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 Films of 2012

03 January 2013

Film Comment: 50 Best Films of 2012

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

  1. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  2. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  4. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  5. AmourMichael Haneke
  6. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  7. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  8. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  9. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  10. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  11. TabuMiguel Gomes
  12. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  13. BernieRichard Linklater
  14. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  15. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  16. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  17. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  18. Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
  19. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  20. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  21. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  22. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  23. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  24. ArgoBen Affleck
  25. AttenbergAthina Rachel Tsangari
  26. The Color WheelAlex Ross Perry
  27. Rust and BoneJacques Audiard
  28. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  29. LooperRian Johnson
  30. Life of PiAng Lee
  31. A Man VanishesShohei Imamura
  32. SkyfallSam Mendes
  33. The GatekeepersDror Moreh
  34. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  35. HaywireSteven Soderbergh
  36. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  37. AbendlandNikolaus Geyrhalter
  38. Two Years at SeaBen Rivers
  39. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  40. Keep the Lights OnIra Sachs
  41. A Burning Hot SummerPhilippe Garrel
  42. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  43. FootnoteJoseph Cedar
  44. ComplianceCraig Zobel
  45. AlpsYorgos Lanthimos
  46. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  47. Farewell, My QueenBenoît Jacquot
  48. In Another CountryHong Sang-soo
  49. The Dark Knight RisesChristopher Nolan
  50. The Day He ArrivesHong Sang-soo