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The Best Movies No One Saw in 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 16, 2020 2.3k votes 352 voters 11.9k views 136 items

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert D. Krzykowski

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

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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Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottasgen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

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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Roman Griffin, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Released: 2019

Directed by: 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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Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lulu Wang

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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Lexy Kolker Emile Hirsch Bruce Dern Grace Park Amanda Crew

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adam Stein, Zach Lipovsky

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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Lords of Chaos Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Anthony De La Torre

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jonas Åkerlund

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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Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Talbot

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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Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots

Released: 2019

Directed by: Riley Stearns

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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Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin

Released: 2019

Directed by: Claire Denis

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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Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chris Butler

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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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Peter Strickland

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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John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, Paul Reid

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ivan Kavanagh

Never Grow Old is a 2019 Irish action film directed by Ivan Kavanagh. An Irish undertaker (Emile Hirsch) profits when an outlaw (John Cusack) takes over a peaceful American frontier town, but ...more
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Waves Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Trey Edward Shults

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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Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chanya Button

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Céline Sciamma

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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Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko

Released: 2018

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Harmony Korine

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Zhangke Jia

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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Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Roman Guillermic

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gaspar Noé

Climax is a 2018 French musical psychological horror film directed by Gaspar Noé. In the mid-1990s, a group of French dancers gather at an abandoned school for a late-night rehearsal when ...more
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Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joanna Hogg

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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Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall

Released: 2019

Directed by: Guy Nattiv

Skin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. A notorious white supremacist decides to transform his life with the help of a black activist and the woman he ...more
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Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

The Dead Don't Die is a 2019 American zombie horror comedy film, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish morgue expert must band together ...more
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Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kim Nguyen

The Hummingbird Project is a 2018 thriller film directed by Kim Nguyen. Cousins and high-frequency traders Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton Zaleski (Alexander Skarsgard) go up against their ...more