If you look at the listings for your local multiplex and find yourself dismayed by a glut of capes and crap, all is not lost. Thanks to Hollywood’s collapsing theatrical distribution model and an infusion of cash into the streaming space, there has never been a better time to be a moviewatcher —if not necessarily a moviegoer— than 2019. Not only do we have instant access to the entire history of cinema from the comfort of our couches, but streaming providers like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO have been happily filling our screens with the kinds of movies that audiences love but Hollywood essentially stopped producing (rom-coms, adult dramas, and provocative documentaries, to name but three).
Decider’s list of the Top 20 movies of 2019 focuses on not only the movies we LOVE, but the movies that you can stream at home — tonight! Our list runs the gamut from gangster epics (The Irishman) to cinematic creepfests (Us, Midsommar), from sprawling biopics (Rocketman) to, yes, blockbuster superhero sagas (Avengers Endgame, Captain Marvel). And we’ve also got plenty of those beloved rom-coms, dramas, and docs, too!
What else do we have? Movies directed by women! (Looking in your general direction, Hollywood Foreign Press Association.) Four of our Top 5 movies, and seven of our Top 20, were helmed by women, including: Olivia Wilde (Booksmart), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Nahnatchka Khan (Always Be My Maybe), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Beyonce Knowles-Carter (Homecoming), Erin Lee Carr (I Love You Now Die), and Rachel Lears (Knock Down The House). There, that wasn’t so hard, was it?
And with no further ado, here’s our list. Happy moviewatching, one and all!
20 . Knock Down The House’
Knock Down the House is not just a movie about the polarizing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While the Netflix doc does a great job of chronicling her unique election, it also follows other female candidates who campaigned, who cared, and who we’re sure to see getting involved in the government again. It was easily one of the most important films of the year, and if you haven’t seen it yet, get on that. This one is emotional, empowering and will only prove to be more relevant once 2020 rolls around.—Lea Palmieri