Top 10 Films of 2019


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Breana Knighten, A&E Editor

As 2019 comes to an end, it’s natural to reflect on the year and the things we accomplished. For me, after a year of avidly watching movies, I decided there was no better occasion to share a compilation of my favorite movies from this year. However–as I seem to be repeating in many recent articles–I have a few caveats before we get going. “Top Ten” lists are entirely subjective and my personal taste probably has no bearing as to how you go about your life. So, in summary, take this list with a grain of salt. That being said, you should watch any movie on here that you haven’t already seen because they are really good.

10. Under The Silver Lake


What it lacks in pace and plot, this film made up for in wistfulness and a compelling L.A. fairytale aesthetic, even rivaling the likes of La-La Land and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

9. Marriage Story

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If you saw the first establishment, you should definitely follow-up with the sequel. However, I don’t believe it could hold its own in today’s horror genre to compete as a stand-alone film.

8. Midsommar


Ari Aster movies may be some of the most terrifying works in recent years, so if you’re willing to sacrifice a night of sleep, any movie of his would be worth checking out.

7. Endgame


With a budget of $365 million and implementing a franchise years in the making, I think it would have taken extraordinary effort not to make this movie one of the most influential of the year.

6. Knives Out


This compelling film is in theaters right now, so go watch it! It definitely deserves the big screen. (And take me while you’re at it–I want to see it a second time!)

5. The Last Black Man in San Francisco 


Simply put, if you want to watch one of the most compelling movies released in the last five years, look no further.

4. Pain and Glory

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With a stellar performance by Antonio Bandaras, this movie is a perfect example of an amazing foreign film.

3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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I watched this movie in theaters four times and every time I was completely sucked in to the world Tarantino built. The aesthetics of this movie alone draw you in, but the dialogue really sells it, making it one of the best movies of the year.

2. Joker

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The cultural impact of the Joker speaks for itself. Honestly, just imagine Taxi Driver with clowns.

1. Irishman

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The Irishman does an amazing job in storytelling that makes it by far the best film of the year. I’m not going to say much else about it to avoid spoiling the plot, but rest assured I have lots of praise to offer.