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

Richard Lawson: 10 Best Movies of 2018

04 December 2018

Richard Lawson: 10 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Vanity Fair

[see also 2017, 2015]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  4. Free SoloElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
  5. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  6. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  7. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  8. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  9. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainOl Parker

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2018

03 December 2018

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2018

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

  1. The Wild BoysBertrand Mandico
  2. Coincoin and the Extra-HumansBruno Dumont
  3. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. Paul Sanchez is Back!Patricia Mazuy
  6. The PostSteven Spielberg
  7. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  8. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  9. LetoKirill Serebrennikov
  10. Treasure IslandGuillaume Brac

David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2018

03 December 2018

This year’s installment of David Ehrlich’s always enjoyable video countdown: 25 Best Films of 2018

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

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. Paddington 2Paul King
  3. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  4. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  5. The TaleJennifer Fox
  6. BurningLee Chang-dong
  7. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  8. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  9. WildlifePaul Dano
  10. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  11. WidowsSteve McQueen
  12. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  13. HereditaryAri Aster
  14. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  16. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  17. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  18. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  19. Ryuichi Sakamoto: CodaStephen Nomura Schible
  20. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  21. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  22. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  23. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  24. Minding the GapBing Liu
  25. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2018

01 December 2018

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2018, as published by Artforum

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. A Man Walks in the CityMarcello Pagliero
  4. Thomas Bayrle Exhibit, New Museum, New York
  5. The Manet and Ravel Sequences from La FlorMariano Llinás
  6. Elegant BeastYûzô Kawashima
  7. BurningLee Chang-dong
  8. The LoadOgnjen Glavonic
  9. AykaSergei Dvortsevoy
  10. The Black BookValeria Sarmiento

Melissa Anderson: 10 Best Movies of 2018

01 December 2018

Melissa Anderson: 10 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Artforum

[see also 2016, 2015]

  1. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  2. Eight Hours Don’t Make a DayRainer Werner Fassbinder
  3. The MisandristsBruce La Bruce
  4. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  5. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  6. High LifeClaire Denis
  7. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  8. Nico, 1988Susanna Nicchiarelli
  9. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  10. “From the Collection of Pearl Bowser” Exhibit at Light Industry, New York
  11. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt