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.

Film Comment: 50 Best Released Films of 2011

16 December 2011

Film Comment: 50 Best Released Films of 2011 [poll of over 120 critics and film journalists]

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  4. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  5. A Dangerous MethodDavid Cronenberg
  6. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  7. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  8. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  9. HugoMartin Scorsese
  10. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  11. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  12. Le HavreAki Kaurismäki
  13. The Autobiography of Nicolae CeauşescuAndrei Ujica
  14. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  15. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  16. Nostalgia for the LightPatricio Guzmán
  17. A Brighter Summer DayEdward Yang
  18. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen
  19. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  20. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  21. ShameSteve McQueen
  22. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  23. Cave of Forgotten DreamsWerner Herzog
  24. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  25. To Die Like a ManJoão Pedro Rodrigues
  26. The InterruptersSteve James
  27. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  28. Tuesday, After ChristmasRadu Muntean
  29. AuroraCristi Puiu
  30. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  31. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  32. City of Life and DeathLu Chuan
  33. ContagionSteven Soderbergh
  34. Of Gods and MenXavier Beauvois
  35. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  36. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  37. The TripMichael Winterbottom
  38. MoneyballBennett Miller
  39. The ArborClio Barnard
  40. The FutureMiranda July
  41. IncendiesDenis Villeneuve
  42. Super 8JJ Abrams
  43. United Red ArmyKôji Wakamatsu
  44. Road to NowhereMonte Hellman
  45. TabloidErrol Morris
  46. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt
  47. TerriAzazel Jacobs
  48. J. EdgarClint Eastwood
  49. Jane EyreCary Joji Fukunaga
  50. PinaWim Wenders