The Best Movies of 2019
MFC TOP 5
2019 was a particularly active year for the film industry. Small productions became box office surprises, old franchises came back to life and new ones paved their way to the top. The Star Wars galactic saga came to an end with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (J. J. Abrams, 2019) and Avengers: Endgame (Anthony & Joe Russo, 2019) surpassed Avatar (James Cameron, 2009) as the highest grossing film of all time.
The silver screen gave us top experiences for the history of cinema and, at the same time, new streaming platforms appeared with new and important movies, from both renowned and debutant directors.
Huge productions, memorable performances and several box office records made 2019 a great year for cinema. That’s why in MFC TOP 5 we tell you which were The Best Movies of 2019.
5. Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019)
Director of The Hangover (2009) and producer of Project X (2012) Todd Phillips surprised the world with Joker, a film that plunges into the mind of the disturbed villain of DC Comics to explore what led him to become a murderer.
With a 55 million dollars budget, Joker has raised more than 850 million dollars worldwide, which makes it the most profitable comic-based film in history. Joaquin Phoenix‘s memorable performance in the lead role gave him a position of honor among the actors who played the role, winning the award for Best Actor at the Golden Globes 2019.
4. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019)
Cinema legends Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci came together under Martin Scorsese’s directing to create The Irishman, a three-and-a-half-hour mafia epic about the life and disappearance of the powerful American trade unionist Jimmy Hoffa during the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Produced by Netflix, the high budget of the film was necessary to achieve the wonderful effects of digital rejuvenation that allowed us to meet the characters through 50 years of their lives. Due to its technical greatness, the film got nominations for the Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Motion Picture categories at the Golden Globes 2019.
3. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019)
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story introduces us to the intimate and complicated relationship of a couple in the middle of their divorce. The film has a powerful story and the most memorable performances of the year, both from its protagonists and the supporting characters.
The film received 6 nominations to the Golden Globes 2019, among which are Best Screenplay, Best Motion Picture, Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson and Best Actor for Adam Driver, who also starred in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (J. J. Abrams, 2019), the final movie of one of the most important franchises in cinema’s history.
2. The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019)
After his directorial debut in the acclaimed film The Witch (2015), Robert Eggers keeps expanding the boundaries of the horror genre with The Lighthouse. Starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, the film tells the story of two lighthouse keepers who gradually lose their sanity due to their isolation.
Filmed in black and white, the motion-picture has been acclaimed by critics for its production design and technical greatness, strongly inspired by the literary work of Edgar Allan Poe and German Expressionism. The Lighthouse won several awards, including the International Federation of Film Critics award during the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.
1. Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019)
Parasite is the latest movie by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, director of Snowpiercer (2013) and Okja (2017). The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first South Korean film to receive the prestigious award.
The film uses exquisite composition and cinematography techniques to tell a story full of dark humor and deep social criticism. It is considered a cinema masterpiece and was awarded in the category of Best Foreign Language Film in the Golden Globes 2019.