The Best Movies of 2019 (Thus Far), Ranked

Bethany Quinn | Jun 7, 2019 Movies
The Best Movies of 2019 (Thus Far), Ranked

Taron Egerton in Rocketman
Paramount Pictures

It's already been a year to remember as 2019 is turning out to be a doozy. With dozens of new presidential candidates, a new royal baby, a second season of Big Little Lies, and several live-action Disney reboots, we're having a hard time staying on top of it all. But one thing is for sure: Each year, we get introduced to dozens upon dozens of new films -- some of which are highly anticipated, some we never asked for, and some that are straight-up flops. Nevertheless, the movies are always there for us.

The year is just about halfway through, and we've already gotten hits like Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, and Amazing Grace. Despite several subpar films, this is definitely going to be a banner year for film as mega-hits like The Lion King, Toy Story 4, and Frozen 2 haven't even been released yet. (There are tons of other highly anticipated movies for grown-ups, too. We for one can't wait to see Joker!)

We turned to Rotten Tomatoes, and its Tomatometer, to see which 2019 films are ranking the highest so far. While some of our favorites were left out the top spots, we can't argue with the reliable rating system! From documentaries to drama, horror to comedies, here are the best movies of 2019 thus far, ranked.

Sidenote: Given the year isn't over, this list is bound to change and reflects the current rankings as of June 7, 2019.

  • 30. 'Rocketman'


    Rated: R

    This film has only been out for a couple weeks and is already making a huge splash. Taron Egerton stars as Sir Elton John in this biopic about his life, chronicling his struggle to make it big and the success and temptations he faced on his rise to fame.

  • 29. 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'


    Rated: PG

    Hiccup and Toothless are seemingly happy in their dragon utopia until a new dragon appears and tests everything they believed to be true. They must search for a new home for the dragons, but it might just not be in this world! How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is definitely a must-see family film.

  • 28. 'Gloria Bell'

    Julianne Moore in Gloria Bell

    Rated: R

    Julianne Moore plays Gloria, a divorced woman who seems to be a bit lost in life. She finds some joy at a nightclub and starts dating ... but things aren't as smooth as she would hope. Gloria is soon faced with new challenges in her new life.

  • 27. 'Giant Little Ones'


    Rated: R

    Two best friends must reconcile their feelings for each other after a drunken party night. With the drama of high school, and the struggles of coming of age -- and coming to terns with one's own sexuality -- this film is loaded with heavy themes, but is brilliantly acted.

  • 26. 'Fighting With My Family'


    Rated: PG-13

    This film is based on the life of WWE wrestler Saraya Jade Bevis -- or Paige as she's known in the WWE. It depicts her family who are wrestlers that make their money performing at local venues around town, with the kids dreaming of becoming part of the WWE. Fighting With My Family shows Saraya's rise to the top of WWE superstardom.

  • 25. 'High Flying Bird'


    Rated: TV-MA

    André Holland stars as a sports agent who pitches a rookie client during an NBA lockout. He finds himself embroiled in a battle between the league and the players and has only a few days to pull off a plan that can change his life.

  • 24. 'The Souvenir'

    Tilda Swinton in The Souvenir

    Rated: R

    This film takes place in the '80s and follows a young film student, Julie, who falls deeply in love with an older man. Her mother, played by Tilda Swinton, is fiercely protective and overbearing, and Julie quickly learns that the man she loves has some pretty dangerous habits and things start to unravel.

  • 23. 'Long Days Journey Into Night'


    Rated: Not Rated

    Film buffs went nuts for this film that includes an hour-long three-dimensional shot. Long Days Journey Into Night is a beautifully shot film that blends reality and fantasy and encourages audiences to follow along on this slow but captivating journey.

  • 22. 'Rafiki'


    Rated: Unknown

    When Kena and Ziki start a romantic relationship, their lives are put at risk in their Kenyan town. Homosexuality is criminal where they live, and they are forced to choose between love and their safety.

  • 21. 'Diane'


    Rated: Unknown

    Diane spends her days caring for others and volunteering at shelters and hospitals. She's also trying to help her drug addict son, but is failing miserably. Soon, she starts to unravel as memories from her past begin to creep back up.

  • 20. 'Ask Dr. Ruth'


    Rated: Not Rated

    Dr. Ruth is a Holocaust survivor and perhaps the most famous "pleasure" therapist ever. This documentary chronicles her incredible life, leading up to her 90th birthday.

  • 19. 'The Mustang'


    Rated: R

    The Mustang follows inmate Roman Coleman who's currently incarcerated after being convicted for a violent crime. He has a chance to join the prison's rehabilitation program and train wild horses. While doing so, he learns a lot about himself and his past.

  • 18. 'The Wild Pear Tree'


    Rated: Unknown

    After graduating, a young man returns to his hometown with the hopes of getting his book published. While pursuing his dream, he must also deal with his father's deteriorating health, which takes an enormous toll on him.

  • 17. 'Us'


    Rated: R

    This second horror flick from Jordan Peele, director of Get Out, stars Lupita Nyong'o as a wife and mother who takes her family on a beach vacation. Soon, they become terrorized by their own doppelgangers in this twisted story.

  • 16. 'Avengers: Endgame'


    Rated: PG-13

    So much has already been said about this record-breaking film. Endgame picks up where Avengers: Infinity War left off -- with many of the superheroes we know and love ... gone. The final chapter of this installment does not disappoint!

  • 15. 'Shadow'


    Rated: Not Rated

    This film is set in ancient China and is the story of a king, his people, and a general who must fight against a rival kingdom. Shadow's masterful plot will leave viewers on the edge of their seats with battle scenes that are truly epic!

  • 14. 'Birds of Passage'


    Rated: Unknown

    This film follows the era of the Colombian drug trade and an indigenous family that gets caught up in selling marijuana to kids in the United States. Of course, things start to get tense as their culture and lives are at risk.

  • 13. 'An Elephant Sitting Still'


    Rated: Unknown

    After seriously injuring a bully by pushing him down the stairs, the main character, Wei Bu, runs away after he learns the bully's gangster brother is after him. Joined by an older neighbor and a female classmate, the three set off on a journey that they might never return from. 

  • 12. 'Transit'


    Rated: Not Rated

    This film is set in 1940s Germany against the tense backdrop of Fascism. The main character, Georg, flees Germany for Marseille, assuming the identity of a deceased writer. However, in his travels, he meets the writer's wife -- who doesn't know her husband has passed -- and ends up falling for her.

  • 11. 'Little Woods'


    Rated: R

    Two estranged sisters struggle with the aftermath of their mother's passing and their own crazy lives. They must decide whether to settle the mortgage on their mother's house, foreclose, or just leave it all behind. Lily James and Tessa Thompson star.

  • 10. 'Hail Satan?'


    Rated: R

    The documentary chronicles the rise of the Satanic Temple and its members as they organize a series of public actions. With funny moments throughout, this film does a great job of shedding a light on a group that is often misunderstood.

  • 9. 'The Heiresses'


    Rated: Unknown

    Chela and Chiquita have been wealthy for the better part of their lives. But when times get tough, they're forced to begin selling their belongings. Chiquita ends up behind bars, and Chela starts a taxi company to earn money and learns a lot about herself in the process.

  • 8. 'Woman at War'


    Rated: Not Rated

    On the surface, Halla appears to be a regular 50-year-old woman, but she actually leads a double life as an environmental activist. She begins to wage a one-woman war on the aluminum industry under her alias, "The Woman of the Mountain."

  • 7. 'Booksmart'


    Rated: R

    Best friends Amy and Molly spent the majority of their high school years studying and staying out of trouble, which is great, but kind of boring. The girls decide they want to make up for lost time and try to cram four years of adolescent partying into one night. Olivia Wilde directs.

  • 6. 'Rodents of Unusual Size'


    Rated: Unknown

    This documentary's title pays homage to the film The Princess Bride, though the large rodents in this film are actually real. It follows Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales as he battles hordes of 20-pound swamp rats that have shown up after years of hurricanes in the area. He and others fight to save their land from these nasty creatures.

  • 5. '3 Faces'


    Rated: Unknown

    Actress Behnaz Jafari travels to find a young girl she saw plead for help via video. She enlists a director, and they go off on a journey, discovering way more than they bargained for.

  • 4. 'Ash is the Purest White'


    Rated: Not Rated

    This film gives audiences a peek into the underground world of Chinese gangs. The main character, Qiao, and her boyfriend, Bin, are up against a rival gang in 2001. It's beautifully shot and features some superb acting!

  • 3. 'Apollo 11'


    Rated: G

    Apollo 11 shows never-before-seen footage of the historical mission of the first man on the moon. While the trip took place 50 years ago, the way the film was shot makes it feel like it's happening in the present tense, making for one adrenaline-inducing trip to the movies!

  • 2. 'Amazing Grace'


    Rated: G

    In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded songs for a gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. This documentary tells the story of the album's creation, and of course, features Franklin's chilling vocals!

  • 1. 'Knock Down the House'


    Rated: PG

    This documentary follows Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Cory Bush, and Amy Vilela (among others) as they run for Congress during the 2018 midterm elections. Viewers follow along on the election campaign as well learn about the candidates backstories.


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