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.

2013 Movies

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013

31 December 2013

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013, as published by Grantland

[see also 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  2. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  3. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  4. TerrafirmaEmanuele Crialese
  5. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  6. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  7. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  8. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  9. This Is the EndSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
  10. Let the Fire BurnJason Osder

Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

[see also 2014]

  1. HerSpike Jonze
  2. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  3. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  4. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  5. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  6. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  7. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  8. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  9. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  10. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  11. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  12. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  13. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  14. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  15. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  16. Captain PhillipsPaul Greengrass
  17. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  18. Blue is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche
  19. The PastAsghar Farhadi
  20. In the HouseFrançois Ozon

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013

31 December 2013

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013 (limited to commercially-released new films)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  3. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  4. The Place Beyond The PinesDerek Cianfrance
  5. Drug WarJohnnie To
  6. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  7. The Lone RangerGore Verbinski
  8. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  9. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  10. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2013, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  2. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  3. The PastAsghar Farhadi
  4. The Invisible WomanRalph Fiennes
  5. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  6. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  7. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  8. Room 237Rodney Ascher
  9. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
  10. The Lords Of SalemRob Zombie
  11. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  12. NoPablo Larraín
  13. MudJeff Nichols
  14. Beyond the HillsCristian Mungiu
  15. A HijackingTobias Lindholm

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  2. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  3. HerSpike Jonze
  4. Pain & GainMichael Bay
  5. The Unspeakable ActDan Sallitt
  6. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  7. FaustAleksandr Sokurov
  8. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  9. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  10. Drug WarJohnnie To
  11. RiddickDavid Twohy
  12. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  13. Side EffectsSteven Soderbergh
  14. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  15. BastardsClaire Denis