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 2016

12 December 2016

Slant Magazine: 50 Best Films of 2016

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

  1. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  2. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  3. Happy HourRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  4. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. EllePaul Verhoeven
  6. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  7. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  8. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  9. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  10. The TreasureCorneliu Porumboiu
  11. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  12. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  13. Knight of CupsTerrence Malick
  14. Sunset SongTerence Davies
  15. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  16. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  17. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  18. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  19. The Illinois ParablesDeborah Stratman
  20. Homo sapiensNikolaus Geyrhalter
  21. Kate Plays ChristineRobert Greene
  22. The Academy of MusesJosé Luis Guerín
  23. Fire at SeaGianfranco Rosi
  24. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)Abbas Fahdel
  25. The Neon DemonNicolas Winding Refn
  26. Kaili BluesBi Gan
  27. In the Shadow of WomenPhilippe Garrel
  28. AquariusKleber Mendonça Filho
  29. Neon BullGabriel Mascaro
  30. Hail, Caesar!Joel & Ethan Coen
  31. The Other SideRoberto Minervini
  32. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  33. Wiener-DogTodd Solondz
  34. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  35. Mia MadreNanni Moretti
  36. Aferim!Radu Jude
  37. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  38. Midnight SpecialJeff Nichols
  39. Little MenIra Sachs
  40. CosmosAndrzej Zulawski
  41. Henry Gamble’s Birthday PartyStephen Cone
  42. Do Not ResistCraig Atkinson
  43. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  44. Mountains May DepartJia Zhang-ke
  45. DemonMarcin Wrona
  46. CreepyKiyoshi Kurosawa
  47. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  48. I Am Not Madame BovaryFeng Xiaogang
  49. 13thAva DuVernay
  50. Fort BuchananBenjamin Crotty