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.

Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2018

21 December 2018

The Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  6. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  7. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  8. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  9. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  10. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  11. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  12. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  13. Paddington 2Paul King
  14. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  16. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  17. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  18. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  19. WesternValeska Grisebach
  20. The RiderChloé Zhao
  21. Minding the GapBing Liu
  22. The MuleClint Eastwood
  23. Lover for a DayPhilippe Garrel
  24. The TaleJennifer Fox
  25. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  26. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  27. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  28. Vox LuxBrady Corbet
  29. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  30. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  31. High LifeClaire Denis
  32. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  33. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  34. First ManDamien Chazelle
  35. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  36. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  37. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  38. The 15:17 to ParisClint Eastwood
  39. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  40. CustodyXavier Legrand
  41. SunsetLászló Nemes
  42. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  43. Before We VanishKiyoshi Kurosawa
  44. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  45. A Paris EducationJean-Paul Civeyrac
  46. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  47. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  48. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  49. WidowsSteve McQueen
  50. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke