5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Both riotously funny and achingly melancholy, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a movie about an industry in a bloated, strained transition period that perhaps signals a shift in style for the filmmaker, a Generation X icon approaching his self-styled creative twilight years. While Margot Robbie's Sharon Tate provides the now-requisite historical heft to the material, the friendship between Leonardo DiCaprio's fictional actor Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt's made-up stuntman Cliff Booth is the core of this dazzling, beguiling epic in miniature, which unfolds over a couple lazy afternoons. Ever the fanboy, the director relishes the chance to recreate the goofy TV shows, dime store novels, corny commercials, and booze-fueled shoptalk of late '60s Los Angeles, but he also captures the more timeless pleasures of sharing those cultural commodities with the other people in your life. Whether you're a Charles Manson-worshipping teenager, a flailing Western star, or a suit-wearing agent, we're all just looking for a buddy to watch TV with. Maybe grab a beer from the fridge while you're at it.