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.

David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2012

09 December 2012

David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2012 (presented visually at

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

  1. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  2. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  3. AmourMichael Haneke
  4. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  5. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  6. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  7. Something in the AirOlivier Assayas
  8. The ComedyRick Alverson
  9. Anna KareninaJoe Wright
  10. Girl Walk // All DayJacob Krupnick
  11. AlpsYorgos Lanthimos
  12. Wuthering HeightsAndrea Arnold
  13. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  14. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  15. Cloud AtlasLana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  16. SkyfallSam Mendes
  17. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  18. TabuMiguel Gomes
  19. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  20. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  21. Shut Up and Play the HitsDylan Southern and Will Lovelace
  22. The AvengersJoss Whedon
  23. PolicemanNadav Lapid
  24. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  25. Sound of NoiseOla Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson