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.

Lara Zarum: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Lara Zarum: Top Ten Films of 2019, as posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll

Anne Thompson: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Anne Thompson: Top Ten Films of 2019, as posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. Ford v FerrariJames Mangold
  6. Honey BoyAlma Har'el
  7. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  8. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  9. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  10. 1917Sam Mendes

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2019, posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll. Previously he submitted a list to the Senses of Cinema World Poll that includes a couple of additional entries, and it appears alongside lists of undistributed features, shorts, installations, and expanded cinema performances.

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013]

  1. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  2. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. AniaraPella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja
  5. High LifeClaire Denis
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. Midnight TravelerHassan Fazili
  8. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  9. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  10. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

Keith Phipps: Top 30 Films of the Decade

09 January 2020

Keith Phipps: Top 30 Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter with a custom illustration for each entry

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  8. Winter's BoneDebra Granik
  9. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  10. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  11. HerSpike Jonze
  12. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  13. Inside OutPete Docter
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. CarolTodd Haynes
  16. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  17. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  18. Get OutJordan Peele
  19. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  20. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  21. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  22. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  23. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  24. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  25. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  26. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  27. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  28. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  29. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  30. MandyPanos Cosmatos

Dorothy Rabinowitz: The Best Television of 2019

06 January 2020

Dorothy Rabinowitz: The Best Television of 2019, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2018]

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

06 January 2020

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

[see also 2018]

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2019

06 January 2020

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  4. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  5. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  6. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  7. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  8. The MuleClint Eastwood
  9. JokerTodd Phillips
  10. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2019

05 January 2020

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012]

Vibe: The 30 Best Albums of 2019

05 January 2020

Vibe Magazine: The 30 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  2. Benny the ButcherThe Plugs I Met
  3. BeyoncéThe Lion King: The Gift
  4. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  5. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  6. DaBabyKIRK
  7. Daniel CaesarCASE STUDY 01
  8. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  9. Doja CatHot Pink
  10. DreamvilleRevenge of the Dreamers III
  11. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  12. GoldLinkDiaspora
  13. GunnaDrip or Drown 2
  14. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  15. Jim JonesEl Capo
  16. KembaGilda
  17. Little BrotherMay the Lord Watch
  18. Lucky DayePainted
  19. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  20. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  21. RapsodyEve
  22. Rick RossPort of Miami 2
  23. SiRChasing Summer
  24. Snoh Aalegra- Ugh, those feels again
  25. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  26. Summer WalkerOver It
  27. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  28. WaleWow... That's Crazy
  29. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  30. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy

Anna Swanson: Top Films of the 2010s

05 January 2020

Anna Swanson: Top Films of the 2010s, as submitted to the collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review