My Top 100 First Time Viewings in 2019

by sol- | created - 8 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Of the 700+ films that I have seen for the first time in 2019 (so far) these are the ones that I liked the most.

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1. Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western

A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 52,102 | Gross: $12.54M

2. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 69,587

3. Fate of a Man (1959)

103 min | Drama, War

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko, Pavel Volkov

Votes: 2,463

4. Hamlet (1964)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

When the king of Denmark dies suddenly, his son, crown prince Hamlet, returns home to find that his uncle Claudius has usurped the throne and married Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Then, one night, Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost who commands him to avenge his murder at the hands of Claudius.

Director: Grigoriy Kozintsev | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elza Radzina, Yuriy Tolubeev

Votes: 2,309

5. About Elly (2009)

119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

87 Metascore

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Zare'i

Votes: 39,651 | Gross: $0.11M

6. The Doll (1919)

Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ossi Oswalda, Hermann Thimig, Victor Janson, Max Kronert

Votes: 1,538

7. The Visit (1964)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

An unwed pregnant teenager is run out of town and years later she returns there as a rich woman, raising the town's expectations with her generosity, but she's only out for revenge.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn, Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli

Votes: 1,353

8. The Field (1990)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

When a field (which has been farmed by the McCabe family for generations) goes up for auction, the patriarch of the McCabe family will stop at nothing to prevent a rich American from buying it.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean, Frances Tomelty

Votes: 5,168 | Gross: $1.41M

9. High Hopes (1988)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

The life of a working class couple living in London and their complicated relationships with other members of the family.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré, Philip Jackson

Votes: 3,957 | Gross: $1.19M

10. Bed and Sofa (1927)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

A married couple have a small apartment in Moscow. When an old friend of the husband's arrives in the city, he is unable to find lodgings. Kolia, the husband, invites his friend to move in with them.

Director: Abram Room | Stars: Vladimir Fogel, Nikolay Batalov, Lyudmila Semyonova, Leonid Yurenev

Votes: 969

11. Kuroneko (1968)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror

Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satô, Rokkô Toura

Votes: 5,437

12. The Quiet Room (1996)

PG | 92 min | Drama

A seven-year-old girl adopts a vow of silence in protest when her quarrelsome parents grow increasingly hostile to one another.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Celine O'Leary, Chloe Ferguson, Paul Blackwell, Phoebe Ferguson

Votes: 532

13. Interrogation (1989)

TV-MA | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Krystyna Janda, Adam Ferency, Janusz Gajos, Agnieszka Holland

Votes: 2,753

14. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 550,042 | Gross: $70.91M

15. Carry On Cleo (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

Two Britons are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. Hengist Pod creates useless inventions, while Horsa is a brave and cunning fighter. One of their first encounters... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 3,727

16. Carry On Cabby (1963)

91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Speedee Taxis is a great success, which means its workaholic owner Charlie starts neglecting Peggy, his wife. Suddenly a fleet of rival taxis appears from nowhere and start pinching all the... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 2,168

17. Juvenile Court (1973)

144 min | Documentary

An unobtrusive and naturalistic examination of the goings-on of a children's court, Memphis Juvenile Court 616.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 171

18. Short Term 12 (2013)

R | 96 min | Drama

82 Metascore

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever

Votes: 75,222 | Gross: $1.01M

19. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,477 | Gross: $0.61M

20. Pilot Pirx's Inquest (1979)

95 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The movie is about "finite nonlinears," robots that closely resemble human beings but are even more perfect than humans. They are intended to eventually replace human beings in space ... See full summary »

Director: Marek Piestrak | Stars: Sergei Desnitsky, Boleslaw Abart, Vladimir Ivashov, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy

Votes: 680

21. The Fits (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

90 Metascore

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson

Votes: 4,121 | Gross: $0.17M

22. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Director: Bo Burnham | Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Votes: 49,380 | Gross: $13.54M

23. Smash Palace (1981)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Anna Maria Monticelli, Greer Robson-Kirk, Keith Aberdein

Votes: 814

24. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

An English valet brought to the American west assimilates into the American way of life.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 3,447

25. Our Century (1983)

47 min | Documentary

A man paves his own way to his own soul through an intellectual quest, tragedies of nations and personal drama. The road moving through the cosmic distances is a flight into one's internal ... See full summary »

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 272

26. Zvenigora (1928)

109 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old Ukrainian man protects and searches for a legendary treasure in the midst of political upheavals.

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko | Stars: Georgi Astafyev, Nikolai Nademsky, Vladimir Uralskiy, Aleksandr Podorozhnyy

Votes: 758

27. Good Time (2017)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Buddy Duress

Votes: 57,842 | Gross: $2.03M

28. Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961)

99 min | Drama, War

Three episodes dealing with the harsh situation of children at the time of war. They stay at orphanages, wait for their parents to come back, help the soldiers, hide in the forests and do their best to survive.

Director: Stanislaw Rózewicz | Stars: Henryk Hryniewicz, Beata Barszczewska, Andrzej Banaszewski, Edward Mincer

Votes: 241

29. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

Director: Boots Riley | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick

Votes: 47,636 | Gross: $17.49M

30. The Black Room (1935)

Unrated | 68 min | Crime, Horror

Ignoring an ancient prophecy, evil brother Gregor seeks to maintain his feudal power on his his Tyrolean estate by murdering and impersonating his benevolent younger twin.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Boris Karloff, Marian Marsh, Robert Allen, Thurston Hall

Votes: 1,526

31. Moscow Laughs (1934)

96 min | Comedy, Musical

A musically talented shepherd gets his big chance when he is mistaken for a famous conductor.

Director: Grigoriy Aleksandrov | Stars: Leonid Utyosov, Lyubov Orlova, Mariya Strelkova, Elena Tyapkina

Votes: 785

32. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 97,710

33. Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

An author - a passive young man - enters the Soviet-controlled bureaucracy of Georgia attempting to get his novel published only to be neglected and compartmentalized at every turn.

Director: Eldar Shengelaia | Stars: Ramaz Giorgobiani, Vasil Kakhniashvili, Teimuraz Chirgadze, Ivane Sakvarelidze

Votes: 1,456

34. From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995)

97 min | Documentary, Biography

Mark Rappaport's creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema,... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: Mary Beth Hurt, Jean Seberg

Votes: 239

35. Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989)

108 min | Documentary, History, Romance

Trinh T. Minh-ha combines archival footage, text, and interviews to paint portraits of Vietnamese women past and present. She explores the fiction of documentary and the truth of subjective experience and all their inherent contradictions.

Director: T. Minh-ha Trinh

Votes: 124

36. The House That Jack Built (2018)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

42 Metascore

The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Votes: 43,715 | Gross: $0.09M

37. The Forbidden Quest (1993)

75 min | Adventure

1941: in Ireland, a film maker hears of an aged ship's carpenter who knows the fate of the Hollandia, a Norse ship that set sail in 1905 and vanished. The old salt has canisters of film to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Delpeut | Stars: Joseph O'Conor, Roy Ward

Votes: 236 | Gross: $0.02M

38. Nobody's Business (1996)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A portrait of the director's father, searching for the extraordinary in the subject's seemingly normal existence.

Director: Alan Berliner | Stars: Alan Berliner, Oscar Berliner

Votes: 562

39. Dr. Caligari (1989)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Mrs. Van Houten has shown signs of losing touch with reality, and her husband discusses possible treatment with Dr. Caligari, who says Mrs. Van Houten has a disease of the libido. The staff... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Sayadian | Stars: Madeleine Reynal, Fox Harris, Laura Albert, Jennifer Balgobin

Votes: 935

40. Justice, My Foot! (1992)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A shyster with an equally eccentric kung-fu ace of a wife manage to bring justice to the court.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Stephen Chow, Anita Mui, Man-Tat Ng, Carrie Ng

Votes: 2,052

41. Love on Delivery (1994)

100 min | Comedy

Ho Kam-An is a love struck dim-sum delivery boy who falls for a beautiful judo student. After being humiliated by her boyfriend, Ho Kam-An goes out and seeks the services of an aging ... See full summary »

Director: Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Stephen Chow, Christy Chung, Man-Tat Ng, Philip Chan

Votes: 2,298

42. Kaboom (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

64 Metascore

A sexually "undeclared" college freshman's clairvoyant/prophetic dreams are the first sign that something very strange is going on involving his class-mates -- with him at the center.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida

Votes: 12,009 | Gross: $0.12M

43. Sorcerer (1977)

PG | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou

Votes: 15,545 | Gross: $12.00M

44. Model Shop (1969)

M/PG | 97 min | Drama, Romance

George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Gary Lockwood, Alexandra Hay, Carol Cole

Votes: 1,157

45. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 148,059 | Gross: $5.02M

46. The Infinite Man (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A man's attempts to construct the ultimate romantic weekend backfire when his quest for perfection traps his lover in an infinite loop.

Director: Hugh Sullivan | Stars: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades

Votes: 1,365

47. Crippled Avengers (1978)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 2,036

48. Hercules Returns (1993)

82 min | Comedy

When Brad quits his job at a large cinema chain, to open his own picture theatre, his ex-boss sabotages the opening night by switching the Italian film with a non-subtitled version. Brad ... See full summary »

Director: David Parker | Stars: David Argue, Michael Carman, Mary Coustas, Bruce Spence

Votes: 1,300

49. Eagle vs Shark (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance