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.

Playlist: 25 Best Films of 2018

15 December 2018

The Playlist: 25 Best Films of 2018

[see also 2019, 2010s]

  1. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  2. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  3. HereditaryAri Aster
  4. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  5. BurningLee Chang-dong
  6. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  9. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  10. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  11. Paddington 2Paul King
  12. First ManDamien Chazelle
  13. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  14. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  15. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  16. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  17. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  18. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  19. WildlifePaul Dano
  20. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  21. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  22. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  23. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  24. The RiderChloé Zhao
  25. Black PantherRyan Coogler

    Just a point or two from cracking the top 25

  1. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  2. ViceAdam McKay
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu

    After that

  1. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  2. WidowsSteve McQueen
  3. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  4. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  5. Love, SimonGreg Berlanti
  6. Incredibles 2Brad Bird
  7. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  8. The TaleJennifer Fox
  9. CustodyXavier Legrand
  10. Claire’s CameraHong Sang-soo
  11. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  12. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  13. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  14. 1985Yen Tan
  15. ArabyJoão Dumans and Affonso Uchôa
  16. FoxtrotSamuel Maoz
  17. Minding the GapBing Liu
  18. Vox LuxBrady Corbet
  19. MuseoAlonso Ruizpalacios
  20. This Is CongoDaniel McCabe