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.

Michael Glover Smith: Top 25 Films of 2019

23 December 2019

Michael Glover Smith: Top 25 Films of 2019, posted on his blog White City Cinema

  1. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Rolling Thunder RevueMartin Scorsese
  4. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  5. Coincoin and the Extra-HumansBruno Dumont
  6. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  7. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  8. High LifeClaire Denis
  9. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. AtlanticsMati Diop
  11. Black MotherKhalik Allah

    The Runners-Up

  1. PasoliniAbel Ferrara
  2. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  3. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  4. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  5. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  6. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  7. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  8. Richard JewellClint Eastwood
  9. GrassHong Sang-soo
  10. Hotel by the RiverHong Sang-soo
  11. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  12. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  13. Saint FrancesAlex Thompson
  14. Varda by AgnèsAgnès Varda
  15. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  16. Knives and SkinJennifer Reeder