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.

Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011

30 December 2011

Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011, as published by The Chicago Reader [more commentary]

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. AuroraCristi Puiu
  2. Secret SunshineLee Chang-dong
  3. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  4. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  5. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  6. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira
  7. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom FlameTsui Hark
  8. TargetAlexander Zeldovich
  9. 13 AssassinsTakashi Miike
  10. And Everything is Going FineSteven Soderbergh
  11. Don’t Go Breaking My HeartJohnnie To & Wai Ka-fai
  12. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  13. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  14. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  15. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  16. RestorationJoseph Madmony
  17. Another YearMike Leigh
  18. Ne Change RienPedro Costa
  19. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  20. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky