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.

7.4 Joon-ho Bong: Gisaengchung/ Parasite

7.3 Celine Sciamma: Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu/ Portrait of a Lady on Fire

7.3 Mati Diop: Atlantique

7.3 Kirill Mikhanovsky: Give Me Liberty
7.3 Kantemir Balagov: Dilda/ Beanpole
7.3 Benny & Josh Safdie: Uncut Gems
7.2 Shannon Murphy: Babyteeth
7.2 Adilkhan Yerzhanov: A Dark Dark Man
7.2 Saeed Roustaee: Just 6.5
7.2 Mark Jenkin: Bait
7.2 Quentin Dupieux: Deerskin
7.2 Valentyn Vasyanovych: Atlantis
7.2 Amjad Abu Alala: You Will Die at Twenty
7.2 Pedro Costa: Vitalina Varela
7.2 Corneliu Porumboiu: La Gomera/ Whistlers
7.2 Jordan Peele: Us
7.2 Robert Eggers: Lighthouse
7.2 Joanna Hogg: The Souvenir
7.2 Nadav Lapid: Synonyms
7.2 Theo Court: White on White
7.2 Rose Glass: Saint Maud
7.1 Yonfan: No. 7 Cherry Lane
7.1 Quentin Tarantino: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
7.1 Ken Loach: Sorry We Missed You
7.1 Joe Talbot: The Last Black Man in San Francisco
7.1 Vaclav Marhoul: Nabarvene Ptace/ The Painted Bird
7.1 Taika Waititi: Jojo Rabbit
7.1 James Mangold: Ford v Ferrari
7.1 Kazik Radwanski: Anne at 13,000 ft
7.1 Jung-bum Park: Height Of The Wave
7.1 Deon Taylor: Black and Blue
7.1 Minhal Baig: Hala
7.1 Kitty Green: The Assistant
7.1 Sam Mendes: 1917
7.1 Diao Yinan: The Wild Goose Lake/ Nan Fang Che Zhan de Ju Hui
7.1 Pablo Larrain: Ema
7.1 Agnieszka Holland: Mr Jones
7.1 Roy Andersson: About Endlessness
7.1 Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
7.0 Olivia Wilde: Booksmart
7.0 Mehdi Barsaoui: Un Fils/ A Son
7.0 Lou Ye: Xin da Juyuan/ Saturday Fiction
7.0 Tran Thanh Huy: Rom (2019)
7.0 Rodd Rathjen: Buoyancy
7.0 Shahad Ameen: Scales
7.0 Rodrigo Sorogoyen: Madre
7.0 Tyler Cornack: Butt Boy
7.0 Noah Baumbach: Marriage Story
7.0 Trey Edward Shults: Waves
7.0 Maria Sodahl: Hope
7.0 Lorcan Finnegan: Vivarium
7.0 Te-yin "Midi Z" Chao: Zhuo Ren Mi Mi/ Nina Wu
7.0 Kenji Iwaisawa: On-Gaku - Our Sound
7.0 David Perrault: L'Etat Sauvage/ Savage State
7.0 Kelly Reichardt: First Cow
7.0 Ina Weisse: Das Vorspiel/ The Audition (2019)
7.0 Ferzan Ozpetek: Dea Fortuna/ The Goddess of Fortune
7.0 Jayro Bustamante: La Llorona
7.0 Melina Leon: Song Without a Name
7.0 Andrew Patterson: The Vast of Night
7.0 Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia: The Platform
7.0 Tayarisha Poe: Selah and the Spades
7.0 Sasie Sealy: Lucky Grandma
7.0 Terrence Malick: A Hidden Life
7.0 Malgorzata Szumowska: The Other Lamb
7.0 Kiyoshi Kurosawa: To the Ends of the Earth
7.0 Todd Haynes: Dark Waters
7.0 Jeremy Clapin: I Lost My Body
7.0 Alice Waddington: Paradise Hills
7.0 Damien Manivel: Les Enfants d'Isadora
7.0 Rian Johnson: Knives Out
7.0 Heather Young: Murmur
7.0 Darius Marder: Sound of Metal
7.0 Coky Giedroyc: How to Build a Girl
7.0 Karim Ainouz: Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao
7.0 Oualid Mouaness: 1982
7.0 Paolo Sorrentino: The New Pope
7.0 Steven Soderbergh: The Laundromat
7.0 Luc Besson: Anna
7.0 Jim Jarmusch: The Dead Don't Die
7.0 Danielle Lessovitz: Port Authority
7.0 Xavier Dolan Matthias & Maxime
7.0 Ritesh Batra: Photograph
7.0 Stephen Merchant: Fighting with My Family
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 Josh Lobo: I Trapped the Devil
7.0 Jonathan Levine: Long Shot
7.0 Lynn Shelton: Sword of Trust
7.0 Julius Onah: Luce
7.0 Nicolas Winding Refn: Too Old to Die Young
7.0 Simon Curtis: The Art of Racing in the Rain
7.0 Mamadou Dia: Nafi's Father
7.0 Melina Matsoukas: Queen & Slim
7.0 Ladj Ly: Les Miserables
7.0 Tom Harper: The Aeronauts
7.0 Adam Egypt Mortimer: Daniel Isn't Real
7.0 Bruno Dumont: Joan of Arc
7.0 Kleber Mendonca Filho & Juliano Dornelles: Bacurau
7.0 Pietro Marcello: Martin Eden
7.0 Chinonye Chukwu: Clemency
7.0 Shatara Michelle Ford: Test Pattern
7.0 Daniel Grou: Mafia Inc
7.0 Anna Sofie Hartmann: Giraffe
6.9 Lulu Wang: The Farewell
6.9 Greta Gerwig: Little Women
6.9 Derek Tsang: Better Days (2019)
6.9 Edward Norton: Motherless Brooklyn
6.9 Albert Serra: Liberte'
6.9 Hassen Ferhani: 143 Sahara Street
6,9 Federico Veiroj: The Moneychanger
6.9 M Night Shyamalan: Glass
6.9 Rebecca Zlotowski: An Easy Girl
6.9 Alma Har'el: Honey Boy
6.9 Lucia Garibaldi: The Sharks
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 Andre Ovredal: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
6.9 Harmony Korine: The Beach Bum
6.9 Alexandre Aja: Crawl
6.9 Jacob Estes: Don't Let Go
6.9 Haifaa al-Mansour: The Perfect Candidate
6.9 Jill Culton: Abominable
6.9 Pedro Almodovar: Dolor y Gloria/ Pain and Glory
6.8 Samantha Buck & Marie Schlingmann: Sister Aimee
6.8 Zoya Akhtar: Gully Boy (2019)
6.8 Cory Finley: Bad Education
6.8 Bertrand Bonello: Zombi Child
6.8 Martin Scorsese: The Irishman
6.8 Dan Sallitt: Fourteen
6.8 Jeff Barnaby: Blood Quantum
6.8 Jan Komasa: Corpus Christi
6.8 Richard Stanley: Color Out of Space
6.8 Craig Brewer: Dolemite Is My Name
6.8 Malik Bader: Killerman
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 Maryam Touzani: Adam
6.8 Andreas Horvath: Lillian
6.8 Rashid Johnson: Native Son
6.8 Justin Chon: Ms Purple
6.8 Dan Gilroy: Velvet Buzzsaw
6.8 Joe Cornish: The Kid Who Would Be King
6.8 Bruce Thierry Cheung: Don't Come Back From the Moon
6.8 Ivan Ayr: Soni
6.8 Isabella Eklof: Holiday
6.8 John Lee Hancock: The Highwaymen
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
6.8 Lorene Scafaria: Hustlers
6.8 Todd Phillips: Joker
6.8 Fatih Akin: The Golden Glove
6.8 Meghna Gulzar: Chhapaak
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 Mike Schwartz and Tyler Nilson: The Peanut Butter Falcon
6.7 Dan Krauss: The Kill Team
6.7 Arnaud Desplechin: Roubaix une Lumiere/ Oh Mercy
6.6 Jonas Akerlund: Lords of Chaos
6.6 Alejandro Landes: Monos
6.6 Jordan Roberts: Burn Your Maps
6.6 Ben Hernandez Bray: El Chicano
6.6 Makoto Shinkai: Weathering With You
6.6 David Yarovesky: Brightburn
6.6 Daniel Scheinert: The Death of Dick Long
6.6 Jessica Hausner: Little Joe
6.6 Chad Stahelski: John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum
6.6 Michael Engler: Downton Abbey
6.6 Armando Iannucci: The Personal History of David Copperfield
6.6 Takashi Miike: First Love
6.6 Marielle Heller: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
6.6 Ari Aster: Midsommar
6.6 Benedict Andrews: Seberg
6.6 Kasi Lemmons: Harriet
6.6 Yoji Yamada: Otoko wa Tsurai yo Okaeri Torasandi/ Tora-san Wish You Were Here
6.5 Sion Sono: The Forest of Love
6.5 Pelin Esmer: Kralice Lear/ Queen Lear
6.5 Niels Arden Oplev: Held for Ransom
6.5 Alice Winocour: Proxima
6.5 Christophe Honore': Chambre 212/ On a Magical Night
6.5 Francois Girard: The Song of Names
6.5 Alfonso Gomez-Rejon: The Current War
6.5 Alexander Nanau: Collective
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 James Gray: Ad Astra
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 Ciro Guerra: Waiting for the Barbarians
6.5 Justine Triet: Sibyl
6.5 May el-Toukhy: Queen of Hearts
6.5 Anthony Jerjen: Inherit the Viper
6.5 Nisha Ganatra: Late Night
6.5 Olivier Assayas: Wasp Network
6.4 Paul Downs Colaizzo : Brittany Runs a Marathon
6.4 Scott Burns: The Report
6.4 Gavin Hood: Official Secrets
6.4 Tom Harper: Wild Rose
6.4 Milko Lazarov: Aga
6.4 Larry Fessenden: Depraved
6.4 Fernando Meirelles: The Two Popes
6.3 Matteo Garrone: Pinocchio
6.3 Yu Yang: Ne Zha
6.3 Rupert Goold: Judy
6.3 Logan Marshall-Green: Adopt a Highway
6.3 Hans Petter Moland: Cold Pursuit [remake]
6.3 Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala: The Lodge
6.3 Craig Zahler: Dragged Across Concrete
6.3 Mary Harron: Charlie Says
6.3 Edward Zwick: Trial by Fire
6.3 Ken Scott: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
6.3 Wash Westmoreland: Earthquake Bird
6.2 Josh Cooley: Toy Story 4
6.2 Richard Linklater: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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 Michael Angelo Covino: The Climb
6.2 Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt: Diamantino
6.2 Danny Boyle: Yesterday
6.2 Roland Emmerich: Midway
6.2 Brian Kirk: 21 Bridges
6.2 Alexandra McGuinness: She's Missing
6.2 Andrew Desmond: The Sonata
6.1 Chelsea Stardust: Satanic Panic
6.1 Raoul Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento: The Wandering Soap Opera
6.1 John Crowley: The Goldfinch
6.0 Jon Avnet: Three Christs
6.0 Jason Orley: Big Time Adolescence
6.0 Li Cheng: Jose
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 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 Tim Burton: Dumbo
6.0 Joseph Cross: Summer Night
6.0 Matt Bettinelli-Olpi: Ready or Not
6.0 Michael Tyburski: The Sound of Silence
6.0 Paolo Sorrentino: Loro
6.0 Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee: Frozen 2
6.0 Jay Roach: Bombshell
6.0 Clint Eastwood: Richard Jewell
6.0 Riley Stearns: The Art of Self-Defense
6.0 Gene Stupnitsky: Good Boys
6.0 Nahnatchka Khan: Always Be My Maybe
6.0 Vince Gilligan: El Camino - A Breaking Bad Movie
6.0 Jon Favreau: The Mandalorian
6.0 Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe: Greener Grass
5.8 Todd Strauss-Schulson: Isn't It Romantic
5.8 Steven Soderbergh: High Flying Bird
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 Jon Lucas & Scott Moore: Jexi
5.8 Ruben Fleischer: Zombieland - Double Tap
5.8 Sergio Pablos: Klaus
5.8 Elizabeth Banks: Charlie's Angels
5.9 Destin Daniel Cretton: Just Mercy
5.8 Bill Condon: The Good Liar
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
5.5 Claus Raefle: The Invisibles
5.5 Roxann Dawson: Breakthrough
5.5 Andrea Berloff: The Kitchen
5.5 Richard Shepard: The Perfection
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 Ira Sachs:Frankie
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
5.2 Christopher Morris: The Day Shall Come
5.1 Simon Hunter: Edie
5.1 Noah Hawley: Lucy in the Sky
5.0 David Michod: The King
5.0 Safy Nebbou: Celle que vous Croyez/ Who You Think I Am
5.0 Paul Feig: Last Christmas
5.0 Mike Flanagan: Doctor Sleep
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 Ira Sachs: Frankie
5.0 Shawn Ku: A Score to Settle
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 Brian De Palma: Domino
5.0 Claire McCarthy: Ophelia
5.0 Jon Favreau: The Lion King
5.0 Tom Shadyac: Brian Banks
5.0 Casey Affleck: Light of My Life
5.0 Rhys Ernst: Adam
5.0 James Franco: Zeroville
5.0 James Franco: Pretenders
5.0 Eric Notarnicola: Mister America
5.0 Sophia Takal: Black Christmas
5.0 Wilson Yip: Ip Man 4 The Finale
4.9 Jonas Akerlund: Polar
4.9 Henry-Alex Rubin: Semper Fi
4.8 JC Chandor: Triple Frontier
4.8 Derrick Borte: American Dreamer
4.7 Robin Bissell: The Best of Enemies
4.6 Michael Goi: Mary
4.6 Andy Fickman: Playing With Fire
4.5 James Marsh: King of Thieves
4.5 Rob Lambert: Cuck
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
4.5 Amp Wong & Ji Zhao: White Snake
4.5 Sam Taylor-Johnson: A Million Little Pieces
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
4.2 Ang Lee: Gemini Man
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 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
4.0 Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon: The Addams Family
4.0 Tim Miller: Terminator - Dark Fate
4.0 Zackary Adler: The Courier
4.0 Jake Kasdan: Jumanji The Next Level
4.0 Tom Hooper: Cats
4.0 Nick Bruno & Troy Quane: Spies in Disguise
4.0 Nicolas Pesce: The Grudge
3.9 Martin Owen: Killers Anonymous
3.8 Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val: The Secret Life of Pets 2
3.8 Gary Gray: Men in Black - International
3.8 Joachim Ronning: Maleficent - Mistress of Evil
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
3.5 J.J. Abrams: Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker