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The Best Movies No One Saw in 2019

Updated December 29, 2020 3.5k votes 368 voters 13.0k views140 items

List RulesOnly movies that have been release in 2019.

UPDATE: Check out the top underrated movies of 2020!

This list of the 2019 most underrated movies will keep you apprised of films that have somehow slipped under the radar. Good underrated movies this year may not have been smashes at the box office and may only hit mid-level percentages on Rotten Tomatoes. Nevertheless, these great underrated movies deserve some recognition. They are indie and foreign movies that present unique stories outside of the mainstream. Despite having limited releases these movies have big-name stars like Molly Shannon in the comedy Wild Nights with Emily and Sam Elliot in the adventure movie The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot.

This list of top 2019 overlooked movies includes sleeper hits that are some of the greatest underground movies of this year. There are also horror movies like Nightmare Cinema and movies inspired by true events like Lords of Chaos.  

Which of these new underrated films of 2019 do you like best? Cast your vote below and add anything you feel is missing.

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  • Skin26
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    Skin

    Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Nattiv

    Skin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. A notorious... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Ash Is Purest White27
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    Ash Is Purest White

    Zhao Tao, Liao Fan

    Released2019

    Directed byZhangke Jia

    Ash Is Purest White is a 2018 Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. A story of violent... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Climax28
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    Climax

    Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile

    Released2019

    Directed byGaspar Noé

    Climax is a 2018 French musical psychological horror film directed by Gaspar Noé. In the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Hummingbird Project29
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    The Hummingbird Project

    Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård

    Released2019

    Directed byKim Nguyen

    The Hummingbird Project is a 2018 thriller film directed by Kim Nguyen. Cousins and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Arctic30
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    Arctic

    Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Penna

    Arctic is a 2018 Icelandic survival film directed by Joe Penna. After his rescue helicopter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • An Elephant Sitting Still31
    12
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    An Elephant Sitting Still

    Peng Yuchang, Zhang Yu

    Released2019

    Directed byHu Bo

    An Elephant Sitting Still is a 2018 Chinese film written, directed and edited by Hu Bo, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Wild Rose32
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    Wild Rose

    Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello

    Released2019

    Directed byTom Harper

    Wild Rose is a 2018 British musical drama film directed by Tom Harper. A musician from Glasgow... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Long Day's Journey into Night33
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    Released2018

    Directed byBi Gan

    Long Day's Journey into Night is a 2018 drama film directed by Bi Gan. Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue)... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Dead Don't Die34
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    The Dead Don't Die

    Bill Murray, Adam Driver

    Released2019

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    The Dead Don't Die is a 2019 American zombie horror comedy film, written and directed by Jim... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Tigers Are Not Afraid35
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    Tigers Are Not Afraid

    Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López

    Released2019

    Directed byIssa López

    Tigers Are Not Afraid is a 2019 Mexican fantasy horror film directed by Issa López. Five... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Sword of Trust36
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    Sword of Trust

    Marc Maron, Jon Bass

    Released2019

    Directed byLynn Shelton

    Sword of Trust is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Lynn Shelton. Cynthia (Jillian Bell)... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Piercing37
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    Piercing

    Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska

    Released2019

    Directed byNicholas Pesce

    Piercing is a 2018 American horror comedy film directed by Nicolas Pesce, based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Standoff at Sparrow Creek38
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    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

    James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty

    Released2019

    Directed byHenry Dunham

    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is a 2018 American drama film directed by Henry Dunham. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Birds of Passage39
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    Birds of Passage

    Carmina Martínez, Natalia Reyes

    Released2019

    Directed byCristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

    Birds of Passage is a 2018 Colombian crime film directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Rafiki40
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    Rafiki

    Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva

    Released2019

    Directed byWanuri Kahiu

    Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Tomorrow Man41
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    The Tomorrow Man

    John Lithgow, Blythe Danner

    Released2019

    Directed byNoble Jones

    The Tomorrow Man is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Noble Jones. A man... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Nightmare Cinema42
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    Nightmare Cinema

    Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain

    Released2019

    Directed byAlejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryūhei Kitamura, David Slade

    Nightmare Cinema is a 2018 American horror anthology film featuring work by directors... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Sound of Silence43
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    13

    The Sound of Silence

    Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Tyburski

    The Sound of Silence is a 2019 American drama film directed by Michael Tyburski. Peter Lucian... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Grand Isle44
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    14

    Grand Isle

    Nicolas Cage, Kelsey Grammer

    Released2019

    Directed byStephen S. Campanelli

    Grand Isle is a 2019 American action-thriller film directed by Stephen S. Campanelli. A young... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Dogman45
    8
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    Dogman

    Ugo Chiti, Damiano D'Innocenzo

    Released2019

    Directed byMatteo Garrone

    Dogman is a 2018 Italian drama film directed by Matteo Garrone. A well-liked dog groomer and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Mountain46
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    The Mountain

    Tye Sheridan, Denis Lavant

    Released2019

    Directed byRick Alverson

    The Mountain is a 2018 American drama film directed by Rick Alverson. in the 1950s, a young... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Non-Fiction47
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    Non-Fiction

    Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche

    Released2019

    Directed byOlivier Assayas

    Non-Fiction is a 2018 French comedy film directed by Olivier Assayas. An editor, Alain... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Aftermath48
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    The Aftermath

    Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Kent

    The Aftermath is a 2019 British-German-American drama film directed by James Kent, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mary49
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    Mary

    Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Goi

    Mary is a 2019 American horror film directed by Michael Goi. A family renovates a boat in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • My Days of Mercy50
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    My Days of Mercy

    Kate Mara, Ellen Page

    Released2019

    Directed byTali Shalom Ezer

    My Days of Mercy is a 2017 (2019 US release) American-British drama-romance film directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button