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1. Uncut Gems (2019)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, The Weeknd

Votes: 723

2. The Goldfinch (2019)

R | 149 min | Drama

40 Metascore

A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 3,933

3. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

108 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti, Wendy Makkena, Matthew Rhys

Votes: 493

4. I Am Woman (2019)

116 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of 1970s musician and activist Helen Reddy.

Director: Unjoo Moon | Stars: Evan Peters, Danielle Macdonald, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Matty Cardarople

Votes: 47

5. Rocks (2019)

93 min | Drama

A teenage girl who suddenly finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother.

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson

Votes: 66

6. Three Summers (2019)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

Over a trio of summers, a caretaker for luxury condominiums relies on her resourcefulness and her eye for opportunity to take advantage of whatever comes her way as her employers are caught in major corruption scandals.

Director: Sandra Kogut | Stars: Regina Casé, Rogério Fróes, Gisele Fróes, Jéssica Ellen

Votes: 9

7. Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, History

55 Metascore

It will tell the story of a group that went from backing up Bob Dylan to become one of the most influential groups of its era.

Director: Daniel Roher | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan

Votes: 29

8. Tammy's Always Dying (2019)

85 min | Drama

On the 29th of every month, when the welfare runs out, Catherine talks her alcoholic mother off of the same bridge. Literally. Catherine, a connoisseur of bad decisions, dreams of being ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Jo Johnson | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Anastasia Phillips, Clark Johnson, Lauren Holly

Votes: 23

9. The Cave (III) (2019)

104 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A Thai boys soccer team is trapped in a cave while rescue workers scramble to save them.

Director: Tom Waller | Stars: Ron Smoorenburg, Lawrence de Stefano, Eoin O'Brien, James Edward Holley

Votes: 24

10. The Climb (2019)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A look at the friendship between two guys that spans over many years.

Director: Michael Angelo Covino | Stars: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Judith Godrèche

Votes: 109

11. The Whistlers (2019)

97 min | Comedy, Crime

74 Metascore

A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga

Votes: 635

12. Red Penguins (2019)

80 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Red Penguins tells a story of capitalism and opportunism run amok - complete with gangsters, strippers and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of ... See full summary »

Director: Gabe Polsky | Stars: Howard Baldwin, Viktor Tikhonov, Steven Warshaw

Votes: 7

13. Simple Women (2019)

85 min | Drama

An Italian female director with epilepsy is trying to make a film about the life of famed Romanian actress Elina Löwensohn discovers that her real-life subject bears little resemblance to the star she idolized.

Director: Chiara Malta | Stars: Jasmine Trinca, Elina Löwensohn, Francesco Acquaroli

Votes: 8

14. The Traitor (2019)

R | 145 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

The real life of Tommaso Buscetta the so called "boss of the two worlds", first mafia informant in Sicily 1980's.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi, Maria Fernanda Cândido

Votes: 1,630

15. Clifton Hill (2019)

100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

62 Metascore

Follows a troubled young woman returning to her hometown of Niagara Falls, where the memory of a long-ago kidnapping quickly ensnares her.

Director: Albert Shin | Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Hannah Gross, Marie-Josée Croze, Eric Johnson

Votes: 39

16. The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Sophie McShera

Votes: 254

17. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

119 min | Drama, History, Romance

93 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 1,910

18. Sea Fever (2019)

89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The crew of a West of Ireland trawler, marooned at sea, struggle for their lives against a growing parasite in their water supply.

Director: Neasa Hardiman | Stars: Connie Nielsen, Dougray Scott, Hermione Corfield, Olwen Fouéré

Votes: 45

19. La Llorona (2019)

97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

With the words "If you cry, I'll kill you" ringing in their ears, Alma and her sons are murdered in Guatemala's armed conflict. Thirty years later, a criminal case is brought against ... See full summary »

Director: Jayro Bustamante | Stars: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic, Julio Diaz

Votes: 94

20. Lina from Lima (2019)

83 min | Drama

A woman travels from Peru to work as a housekeeper in Chile.

Director: María Paz González | Stars: Emilia Ossandon, Javiera Contador, Magaly Solier

Votes: 13

21. Blood Quantum (2019)

96 min | Horror

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague.

Director: Jeff Barnaby | Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon

Votes: 66

22. Varda by Agnès (2019– )

115 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.

Stars: Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès, Nurith Aviv

Votes: 604

23. Total Control (2019– )

Drama

An Indigenous woman in Australia is thrust into the political limelight.

Stars: Deborah Mailman, Rachel Griffiths, Harry Richardson, Anthony Hayes

Votes: 35

24. Heimat is a Space in Time (2019)

218 min | Documentary

In this immersive film essay, master documentary filmmaker Thomas Heise dives into four generations of his own family archives to trace the profound cultural and political upheaval of Germany's last century.

Director: Thomas Heise

Votes: 34

25. Military Wives (2019)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Teresa Mahoney, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 23

26. Pompei (2019)

95 min | Drama

Victor and his little brother scrape by through the thieving of artifacts as part of a community of vagrant children.

Directors: Anna Falguères, John Shank | Stars: Aliocha Schneider, Garance Marillier, Vincent Rottiers, Judith Williquet

Votes: 9

27. Limetown (2019– )

Crime

Follows Lia Haddock, a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), as she unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.

Stars: Jessica Biel, Stanley Tucci, Omar Elba, Sherri Saum

Votes: 81

28. Collective (2019)

109 min | Documentary

Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.

Director: Alexander Nanau

Votes: 47

29. Pain & Glory (2019)

R | 113 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas

Votes: 14,401

30. The Barefoot Emperor (2019)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

How the last King of the Belgians becomes the first Emperor of Europe.

Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth | Stars: Peter Van den Begin, Lucie Debay, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 42

31. Cunningham (2019)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company is stunningly profiled in Alla Kovgan's 3D documentary, through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Director: Alla Kovgan

Votes: 19

32. Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Just Mercy shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rafe Spall

Votes: 320

33. Krabi, 2562 (2019)

94 min | Documentary

Krabi, 2562 explores the landscape and stories within the community of Krabi, Southern Thailand. A major tourist destination in Thailand, the filmmakers want to capture the town in this ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Rivers, Anocha Suwichakornpong | Stars: Arak Amornsupasiri, Nuttawat Attasawat, Primrin Puarat, Achtara Suwan

Votes: 24

34. The Friend (I) (2019)

124 min | Drama

44 Metascore

After learning that his terminally ill wife has six months to live, a man welcomes the support of his best friend who moves into their home to help out. His impact on the whole family is much greater than anyone could have imagined.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, Gwendoline Christie

Votes: 118

35. Black Conflux (2019)

100 min | Drama

The seemingly separate lives of an anxious, disillusioned teen girl and a troubled, alienated man converge fatefully in this haunting exploration of womanhood, isolation, and toxic masculinity, set in 1980s Newfoundland.

Director: Nicole Dorsey | Stars: Ella Ballentine, Ryan McDonald, Olivia Scriven, Luke Bilyk

Votes: 32

36. Love Me Tender (2019)

83 min | Drama

Suffering from agoraphobia, Seconda is unable to leave her house. When she finally succeeds, new challenges push this assertive super anti-heroine's limits even further.

Director: Klaudia Reynicke | Stars: Antonio Bannò, Giorgia Del Don, Muriel Del Don, Anna Galante

Votes: 22

37. Made in Bangladesh (2019)

95 min | Drama

Shimu fled her village as a child when her stepmother threatened to marry her off to a middle-aged man. Now 23 and living in the capital, she works grueling hours for paltry sums at a textile factory while her husband searches for work.

Director: Rubaiyat Hossain | Stars: Rikita Nandini Shimu, Novera Rahman, Parvin Paru, Mayabi Rahman

Votes: 17

38. While at War (2019)

107 min | Drama, History, War

55 Metascore

Writer Miguel de Unamuno faces himself and his ideals after the 1936's military coup d'etat.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández, Santi Prego, Nathalie Poza

Votes: 1,067

39. Red Fields (2019)

90 min | Drama, Musical

This is the story of Mami, a young woman who was born and raised in a small impoverished town down south. She works at the snack bar at the local gas station and is in love with Nissim, her... See full summary »

Director: Keren Yedaya | Stars: Neta Elkayam, Ami Abu, Riki Gal, Yuval Banai

Votes: 21

40. The Rest of Us (2019)

80 min | Drama

Two mother-daughter duos must contend with their grief and complicated relationships with one another when the person who connects them dies.

Director: Aisling Chin-Yee | Stars: Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse, Jodi Balfour, Abigail Pniowsky

Votes: 18

41. Certified Mail (2019)

95 min | Drama

Since her husband went to jail, Hala has to face her suicidal thoughts alone. Her strength has to come from within as society does not help nor forgive a depressed woman, specially if she is a mother.

Director: Hisham Saqr | Stars: Basma, Passant Shawky

Votes: 9

42. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 43,322

43. Murmur (2019)

84 min | Drama

Donna has recently been convicted of "Driving While Impaired" and is ordered to perform community service at the local animal shelter. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized, ... See full summary »

Director: Heather Young | Stars: Andria Edwards, Shan MacDonald

Votes: 11

44. Spider (2019)

105 min | Thriller

Three friends are part of an opposition group in the chaotic Chile of the early 70's and together commit a political crime that changes the history of the country and incidentally involves them in a betrayal that separates them forever.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: María Valverde, Mercedes Morán, Caio Blat, Pedro Fontaine

Votes: 245

45. Sound of Metal (2019)

130 min | Drama, Music

87 Metascore

A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

Director: Darius Marder | Stars: Olivia Cooke, Riz Ahmed, Lauren Ridloff, Mathieu Amalric

Votes: 170

46. Hope Gap (2019)

100 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A couple's visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother.

Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Bill Nighy, Annette Bening, Josh O'Connor, Aiysha Hart

Votes: 67

47. Jallikattu (2019)

95 min | Crime

A portrait of a remote village where a buffalo escapes and causes a frenzy of ecstatic violence.

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery | Stars: Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, Santhy Balachandran

Votes: 615

48. Maria's Paradise (2019)

110 min | Drama, Thriller

The orphan Salome is the servant and devout follower of Maria Åkerblom, a charismatic sect leader. But as Salome befriends a rebellious outsider and starts to have doubts, Maria turns dangerous.

Director: Zaida Bergroth | Stars: Pihla Viitala, Tommi Korpela, Satu Tuuli Karhu, Saga Sarkola

Votes: 51

49. The County (2019)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

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