QUAD Staff Top 10 Films of 2019


23 December 2019

QUAD Staff Top 10 Films of 2019

2019 is almost over, and it seems like only yesterday that Olivia Colman took to the stage to claim her Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite. Yes, this did happen in 2019!

It’s been a great year for film, so we thought we’d find out what our staff thought was the best film of 2019:

10. Pain and Glory (15) S
Dir. Pedro Almodovar

“Very stylish! Had substance too” – Joan

9. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (18)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino

“The girls of the Family are terrifying in their representation of the death of hippiedom, and after three hours dutifully re-enacting historical events, the final sequence does something really interesting with concepts of reality and truth. Fully justifies its huge running time.” – Alex


8. Border (15) S
Dir. Ali Abassi

7. Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)
Dir. Brian Singer & Dexter Fletcher

6. Mid90s (15)
Dir. Jonah Hill

“The best depiction of male teenage friendship of the decade, or the decade it depicts. Everyone is funny and awful and cringey and heart-breaking in equal measure” – Daryn

5. Us (15) 
Dir. Jordan Peele

4. Knives Out (12A)
Dir. Rian Johnson

3. The Favourite (15)
Dir. Yargos Lanthimos

2. The Farewell (PG) S
Dir. Lulu Wang

“I laughed. I cried. All the emosh. I cannot recommend this film highly enough – a beautiful look at family relationships across continents” – Hope

1. Bait (15)
Dir. Mark Jenkin

“It was bleak (always pleasing to me), ambiguous and real. Had me thinking about it for days” – Jane

“a truly unique marvel of a British comedy. The best looking film of the year by an absolute mile“ – Daryn

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