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.

2018 Movies

Joe Morgenstern: Best Film of 2018

17 December 2018

Joe Morgenstern: Best Film of 2018, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2017]

Slant: 25 Best Films of 2018

17 December 2018

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. BurningLee Chang-dong
  3. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  4. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  5. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  6. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  7. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  8. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  9. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  10. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  11. WesternValeska Grisebach
  12. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  13. Paddington 2Paul King
  14. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  16. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson
  17. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  18. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  19. Golden ExitsAlex Ross Perry
  20. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  21. Shoah: Four SistersClaude Lanzmann
  22. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams
  23. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  24. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  25. Dead SoulsWang Bing

IndieWire Poll: Best Movies of 2018

17 December 2018

IndieWire Poll: Best Movies of 2018 (as voted by 232 critics from 32 countries)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Ringer: Best Movies of 2018

17 December 2018

The Ringer: Best Movies of 2018, composed by Sean Fennessey and Adam Nayman

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. Minding the GapBing Liu
  3. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  4. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  5. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  6. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  7. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  8. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  9. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  10. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins

Keith Uhlich: Top 10 Films of 2018

16 December 2018

Keith Uhlich: Top 10 Films of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

    Do Something New

  1. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  2. [tie] Ready Player OneSteven Spielberg

    Size Does Matter?

  1. The X-Files
  2. La FlorMariano Llinás

    This Is Existentialism 101

  1. The Terror
  2. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson

    …And This Is Love

  1. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  2. Sense8: Episode "Amor Vincit Omnia"Lana Wachowski
  3. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino

    Dea(d)r White People

  1. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  2. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen