Top 10 Movies of 2019

Didn’t realize how hard it’d be to pick
10 movies. Hey everybody, welcome to Mainely Movies. 2019 has come and gone and now that I’ve
had a chance to catch up on some of the end of the year releases, it’s time for me to
talk about my top ten films of 2019. If you’re new here, please consider subscribing
for a variety of movie related content like reviews, ranked lists, and trailer reactions. I really think 2019 was a great year for movies. There was a good mix this year. We had a lot of big blockbusters and sequels
and franchise movies, but we also had quite a few smaller independent and foreign films
too. Franchises aside, there was a lot of originality
in movies this past year, which was incredibly refreshing to see. Obviously there were some movies I wasn’t
a big fan of, but as a whole, I was very impressed with film in 2019. In fact, my average rating was nearly 3.5
paws this past year which is really high for me and I gave more 4 paw or higher ratings
contemporaneously then I think I’ve ever given in a year. So, that means that this was an incredibly
hard list for me to put together. There are so many movies that I really enjoyed
this past year that I wish I could put on this list, but I had to force myself to narrow
it down to my top ten plus three honorable mentions. I did my best to rank these, but really I
could swap these around in dozens of different combinations and never be perfectly happy
with the order. So, a couple obvious disclaimers. Somewhere in the range of 800 movies come
out ever year and while I do go see a lot of them, I certainly don’t get a change
to see all of them. So this list is obviously gonna exclude movies
I haven’t had a chance to see yet. And of the 2019 movies I have seen, most of
them I’ve only seen once, so there’s definitely a chance that my opinions (and ranking) of
those films might eventually shift a bit on rewatch. The other thing to keep in mind is that these
are my personal top movies of the year. There are a lot of qualities that could make
a movie “the best”, but the movies on this list are included and ranked according
to how much I enjoyed them. Remember, these are just my top movies, not
THE top movies, so be sure to post your own personal top ten movies of 2019 in the comments
below. I’ve already reviewed all 13 of the movies
on this channel, so if you wanna check those out for some more in-depth thoughts on each
of them, I’ll put links in the description below and I’ll also link some of them up
in the cards as we go along. Alright, let’s get this top list started. Kicking things off, I wanna briefly talk about
three honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the top ten. There were a lot of films vying for these
three spots, but I was finally able to settle on these picks. The first honorable mention is The Lion King. Now, I know this is a controversial pick and
that it might’ve been a dumb choice to mention this one first cause I’m sure a lot of people
are instantly clicking away already. But, I gotta say, I enjoyed this one a lot
more than the average person did. The original Lion King is the most important
movie to me. It defined my childhood and it’s still my
favorite animated movie. And so this remake was enjoyable cause I got
the story and themes that I already love in an amazingly photorealistic package. And you know what, even though this one exists,
that original animated movie is still sitting on my shelf for me to watch anytime I want. The second honorable mention is Knives Out. This was such a great throwback to classic
whodunnit murder mysteries, but it was able to bring a lot of humor and other modern filmmaking
sensibilities into the mix as well. What could’ve felt like a straight-up Agatha
Christie rip-off, ended up being a well-crafted twisty mystery that approaches and delivers
its story in a very unexpected and unique way. My third honorable mention and the film that
just missed the cut is John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. It’s not often that an action franchise
can maintain both its momentum and its quality three films in, but John Wick certainly does. This movie picks up right where Chapter Two
left off, but expands the story far wider than I anticipated and it somehow further
ramps up the action to a franchise high. Coming in at #10: IT: Chapter Two. With a name like Mainely Movies, it’s probably
not a huge surprise that a Stephen King movie made the cut, but I actually really enjoyed
this movie. When IT: Chapter One came out in 2017, I was
completely surprised and happy that we actually had a really good adaptation of a Stephen
King novel. That one was one of my favorites of the year
and one of my favorite horror movies in recent years, so I was very much looking forward
to Chapter Two. That kind of anticipation can be a little
bit dangerous in the disappointment department, but even though I still prefer Chapter One,
I thought Chapter Two was great. It was a fitting continuation of the story
with some nice nods to the novel and the casting of the adult Losers was spot-on. Coming in at #9: Jojo Rabbit. When this movie was first announced. I was definitely more than a little skeptical. I wasn’t sure exactly how a comedy about
a kid whose imaginary friend was Hitler would actually work. It sounds like a terrible idea on paper, but
somehow Taika Waititi pulled it off. He takes a concept that could’ve been horribly
offensive and crafts a satire that’s not only funny, but also incredibly sweet and
heartwarming. Like any good satire, it doesn’t just pick
fun at something (which this does quite effectively), but it’s also got some important themes
and messages. I know most people are gonna be praising Taika
Waititi’s performance here, but for me, Roman Griffin Davis – who plays Jojo – is
the clear standout and I can’t wait to see what he does next. Coming in at #8: Joker. This was probably my most anticipated movie
of last year and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Joker’s a comic book movie unlike any other
and I think a large part of what distinguishes it from others is that you could remove the
comic book references to Gotham and Batman and the Joker and still have a very strong
story. It definitely wears its 70s and 80s Scorsese
influences on its sleeve, but it’s fitting for the dark, downbeat story and also feels
very much of the time period it’s supposed to be set during. Story, cinematography, and production design
are all great things, but this movie would not have been what it was if it wasn’t for
Joaquin Phoenix. His performance was phenomenal. he makes you both fearful for him, but also
fearful of him which contributes to making Arthur Fleck probably the most compelling
character of the year for me. Coming in at #7: Ready or Not. This might be a bit of a surprising pick and
I gotta be honest, I was a little surprised myself by how high up the list this one was. But when I when I was looking over the list
of movies I saw last year and kinda second-guessing myself on this one, I remembered just how
good of a time I had with this movie and so I feel pretty confident with its position
here. The premise is incredibly simple, but that
simplicity works in its favor, allowing it to deliver in multiple genres. It’s a very funny dark comedy, a tense and
suspenseful thriller, and a surprisingly brutal slasher film; all wrapped up in one movie. And none of those subgenre elements ever overpower
the others, so the movie remains very well-balanced throughout. Plus, unlike a lot of horror films, we’ve
got a really good and believable main character who we actually care about and root for throughout
the film thanks to Samara Weaving’s dynamic performance. Coming in at #6: The Peanut Butter Falcon. Of all of the films I saw last year, this
was definitely the biggest surprise for me. I actually had a chance to attend an early
screening of this movie and I went into it completely blind. I hadn’t seen the trailer and the only things
I knew about it were the name and that Shia LeBeouf was in it. I didn’t know if it was a comedy, a drama,
a horror movie – nothing. I had zero expectations, but also zero anticipation. And so as this film unfolded, I was amazed. This was such a positive and sweet and heartwarming
story, but it was never overly-saccharine to the point where you’d tune out. It’s sort of a modern Huck Finn-type adventure
story and despite all of the things that happen, it still feels believable and like this could’ve
actually happened. Coming in at #5: Dark Waters. If the last movie was surprising cause of
a complete lack of anticipation, Dark Waters was surprising in the fact that it lived up
to and exceeded my expectations. I really like whistleblower stories and so
I was pretty convinced by the trailer that I was gonna enjoy this movie. I’m usually fairly correct in judging where
I’m gonna fall with a particular movie, but sometimes trailer can be misleading, so
I’m always a little hesitant when I’m really excited for a movie. So even though the story and content sounded
really interesting. I honestly expected this to be a pretty generic
drama. But, this movie was completely captivating
to me. I loved how it didn’t shy away from the
investigatory and more technical aspects of the case. The performances are great, especially from
Mark Ruffalo, and this is an important story. This is really a movie everybody should see. Coming in at #4: Toy Story 4. This one really shouldn’t be a surprise
for anyone who knows me or my reviews. The Toy Story franchise as a whole is incredibly
important to me. I grew up with these movies and this franchise. I grew up with Andy – we’ve basically
been the same age or close to it with the release of each installment. So, Woody and Buzz and the rest of the gang
have always felt like they were my toys too. And when Toy Story 3 was released it felt
like the perfect end to this saga about growing up. And then Toy Story 4 was announced. I had really mixed feelings initially cause
I love this franchise and these characters, so getting more of them is awesome. But, at the same time, it felt unnecessary
cause I thought the third movie wrapped things up so perfectly. Well, obviously I should know by now not to
doubt Pixar cause this was a great movie. The animation is incredible and stunningly
photorealistic at points and the story expands upon aspects of characters that I didn’t
know I needed to see. I still don’t think Toy Story 4 was entirely
necessary, but I’m definitely glad that we have it. Coming in at #3: 1917. So, you can thank this movie for the delay
in getting this Top Movies of 2019 list out. I had to wait until mid-January before this
one came out anywhere near me, but I’m glad I held off cause this is an incredible movie
that absolutely deserves a spot on this list. I had such a hard time placing this one and
honestly, like I said in the intro, this could easily be first or second for me too. These top few movies are really in a dead
heat for me, so their order is truly interchangeable. 1917 is such an experience and it’s one
that I still can’t stop thinking about. The cinematography is amazing and I think
the simulated single take filming and editing style works perfectly with the story its being
used to tell. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman both
do a great job in their roles and even though the story’s really simple, it’s incredibly
effective cause it’s so tense and anxiety-inducing. And the technical aspects – everything from
the cinematography to the amazing score – only help to enhance that. Coming in at #2: Us. I absolutely loved this movie. It was one of the few films this year that
I actually saw twice in theaters. And despite its March release this one maintained
its high position on this list right through the end of the year. There are just so many things about this movie
that I really enjoyed. I think the story was incredibly interesting,
both on the surface as this doppelganger horror thriller, but also on a deeper level with
its metaphors and social themes. Jordan Peele’s previous movie, Get Out,
was another socially conscious horror movie and another one I really loved, so I knew
that this was gonna have elements of that, but honestly I was impressed by just how distinct
this movie is from Get Out. The duality in this movie is incredibly and
it’s the kinda film that you just can’t get out of your head. Everything from the story to the themes to
the imagery to the score. And then the performances, especially Lupita
Nyong’o in her dual role. Just a fantastic movie. So that means my #1 movie of 2019 is: Parasite. I had been hearing positive things about this
movie for six months before I ever got to see it. And that absurd amount of hype had me really
nervous about this movie cause I had built it up so much in my head, despite trying to
temper my expectations. But even with all the hype and my incredibly
high expectations, Parasite blew me away. It was such a unique and unexpected story,
starting as one thing and evolving into something entirely different by the end. And what could’ve been a very jarring genre
shift, felt very smooth and wasn’t really noticeable until the movie was over. It had some surprising elements of very dark
comedy, but also an extremely well-crafted story that was stylistically reminiscent of
both Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie. As much as I think a few other films are equally
deserving of the number one spot of 2019. I’m happy to put Parasite there cause it
was one of the most meticulously-crafted and intelligent movies I’ve seen in a long time. Alright, so there you have it, those were
my top movies of 2019. Like I said before, this was a really good
movie year, so I had an incredibly hard time not only narrowing down my top movies, but
then trying to rank them. I’ve already reviewed all 13 of these movies,
so be sure to check those out if you want some more in-depth discussion of each, as
well as my ratings, pros and cons, and even tailored film recommendations. And if you’re interested in buying any of
these movies, I do have affiliate links to all of them in the description below. I do get a small commission from anything
you buy using one of my links, so I’d really appreciate if you’d use them if you’re
in the market for any of these 2019 movies. I’d love to hear what your top ten movies
of 2019 were, so be sure to let me know in the comments below. Alright, so if you got some enjoyment, insight,
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10 thoughts on “Top 10 Movies of 2019

  1. 10. Knives Out
    9. Toy Story 4
    8. Avengers: Endgame
    7. Uncut Gems
    6. The Farewell
    5. Marriage Story
    4. The Lighthouse
    3. Parasite
    2. The Irishman
    1. 1917

    1. Avengers: Endgame
    2. 1917
    3. Joker
    4. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    5. Toy Story 4
    6. Frozen II
    7. Knives Out
    8. Ford v Ferrari
    9. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
    10. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

    Spider-Man: Far From Home
    A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
    Jumanji: The Next Level
    The LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part
    Missing Link
    Fighting With My Family
    Long Shot
    Doctor Sleep
    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
    Captain Marvel
    Ad Astra
    Terminator: Dark Fate


    Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker
    The Lion King('19)
    Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
    The Secret Life Of Pets 2

  3. Hi Alyssa, fantastic list you have there , my list will change as there's at least three movies you have that I haven't seen yet, will say how come jokers so low down, have you see it more than once, I can't wait to see it again on DVD, to see what I missed, first time around, well here's my list so far.
    10: widows
    9: Us
    8: It2
    7: Alita battle angel
    6: Midway
    5: Ford v Ferrari
    4: 21 Bridges
    3: John wick 3
    2: 1917
    1: Joker

  4. Hi Alyssa ! Great lineup of movies. 2019 had some memorable films to put on the shelf. I only saw a few on your list, but felt the same way you did about them. Peanut Butter Falcon is one of my new favorites; I got it for Christmas on Blu-ray. After hearing you talk about 1917 and Parasite I would like to see them soon. If I decide to buy them I will do it through your affiliate links. Also on a side note, I’m glad your channel is growing quickly ! You’re doing a great job with your videos; you’re very articulate and informative with your reviews. Keep up the great work 👍

  5. Fantastic list, Alyssa. 2019 certainly was a big year for movies. Here's my list:
    1. Avengers Endgame
    2. Joker
    3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    4. John Wick: Chapter 3
    5. Alita: Battle Angel
    6. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
    7. US
    8. Terminator: Dark Fate (Yes I went there)
    9. Haunt
    10. 3 From Hell

    2. The Farewell
    3. Midsommar
    4. The Irishman
    5. Booksmart
    6. Doctor Sleep
    7. Us
    8. Uncut Gems
    9. Ford v Ferrari
    10. The Peanut Butter Falcon

  7. Awesome list Alyssa, my favourite movie of 2019 would be How To Train Your Dragon 3 The Hidden World easily!

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