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.

Total Film: 50 Best Movies of 2011

16 December 2011

Total Film: 50 Best Movies of 2011 [based on UK release date]

  1. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  4. Blue ValentineDerek Cianfrance
  5. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  6. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  7. Animal KingdomDavid Michôd
  8. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  9. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  10. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  11. The GuardJohn Michael McDonagh
  12. Source CodeDuncan Jones
  13. True GritJoel & Ethan Coen
  14. NedsPeter Mullan
  15. The FighterDavid O. Russell
  16. The King’s SpeechTom Hooper
  17. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  18. TyrannosaurPaddy Considine
  19. Super 8JJ Abrams
  20. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  21. SennaAsif Kapadia
  22. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  23. HugoMartin Scorsese
  24. SubmarineRichard Ayoade
  25. SnowtownJustin Kurzel
  26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2David Yates
  27. 127 HoursDanny Boyle
  28. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  29. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt
  30. Attack the BlockJoe Cornish
  31. MoneyballBennett Miller
  32. The Adventures of TintinSteven Spielberg
  33. ThorKenneth Branagh
  34. ArriettyHiromasa Yonebayashi & Gary Rydstrom
  35. The InterruptersSteve James
  36. X-Men: First ClassMatthew Vaughn
  37. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  38. ContagionSteven Soderbergh
  39. WarriorGavin O’Connor
  40. How I Ended This SummerAleksey Popogrebskiy
  41. Crazy, Stupid, LoveGlenn Ficarra and John Requa
  42. 13 AssassinsTakashi Miike
  43. The Ides of MarchGeorge Clooney
  44. The HelpTate Taylor
  45. 50/50Jonathan Levine
  46. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  47. Project NimJames Marsh
  48. Essential KillingJerzy Skolimowski
  49. The Lincoln LawyerBrad Furman
  50. The Girl with the Dragon TattooDavid Fincher