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Best Films of 2019*

Film Comment’s best films issue (Jan-Feb 2020) ranks these 20 films as the best of 2019 (in a poll conducted among the magazine’s contributors and staff.)  Do you agree?  Visit to send your own ranked list of the year’s 20 best films (plus your comments). [Note: some films on this list have not yet been released on DVD]


  1. Parasite (Bong Joon Ho, South Korea)
  2. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, USA)
  3. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino, USA/UK/China)
  4. Transit (Christian Petzold, Germany/France)
  5. Atlantics (Mati Diop, France/Senegal/Belgium)
  6. The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg, UK/USA)
  7. High Life (Claire Denis, Germany/France/USA/UK/Poland)
  8. Ash Is Purest White (Jia Zhangke, China)
  9. Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)
  10. Uncut Gems (Josh & Benny Safdie, USA)
  11. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, USA)
  12. La Flor (Mariano Llinás, Argentina)
  13. An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo, China)
  14. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan, China/France)
  15. Synonyms (Nadav Lapid, France/Israel/Germany)
  16. Asako I & II (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Japan/France)
  17. Us (Jordan Peele, USA)
  18. The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland)
  19. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma, France)
  20. Ad Astra (James Gray, USA)

*released theatrically in the U.S.

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