Year-End Recap : Top 15 Most Popular and Widely Loved Movies of 2019
I’m going to say, the end of the year is always one of the busiest yet most satisfying time since I get to do a recap on all the best and popular movies and books for 2019. Thanks to me having a blog about movies, tv shows and books, I get to educate myself and catch-up on all the things that I haven’t had the time or opportunities to watch or read in the year of 2019 due to my goldfish-like attention span.
Seeing that I did recaps with books, I thought why not do it on movies as well? As I am sure a lot of us missed out on a bunch of great movies due to our busy schedules.
So without further ado, let’s get started. Here’s a list of 10 most popular and widely loved movies of 2019 (in no particular order):
Genre : Action, Adventure, Drama
Starring : Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Director : Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Released : April 26, 2019
After half of all life is snapped away by Thanos, the Avengers are left scattered and divided. Now with a way to reverse the damage, the Avengers and their allies must assemble once more and learn to put differences aside in order to work together and set things right. Along the way, the Avengers realize that sacrifices must be made as they prepare for the ultimate final showdown with Thanos, which will result in the heroes fighting the biggest battle they have ever faced.
Genre : Comedy, Drama
Starring : Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Director : Quentin Tarantino
Released : July 26, 2019
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
Genre : Comedy, Coming-of-age
Starring : Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams
Director : Olivia Wilde
Released : May 24, 2019
On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.
Genre : Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring : Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer
Director : Noah Baumbach
Released : December 6, 2019
A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
5. The Farewell
Genre : Comedy, Drama
Starring : Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo
Director : Lulu Wang
Released : August 9, 2019
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
Genre : Crime, Drama, Thriller
Starring : Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
Director : Todd Phillips
Released : October 4, 2019
Arthur Fleck is a wannabe stand-up comic who suffers from many mental illnesses, including one which causes him to laugh uncontrollably when he is nervous, and often gets him into bad situations. Arthur’s mental health causes almost all people in society to reject and look down upon him, even though all he wants is to be accepted by others. After being brutally beaten, having his medication cut off, Arthur’s life begins to spiral downward out-of-control into delusions, violence, and anarchy until he eventually transforms into Gotham’s infamous Clown-Prince of Crime.
Genre : Action, Crime, Thriller
Starring : Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
Director : Chad Stahelski
Released : May 17, 2019
After gunning down a member of the High Table — the shadowy international assassin’s guild — legendary hit man John Wick finds himself stripped of the organization’s protective services. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world’s most ruthless killers.
Genre : Action, Drama, Crime
Starring : Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles
Director : S. Craig Zahler
Released : March 22, 2019
The script centers on two policemen, one an old-timer (Gibson), the other his volatile younger partner (Vaughn), who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics become the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.
Genre : Drama, Thriller
Starring : Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
Director : Bong Joon Ho
Released : November 8, 2019
Jobless, penniless, and, above all, hopeless, the unmotivated patriarch, Ki-taek, and his equally unambitious family––his supportive wife, Chung-sook; his cynical twentysomething daughter, Ki-jung, and his college-age son, Ki-woo––occupy themselves by working for peanuts in their squalid basement-level apartment. Then, by sheer luck, a lucrative business proposition will pave the way for an insidiously subtle scheme, as Ki-woo summons up the courage to pose as an English tutor for the teenage daughter of the affluent Park family. Now, the stage seems set for an unceasing winner-take-all class war. How does one get rid of a parasite?
Genre : Drama, Horror, Mystery
Starring : Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren
Director : Ari Aster
Released : July 3, 2019
Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.
Genre : Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Starring : Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
Director : Jordan Peele
Released : March 22, 2019
In order to get away from their busy lives, the Wilson family takes a vacation to Santa Cruz, California with the plan of spending time with their friends, the Tyler family. On a day at the beach, their young son Jason almost wanders off, causing his mother Adelaide to become protective of her family. That night, four mysterious people break into Adelaide’s childhood home where they’re staying. The family is shocked to find out that the intruders look like them, only with grotesque appearances.
12. Apollo 11
Genre : History, Documentary
Starring : Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin
Director : Todd Douglas Miller
Released : March 1, 2019
On its fiftieth anniversary, the events surrounding the actual Apollo 11 space mission are presented solely using archival footage and still photographs of or associated with the mission. The events span from the eleventh hour preparations for the launch to shortly after the safe touchdown of the capsule with its three astronauts back on Earth. The mission is historic as the first time humans had stepped on the surface of the Earth’s moon. It arguably made household names of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as the first and second to walk on the moon, and slightly less so for the third astronaut, Michael Collins, who remained inside the capsule at the time. It was arguably the most dangerous space mission at the time in part to the astronauts leaving the safety of the capsule.
13. The Irishman
Genre : Biography, Crime, Drama
Starring : Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
Director : Martin Scorsese
Released : November 27, 2019
Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. He now looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career, maintaining connections with the Bufalino crime family. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62.
14. Downton Abbey
Genre : Drama, Romance
Starring : Matthew Goode, Alice McCarthy, Maggie Smith
Director : Michael Engler
Released : September 20, 2019
The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early twentieth century.
15. Toy Story 4
Genre : Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Starring : Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts
Director : Josh Cooley
Released : June 21, 2019
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re two worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.