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.

Glenn Kenny: 50 Noteworthy Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Glenn Kenny: 50 Noteworthy Films of 2016 (released in the United States)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010s]

  1. CosmosAndrzej Zulawski
  2. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  3. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  4. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  5. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  8. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  9. Hail, Caesar!Joel & Ethan Coen
  10. EvolutionLucile Hadzihalilovic
  11. Baden BadenRachel Lang

    Another ten, in no particular order

  1. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  3. High-RiseBen Wheatley
  4. EllePaul Verhoeven
  5. CreepyKiyoshi Kurosawa
  6. SullyClint Eastwood
  7. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  8. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  9. The Childhood of a LeaderBrady Corbet
  10. April and the Extraordinary WorldFranck Ekinci, Christian Desmares

    Fifteen more, in little particular order

  1. The Other SideRoberto Minervini
  2. Kate Plays ChristineRobert Greene
  3. 11 MinutesJerzy Skolimowski
  4. Bleak StreetArturo Ripstein
  5. Paths of the SoulZhang Yang
  6. Kaili BluesBi Gan
  7. Wiener-DogTodd Solondz
  8. IndignationJames Schamus
  9. Miss HokusaiKeiichi Hara
  10. Always ShineSophia Takal
  11. The WailingNa Hong-jin
  12. Kubo and the Two StringsTravis Knight
  13. 13thAva DuVernay

    Should be seen by every citizen of the United States at the very least

  1. My Golden DaysArnaud Desplechin
  2. The MermaidStephen Chow
  3. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  4. Bleed for ThisBen Younger
  5. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  6. Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford
  7. Florence Foster JenkinsStephen Frears
  8. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)Abbas Fahdel
  9. The Nice GuysShane Black
  10. De PalmaNoah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow
  11. JoshyJeff Baena
  12. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  13. Mountains May DepartJia Zhang-ke

    Stuff that was amazing but wasn’t made in 2015/16

  1. Belladonna of SadnessEiichi Yamamoto
  2. Private PropertyLeslie Stevens
  3. Only YesterdayIsao Takahata