‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘The Irishman’ Make Obama’s 2019 List of Favorite Movies

Former President Barack Obama has shared his list of favorite movies and TV shows of 2019.

“This year’s list includes everything from explorations of class dynamics and relationships, to an inspired reboot of a classic graphic novel, to a portal back to one of the most special places in history — an Aretha Franklin concert,” Obama wrote Sunday on Instagram.

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Among his picks are Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller The Irishman and Amazing Grace, a documentary that chronicles the recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling gospel album, “Amazing Grace,” at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

The diverse movie list also includes awards season darlings Marriage Story, Parasite, Just Mercy, and Little Women.

Indie favorites Booksmart and The Last Black Man in San Francisco, about a young man searching for a home in a changing city, got a presidential stamp of approval too.

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Credit: A24)
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (Credit: A24)

The 44th president gave a nod to a project from his Higher Ground production company as well.

“Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar,” he wrote. “It’s our first offering in partnership with Netflix, and I’m excited about the other projects we’ve got in the works.”

Three television shows made the cut, with Obama saying he considers BBC/Amazon’s Fleabag Season 2, HBO’s Watchmen and Netflix’s Unbelievable “as powerful as movies.”

Obama’s selections continue a tradition he started in the White House of sharing year-end lists of his favorite books, movies and music. On Saturday, he revealed his favorite books of the year.