The American Film Institute has announced its picks for the best films of 2019
Joining the likes of the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the New York Film Critics Circle, AFI announced its top 10 films, adding major weight for breakthroughs like Todd Phillips’ Joker and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women,, as well as Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which has thus far generated major traction aa top contender for Best Pictures.
Also appearing on the AFI’s unranked top 10 list are Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Sam Mendes’ 1917, Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell, and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, which also won the TIFF People’s Choice Award (a reliable Oscar bellwether). Comprised of filmmakers, critics, and other industry professionals, the AFI is a non-profit film organization that honors and supports the production of American movies, meaning likely Oscar contenders like Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite were ineligible to land a spot on the group’s top 10 list, though the film did receive a special honor outside the AFI top 10.
AFI top movies of 2019 (listed alphabetically):
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood