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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2019

Phew – what a wild ride this little project has been! Yes, I wimped out of ranking 100 movies across 10 years, but with the exception of 2010-2013, I feel like I’ve picked some solid choices here. It’s been such a fun exercise looking back at everything I’ve watched over the last 10 years, seeing how much my taste in movies has broadened and matured. It was probably handy that I took longer than I thought to make these lists because now I’ve arrived at 2019, there are movies in this list I only got the chance to see very recently, and they would have missed out otherwise.

2019 was a pretty incredible year for movies if my rankings are anything to go by. For my starter list, I only included anything that I rated 4.5/5 or higher, and I gave 21 movies that score! Just like with 2018’s list, I’m crossing movies out that could very well be in my Top 5 on another day.

Have a look at my other lists here if you haven’t seen them already!

2019 Movies Watched: 89
Movies that just missed out: Ready or Not, The Lion King, The Dead Don’t Die, Toy Story 4, Midsommar, Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, Shazam!, Good Boys, Booksmart

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#10 Joker

You might think for all my annoyance at Joaquin Phoenix taking Adam Driver’s awards that I hated Joker, but I really enjoyed it. I said at the time Phoenix should get an Oscar for his part. But then Marriage Story came along and changed my mind. I feel stuck in the middle! I’m being torn apart. I want to be free of this – sorry.

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#9 Klaus

December is when I try to consume as many Christmas movies as possible. I have my annual rewatches, but I love finding new movies, too, and Netflix handed me Klaus on a shiny platter. It’s a gorgeous movie. The animation style was so unique, the story was perfect for adults and children alike, the soundtrack was spot on, and it’s in the running for an Oscar next month. I doubt it’s chances of winning but I always root for the underdog.

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#8 Marriage Story

Netflix sure had a good year last year! December also brought us Marriage Story, a painfully emotional story of a couple dealing with a messy divorce whilst trying to be the best parent they can be for their son. Even if you haven’t watched the movie you’re probably aware of ‘the scene’. I almost felt like I needed to turn away, like I’d walked into a very real and ugly situation. Such a good movie!

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#7 Avengers: Endgame

The MCU movies haven’t gotten a lot of love from me in these posts but I’ve found that as much as I enjoy them, I rarely rewatch them. I don’t know why. That said, 2019 brought the culmination of every MCU story so far, and it was a spectacle. So many great moments, and it was a lot of fun to be part of the crowd on opening weekend.

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#6 Parasite

Director Bong Joon Ho said something that really struck a chord with me at the Golden Globes this year. “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” I’ve seen so few foreign-language movies, but the ones I have I found to be incredible. Parasite is such a unique movie in how it crosses genres. I thought I knew where the story was leading, but no!

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#5 1917

See, if I wasn’t so late for everything 1917 would never have made this list, because I only watched it last week. I wonder if we’ll start to see more of this one-take style of movie and get fed up of it, but it was the perfect way of telling the story of these 2 young soldiers sent on a seemingly impossible mission. See it in the cinema if you can, it won’t be the same at home!

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#4 Jojo Rabbit

Honestly, as soon as I heard Taika Waititi was making a movie about a young boy whose imaginary friend is Hitler, I knew it would be in my Top 10 of the year list. No one can make a movie like this like Waititi can. It’s somehow hilarious, shocking, and moving all at the same time.

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#3 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

It’s not a list made by yours truly without a controversial pick, is it? Whatever your thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker, for me, Star Wars is Star Wars. Has my opinion changed with time? Yes, because I can’t help but over analyse everything. But the 5 minutes we got of Ben Solo means this movie earns it’s spot here regardless.

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#2 Knives Out

The wait for Knives Out felt so long, you guys. I was hyping myself up for so long I was terrified I was building myself up for a fall. But it delivered on everything I hoped it would. What a fantastic little mystery movie. I wondered if it would hold up on a second viewing when you already know how it’s going to end, and so on, and somehow it was even better.

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#1 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Parabellum was my #1 movie of 2019 at its halfway point, but I thought by year-end something would knock it down at least one place. It hasn’t. I give all my ratings on a mix of whether I thought it was actually a good movie, and my enjoyment of it. I enjoyed the hell out of Parabellum, and I just can’t find fault with it. How many trilogies can say their 3rd movie was even better than their previous 2? There’s no way Chapter 4 can be this good but I have everything crossed that it is!

30 thoughts on “Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2019

  1. I absolutely loved Knives Out. And End Game! Star Wars is Star Wars to me too, but I’m not a huge fan of the series. I enjoy the ones I’ve watched, and if they entertain me, I’m happy enough. I’m so impatient wanting to see Parasite. All the theaters near me only have one screening of it and it’s while I’m at work! So irritating.

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  2. Great choices, especially Parasite, Marriage Story, and Jojo Rabbit. What a year for films! Admittedly not a fan of Rise of Skywalker, but Adam Driver is always fantastic. Still have to see John Wick 3. The first two were fun. πŸ™‚

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  3. Obviously happy with the #1. Also, I am very happy you got around to seeing Parasite! Such a good movie. I didn’t think it was quite as good as everyone was saying but it was definitely a good movie. Joker, Avengers, and Midsommar were all great. I wasn’t a fan of Star Wars or Knives Out tho, they both felt way too messy to me.

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    1. Also, I have to ask because I have been wondering for awhile… do you have a programming, web design, or graphic design background? Or something like that? Your site looks so good and you do a great job at putting it all together. Wasn’t sure if you used a template or did it all yourself. I’m currently a computer programming student and I have been learning web design through that but I am too lazy to put the work in on my own site (maybe once school is over).

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      1. I WISH I could take all the glory here but honestly, it’s a template. I do know some HTML basics and I used to do a lot of illustration when I was younger but yeah. At some point I’d love to self-host this blog and do a proper design myself. Thank you!

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    2. Yeah I was initially almost disappointed with Parasite. I mean, it’s been hailed the greatest movie of all time so you know, high expectations and all that. The hype can really taint a movie experience for you but regardless, it’s a great movie πŸ™‚

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  4. Woo-hoo! Just read your impressive list and it looks like a great one. Now I’m motivated to watch the rest of the “John Wick” saga, having just watched the first film. I think it’s a fair assessment to put that film and others that are stand-alones ahead of “Endgame”.

    Methinks “Endgame” had a lot of loose ends to tie up and did it adequately, though I’m more inclined to re-watch “Captain America: Winter Soldier”. Sometimes having so many heroes in one story is a bit overwhelming and I like to come back to their individual stories. What do you think?

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    1. I thought the first John Wick was just alright, but I can honestly say it’s a series that gets better and better! I hope you feel the same way if you see the others.
      Totally agree with you on Endgame. As great as it is to have all these characters together you don’t get as much time with them as you like.

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  5. Oh hey, glad to see you liked Joker! Tough Joaquin’s performance may not have been my personal favorite of the year, I still thought he did a great job, so I’ll be okay if he wins the big one. And besides, I just think it’d be pretty cool if the Joker wound up being a two time Oscar winning role anyhow. πŸ˜‰

    And I can understand your sentiment about not rewatching too many MCU movies. I don’t even think it’s due to any reasons regarding quality, it’s just that there’s honestly too many of them at this point. I found I would rewatch them more often during the first phase, but by the time we’ve reached phases 2 and 3, yeah, I think I’ve rewatched maybe 2 or 3 of them since then, lol. πŸ˜›

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    1. It would be quite poetic, wouldn’t it?
      You’re so right about the MCU movies, and I think it’s why I stopped watching a lot of the superhero TV shows I was into a few years ago. There were too many, they all connected with each other and it was just exhausting to keep up with!

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  6. So far, the films I haven’t seen on your list are: Klaus (hope to check it soon), 1917 (might see it next month), and John Wick 3 (have it on my DVR list). I don’t have TROS high on my list other than as a honorable mention as I was underwhelmed by it as I’m more interested in the other script that was written before it got scrapped as it was called Duel of the Fates< which sounds way more interesting.

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  7. I’m looking forward to Knives Out being available next week! Though now I’m afraid I’ve built it up and it won’t live up to the hype. Every time I see TROS I can’t help think he was done so wrong!!!

    Enjoyed all your lists!

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