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

Nictate: Top 11 Films of 2018

01 January 2019

Nictate: Top 11 Films of 2018, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015]

Philip Concannon: Best Films of 2018

01 January 2019

Philip Concannon: Best Films of 2018

  1. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  2. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  3. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  4. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  5. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  6. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  7. The Wild BoysBertrand Mandico
  8. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  9. ApostasyDaniel Kokotajlo
  10. The RiderChloé Zhao
  11. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  12. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  13. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  14. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  15. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  16. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  17. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  18. In FabricPeter Strickland
  19. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  20. Too Late to Die YoungDominga Sotomayor
  21. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  22. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  23. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  24. The Queen of FearValeria Bertuccelli and Fabiana Tiscornia
  25. ShirkersSandi Tan

Paste: 50 Best Movies of 2018

31 December 2018

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Movies of 2018

[see also 2017, 2015]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  4. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  5. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  6. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  7. HereditaryAri Aster
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. The RiderChloé Zhao
  11. WidowsSteve McQueen
  12. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  13. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  14. Lean on PeteAndrew Haigh
  15. Paddington 2Paul King
  16. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  17. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  18. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  19. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  20. Incredibles 2Brad Bird
  21. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  22. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  23. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  24. Avengers: Infinity WarsAnthony and Joe Russo
  25. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  26. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  27. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  28. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  29. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  30. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  31. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  32. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  33. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  34. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  35. BodiedJoseph Kahn
  36. ApostleGareth Evans
  37. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  38. First ManDamien Chazelle
  39. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  40. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  41. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  42. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  43. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  44. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  45. The Night Comes for UsTimo Tjahjanto
  46. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  47. Minding the GapBing Liu
  48. ShirkersSandi Tan
  49. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu
  50. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan

Desist Film: Best Films of 2018

31 December 2018

Desist Film: Best Films of 2018, extracted from the contributions of a group of cinephiles with "a panorama of tastes"

[see also 2017]

  1. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  2. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  3. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  4. The Wolf HouseCristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña
  5. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  6. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  7. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  8. The Waldheim WaltzRuth Beckermann
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. HereditaryAri Aster

    Experimental: our favourites

  1. ALTIPLANOMalena Szlam
  2. BlueApichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. L. CohenJames Benning
  4. Segunda vezDora García
  5. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack

Genevieve Koski: Top 20 Films of 2018

31 December 2018

Genevieve Koski: Top 20 Films of 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2017, 2014]

  1. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. The RiderChloé Zhao
  4. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  5. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  6. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. WidowsSteve McQueen
  9. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  10. Bad Times at the El RoyaleDrew Goddard
  11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  12. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  13. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  14. Minding the GapBing Liu
  15. The Little StrangerLenny Abrahamson
  16. Paddington 2Paul King
  17. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  18. Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesPeter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath
  19. The Sisters BrothersJacques Audiard
  20. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada