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

Keith Phipps: Top 30 Films of the Decade

09 January 2020

Keith Phipps: Top 30 Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter with a custom illustration for each entry

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  8. Winter's BoneDebra Granik
  9. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  10. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  11. HerSpike Jonze
  12. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  13. Inside OutPete Docter
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. CarolTodd Haynes
  16. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  17. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  18. Get OutJordan Peele
  19. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  20. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  21. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  22. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  23. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  24. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  25. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  26. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  27. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  28. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  29. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  30. MandyPanos Cosmatos

Anna Swanson: Top Films of the 2010s

05 January 2020

Anna Swanson: Top Films of the 2010s, as submitted to the collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

Nicole Brenez: Top Films of the 2010s

05 January 2020

Nicole Brenez: Top Films of the 2010s, as submitted to the collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

Miriam Bale: Best Films of the Decade

05 January 2020

Miriam Bale: Best Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter, in no particular order

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

Darren Hughes: Favorite Films of the 2010s

04 January 2020

Darren Hughes: Favorite Films of the 2010s, as posted to Letterboxd, listed alphabetically

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

Jordan Ruimy: The 25 Best Movies of the Decade

04 January 2020

Jordan Ruimy: The 25 Best Movies of the Decade, as posted at World of Reel

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  4. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  5. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  7. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  8. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  9. CarolTodd Haynes
  10. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  11. HerSpike Jonze
  12. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  13. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  14. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  15. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  16. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  17. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  18. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  19. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  20. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  21. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  22. Get OutJordan Peele
  23. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  24. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  25. Holy MotorsLeos Carax

Matt Patches: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade

31 December 2019

Matt Patches: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade, as published by Polygon

[see also 2019]

  1. The ComedyRick Alverson
  2. Minding the GapBing Liu
  3. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  7. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  8. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  9. The ArborClio Barnard
  10. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine

Karen Han: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade

29 December 2019

Karen Han: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade, as published by Polygon

[see also 2019]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  3. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  4. True GritJoel & Ethan Coen
  5. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  6. The Lost City of ZJames Gray
  7. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  8. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  9. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  10. Paddington 2Paul King
  11. A Cure for WellnessGore Verbinski

Rolling Stone: The 50 Best Movies of the 2010s

29 December 2019

Rolling Stone: The 50 Best Movies of the 2010s

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  3. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  4. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  5. Get OutJordan Peele
  6. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  7. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  8. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  9. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  10. CarolTodd Haynes
  11. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  12. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  13. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  14. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  15. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  16. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  17. Winter's BoneDebra Granik
  18. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  19. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  20. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  21. BurningLee Chang-dong
  22. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  23. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  24. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  25. SelmaAva DuVernay
  26. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  27. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  28. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  29. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  30. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  31. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  32. NoPablo Larraín
  33. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  34. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  35. TangerineSean Baker
  36. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  37. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  38. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  39. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  40. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  41. I Am Not Your NegroRaoul Peck
  42. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  43. AmourMichael Haneke
  44. HereditaryAri Aster
  45. Black Coal, Thin IceDiao Yinan
  46. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  47. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  48. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  49. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  50. Black PantherRyan Coogler

Ty Burr: The 50 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2019

Ty Burr: The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, as published by The Boston Globe with insightful capsules for the top ten

[see also 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. The ClockChristian Marclay
  4. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  5. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  6. Get OutJordan Peele
  7. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  8. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  9. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  10. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  11. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  12. AmourMichael Haneke
  13. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  16. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  17. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  18. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  19. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  20. The RiderChloé Zhao
  21. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  22. HerSpike Jonze
  23. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  24. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  25. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  26. Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler
  27. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  28. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  29. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  30. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  31. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  32. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  33. Toy Story 3Lee Unkrich
  34. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  35. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  36. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  37. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  38. HugoMartin Scorsese
  39. Inside OutPete Docter
  40. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  41. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  42. BurningLee Chang-dong
  43. AtlanticsMati Diop
  44. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  45. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  46. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  47. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  48. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  49. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  50. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine