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.

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2012

18 December 2012

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2012 (as voted by 204 critics)

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

  1. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  2. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  3. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  4. AmourMichael Haneke
  5. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  6. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  8. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  9. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  10. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  11. TabuMiguel Gomes
  12. ArgoBen Affleck
  13. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  14. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  15. Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
  16. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  17. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  18. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  19. LooperRian Johnson
  20. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  21. Life of PiAng Lee
  22. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  23. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  24. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  25. BernieRichard Linklater
  26. Killing Them SoftlyAndrew Dominik
  27. Cloud AtlasLana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  28. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  29. ComplianceCraig Zobel
  30. Wuthering HeightsAndrea Arnold
  31. Anna KareninaJoe Wright
  32. The ImposterBart Layton
  33. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  34. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  35. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  36. SkyfallSam Mendes
  37. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  38. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  39. Rust and BoneJacques Audiard
  40. It’s Such a Beautiful DayDon Hertzfeldt
  41. FootnoteJoseph Cedar
  42. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  43. The Perks of Being a WallflowerStephen Chbosky
  44. Keep the Lights OnIra Sachs
  45. Take This WaltzSarah Polley
  46. Room 237Rodney Ascher
  47. AlpsYorgos Lanthimos
  48. Marina Abramović: The Artist is PresentMatthew Akers
  49. The GatekeepersDror Moreh
  50. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo