The Best Older Movies I Saw in 2019

An annual tradition here at The End, this is a look at my favorite film discoveries of the year, any movie more than a few years old that I saw for the first time in 2019. Previous years include: 2018, 20172016201520142013201220112010200920082007, and 2006. I watched just over 300 films this year, 76 of which qualified for this list, and these are 50 of my favorites.

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1. Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang, 1982)

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2. A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada, 2016)

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3. Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi, 1937)

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4. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985)

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5. The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui, 1981)

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6. Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 1997)

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7. Dusty Stacks of Mom (Jodie Mack, 2013)

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8. From the Queen to the Chief Executive (Herman Yau, 2001)

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9. War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966)

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10. Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000)

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11. Durian Durian (Fruit Chan, 2000)

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12. From Beijing with Love (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi, 1994)

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13. My Name Ain’t Suzie (Angie Chen, 1985)

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14. K-On! The Movie (Naoko Yamada, 2011)

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15. Taxi Hunter (Herman Yau, 1993)

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16. The Secret (Ann Hui, 1979)

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17. The Case of Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2015)

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18. Memories of Murder (Bong Joonho, 2003)

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19. The Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones, 1982)

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20. Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige, 1984)

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21. The Untold Story (Herman Yau, 1993)

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22. Cry Me a River (Jia Zhangke, 2008)

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23. The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986)

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24. Little Cheung (Fruit Chan, 1999)

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25. Between the Lines (Joan Micklin Silver, 1977)

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26. Romance of Book and Sword/Princess Fragrance (Ann Hui, 1987)

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27. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987)

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28. Buddha’s Palm (Taylor Wong, 1982)

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29. The Illegal Immigrant (Mabel Cheung, 1985)

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30. Starry is the Night (Ann Hui, 1988)

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31. Bullet Ballet (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1998)

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32. The Untold Story III (Herman Yau, 1999)

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33. The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Macoto Tezuka, 1985)

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34. Useless (Jia Zhangke, 2007)

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35. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2002)

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36. The Spooky Bunch (Ann Hui, 1980)

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37. The Twin Bracelets (Huang Yu-shan, 1991)

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38. Slumber Party Massacre II (Deborah Brock, 1987)

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39. Public Toilet (Fruit Chan, 2002)

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40. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982)

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41. Long Live the Missus! (Sang Hu, 1947)

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42. Woman Demon Human (Hunag Shuqin, 1987)

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43. Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983)

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44. Shaolin vs. Lama (Tso Nam-lee, 1983)

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45. Puppy Love (So Jing-man, 1985)

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46. Troublesome Night 3 (Herman Yau, 1998)

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47. Dong (Jia Zhangke, 2006)

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48. Maximum Risk (Ringo Lam, 1996)

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49. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2014)

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50. Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986)

 

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