The Best of 2019

The Best Movies No One Saw in 2019 

Jason Bancroft
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List Rules Only movies that have been release in 2019.

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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Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald
The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a 2018 adventure drama film directed by Robert D. Krzykowski. A legendary American war veteran (Sam Elliott) is recruited to hunt a mythical
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Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An unemployed driver (Song Kang-ho) and his out-of-work family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and ...more
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Roman Griffin, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi
Jojo Rabbit is a 2019 dark comedy drama film directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. A young boy (Roman Griffin) living during World War II who has Adolf ...more
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Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottasgen
The Peanut Butter Falcon is a 2019 American adventure film directed and written by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. A young boy with Down syndrome runs away from his care home to fulfill his ...more
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Lexy Kolker Emile Hirsch Bruce Dern Grace Park Amanda Crew
Freaks is a 2018 American-Canadian science fiction thriller film directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. 7-year-old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) escapes from her paranoid father (Emile Hirsch) to ...more
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Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the objections of her parents, a Chinese-American woman named Billi (Awkwafina) returns to China after ...more
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Lords of Chaos
Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Anthony De La Torre
Lords of Chaos is a 2018 horror-thriller film directed by Jonas Åkerlund, based on the 1988 non-fiction book by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. In 1989s Norway, a young ...more
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. A boy in Malawi helps his village by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a ...more
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Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Hayley Squires
In Fabric is a 2018 British horror comedy film directed by Peter Strickland. A cursed dressed is passed from person to person during a busy winter sales period at a department store, starting ...more
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Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai
Shadow is a 2018 Chinese period film directed by Zhang Yimou. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king (Zheng Kai), a military commander (Deng Chao) has a secret weapon: a “shadow,” ...more
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Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), ...more
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Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Joe Talbot. A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.
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Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis
Missing Link is a 2019 American stop-motion animated comedy adventure film directed by Chris Butler. Myths and monsters investigator, Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), sets off on an adventure to ...more
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Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff, Danielle Brooks
Clemency is a 2019 American drama film directed by Chinonye Chukwu. A Death Row prison warden, Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) makes a connection to the prisoner she is sanctioned to
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Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano
Ms. Purple is a 2019 American drama film directed by Justin Chon. Two estranged sisters come back together to help care for their dying father.
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Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley Stearns. A young man, Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg), who after a rough encounter on the street, ...more
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Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones
Vita and Virginia is a 2018 British biographical romance drama film directed by Chanya Button. Poet and novelist Vita (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) embark on an ...more
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Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (a.k.a. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. A young female portrait painter (Noémie ...more
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Waves
Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell
Waves is a 2019 American drama film directed by Trey Edward Shults. Two young couples (Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Lucas Hedges, and Alexa Demie) navigate through the emotional ...more
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Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin
High Life is a 2018 English-language science fiction film directed by Claire Denis. Part of a group of criminals sent on a journey in space to find alternative energy, Monte (Robert Pattinson) ...more
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Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a 2018 fantasy-adventure-comedy film directed by Terry Gilliam, loosely based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes. An advertising executive (Adam Driver) jumps ...more
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Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill
The Beach Bum is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Harmony Korine. A rebellious stoner named Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) lives life by his own rules.
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Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Yi'nan Diao
Ash Is Purest White is a 2018 Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.
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Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton
The Souvenir is a 2019 American-British drama film, written and directed by Joanna Hogg. A young film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a ...more
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Synonyms
Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
Synonyms (a.k.a. Synonymes) is a 2019 French-Israeli drama film directed by Nadav Lapid. A young Israeli man, Yoav (Tom Mercier) travels to Paris in an effort to flee his nationality and despite ...more