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

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

Uproxx: Best Movies of 2018

31 December 2018

Uproxx: Best Movies of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  4. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  5. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  6. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  7. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  9. Paddington 2Paul King
  10. First ManDamien Chazelle
  11. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  12. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  13. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  14. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  15. BorderAli Abbasi

Darren Hughes: Favorite US Releases of 2018

31 December 2018

Darren Hughes: Favorite US Releases of 2018, as posted to Long Pauses along with several other great lists of premieres, shorts, and first-viewings

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

  1. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  2. WesternValeska Grisebach
  3. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  6. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  7. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. MillaValérie Massadian
  10. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams

David Hudson: Top Ten Films of 2018

31 December 2018

David Hudson: Top Ten Films of 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. TransitChristian Petzold
  4. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  5. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  6. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  7. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  8. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  9. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  10. BurningLee Chang-dong