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.

2016 Movies

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016

02 January 2017

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016, as submitted to Village Voice Film Poll and posted to Twitter (14 films in total)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  3. LemonadeBeyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  4. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  5. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  6. EllePaul Verhoeven
  7. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  8. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  9. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  10. Dirty GrandpaDan Mazer

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2016

01 January 2017

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2016, as submitted to The Village Voice Film poll, Indiewire poll, and the survey at RogerEbert.com

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  2. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  3. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  4. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  5. EllePaul Verhoeven
  6. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  7. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  8. Kate Plays ChristineRobert Greene
  9. The Other SideRoberto Minervini
  10. HogtownDaniel Nearing

Uproxx: 20 Best Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Uproxx: 20 Best Films of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  2. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  3. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  4. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  5. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  6. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  7. JackiePablo Larraín
  8. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  9. ZootopiaByron Howard and Rich Moore
  10. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  11. Don’t Think TwiceMike Birbiglia
  12. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  13. Sing StreetJohn Carney
  14. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  15. Hunt for the WilderpeopleTaika Waititi
  16. WeinerJosh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  17. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  18. Hidden FiguresTheodore Melfi
  19. Little MenIra Sachs
  20. Rogue OneGareth Edwards

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2016, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  2. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  3. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  4. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  5. Green RoomJeremy Saulnier
  6. JackiePablo Larraín
  7. The Eyes of My MotherNicolas Pesce
  8. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  9. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  10. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  11. I Am Not Your NegroRaoul Peck
  12. Under the ShadowBabak Anvari
  13. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  14. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  15. EllePaul Verhoeven

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2016, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018, 2017, 2014]

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  3. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  4. JackiePablo Larraín
  5. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  6. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  7. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  8. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  9. Little MenIra Sachs
  10. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt