You know, 2019 was all in all a great year for cinema. Sure, it was no 2015 or 2017, but it really pushed the boundaries of what film could do in new, and exciting ways. I like to say that each year develops a theme that runs through Hollywood, in one way or another, whether intentionally or otherwise, for creators to dissect and study – like 2014’s interest in the mental cost of the creative process, or 2016’s interest in grief and loss. 2019 asked two very different questions, and explored them in uniquely interesting ways. The first asked the question, “What does it mean to be good, and how does one achieve it?” This through-line can be found in everything, from A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and The Farewell to Little Women and Jojo Rabbit to Just Mercy andThe Two Popes. The second tackled the tricky subject of class, wealth, and greed, a topic of interest as prices continued to go up while most wages stayed the same. Anxieties could be found in big budget horror, like Us, brilliant low-budget satires like Hustlers, and even films made for a few hundred bucks by rising stars, like The Last Black Man In San Francisco. 2019 was a year that gave us fantastical musicals, funny superheroes, and several failed blockbusters. But if 2019 can be boiled down into two films, it would have to be the two biggest news stories of the year. It was the year that Avengers: Endgame took the world by storm and broke the box office record. And it was the year that the phenomenal Parasite redefined what foreign language films can do by becoming a box office smash and winning Best Picture. It’s hard to say, so early into the future, what I would change about my Top Eleven. I can see Uncut Gems and Honey Boy both moving up with repeat viewings, but would they crack the next tier? Knives Out and The Dead Don’t Die were both hysterical, but were they hysterical enough? And what would change within the Top Eleven? Surely Parasite will continue to rise, and perhaps Midsommar and The Report will drop a few spaces – they are the films I’ve had least interest in revisiting, due to their unsettling natures. Who’s to say? But as of today, I’m happy with that list. I’m happy with those films. And I’m happy with 2019 as a whole.

You can see my Worst of 2019 list right here

You can see my Sacred Wall Awards list right here

And you can see my Top Eleven Films of 2019 list right here

  1. Climax
  2. The Farewell
  3. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
  4. Midsommar
  5. The Report
  6. Wild Rose
  7. Parasite
  8. Little Women
  9. Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
  10. Avengers: Endgame    *
  11. The Irishman    *
  12. Knives Out
  13. The Dead Don’t Die
  14. Honey Boy
  15. Hustlers
  16. Jojo Rabbit
  17. Uncut Gems
  18. Ford v Ferrari
  19. Dolemite Is My Name
  20. Just Mercy
  21. Toy Story 4
  22. The Two Popes
  23. Marriage Story
  24. Ad Astra
  25. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  26. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  27. The Last Black Man In San Francisco
  28. The Peanut Butter Falcon
  29. Us
  30. 1917
  31. Good Boys
  32. Fast And Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw
  33. The Souvenir
  34. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  35. Shazam
  36. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  37. In Fabric
  38. Fighting With My Family
  39. Rocketman
  40. Judy
  41. Booksmart
  42. Crawl
  43. Long Shot
  44. The Kid Who Would Be King
  45. Her Smell
  46. Spider-Man: Far From Home
  47. Harriet
  48. Captain Marvel
  49. Dragged Across Concrete
  50. Happy Death Day 2U
  51. Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  52. The Lighthouse
  53. Ready Or Not
  54. The Death of Dick Long
  55. Men In Black: International
  56. Doctor Sleep
  57. Late Night
  58. Missing Link
  59. Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
  60. Joker
  61. Gemini Man
  62. Aladdin
  63. Frozen II
  64. Downton Abbey
  65. Bombshell
  66. The Lion King
  67. Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
  68. The Goldfinch
  69. It: Chapter Two
  70. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
  71. Child’s Play
  72. Ma
  73. Richard Jewell
  74. Brightburn
  75. Pet Semetary
  76. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
  77. Yesterday
  78. High Life
  79. Glass
  80. Escape Room
  81. Noelle
  82. Cats
  83. The Curse of La Llorona
  84. Serenity
  85. The Fanatic


  1. Apollo 11
  2. Cold Case Hammarskjöld
  3. Fyre Fraud
  4. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
  5. Echo In The Canyon
  6. Abducted In Plain Sight