Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

A.O. Scott: 25 Favorite Films of 2012

16 December 2012

A.O. Scott: 25 Favorite Films of 2012, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. AmourMichael Haneke
  2. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  3. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  4. FootnoteJoseph Cedar
  5. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  7. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  8. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  9. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  10. The GreyJoe Carnahan

    Top Five Documentaries

  1. The GatekeepersDror Moreh
  2. The Queen of VersaillesLauren Greenfield
  3. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  4. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  5. The Central Park FiveKen Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon