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.

Slant: 50 Best Films of 2015

11 December 2015

Slant Magazine: 50 Best Films of 2015

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  3. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  4. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  5. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  6. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  7. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  8. BlackhatMichael Mann
  9. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  10. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  11. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  12. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  13. Queen of EarthAlex Ross Perry
  14. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  15. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  16. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  17. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  18. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  19. CarolTodd Haynes
  20. CreedRyan Coogler
  21. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  22. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  23. Of Men and WarLaurent Bécue-Renard
  24. Eastern BoysRobin Campillo
  25. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh

    Just missed making it into the top 25

  1. About EllyAsghar Farhadi
  2. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  3. Salvation ArmyAbdellah Taïa
  4. The Kindergarten TeacherNadav Lapid
  5. TangerineSean Baker
  6. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  7. Welcome to New YorkAbel Ferrara
  8. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  9. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  10. BuzzardJoel Potrykus
  11. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  12. The Pearl ButtonPatricio Guzmán
  13. Of Horses and MenBenedikt Erlingsson
  14. Madam Phung’s Last JourneyNguyễn Thị Thấm
  15. We Come as FriendsHubert Sauper
  16. EntertainmentRick Alverson
  17. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  18. The FoolYuri Bykov
  19. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  20. La Última PelículaRaya Martin and Mark Peranson
  21. Inside OutPete Docter
  22. Gangs of WasseypurAnurag Kashyap
  23. OfficeJohnnie To
  24. Coming HomeZhang Yimou
  25. The Princess of FranceMatías Piñeiro