10. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Our top 10 movies of 2019 list begins with The Peanut Butter Falcon. A feel-good movie that will stay with you long after the rolling credits. After setting fire to a rival fishermen’s gear, Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) escapes by boat down the North Carolina coast.
His getaway is jeopardized however, when he discovers stowaway Zak (Zack Gottsagen). Zak’s a sweet young man with Down’s syndrome. So, where’s Zak headed? To wrestling school of course.
But can a nursing home runaway realize his dream of becoming a pro wrestler by befriending a fugitive?
9. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Comedy movie legend Eddie Murphy plays Rudy Ray Moore. A singer, nightclub comic and rapper who produced and starred in the cult blaxploitation comedy Dolemite. Moore basis the outrageously obscene character he’d created for his standup act and bestselling records.
With a never-say-die attitude, Moore battles through his ailing career on sheer willpower. A ton of great scenes make this a best comedy 2019 movie.
8. Knives Out (2019)
Our best movies of 2019 keep rolling with Mr. James Bond. Well, the guy that did a terrific job playing the famous character anyway.
Murder sees cast members Daniel Craig and Christopher Plummer (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) on screen again. The movie begins with renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) being found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday.
The inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies.
In other words, one of the best thriller movies of the year.
7. The Great Hack (2019)
The best movies for 2019 cannot leave out Facebook. It seems the social site is always in the news somehow. But this is worth a look, and you can watch it on Netflix.
Exploring how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This story was uncovered by journalist Carole Cadwalladr.
This is sure to be a controversial movie because it sees Brexit and the GOP Presidential campaign involvement with Cambridge Analytica as a sinister. Using nearly military-grade level of psychological warfare against an unsuspecting public.
In fact, The Great Hack also highlights how large groups of people can easily be led to vote against their own interests.
6. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)
#6 on our movies for 2019 list started life as a Kickstarter campaign. The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 drama directed and produced by Joe Talbot (his directorial debut).
The story by Jimmie Fails and Joe Talbot also stars Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Mike Epps, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Majors, and Finn Wittrock. Its plot centers on the efforts of a black man, Jimmie, to reclaim his childhood home in a now gentrified area.
Lots of great actors and a meaningful story, make this a great black movies 2019 pick.
5. American Factory (2019)
Coming in at #5 on our list of the best movies of 2019 is American Factory. An awesome documentary that tackles the lost job issue in America.
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in an abandoned General Motors plant. Early days of hope give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
4. Non-Fiction (2019)
Alain operates a famous publishing house. One of his clients and friends is bohemian writer Léonard. Alain’s wife, Selena, is the star of a popular TV series.
Léonard’s companion, Valérie, is the devoted assistant of a political figure. Although they are longtime friends, Alain is about to turn down Léonard’s new manuscript.
Needless to say, this romantic movie gets complicated. But a top pick, nonetheless.
3. Apollo 11 (2019)
“One small step for man…” Neil Armstrong’s famous lines on taking his momentous step. Apollo 11 takes you on the mission to outer space. Apollo is a movie that shows you the action up close, as it happened.
And just as remarkable, is the journey back to Earth. The views of the planet from space give new perspective and it never gets old. When can we go back?
2. Amazing Grace (2019)
Grace centers on Aretha Franklin’s two-night performance in 1972. This show led to the biggest-selling live gospel album of all time. In fact, this picture was inspired by the financial success of Mike Wadleigh’s festival behemoth Woodstock.
Oscar winner Sydney Pollack directs the 29-year-old Franklin recording. So, it definitely makes our best 2019 movies list.
1. Parasite (2019)
#1 on our top 10 Movies of 2019 deals with social class. Kim Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik) and his family fold pizza boxes for a delivery company to make ends meet. This family also steals Wi-Fi access from the local coffee house and leaves their windows open when the neighborhood is being fumigated by the city.
Ki-woo’s life changes when a friend offers to recommend him as an English tutor for a girl he’s been working with. The friend is in love with the young girl and doesn’t want an untrustworthy tutor in his place.
As a result, greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the well-to-do Park family and the impoverished Kim clan. This Oscar movie for best picture recipient fully deserved the coveted award.