Sight & Sound's 50 best films of 2019

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In a year in which the future of cinema – of independent filmmaking, and collective film-watching – seems more fraught than ever, our poll of 100 S&S contributors has produced a list of 50 outstanding reasons for movie watching.

Here below the reflections of past masters jostle with bold experiments from new voices – capped by a triumphant top movie that finds its British female director both looking back and moving forward.

In our January 2020 issue we spotlight some of the themes and stories that have defined the cinema of 2019 – from post-#MeToo movies to the fortunes of the European arthouse, as well as expanded cinema and a countdown of the best TV of the year.

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    The Souvenir

    2019, in 1 top list
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    Gisaengchung

    2019 — a.k.a. Parasite, in 11 top lists
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    The Irishman

    2019, in 6 top lists Check
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    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    2019, in 4 top lists
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    Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

    2019 — a.k.a. Portrait of a Lady on Fire, in 1 top list
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    Dolor y gloria

    2019 — a.k.a. Pain and Glory, in 3 top lists
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    Atlantique

    2019 — a.k.a. Atlantics, in 1 top list
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    Bait

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    Us

    2019, in 2 top lists
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    Vitalina Varela

    2019, in 1 top list
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    High Life

    2018, in 0 top lists Check
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    Uncut Gems

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    Monos

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    Marriage Story

    2019, in 5 top lists
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    For Sama

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    Midsommar

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    The Lighthouse

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    Lazzaro felice

    2018 — a.k.a. Happy as Lazzaro, in 1 top list
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    Hustlers

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    Martin Eden

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    Dylda

    2019 — a.k.a. Beanpole
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    Gräns

    2018 — a.k.a. Border, in 1 top list
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    Transit

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    A Hidden Life

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    The Farewell

    2019, in 1 top list
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    The Hottest August

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    Ad Astra

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    Varda par Agnès

    2019 — a.k.a. Varda by Agnès
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    Ich war zuhause, aber

    2019 — a.k.a. I Was at Home, But
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    In Fabric

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    Knives Out

    2019, in 3 top lists
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    Booksmart

    2019, in 1 top list
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    Jiang hu er nü

    2018 — a.k.a. Ash Is Purest White
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    Synonymes

    2019 — a.k.a. Synonyms, in 2 top lists
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    Zombi Child

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    America

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    No Data Plan

    2019
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    Eighth Grade

    2018, in 3 top lists
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    Joker

    2019, in 9 top lists
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    Ray & Liz

    2018
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    Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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    J'ai perdu mon corps

    2019 — a.k.a. I Lost My Body
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    Holiday

    2018, in 1 top list
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    Honeyland

    2019, in 1 top list
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    Rocks

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    Rose Plays Julie

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    If Beale Street Could Talk

    2018, in 1 top list
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    Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle

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    The Favourite

    2018, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Mule

    2018, in 1 top list
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Last updated on Nov 30, 2019 by ChrisReynolds; source