Devil
7.0 Jonathan Levine: Long Shot
7.0 Carolina Hellsgard: Endzeit
7.0 Benjamin Naishtat: Rojo
7.0 Lynn Shelton: Sword of Trust
7.0 Julius Onah: Luce
7.0 Henry Dunham: The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
7.0 Laszlo Nemes: Sunset
7.0 Sophie Lorain: Slut In A Good Wa
7.0 Nia DaCosta: Little Woods
7.0 Ryusuke Hamaguchi: Asako I & II
7.0 Nicolas Winding Refn: Too Old to Die Young
7.0 Simon Curtis: The Art of Racing in the Rain
SO SO...:

6.9 M Night Shyamalan: Glass
6.9 Diao Yinan: The Wild Goose Lake/ Nan Fang Che Zhan de Ju Hui
6.9 Rebecca Zlotowski: An Easy Girl
6.9 Alma Har'el: Honey Boy
6.9 Julius Onah: Luce [adaptation]
6.9 Jennifer Kent: The Nightingale
6.9 Lucia Garibaldi: The Sharks
6.9 Nisha Ganatra: Late Night
6.9 Emma Tammi: The Wind
6.9 Max Minghella: Teen Spirit
6.9 Abel Ferrara: Pasolini
6.9 Stefon Bristol: See You Yesterday
6.9 Julius Onah: Luce
6.9 Andre Oevredal: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
6.9 Harmony Korine: The Beach Bum
6.9 Sebastian Lelio: Gloria Bell
6.9 Alexandre Aja: Crawl
6.9 Jacob Estes: Don't Let Go
6.8 Malik Bader: Killerman
6.8 Richard Linklater: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
6.8 Kleber Mendonca Filho & Juliano Dornelles: Bacurau
6.8 Elia Suleiman: It Must Be Heaven
6.8 Ry Russo-Young: The Sun Is Also a Star
6.8 Camille Vidal-Naquet: Sauvage / Wild
6.8 Paul Downs Colaizzo : Brittany Runs a Marathon
6.8 Alejandro Landes: Monos
6.8 Maryan Touzani: Adam
6.8 Andreas Horvath: Lillian
6.8 Alice Waddington: Paradise Hills
6.8 Rashid Johnson: Native Son
6.8 Justin Chon: Ms Purple
6.8 Scott Burns: The Report
6.8 Dan Gilroy: Velvet Buzzsaw
6.8 Daniel Scheinert: The Death of Dick Long
6.8 Joe Cornish: The Kid Who Would Be King
6.8 Marcelo Martinessi: The Heiresses
6.8 Bruce Thierry Cheung: Don't Come Back From the Moon
6.8 Dan Gilroy: Velvet Buzzsaw
6.8 Ivan Ayr: Soni
6.8 Isabella Eklof: Holiday
6.8 John Lee Hancock: The Highwaymen
6.8 Tim Burton: Dumbo
6.8 Justin Kelly: J.T. LeRoy
6.8 Carlos Reygadas: Our Time
6.8 Avi Nesher: The Other Story
6.8 Guy Nattiv: Skin
6.8 Grant Sputore: I Am Mother
6.8 Salvador Simo: Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
6.8 Oliver Hermanus: Moffie
6.9 Haifaa al-Mansour: The Perfect Candidate
6.7 Michael Engler: The Chaperone
6.7 Joe Berlinger: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
6.7 Hannah Pearl Utt: Before You Know It
6.7 Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre: The Mustang
6.7 Gurinda Chadha: Blinded by the Light
6.7 Mike Schwartz and Tyler Nilson: The Peanut Butter Falcon
6.6 Pietro Marcello: Martin Eden
6.6 Jonas Akerlund: Lords of Chaos
6.6 Jordan Roberts: Burn Your Maps
6.6 Ben Hernandez Bray: El Chicano
6.6 David Yarovesky: Brightburn
6.6 Jessica Hausner: Little Joe
6.6 Chad Stahelski: John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum
6.6 Michael Engler: Downton Abbey
6.5 Stacie Passon: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
6.5 Lee Cronin: The Hole in the Ground
6.5 Claudio Giovannesi: La Paranza dei Bambini/ Piranhas
6.5 Marco Bellocchio: Il Traditore/ The Traitor
6.5 Lukas Dhont: Girl
6.5 Sofia Quiros Ubeda: Land of Ashes
6.5 Claudio Giovannesi: Piranhas
6.5 Hans Petter Moland: Out Stealing Horses
6.5 Francois Ozon: By the Grace of God
6.5 Nicolas Pesce: Piercing
6.5 Abhishek Varman: Kalank
6.5 Jake Scott: American Woman
6.5 Todd Phillips: Joker
6.5 Ciro Guerra: Waiting for the Barbarians
6.5 John Crowley: The Goldfinch
Passable...:

6.4 Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe: Greener Grass
6.4 Gavin Hood: Official Secrets
6.4 Jason Orley: Big Time Adolescence
6.4 Tom Harper: Wild Rose
6.4 Gavin Hood: Official Secrets
6.4 Milko Lazarov: Aga
6.4 Alejandro Landes: Monos
6.4 Larry Fessenden: Depraved
6.3 Yu Yang: Ne Zha
6.3 Hans Petter Moland: Cold Pursuit [remake]
6.3 Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala: The Lodge
6.3 Joe Penna: Arctic
6.3 Craig Zahler: Dragged Across Concrete
6.3 Mary Harron: Charlie Says
6.3 Edward Zick: Trial by Fire
6.3 Ken Scott: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
6.2 Josh Cooley: Toy Story 4
6.2 Rob Letterman: Pokemon Detective Pikachu
6.2 Frant Gwo: Liu Lang Di Qiu/ The Wandering Earth
6.2 Ralph Fiennes: The White Crow
6.2 Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt: Diamantino
6.2 Danny Boyle: Yesterday
6.1 Chelsea Stardust: Satanic Panic
6.1 Raoul Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento: The Wandering Soap Opera
6.1 Andrea Berloff: The Kitchen
6.0 Olivier Assayas: Wasp Network
6.0 James Bobin: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
6.0 Noble Jones: The Tomorrow Man
6.0 Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne: Le Jeune Ahmeddi/ The Young Ahmed
6.0 Lone Scherfig: The Kindness of Strangers
6.0 Asghar Farhadi: Everybody Knows
6.0 Kim Nguyen: The Hummingbird Project
6.0 Justin Baldoni: Five Feet Apart
6.0 Michael Chaves: The Curse of La Llorona
6.0 Kenneth Branagh: All Is True
6.0 Tate Taylor: Ma
6.0 Nisha Ganatra: Late Night
6.0 Joseph Cross: Summer Night
6.0 Gurinder Chadha: Blinded by the Light
6.0 Matt Bettinelli-Olpi: Ready or Not
6.0 Lorene Scafaria: Hustlers
6.0 Michael Tyburski: The Sound of Silence
6.0 Paolo Sorrentino: Loro
YUCK!...:

5.8 Todd Strauss-Schulson: Isn't It Romantic
5.8 Abdellatif Kechiche: Mektoub My Love Intermezzo
5.8 Garth Davis: Mary Magdalene
5.8 David Leitch: Fast & Furious Presents - Hobbs & Shaw
5.8 Yuval Adler: The Operative
5.8 Richard Linklater: Where'd You Go Bernadette
5.7 Madeleine Olnek: Wild Nights With Emily
5.7 Babak Anvari: Wounds
5.7 Miranda Harcourt & Stuart McKenzie: The Changeover
5.7 Dexter Fletcher: Rocketman
5.7 Michael Dowse: Stuber
5.6 Emilio Estevez: The Public
5.6 Dome Karukoski: Tolkien
5.6 Ari Aster: Midsommar
5.5 Claus Raefle: The Invisibles
5.5 Roxann Dawson: Breakthrough
5.5 Richard Shepard: The Perfection
5.5 Justine Triet: Sibyl
5.5 Robert Rodriguez: Alita Battle Angel
5.5 Lars Klevberg: Child's Play
5.5 Thomas Vinterberg: The Command
5.5 Raymond De Felitta: Bottom of the 9th
5.5 James Bobin: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
5.4 Thurop Van Orman: The Angry Birds Movie 2
5.4 Dean DeBlois: How to Train Your Dragon - The Hidden World
5.4 Chris Addison: The Hustle
5.4 Kim Farrant: Angel of Mine
5.3 Fred Durst: The Fanatic
5.2 Christopher Landon: Happy Death Day 2U
5.2 Robert Budreau: Stockholm
5.2 Joel Hopkins: Hampstead
5.2 Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage: Them That Follow
5.2 Jeff Chan & Andrew Rhymer: Plus One
5.2 Chanya Button: Vita & Virginia
5.2 Adam Stein & Zach Lipovsky: Freaks
5.1 Simon Hunter: Edie
5.0 David Michod: The King
5.0 Nate Parker: American Skin
5.0 Roman Polanski: J'accuse/ An Officer and a Spy
5.0 Ric Roman Waugh: Angel Has Fallen
5.0 Catherine Hardwicke: Miss Bala
5.0 Arnaud Desplechin: Roubaix une Lumiere/ Oh Mercy
5.0 Ira Sachs: Frankie
5.0 Bruno Dumont: Joan of Arc
5.0 Shawn Ku: A Score to Settle
5.0 Fatih Akin: The Golden Glove
5.0 Idris Elba: Yardie
5.0 Anthony Maras: Hotel Mumbai
5.0 David Sandberg: Shazam
5.0 Tina Gordon: Little
5.0 Neil Marshall: Hellboy
5.0 Trevor Nunn: Red Joan
5.0 Laura Steinel: Family
5.0 Jennifer Kaytin Robinson: Someone Great
5.0 Deon Taylor: The Intruder
5.0 Gail Mancuso: A Dog's Journey
5.0 Nahnatchka Khan: Always Be My Maybe
5.0 Brian De Palma: Domino
5.0 Claire McCarthy: Ophelia
5.0 Jon Favreau: The Lion King
5.0 Riley Stearns: The Art of Self-Defense
5.0 Tom Shadyac: Brian Banks
5.0 Casey Affleck: Light of My Life
5.0 Gene Stupnitsky: Good Boys
5.0 Rhys Ernst: Adam
5.0 James Franco: Zeroville
GASP!...:

4.9 Jonas Akerlund: Polar
4.8 J.C. Chandor: Triple Frontier
4.8 Paul Downs Colaizzo: Brittany Runs a Marathon
4.8 Derrick Borte: American Dreamer
4.7 Robin Bissell: The Best of Enemies
4.5 James Marsh: King of Thieves
4.5 Nicholas McCarthy: The Prodigy
4.5 Chris Butler: Missing Link
4.5 Akash Sherman: Clara
4.5 Greg Kinnear: Phil
4.5 Frederic Petitjean: Cold Blood
4.4 Gabriel Bitar, Andre Catoto, Gustavo Steinberg: Tito and the Birds
4.4 Amy Poehler: Wine Country
4.3 Jesse Johnson: Triple Threat
4.2 Vincent D'Onofrio: The Kid
4.2 Dallas Jackson: Thriller
4.0 Anthony Russo & Joe Russo: Avengers Endgame
4.0 Kelly Asbury: UglyDolls
4.0 Jeff Tremaine: The Dirt
4.0 Greg Pritikin: The Last Laugh
4.0 Steven Knight: Serenity
4.0 Mike Mitchell: The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part
4.0 Adam Shankman: What Men Want
4.0 Kevin Koelsch & Dennis Widmyer: Pet Sematary
4.0 Brie Larson: Unicorn Store
4.0 Zara Hayes: POMS
4.0 Tim Story: Shaft
4.0 David Leitch: Hobbs & Shaw
4.0 Guy Ritchie: Aladdin
4.0 Andrea Berloff: The Kitchen
4.0 Bart Freundlich: After the Wedding (remake)
4.0 Johannes Roberts: 47 Meters Down - Uncaged
4.0 Adrian Grunberg: Rambo - Last Blood
4.0 Patrick Brice: Corporate Animals
3.9 Martin Owen: Killers Anonymous
3.8 Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val: The Secret Life of Pets 2': Funny, Furry and Forgettable
3.8 Gary Gray: Men in Black - International
3.7 Jon Watts: Spider-Man Far From Home
3.6 Simon Kinberg: Dark Phoenix
3.5 Michael Dougherty: Godzilla King of the Monsters
3.5 Gary Dauberman: Annabelle Comes Home

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