2019 saw great Nollywood movies in cinemas. From intelligent storylines, dialogue to cinematography and character interpretation, viewers were completely entertained and are hear for this current wave of great storytelling hitting Nollywood.
The movies on this list were rated above 70% by movie critics and completely wowed the audience.
Check out the list of top 10 Nollywood movies in 2019 in no particular order.
- Living in Bondage: Breaking Free
The Nigerian drama thriller film was produced by Charles Okpaleke and directed by Nollywood actor, Ramsey Nouah is his directorial debut. The movie which is a sequel to 1992 classic Living in Bondage, stars Kenneth Okonkwo, with Swanky JKA in his breakout role, and director Nouah as the main villain. Grossing over 150million naira since it’s cinema release on 8 November 2019, the film set box office records and ranked eighth overall on the list of highest-grossing Nigerian films of all time. The picture quality and post-production synced with the directorial and acting credits to make it the best film out of Nollywood in 2019.
Bling Lagosians centers around the Holloways, a wealthy Lagos family and their mother Mopelola, who is about to celebrate her 51st birthday party. The movie gives a vivid picture of what a typical Lagos family looks like. 1% of 1%. There are individual feuds and fights between family members. Written by Anthony Kehinde Joseph and directed and co-produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, the movie also tries to deal with the rifts between a movie scriptwriter and a producer. The character interpretation and picture quality earn the movie a spot on our list.
Talk of acting depth and outstanding character interpretation then Blossom Chukwujekwu and Enado Odigie brought it all in ‘Joba’. A faith-based movie directed by Biodun Stephen got acceptance from movie buffs and critics. The story is a common one in the Nigerian society of today. A loving couple is beginning to have their faith tested after they were unable to have children a few years into their wedding.
We were ushered into the new year with this brilliant movie directed by Willis Ikedum. Very well prepared and served with a bundle of talented actors that includes Enyinna Nwigwe, Bimbo Akintola, Segun Arinze, and Mudiaga Ogheneovo, the movie tells the story of a casanova who gets served with a baby. The movie had good reviews from film critics and viewers alike. Overall, the movie’s directing, acting, relatability and post-production were on point.
Think Tope Alake, think an excellent choice of location. Nimbe dealt with social vices regarding drug abuse. Alake’s direction is heavily noticed in the character interpretation of Chimezie Imo, Toyin Abraham, Racheal Okonkwo, and Odunlade Adekola. Alake is widely known for his usual fusion of different Nigerian tribes in his movies. The picture quality and general post-production synced to give the film a true depiction of the decadence in Lagos slums.
The Set Up
Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, produced by Inkblot studios and Anakle films, ‘The Set Up’ was indeed a good movie. The martial arts, action and good use of lights on the project is both commendable but laudable. The film reunites Tina Mba, Dakore Akande, Adesua Etomi-Wellington. The cast and crew of the film were some of the criteria that made it a sellable project. It tells the story of a young woman gets more than she bargains for and is drawn into a web of deceit when she is hired by a socialite to assist with his scheme to marry a wealthy heiress.
Merry Men 2: Another Mission
The action-packed movie, Merry Men II continues with the adventures of Ayo, Naz, Amaju, and Remi on another fast-paced and high tension mission. This time though, they may be way in over their head, egged on by their love for and desperate determination to save Kemi. Things have changed for the charming foursome, the Merry Men. The star-studded movie played out well with good cinematography and character interpretation
Since its release, the movie has gained massive viewership and the critics have been very commendable. From picture quality, character interpretation and a well-crafted storyline, Jadesola Osiberu outdid herself with Sugar Rush. The story revolves around a group of girls Sugar Sisters, discover a whopping $800,000, the financial crimes commission and the supposed owners of the money come for them. Now to save themselves, they team up with unlikely allies and it’s a race against the clock to set things right.
4th Republic is a brilliant attempt that paid off for Ishaya Bako who always starts up a conversation whenever he writes or directs and film. ‘4th Republic’ is a thrilling political procedural that chronicled Nigeria’s political and electoral system in the last two decades. 4th Republic explores the dynamics of politics in Nigeria today, there is a multitude of factors at play; the violence that mars our polls, the trend of fighting for justice at the tribunals and the roles we as a society assign to women who aspire to powerful positions. After 10 mins, viewers are hooked on the 120mins long film. It undoubtedly sits on the list of best movies for 2019.
Coming from Insanity
This is one of the top movies of 2019. Based on the true-life story, ‘Coming from Insanity’ is a crime drama on the awe-inspiring true story of ‘Kossi the Bear,’ a notorious currency counterfeiter with genius-level intelligence. Featuring Wole Ojo, Wale Ojo, Tina Mba, Dakore Akande, Damilola Adegbite and Gabriel Afolayan, who plays the lead role, the film remains one of the best in 2019. Written and directed by Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo, the film makes the list of top films. The role interpretation, camera angles, post-production and quality of picture stands this film out as one of the best to be released in 2019.
2019 was a remarkable year for Nollywood stakeholders in general. we are looking forward to what is to come in 2020. word on the street is that there are more awesome productions in store..p.s King Of Boys 2 is in the works.
We are excited, you should be too!