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The 99 Movies I Watched In 2019 & My Personal Highlights

Every year I aim to watch at least 100 narrative movies – new releases, classics, foreign films – whatever I can get my hands on. In 2019, I missed the mark by exactly one film, hitting number 99 late into the evening on December 31st… 

In any case, I thought I’d share my list here for those interested. At the end, I also broke down my favorite new films from 2019, and other standouts from previous years.

Keep in mind there are a ton of current 2019 movies I haven’t yet gotten around to. So this is by no means an exhaustive list… Just what I saw over the past 12 months and a handful of my personal (and highly subjective) favorites. 

The 99 films – 

  1. A Simple Favor
  2. Operation Finale
  3. Amélie
  4. Jagged Edge
  5. Brawl in Cell Block 99
  6. The Hate U Give
  7. The Wife
  8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  9. Fireworks Wednesday
  10. High Flying Bird
  11. Out Of Sight
  12. Widows
  13. The Limey
  14. 7 Days in Entebee
  15. Bohemian Rhapsody
  16. Green Book
  17. Dumplin
  18. Edge of Seventeen
  19. Ben is Back
  20. Vox Lux
  21. If Beale Street Could Talk
  22. The Contender
  23. Cruel Intentions
  24. Eastern Promises
  25. Rounders
  26. Us
  27. Hotel Mumbai
  28. Cold War
  29. Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil & Vile
  30. Climax
  31. Everybody Knows
  32. To Kill a Mockingbird
  33. The Constant Gardner
  34. Gerald’s Game
  35. High Life
  36. Back to the Future
  37. Three Days of the Condor
  38. Blue Velvet
  39. Murder Mystery
  40. Annie Hall
  41. The Lion King (2019)
  42. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  43. Share
  44. Long Shot
  45. The Searchers
  46. An American Werewolf In London
  47. Luce
  48. What Happened To Monday
  49. Burning
  50. It
  51. Catch Me If You Can
  52. Booksmart
  53. Ma
  54. Midsommar
  55. Scenes From a Marriage
  56. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  57. The Accused
  58. Atomic Blonde
  59. Dogtooth
  60. The Vanishing (1987)
  61. Hour Of The Wolf
  62. Thrre Colors: Red
  63. White Material
  64. The Irishman
  65. Fear of Fear
  66. Hustlers
  67. The Man Who Knew Too Much
  68. Water Lillies
  69. Old Joy
  70. Vampyr
  71. Marriage Story
  72. Cries and Whispers
  73. The Painted Bird
  74. Eyes Without a Face
  75. Uncut Gems
  76. Halloween
  77. Angel Heart
  78. The Wolf Man
  79. The Pleasure Of Being Robbed
  80. Joker
  81. Unsane
  82. After Hours
  83. The Lighthouse
  84. Always Shine
  85. Hard Eight
  86. Ready of Not
  87. The Lobster
  88. Clovehitch Killer
  89. Thoroughbreds
  90. Die Hard
  91. Good Boys
  92. The Squid and the Whale
  93. Vivre Sa Vie
  94. Earthquake Bird
  95. Broken
  96. Parasite
  97. Psychosynthesis
  98. The Two Popes
  99. Shotgun Stories

All my favorites below are listed alphabetically…

TOP 5 FILMS RELEASED IN 2019

MARRIAGE STORY

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

PARASITE

THE IRISHMAN

THE PAINTED BIRD

TOP 5 FILMS RELEASED PRIOR TO 2019 (BUT NEW TO ME)

BURNING (2018)

EYES WITHOUT A FACE

FEAR OF FEAR

THE VANISHING (1987)

VIVRE SA VIE

TOP 5 RE-WATCHED FILMS IN 2019

DOGTOOTH

FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

THREE COLORS: RED

WHITE MATERIAL

There were a ton of other films I loved that aren’t listed here – these are just some personal standouts… 

How about you? What are your favorite films (new or old) you watched last year? Leave a comment below.

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Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!

6 Comments

  • Anthony Carpendale
    January 15, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Nicely varied list! Dogtooth is so great.

    Some of my favourites last year included, from 2019 releases:

    Dolemite Is My Name
    Midsommar
    Parasite
    Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
    The Irishman

    Favourite rewatches:

    Cléo from 5 to 7
    King Of Comedy
    Mulholland Drive
    The Hudsucker Proxy
    The Shining

    Are you on Letterboxd? It’s a very handy way of logging films watched (and reviews).

    Reply
    • Noam Kroll
      March 3, 2020 at 1:34 am

      Awesome! Still need to see a few from your list. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply
  • Tobias
    January 21, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    The Lighthouse was a movie I really liked, just the way it was told and the way it was filmed – incredible.
    The Joker was a lot better than I expected and a visual gem.
    Avengers Endgame was a great end to the whole arch, and even though a lot of it is greenscreen, it mostly looks great and the colors are amazing on the big screen.
    Bohemian Rhapsody was great as well, captured the decades very well, but I would´ve liked to see sacha baron cohen in the leading role
    I finally saw A quiet Place (2018) and really liked it. Great atmosphere, interesting ideas and hauting setting.

    Reply
  • Steve Custodio
    January 26, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    I saw:

    “Ford v. Ferrari”
    “1917”

    Both are excellent and either one can win the Oscar.

    “Parasite “- well made, but something is amiss in the whole story.
    “The Lighthouse” – I wanted to get out after 20 minutes. What a waste. No wonder it was never nominated for a best film in the major awards.

    Reply
    • Noam Kroll
      March 3, 2020 at 1:47 am

      Still need to see 1917! I am way behind on that one.

      Reply

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