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The Best Movies No One Saw in 2019

Updated December 29, 2020 3.6k votes 381 voters 13.2k 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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    Released2019

    Directed byRobert 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 creature....  more
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    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun
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    36

    Released2019

    Directed byBong 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 glamorous...  more
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    Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson
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    Released2019

    Directed byTyler 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 dream...  more
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    Roman Griffin, Scarlett Johansson
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    Released2019

    Directed byTaika 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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    Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen
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    19

    Released2019

    Directed byJonas 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 guitarist (Rory Culkin)...  more
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  • 6
    Awkwafina, Tzi Ma
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    18

    Released2019

    Directed byLulu 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 her...  more
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  • 7
    Lexy Kolker Emile Hirsch Bruce Dern Grace Park Amanda Crew
    22
    17

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam 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 find a...  more
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  • 8
    Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley
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    23

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Kent

    The Aftermath is a 2019 British-German-American drama film directed by James Kent, based on the novel by Rhidian Brook. Post World War II, a British colonel (Jason Clarke) and his wife (Keira...  more
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  • 9
    Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana
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    25

    Released2019

    Directed byChris 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 the...  more
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  • 10
    Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola
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    20

    Released2019

    Directed byRiley 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, decides to...  more
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  • 11
    Max Zhang, Dave Bautista
    23
    23

    Released2019

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

    Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy is a 2018 Chinese martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping. After being defeated by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang) lives a depressed life and stays low profile,...  more
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    Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain
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    17

    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 Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryūhei Kitamura, and David Slade....  more
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    Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors
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    17

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe 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....  more
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  • 14
    Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche
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    26

    Released2019

    Directed byClaire 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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  • 15
    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni
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    13

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel 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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    Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson
    15
    16

    Released2019

    Directed byTrevor Nunn

    Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney and inspired by the life of Melita Norwood....  more
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  • 17
    Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector
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    23

    Released2019

    Directed bySarah Dagger-Nickson

    A Vigilante is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson, in her directorial debut. A vigilante (Olivia Wilde) helps victims escape their domestic abusers....  more
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  • 18
    Nicolas Cage, Kelsey Grammer
    14
    14

    Released2019

    Directed byStephen S. Campanelli

    Grand Isle is a 2019 American action-thriller film directed by Stephen S. Campanelli. A young father is charged for murder and must prove his innocence through recalling a very twisted and dark night...  more
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  • 19
    Deng Chao, Sun Li
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    3

    Released2019

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    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,” a...  more
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  • 20
    Kate Mara, Ellen Page
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    14

    Released2019

    Directed byTali Shalom Ezer

    My Days of Mercy is a 2017 (2019 US release) American-British drama-romance film directed by Tali Shalom Ezer. The daughter of a man who is on death row, Lucy falls in love with Mercy, a woman on the...  more
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  • 21
    Dev Patel, Radhika Apte
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    17

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Winterbottom

    The Wedding Guest is a 2018 British action thriller film written and directed by Michael Winterbottom. A mysterious British Muslim man (Dev Patel) goes on a journey across Pakistan and India....  more
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  • 22
    Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sidse Babett Knudsen
    9
    9

    Released2019

    Directed byPeter 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 with a...  more
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  • 23
    Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint
    13
    16

    Released2019

    Directed byJulia Hart

    Fast Color is a 2018 American drama sci-fi thriller film directed by Julia Hart. After running away from home upon discovering superhuman abilities, a woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) returns home to take...  more
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    Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer
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    13

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Goi

    Mary is a 2019 American horror film directed by Michael Goi. A family renovates a boat in hopes of starting a boat chartering business only find out that the boat is haunted....  more
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    Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki
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    11

    Released2019

    Directed byChanya 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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