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.

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 30 Films of 2016

01 December 2016

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 30 Films of 2016 (a poll of 163 critics, published by Sight & Sound Magazine)

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

  1. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  2. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  3. EllePaul Verhoeven
  4. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  5. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  6. I, Daniel BlakeKen Loach
  7. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  8. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  9. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  10. The Death of Louis XIVAlbert Serra
  11. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  12. SieranevadaCristi Puiu
  13. Fire at SeaGianfranco Rosi
  14. JulietaPedro Almodóvar
  15. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  16. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  17. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  18. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  19. AquariusKleber Mendonça Filho
  20. VictoriaSebastian Schipper
  21. Embrace of the SerpentCiro Guerra
  22. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  23. EvolutionLucile Hadzihalilovic
  24. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  25. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  26. LemonadeBeyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  27. Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford
  28. The OrnithologistJoão Pedro Rodrigues
  29. RawJulia Ducournau
  30. NerudaPablo Larraín