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.

Paste: 50 Best Movies of 2015

01 January 2016

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Movies of 2015

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017]

  1. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  2. Cartel LandMatthew Heineman
  3. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  4. White GodKornél Mundruczó
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane AmsalemRonit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  6. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  7. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  8. Time Out of MindOren Moverman
  9. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  10. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  11. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  12. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  13. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  14. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  15. IrisAlbert Maysles
  16. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  17. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  18. Janis: Little Girl BlueAmy Berg
  19. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  20. Mississippi GrindRyan Fleck and Anna Boden
  21. Seymour: An IntroductionEthan Hawke
  22. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  23. Inside OutPete Docter
  24. WesternBill Ross
  25. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  26. James WhiteJosh Mond
  27. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  28. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  29. AmyAsif Kapadia
  30. Star Wars: The Force AwakensJJ Abrams
  31. I’ll See You in My DreamsBrett Haley
  32. Beasts of No NationCary Joji Fukunaga
  33. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  34. The MendJohn Magary
  35. Brand: A Second ComingOndi Timoner
  36. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  37. While We’re YoungNoah Baumbach
  38. (T)ERRORLyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
  39. Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationChristopher McQuarrie
  40. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  41. Listen to Me MarlonStevan Riley
  42. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  43. ’71Yann Demange
  44. TrainwreckJudd Apatow
  45. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  46. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  47. The New GirlfriendFrançois Ozon
  48. ResultsAndrew Bujalski
  49. DopeRick Famuyiwa
  50. TangerineSean Baker