Year-End Lists

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Slant: The 25 Best Films of 2019

20 December 2019

Slant Magazine: The 25 Best Films of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  2. TransitChristian Petzold
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  6. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  7. La FlorMariano Llinás
  8. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  9. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  10. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  11. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  12. AtlanticsMati Diop
  13. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  14. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  15. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  16. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  17. PeterlooMike Leigh
  18. I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as BarbariansRadu Jude
  19. High LifeClaire Denis
  20. The Beach BumHarmony Korine
  21. ClimaxGaspar Noé
  22. Ad AstraJames Gray
  23. The CompetitionClaire Simon
  24. Chinese PortraitWang Xiaoshuai
  25. The Gospel of EurekaDonal Mosher and Michael Palmieri

    The Runners-Up

  1. The PlagiaristsPeter Parlow
  2. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  3. The LighthouseRobert Eggers
  4. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?Roberto Minervini
  5. End of the CenturyLucio Castro
  6. Ray & LizRichard Billingham
  7. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  9. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  10. Varda by AgnèsAgnès Varda
  11. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  12. Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler
  13. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  14. DianeKent Jones
  15. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  16. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  17. Gemini ManAng Lee
  18. ShadowZhang Yimou
  19. In FabricPeter Strickland
  20. UsJordan Peele
  21. The MountainRick Alverson
  22. Our TimeCarlos Reygadas
  23. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  24. The Dead Don't DieJim Jarmusch
  25. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt