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.

Guardian: 50 Best Films of 2015

18 December 2015

The Guardian: 50 Best Films of 2015 (of US releases)

[see also 2017]

  1. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  2. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  3. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  4. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  5. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  6. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  7. CarolTodd Haynes
  8. AmyAsif Kapadia
  9. JoyDavid O. Russell
  10. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  11. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  12. While We’re YoungNoah Baumbach
  13. PaddingtonPaul King
  14. MommyXavier Dolan
  15. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  16. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  17. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  18. Appropriate BehaviorDesiree Akhavan
  19. The Salt of the EarthWim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
  20. Beasts of No NationCary Joji Fukunaga
  21. The WolfpackCrystal Moselle
  22. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  23. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  24. Slow WestJohn Maclean
  25. White GodKornél Mundruczó
  26. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  27. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  28. The GiftJoel Edgerton
  29. The Seven FiveTiller Russell
  30. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  31. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  32. The NightmareRodney Ascher
  33. Red ArmyGabe Polsky
  34. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  35. Inside OutPete Docter
  36. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  37. CreedRyan Coogler
  38. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  39. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  40. Black MassScott Cooper
  41. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  42. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  43. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  44. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  45. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  46. MacbethJustin Kurzel
  47. TangerineSean Baker
  48. YouthPaolo Sorrentino
  49. Steve JobsDanny Boyle
  50. Wild TalesDamián Szifrón