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

J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014

29 December 2014

J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  2. CalvaryJohn Michael McDonagh
  3. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  4. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  6. Last Days in VietnamRory Kennedy
  7. JoeDavid Gordon Green
  8. The Kill TeamDan Krauss
  9. EverydayMichael Winterbottom
  10. Cheap ThrillsE.L. Katz
  11. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  12. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: ThemNed Benson
  13. A Girl at My DoorJuly Jung
  14. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  15. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  16. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  17. The OvernightersJesse Moss
  18. In SecretCharlie Stratton
  19. GloriaSebastián Lelio
  20. Tim’s VermeerTeller

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2014, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  3. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  4. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier
  9. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  10. The Missing PictureRithy Panh
  11. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  12. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  13. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  14. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  15. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2014, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  2. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  3. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  5. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  6. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  7. The Last of the UnjustClaude Lanzmann
  8. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  9. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  10. InterstellarChristopher Nolan
  11. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  12. A Most Wanted ManAnton Corbijn
  13. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  14. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  15. PolicemanNadav Lapid

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2014, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  2. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  3. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  5. A Field in EnglandBen Wheatley
  6. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  8. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  9. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  11. A Most Violent YearJ.C. Chandor
  12. The HomesmanTommy Lee Jones
  13. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  14. A Most Wanted ManAnton Corbijn
  15. FoxcatcherBennett Miller

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2014, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  2. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  3. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  4. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  5. Beloved SistersDominik Graf
  6. Starred UpDavid Mackenzie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  8. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  9. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  10. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  11. John WickChad Stahelski
  12. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  13. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  14. LucyLuc Besson
  15. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz