TIFF19: Ranking this year’s films (from BuffaloSpree.com)

In my thirteen years attending the Toronto International Film Festival, I’ve never seen as many genuinely great films as I did in 2019. And I’m not the only TIFF19 attendee saying that. From world premieres (Knives OutA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) to hits from other festivals (ParasiteWavesMarriage Story), the consensus is that this was one of the strongest TIFFs in recent memory.

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star in MARRIAGE STORY.
Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star in MARRIAGE STORY.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TIFF.

(Read the original post at BuffaloSpree.com.)

Below is a rundown of the nineteen films I saw this year. I may watch a few more from home before all is said and done. Visit tiff.net/films for summaries and trailers for these and more. 

  1. Parasite
  2. Waves
  3. Marriage Story
  4. Uncut Gems
  5. Knives Out
  6. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  7. Jojo Rabbit
  8. Ford v Ferrari
  9. The Report
  10. Bad Education
  11. The Lighthouse
  12. Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band
  13. Red Penguins
  14. Just Mercy
  15. Clifton Hill
  16. Joker
  17. Weathering With You
  18. The Truth
  19. Seberg

It was such a strong year that some very good films — Bad EducationThe Lighthouse — that would ranker higher in any other year are instead a bit far down the list.