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.

2010s Movies

Benzine: The Best Films of the Decade 2010-2019

09 December 2019

Benzine Magazine: The Best Films of the Decade 2010-2019, in roughly chronological order

Eric Allen Hatch: Favorite Films of the 2010s

06 December 2019

Eric Allen Hatch: Favorite Films of the 2010s, as posted to Twitter

Playlist: The 100 Best Films of the Decade

06 December 2019

The Playlist: The 100 Best Films of the Decade. See also their large number of honorable mentions.

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  9. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  10. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  11. Get OutJordan Peele
  12. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  13. CarolTodd Haynes
  14. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  15. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  16. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  17. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  18. A ProphetJacques Audiard
  19. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  20. Birds of PassageCristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
  21. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  22. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  23. The ComedyRick Alverson
  24. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  25. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  26. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  27. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  28. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  29. JackiePablo Larraín
  30. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  31. High LifeClaire Denis
  32. First ManDamien Chazelle
  33. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  34. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  35. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  36. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  37. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  38. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  39. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  40. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  41. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  42. AmourMichael Haneke
  43. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  44. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  45. WildlifePaul Dano
  46. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  47. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  48. EnemyDenis Villeneuve
  49. Killing Them SoftlyAndrew Dominik
  50. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  51. EllePaul Verhoeven
  52. ColumbusKogonada
  53. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  54. SelmaAva DuVernay
  55. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  56. The RiderChloé Zhao
  57. HerSpike Jonze
  58. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  59. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  60. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  61. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  62. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  63. TabuMiguel Gomes
  64. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  65. Blue ValentineDerek Cianfrance
  66. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  67. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  68. TangerineSean Baker
  69. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  70. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  71. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  72. White MaterialClaire Denis
  73. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  74. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  75. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  76. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  77. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  78. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  79. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  80. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  81. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  82. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  83. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  84. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  85. NoPablo Larraín
  86. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  87. The LighthouseRobert Eggers
  88. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  89. The HuntThomas Vinterberg
  90. ShameSteve McQueen
  91. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  92. InceptionChristopher Nolan
  93. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  94. The WailingNa Hong-jin
  95. mother!Darren Aronofsky
  96. What We Do in the ShadowsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  97. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  98. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  99. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  100. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of the Decade 2010-2019

06 December 2019

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of the Decade 2010-2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  6. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  7. Mia MadreNanni Moretti
  8. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  9. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  10. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira

Susannah Gruder: Best Movies of the 2010s

04 December 2019

Susannah Gruder: Best Movies of the 2010s, as posted to Letterboxd

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. I Am LoveLuca Guadagnino
  4. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  5. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  6. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. ChristineAntonio Campos
  9. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  10. WeinerJosh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  11. Take This WaltzSarah Polley
  12. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  13. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  14. GreenbergNoah Baumbach
  15. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher
  16. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  17. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  18. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  19. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  20. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  21. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  22. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  23. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  24. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  25. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  26. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  27. Another EarthMike Cahill
  28. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  29. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  30. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  31. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  32. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  33. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  34. BurningLee Chang-dong
  35. UsJordan Peele
  36. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  37. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  38. CarolTodd Haynes
  39. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  40. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  41. AmourMichael Haneke
  42. The WitchRobert Eggers
  43. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  44. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  45. HereditaryAri Aster
  46. Kumiko, the Treasure HunterDavid Zellner
  47. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  48. Get OutJordan Peele
  49. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  50. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas

Nellie Killian: Top 40 Films of the Decade

02 December 2019

Nellie Killian: Top 40 Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter with the caveat that it may still change

Orla Smith: Best Films of the Decade

01 December 2019

Orla Smith: Best Films of the Decade, as submitted to the Seventh Row Critics Survey

  1. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  2. SomewhereSofia Coppola
  3. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  4. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  5. RawJulia Ducournau

Lena Wilson: Best Films of the Decade

01 December 2019

Lena Wilson: Best Films of the Decade, as submitted to the Seventh Row Critics Survey

  1. Beach RatsEliza Hittman
  2. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  3. The Lion's Mouth OpensLucy Walker
  4. PariahDee Rees
  5. The InvitationKaryn Kusama

Seventh Row: 50 Favourite Films of the Decade

01 December 2019

Seventh Row: 50 Favourite Films of the Decade

  1. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  2. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  3. MouthpiecePatricia Rozema
  4. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  5. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  6. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  7. Rhymes for Young GhoulsJeff Barnaby
  8. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  9. Sergio and SergeiErnesto Daranas
  10. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  11. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  12. The BurdenNiki Lindroth von Bahr
  13. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  14. ProximaAlice Winocour
  15. Louder Than BombsJoachim Trier
  16. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  17. Charlie's CountryRolf de Heer
  18. RawJulia Ducournau
  19. CoriolanusRalph Fiennes
  20. UnsaneSteven Soderbergh
  21. AquariusKleber Mendonça Filho
  22. ArchipelagoJoanna Hogg
  23. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  24. TransitChristian Petzold
  25. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  26. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
  27. SelmaAva DuVernay
  28. Wild Nights with EmilyMadeleine Olnek
  29. Paddington 2Paul King
  30. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  31. Their FinestLone Scherfig
  32. Angels Wear WhiteVivian Qu
  33. Hail, Caesar!Joel & Ethan Coen
  34. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  35. Our Loved OnesAnne Émond
  36. The LevellingHope Dickson Leach
  37. WadjdaHaifaa al-Mansour
  38. NerudaPablo Larraín
  39. Ninth FloorMina Shum
  40. TomboyCéline Sciamma
  41. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  42. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  43. Our Little SisterHirokazu Kore-eda
  44. Enough SaidNicole Holofcener
  45. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  46. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  47. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  48. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  49. Dreams of a LifeCarol Morley
  50. The Riot ClubLone Scherfig

Matt Goldberg: Top 25 Films of the 2010s

30 November 2019

Matt Goldberg: Top 25 Films of the 2010s, as published by Collider

  1. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  2. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  3. 21 Jump StreetPhil Lord and Chris Miller
  4. Exit Through the Gift ShopBanksy
  5. HerSpike Jonze
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. Get OutJordan Peele
  8. Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolBrad Bird
  9. Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationChristopher McQuarrie
  10. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  11. 13thAva DuVernay
  12. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  13. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  14. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  15. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  16. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  17. Paddington 2Paul King
  18. MacGruberJorma Taccone
  19. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  20. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt
  21. Dawn of the Planet of the ApesMatt Reeves
  22. War for the Planet of the ApesMatt Reeves
  23. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  24. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  25. Popstar: Never Stop Never StoppingAkiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone
  26. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  27. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  28. Marvel Cinematic Universe
  29. InceptionChristopher Nolan