Sight & Sound The best films of 2019

In a year in which the future of cinema – of independent filmmaking, and collective film-watching – seems more fraught than ever, our poll of 100 S&S contributors has produced a list of 50 outstanding reasons for movie watching.

  • The Souvenir
  • Parasite
  • The Irishman
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Pain and Glory
  • Atlantics
  • Bait
  • Us
  • Vitalina Varela
  • High Life
  • Uncut Gems
  • Monos
  • Marriage Story
  • For Sama
  • Midsommar
  • The Lighthouse
  • Happy as Lazzaro
  • Hustlers
  • Martin Eden
  • Beanpole
  • Border
  • Transit
  • A Hidden Life
  • The Farewell
  • The Hottest August
  • Ad Astra
  • Varda by Agnès
  • I Was at Home, But...
  • In Fabric
  • Knives Out
  • Booksmart
  • Ash Is Purest White
  • Synonyms
  • Zombi Child
  • America
  • No Data Plan
  • Eighth Grade
  • Joker
  • Ray & Liz
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • I Lost My Body
  • Holiday
  • Honeyland
  • Rocks
  • Rose Plays Julie
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Just Don't Think I'll Scream
  • The Favourite
  • The Mule