What Were Barack Obama's Favorite Films and TV Shows of 2019?
President Obama has shared the list of his favorite films and shows of 2019, and it includes some of the year's biggest titles.
So, did you know that President Barack Obama's taste in art is pretty damn good?
Well, you would if you read his annual favorites lists that cover a variety of different forms of entertainment, including music, literature and yeah, cinema. Now that it's the final day of 2019, why not find out which films and TV shows piqued the interest of the former POTUS this year.
Check out which 18 films (and 3 TV shows) made it onto Obama's 2019 list.
- American Factory; dir. Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
- Amazing Grace; dir. Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
- Apollo 11; dir. Todd Douglas Miller
- Ash is Purest White; dir. Zhangke Jia
- Atlantics; dir. Mati Diop
- Birds of Passage; dir. Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
- Booksmart; dir. Olivia Wilde
- Diane; dir. Kent Jones
- The Farewell; dir. Lulu Wang
- Ford v Ferrari; dir. James Mangold
- The Irishman; dir. Martin Scorsese
- Just Mercy; dir. Destin Daniel Cretton
- The Last Black Man in San Francisco; dir. Joe Talbot
- Little Women; dir. Greta Gerwig
- Marriage Story; dir. Noah Baumbach
- Parasite; dir. Bong Joon Ho
- The Souvenir; dir. Joanna Hogg
- Transit; dir. Christian Petzold
- Fleabag: Season 2; created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
- Unbelievable; created by Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman
- Watchmen; created by Damon Lindelof
The list includes popular Oscar contenders, like Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, Greta Gerwig's Little Women, Lulu Wang's The Farewell, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, and of course, Bong Joon Ho's massive hit Parasite.
However, Obama also named indie titles that quietly but powerfully stunned audiences, some of which easily make it on our own lists of favorite movies of the year, including Mati Diop's hauntingly visual ghost story Atlantics, the Birds of Passage, which our own Jon Fusco described as "Godfather' meets 'One Hundred Years of Solitude", and Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir, which won the Dramatic prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Which films and TV shows top your end-of-year lists? Let us know down in the comments.