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The Best Movies No One Saw in 2019

Updated May 12, 2020 3.3k votes 367 voters 13.0k views136 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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    The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert D. Krzykowski

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  • 2
    Parasite
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    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    Jojo Rabbit
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    14

    Jojo Rabbit

    Roman Griffin, Scarlett Johansson

    Released2019

    Directed byTaika Waititi

    Jojo Rabbit is a 2019 dark comedy drama film directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    The Peanut Butter Falcon
    50
    27

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson

    Released2019

    Directed byTyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

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  • 5
    The Farewell
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    20

    The Farewell

    Awkwafina, Tzi Ma

    Released2019

    Directed byLulu Wang

    The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Freaks
    25
    16

    Freaks

    Lexy Kolker Emile Hirsch Bruce Dern Grace Park Amanda Crew

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Stein, Zach Lipovsky

    Freaks is a 2018 American-Canadian science fiction thriller film directed by Zach Lipovsky and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Lords of Chaos
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    Lords of Chaos

    Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen

    Released2019

    Directed byJonas Åkerlund

    Lords of Chaos is a 2018 horror-thriller film directed by Jonas Åkerlund, based on the 1988... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    The Art of Self-Defense
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    21

    The Art of Self-Defense

    Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola

    Released2019

    Directed byRiley Stearns

    The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Last Black Man in San Francisco
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    19

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Talbot

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Joe Talbot. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Missing Link
    24
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    Missing Link

    Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Butler

    Missing Link is a 2019 American stop-motion animated comedy adventure film directed by Chris... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    High Life
    24
    29

    High Life

    Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche

    Released2019

    Directed byClaire Denis

    High Life is a 2018 English-language science fiction film directed by Claire Denis. Part of a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
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    13

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel Ejiofor

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  • 13
    Styx
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    Styx

    Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa

    Released2019

    Directed byWolfgang Fischer

    Styx is a 2018 German-Austrian drama film directed by Wolfgang Fischer. A strong woman torn... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    In Fabric
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    8

    In Fabric

    Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sidse Babett Knudsen

    Released2019

    Directed byPeter Strickland

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  • 15
    Never Grow Old
    21
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    Never Grow Old

    John Cusack, Emile Hirsch

    Released2019

    Directed byIvan Kavanagh

    Never Grow Old is a 2019 Irish action film directed by Ivan Kavanagh. An Irish undertaker... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Vita and Virginia
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    10

    Vita and Virginia

    Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki

    Released2019

    Directed byChanya Button

    Vita and Virginia is a 2018 British biographical romance drama film directed by Chanya Button.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Waves
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    7

    Waves

    Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges

    Released2019

    Directed byTrey Edward Shults

    Waves is a 2019 American drama film directed by Trey Edward Shults. Two young couples (Kelvin... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    The Souvenir
    9
    13

    The Souvenir

    Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke

    Released2019

    Directed byJoanna Hogg

    The Souvenir is a 2019 American-British drama film, written and directed by Joanna Hogg. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    7
    10

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

    Released2019

    Directed byCéline Sciamma

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  • 20
    White Chamber
    13
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    White Chamber

    Shauna Macdonald, Oded Fehr

    Released2019

    Directed byPaul Raschid

    White Chamber is a 2018 British science fiction film directed by Paul Raschid. In the near... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
    10
    15

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • 22
    Synonyms
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    Synonyms

    Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire

    Released2019

    Directed byNadav Lapid

    Synonyms (a.k.a. Synonymes) is a 2019 French-Israeli drama film directed by Nadav Lapid. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Official Secrets
    10
    15

    Official Secrets

    Keira Knightley, Matt Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byGavin Hood

    Official Secrets is a 2019 American-British political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Beach Bum
    9
    15

    The Beach Bum

    Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron

    Released2019

    Directed byHarmony Korine

    The Beach Bum is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Harmony Korine. A rebellious stoner... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Ash Is Purest White
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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