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

Nick Schager: 10 Best Films of 2015

02 January 2016

Nick Schager: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Variety and submitted to the Village Voice Film Poll

[see also 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  3. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  4. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  5. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  6. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  7. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  8. Slow WestJohn Maclean
  9. James WhiteJosh Mond
  10. Bone TomahawkS. Craig Zahler

Nictate: 15 Favorite Films of 2015

01 January 2016

Nictate: 15 Favorite Films of 2015, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  2. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  3. The MendJohn Magary
  4. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  5. Amour fouJessica Hausner
  6. Irrational ManWoody Allen
  7. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  8. ResultsAndrew Bujalski
  9. If You Don’t, I WillSophie Fillières
  10. TangerineSean Baker
  11. Appropriate BehaviorDesiree Akhavan
  12. Fort TildenSarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
  13. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  14. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  15. The Thoughts That Once We HadThom Andersen

Paste: 50 Best Movies of 2015

01 January 2016

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Movies of 2015

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  2. Cartel LandMatthew Heineman
  3. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  4. White GodKornél Mundruczó
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane AmsalemRonit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  6. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  7. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  8. Time Out of MindOren Moverman
  9. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  10. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  11. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  12. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  13. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  14. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  15. IrisAlbert Maysles
  16. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  17. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  18. Janis: Little Girl BlueAmy Berg
  19. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  20. Mississippi GrindRyan Fleck and Anna Boden
  21. Seymour: An IntroductionEthan Hawke
  22. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  23. Inside OutPete Docter
  24. WesternBill Ross
  25. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  26. James WhiteJosh Mond
  27. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  28. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  29. AmyAsif Kapadia
  30. Star Wars: The Force AwakensJJ Abrams
  31. I’ll See You in My DreamsBrett Haley
  32. Beasts of No NationCary Joji Fukunaga
  33. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  34. The MendJohn Magary
  35. Brand: A Second ComingOndi Timoner
  36. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  37. While We’re YoungNoah Baumbach
  38. (T)ERRORLyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
  39. Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationChristopher McQuarrie
  40. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  41. Listen to Me MarlonStevan Riley
  42. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  43. ’71Yann Demange
  44. TrainwreckJudd Apatow
  45. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  46. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  47. The New GirlfriendFrançois Ozon
  48. ResultsAndrew Bujalski
  49. DopeRick Famuyiwa
  50. TangerineSean Baker

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 5 Films of 2015

30 December 2015

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 5 Films of 2015, as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila Poll

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

  1. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  2. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  3. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  4. I, Dalio (or the Rules of the Game)Mark Rappaport
  5. Journey to the WestTsai Ming-liang

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2015

30 December 2015

Roger Koza’s La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2015 (as voted by over 125 critics, programmers, and filmmakers)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  4. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)Abbas Fahdel
  5. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  6. Mountains May DepartJia Zhang-ke
  7. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller