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.

2015 Movies

Glenn Kenny: 47 Noteworthy Films of 2015

11 January 2016

Glenn Kenny: 47 Noteworthy Films of 2015 (released in the United States)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2013, 2012]

  1. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  2. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  4. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  5. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  6. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  7. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  9. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  10. Shaun the Sheep MovieMark Burton and Richard Starzak
  11. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  12. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  13. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  14. Star Wars: The Force AwakensJJ Abrams
  15. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  16. Inside OutPete Docter
  17. CarolTodd Haynes
  18. The MendJohn Magary
  19. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  20. CreedRyan Coogler
  21. Fort TildenSarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
  22. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  23. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  24. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  25. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  26. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  27. Queen of EarthAlex Ross Perry
  28. Hitchcock/TruffautKent Jones
  29. DemocratsCamilla Nielsson
  30. Field NiggasKhalik Allah
  31. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  32. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  33. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  34. Crimson PeakGuillermo del Toro
  35. GrandmaPaul Weitz
  36. Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationChristopher McQuarrie
  37. TrainwreckJudd Apatow
  38. BlackhatMichael Mann
  39. The MartianRidley Scott
  40. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  41. TangerineSean Baker
  42. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  43. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  44. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  45. Ant-ManPeyton Reed
  46. I’ll See You in My DreamsBrett Haley
  47. Ballet 422Jody Lee Lipes

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Movies of 2015

05 January 2016

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Movies of 2015

[see also 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  4. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  5. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  6. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  7. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  8. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  9. Eastern BoysRobin Campillo
  10. Horse MoneyPedro Costa

David Hudson: Top 17 Films of 2015

04 January 2016

David Hudson: Top 17 Films of 2015, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe Daily

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  4. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  5. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  7. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  8. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  9. VictoriaSebastian Schipper
  10. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin

Alison Willmore: 19 Best Movies of 2015

03 January 2016

Alison Willmore: 19 Best Movies of 2015, as published by BuzzFeed

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. CarolTodd Haynes
  4. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  5. CreedRyan Coogler
  6. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  7. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  8. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  9. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  10. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  11. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  12. The MartianRidley Scott
  13. What We Do in the ShadowsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  14. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  15. BlindEskil Vogt
  16. TangerineSean Baker
  17. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  18. Wild TalesDamián Szifrón
  19. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2015

02 January 2016

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2015, as published by The Chicago Tribune

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  2. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  4. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  5. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  6. CarolTodd Haynes
  7. Beasts of No NationCary Joji Fukunaga
  8. CreedRyan Coogler
  9. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  10. TangerineSean Baker