Year-End Lists

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L Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2012

17 December 2012

The L Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2012

[see also 2013]

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  3. BernieRichard Linklater
  4. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  5. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  6. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  7. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  8. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  9. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  10. The Color WheelAlex Ross Perry
  11. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  12. AbendlandNikolaus Geyrhalter
  13. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  14. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  15. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  16. LooperRian Johnson
  17. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  18. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  19. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  20. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  21. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  22. Whores’ GloryMichael Glawogger
  23. HaywireSteven Soderbergh
  24. TabuMiguel Gomes
  25. Girl Walk // All DayJacob Krupnick