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.

Scott Tobias: Top 30 films of 2015

18 December 2015

Scott Tobias: Top 30 films of 2015. The top ten were submitted to the Village Voice poll and the Variety survey, and he updated and expanded the list on Letterboxd.

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  2. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  3. CarolTodd Haynes
  4. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  5. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  6. Inside OutPete Docter
  7. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  9. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  10. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  11. WesternBill Ross
  12. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  13. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  14. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  15. BuzzardJoel Potrykus
  16. TangerineSean Baker
  17. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  18. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  19. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  20. Approaching the ElephantAmanda Wilder
  21. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  22. James WhiteJosh Mond
  23. (T)ERRORLyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
  24. Crimson PeakGuillermo del Toro
  25. Cartel LandMatthew Heineman
  26. DemocratsCamilla Nielsson
  27. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  28. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  29. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  30. SpotlightTom McCarthy