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.
2015 Movies

Village Voice Film Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015

16 December 2015

Village Voice Film Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015 (as published in The Village Voice, comprised of votes from over 125 critics)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  4. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  5. TangerineSean Baker
  6. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  7. Inside OutPete Docter
  8. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  9. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  10. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  11. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  12. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  13. CreedRyan Coogler
  14. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  15. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  16. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  17. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  18. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  19. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  20. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  21. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  22. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  23. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  24. The MartianRidley Scott
  25. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  26. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  27. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  28. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  29. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  30. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  31. AmyAsif Kapadia
  32. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  33. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  34. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  35. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  36. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  37. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  38. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  39. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  40. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  41. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  42. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  43. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  44. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  45. About EllyAsghar Farhadi
  46. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  47. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  48. The MendJohn Magary
  49. Gett: The Trial of Viviane AmsalemRonit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  50. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher