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.
2013 Movies

L Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

The L Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2013

[see also 2012]

  1. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  3. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  4. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  5. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  6. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  7. BastardsClaire Denis
  8. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  9. HerSpike Jonze
  10. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  11. To The WonderTerrence Malick
  12. Museum HoursJem Cohen
  13. Drug WarJohnnie To
  14. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  15. Night Across the StreetRaoul Ruiz
  16. The GrandmasterWong Kar-Wai
  17. The SquareJehane Noujaim
  18. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  19. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  20. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
2013 Movies

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013

31 December 2013

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013, as published by Grantland

[see also 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  2. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  3. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  4. TerrafirmaEmanuele Crialese
  5. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  6. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  7. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  8. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  9. This Is the EndSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
  10. Let the Fire BurnJason Osder
2013 Albums

Antiquiet: 20 Best Albums of 2013

31 December 2013

Antiquiet: 20 Best Albums of 2013

[see also 2014, 2011]

  1. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  2. Arctic MonkeysAM
  3. Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
  4. Atoms for PeaceAmok
  5. EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 2
  6. Pearl JamLightning Bolt
  7. Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubSpecter at the Feast
  8. ClutchEarth Rocker
  9. Portugal. The ManEvil Friends
  10. David BowieThe Next Day
  11. LordePure Heroine
  12. TrickyFalse Idols
  13. Kanye WestYeezus
  14. Arcade FireReflektor
  15. How to Destroy AngelsWelcome to Oblivion
  16. Russian CirclesMemorial
  17. JunipJunip
  18. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  19. PalmsPalms
  20. Biffy ClyroOpposites
2013 Movies

Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

[see also 2014]

  1. HerSpike Jonze
  2. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  3. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  4. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  5. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  6. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  7. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  8. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  9. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  10. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  11. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  12. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  13. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  14. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  15. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  16. Captain PhillipsPaul Greengrass
  17. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  18. Blue is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche
  19. The PastAsghar Farhadi
  20. In the HouseFrançois Ozon
2013 Movies

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013

31 December 2013

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013 (limited to commercially-released new films)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  3. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  4. The Place Beyond The PinesDerek Cianfrance
  5. Drug WarJohnnie To
  6. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  7. The Lone RangerGore Verbinski
  8. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  9. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  10. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen