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

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014, as published by Grantland

[see also 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  2. SelmaAva DuVernay
  3. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  4. Land Ho!Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz
  5. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Edge of TomorrowDoug Liman
  7. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  8. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  9. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  10. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014, as published by The Chicago Tribune

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  3. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  5. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  6. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  9. Dear White PeopleJustin Simien
  10. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014, as published by Slate

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

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014

29 December 2014

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  2. RamblerasDaniela Speranza
  3. Mood IndigoMichel Gondry
  4. Starred UpDavid Mackenzie
  5. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  6. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  7. Breakfast with CurtisLaura Colella
  8. Jimmy P.Arnaud Desplechin
  9. Thy WombBrillante Mendoza
  10. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  11. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  12. The Golden EraAnn Hui
  13. Level FiveChris Marker
  14. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  15. Camille Claudel 1915Bruno Dumont
  16. The PresidentMohsen Makhmalbaf
  17. The Amazing CatfishClaudia Sainte-Luce
  18. The Stuart Hall ProjectJohn Akomfrah
  19. The HomesmanTommy Lee Jones
  20. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  21. Beyond the LightsGina Prince-Bythewood
  22. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  23. Non-StopJaume Collet-Serra
  24. Words and PicturesFred Schepisi
  25. ExhibitionJoanna Hogg
  26. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  27. GloriaSebastián Lelio
  28. Corner StoresAmina Waheed
  29. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  30. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman

Andrew O’Hehir: 21 Best Movies of 2014

29 December 2014

Andrew O’Hehir: 21 Best Movies of 2014, as published by Salon

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  3. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  4. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  5. The HomesmanTommy Lee Jones
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  8. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  9. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  11. 20,000 Days On EarthIain Forsyth & Jane Pollard