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.

Film School Rejects: The 100 Best Movies of the Decade

13 November 2019

Film School Rejects: The 100 Best Movies of the Decade

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. Get OutJordan Peele
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  6. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  7. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  8. What We Do in the ShadowsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  9. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  10. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  11. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  12. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  13. The FarewellLulu Wang
  14. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  15. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  16. Paddington 2Paul King
  17. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  18. The WitchRobert Eggers
  19. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  20. LoganJames Mangold
  21. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  22. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  23. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  24. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  25. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  26. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  27. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  28. BurningLee Chang-dong
  29. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  30. True GritJoel & Ethan Coen
  31. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  32. Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolBrad Bird
  33. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  34. HereditaryAri Aster
  35. Hunt for the WilderpeopleTaika Waititi
  36. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  37. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  38. Green RoomJeremy Saulnier
  39. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  40. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  41. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  42. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  43. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  44. InceptionChristopher Nolan
  45. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  46. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  47. The Nice GuysShane Black
  48. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  49. FoxtrotSamuel Maoz
  50. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  51. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  52. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  53. Wonder WomanPatty Jenkins
  54. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  55. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  56. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  57. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  58. Swiss Army ManDan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
  59. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  60. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  61. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  62. EllePaul Verhoeven
  63. Captain America: The Winter SoldierAnthony and Joe Russo
  64. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  65. Young AdultJason Reitman
  66. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  67. The GreyJoe Carnahan
  68. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  69. CarolTodd Haynes
  70. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  71. Attack the BlockJoe Cornish
  72. Blue ValentineDerek Cianfrance
  73. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  74. ThelmaJoachim Trier
  75. HerSpike Jonze
  76. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  77. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  78. Exit Through the Gift ShopBanksy
  79. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  80. Blade Runner 2049Denis Villeneuve
  81. John WickChad Stahelski
  82. I Saw the DevilKim Ji-woon
  83. InterstellarChristopher Nolan
  84. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  85. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  86. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  87. Goodnight MommyVeronika Franz and Severin Fiala
  88. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  89. Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi
  90. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  91. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  92. The InvitationKaryn Kusama
  93. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  94. High LifeClaire Denis
  95. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  96. Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldEdgar Wright
  97. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  98. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  99. Borg vs. McEnroeJanus Metz
  100. Bone TomahawkS. Craig Zahler