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.

Tasha Robinson: 15 Best Movies of 2016

31 December 2016

Tasha Robinson: 15 Best Movies of 2016, as published by The Verge

[see also 2018, 2017, 2014]

Matt Prigge: 25 Best Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Matt Prigge: 25 Best Films of 2016, as published by Metro

[see also 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  2. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  3. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  4. EllePaul Verhoeven
  5. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  6. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  7. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  8. The Nice GuysShane Black
  9. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  10. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  11. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  12. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  13. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  14. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  15. Sunset SongTerence Davies
  16. The TreasureCorneliu Porumboiu
  17. Kate Plays ChristineRobert Greene
  18. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  19. I Am Not Your NegroRaoul Peck
  20. Little MenIra Sachs
  21. My Golden DaysArnaud Desplechin
  22. AquariusKleber Mendonça Filho
  23. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  24. WeinerJosh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  25. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer

Glenn Kenny: 50 Noteworthy Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Glenn Kenny: 50 Noteworthy Films of 2016 (released in the United States)

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

  1. CosmosAndrzej Zulawski
  2. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  3. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  4. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  5. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  8. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  9. Hail, Caesar!Joel & Ethan Coen
  10. EvolutionLucile Hadzihalilovic
  11. Baden BadenRachel Lang

    Another ten, in no particular order

  1. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  3. High-RiseBen Wheatley
  4. EllePaul Verhoeven
  5. CreepyKiyoshi Kurosawa
  6. SullyClint Eastwood
  7. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  8. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  9. The Childhood of a LeaderBrady Corbet
  10. April and the Extraordinary WorldFranck Ekinci, Christian Desmares

    Fifteen more, in little particular order

  1. The Other SideRoberto Minervini
  2. Kate Plays ChristineRobert Greene
  3. 11 MinutesJerzy Skolimowski
  4. Bleak StreetArturo Ripstein
  5. Paths of the SoulZhang Yang
  6. Kaili BluesBi Gan
  7. Wiener-DogTodd Solondz
  8. IndignationJames Schamus
  9. Miss HokusaiKeiichi Hara
  10. Always ShineSophia Takal
  11. The WailingNa Hong-jin
  12. Kubo and the Two StringsTravis Knight
  13. 13thAva DuVernay

    Should be seen by every citizen of the United States at the very least

  1. My Golden DaysArnaud Desplechin
  2. The MermaidStephen Chow
  3. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  4. Bleed for ThisBen Younger
  5. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  6. Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford
  7. Florence Foster JenkinsStephen Frears
  8. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)Abbas Fahdel
  9. The Nice GuysShane Black
  10. De PalmaNoah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow
  11. JoshyJeff Baena
  12. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  13. Mountains May DepartJia Zhang-ke

    Stuff that was amazing but wasn’t made in 2015/16

  1. Belladonna of SadnessEiichi Yamamoto
  2. Private PropertyLeslie Stevens
  3. Only YesterdayIsao Takahata

Uproxx: 20 Best Albums of 2016

31 December 2016

Uproxx: 20 Best Albums of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Frank OceanBlond
  2. MitskiPuberty 2
  3. Bon Iver22, A Million
  4. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  5. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  6. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  7. BeyoncéLemonade
  8. Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
  9. Weyes BloodFront Row Seat to Earth
  10. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  11. David BowieBlackstar
  12. RihannaAnti
  13. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  14. Maren MorrisHero
  15. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  16. PUPThe Dream Is Over
  17. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  18. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  19. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  20. The HotelierGoodness

David Hudson: Top 13 Films of 2016

31 December 2016

David Hudson: Top 13 Films of 2016, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe Daily

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015]

  1. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  2. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  3. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  4. A Quiet PassionTerence Davies
  5. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  6. EllePaul Verhoeven
  7. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  8. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  9. HavariePhilip Scheffner
  10. Son of JosephEugène Green