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.

2014 Movies

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 20 Films of 2014

01 December 2014

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 20 Films of 2014 (a poll of 112 critics, published by Sight & Sound Magazine)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  3. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  4. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  5. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  6. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  7. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  9. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  10. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  11. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  12. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  13. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  14. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  15. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  16. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  17. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  18. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  19. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  20. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2014

01 December 2014

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2014, as published by Artforum

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  2. Charlie Victor RomeoKarlyn Michelson, Patrick Daniels, Robert Berger
  3. The Kidnapping of Michel HouellebecqGuillaume Nicloux
  4. The Smell of UsLarry Clark
  5. GloriaSebastián Lelio
  6. Who Took JohnnyDavid Beilinson, Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley
  7. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  8. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2Lars von Trier
  9. VioletteMartin Provost
  10. The Films of Joanna Hogg: “Unrelated,” “Archipelago,” and “Exhibition”Joanna Hogg