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.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2012

20 December 2012

The A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2012

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011]

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  3. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  4. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  5. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  6. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  7. AmourMichael Haneke
  8. It’s Such a Beautiful DayDon Hertzfeldt
  9. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  10. Wuthering HeightsAndrea Arnold
  11. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  12. LooperRian Johnson
  13. Life of PiAng Lee
  14. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  15. Only the YoungJason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims
  16. The Queen of VersaillesLauren Greenfield
  17. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  18. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  19. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  20. I WishHirokazu Kore-eda