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 2016

19 December 2016

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2016 (as voted by 200 critics)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  3. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  4. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  5. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  6. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  7. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  8. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  9. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  10. JackiePablo Larraín
  11. EllePaul Verhoeven
  12. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  13. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  14. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  15. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  16. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  17. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  18. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  19. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  20. The WitchRobert Eggers
  21. AquariusKleber Mendonça Filho
  22. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  23. Green RoomJeremy Saulnier
  24. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  25. Sing StreetJohn Carney
  26. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  27. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  28. LovingJeff Nichols
  29. Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford
  30. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  31. I Am Not Your NegroRaoul Peck
  32. A Bigger SplashLuca Guadagnino
  33. Knight of CupsTerrence Malick
  34. Kubo and the Two StringsTravis Knight
  35. Happy HourRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  36. KrishaTrey Edward Shults
  37. ChevalierAthina Rachel Tsangari
  38. Hail, Caesar!Joel & Ethan Coen
  39. Hunt for the WilderpeopleTaika Waititi
  40. Swiss Army ManDan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
  41. I, Daniel BlakeKen Loach
  42. 13thAva DuVernay
  43. Sunset SongTerence Davies
  44. WeinerJosh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  45. Fire at SeaGianfranco Rosi
  46. Embrace of the SerpentCiro Guerra
  47. NerudaPablo Larraín
  48. Captain FantasticMatt Ross
  49. The Neon DemonNicolas Winding Refn
  50. ChristineAntonio Campos