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The 35 Best Films of 2019

2019 was a trying year. The movies have always reflected that state of the world, the state of ourselves. It's no wonder that some of the year's finest films (A Hidden Life, Waves, One Child Nation) deal with trauma through acts of forgiveness. This isn't a rah-rah moment for the world. We are hurting. But through these gestures of introspection and attempting to understand what could manifest such negativity in our lives, we become a new kind of strength.

The cinema, once again, invigorates us.

35. Atlantics Directed by Mati Diop 
34. The Two Popes Directed by Fernando Meirelles
33. The Souvenir Directed by Joanna Hogg
32. The Report Directed by Scott Z. Burns
31. Pain and Glory Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
30. High Flying Bird Directed by Steven Soderbergh
29. American Factory Directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
28. Little Women Directed by Greta Gerwig
27. Toy Story 4 Directed by Josh Cooley
26. Diane Directed by Kent Jones
25. Us Directed by Jordan Peele
24. Ad Astra Directed by James Gray
23. Parasite Directed by Bong Joon-ho
22. The King Directed by David David Michôd
21. The Nightingale Directed by Jennifer Kent
20. Jojo Rabbit Directed by Taika Waititi
19. Ford v Ferrari Directed by James Mangold
18. One Child Nation Directed by Nanfu Wang and Zhang Lynn
17. Dark Waters Directed by Todd Haynes
16. Mike Wallace Is Here Directed by Avi Belkin
15. Birds of Passage Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
14. Marriage Story Directed by Noah Baumbach
13. Climax Directed by Gaspar Noé
12. Joker Directed by Todd Phillips
11. Dragged Across Concrete Directed by S. Craig Zahler
10. Transit Directed by Christian Petzold
9. Waves Directed by Trey Edward Shults
8. The Farewell Directed by Lulu Wang
7. Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood Directed by Quentin Tarantino
6. Uncut Gems Directed by The Safdie Brothers
5. The Irishman Directed by Martin Scorsese
4. The Image Book Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
3. 1917 Directed by Sam Mendes
2. Honeyland Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
1. A Hidden Life Directed by Terrence Malick