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.

2013 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2013

28 March 2014

Cinema Scope: Top 15 Films of 2013

[see also 2018, 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  2. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  3. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  4. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  5. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  6. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  7. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. The Story of My DeathAlbert Serra
  9. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  10. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski

Dennis Cooper: 13 Favorite Films of 2013

06 January 2014

Dennis Cooper: 13 Favorite Films of 2013 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. To The WonderTerrence Malick
  2. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  3. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  4. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  5. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  6. SilenceMichael Salerno
  7. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  8. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  9. Center JennyRyan Trecartin
  10. Un Conte de Michel MontaigneJean-Marie Straub
  11. Kneels Through the DarkJames Batley
  12. Camille Claudel 1915Bruno Dumont
  13. Over the RainbowRachel Maclean

Les Inrocks: 20 Best Films of 2013

01 January 2014

Les Inrockuptibles: 20 Best Films of 2013

[see also 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  2. Nobody’s Daughter HaewonHong Sang-soo
  3. Blue is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche
  4. Cloud AtlasLana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  5. You and the NightYann Gonzalez
  6. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  7. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. ShokuzaiKiyoshi Kurosawa
  9. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  10. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  11. JealousyPhilippe Garrel
  12. Tip TopSerge Bozon
  13. Age of PanicJustine Triet
  14. Promised LandGus Van Sant
  15. PassionBrian De Palma
  16. The Girl from NowhereJean-Claude Brisseau
  17. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  18. Jimmy P.Arnaud Desplechin
  19. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  20. The ImmigrantJames Gray

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2013

01 January 2014

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2013 (as voted by 240 critics)

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

  1. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  2. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  3. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  4. HerSpike Jonze
  5. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  6. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  7. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  8. Blue is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche
  9. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  10. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  11. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  12. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  13. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  14. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  15. American HustleDavid O. Russell
  16. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  17. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  18. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  19. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  20. Museum HoursJem Cohen
  21. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  22. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  23. To The WonderTerrence Malick
  24. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  25. Beyond the HillsCristian Mungiu
  26. Drug WarJohnnie To
  27. Blue JasmineWoody Allen
  28. BastardsClaire Denis
  29. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  30. The PastAsghar Farhadi
  31. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
  32. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  33. The GrandmasterWong Kar-Wai
  34. Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler
  35. NoPablo Larraín
  36. MudJeff Nichols
  37. The HuntThomas Vinterberg
  38. ViolaMatías Piñeiro
  39. The Unspeakable ActDan Sallitt
  40. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ YetAlain Resnais
  41. Captain PhillipsPaul Greengrass
  42. The Spectacular NowJames Ponsoldt
  43. Something in the AirOlivier Assayas
  44. StokerPark Chan-wook
  45. Dallas Buyers ClubJean-Marc Vallée
  46. WadjdaHaifaa al-Mansour
  47. Enough SaidNicole Holofcener
  48. Laurence AnywaysXavier Dolan
  49. Only God ForgivesNicolas Winding Refn
  50. Side EffectsSteven Soderbergh

L Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

The L Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2013

[see also 2012]

  1. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  3. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  4. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  5. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  6. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  7. BastardsClaire Denis
  8. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  9. HerSpike Jonze
  10. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  11. To The WonderTerrence Malick
  12. Museum HoursJem Cohen
  13. Drug WarJohnnie To
  14. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  15. Night Across the StreetRaoul Ruiz
  16. The GrandmasterWong Kar-Wai
  17. The SquareJehane Noujaim
  18. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  19. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  20. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013

31 December 2013

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013, as published by Grantland

[see also 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  2. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  3. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  4. TerrafirmaEmanuele Crialese
  5. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  6. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  7. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  8. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  9. This Is the EndSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
  10. Let the Fire BurnJason Osder

Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

[see also 2014]

  1. HerSpike Jonze
  2. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  3. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  4. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  5. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  6. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  7. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  8. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  9. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  10. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  11. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  12. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  13. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  14. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  15. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  16. Captain PhillipsPaul Greengrass
  17. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  18. Blue is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche
  19. The PastAsghar Farhadi
  20. In the HouseFrançois Ozon

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013

31 December 2013

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013 (limited to commercially-released new films)

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

  1. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  2. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  3. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  4. The Place Beyond The PinesDerek Cianfrance
  5. Drug WarJohnnie To
  6. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  7. The Lone RangerGore Verbinski
  8. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  9. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  10. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2013, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  2. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  3. The PastAsghar Farhadi
  4. The Invisible WomanRalph Fiennes
  5. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  6. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  7. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  8. Room 237Rodney Ascher
  9. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
  10. The Lords Of SalemRob Zombie
  11. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  12. NoPablo Larraín
  13. MudJeff Nichols
  14. Beyond the HillsCristian Mungiu
  15. A HijackingTobias Lindholm

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013

31 December 2013

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  2. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  3. HerSpike Jonze
  4. Pain & GainMichael Bay
  5. The Unspeakable ActDan Sallitt
  6. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  7. FaustAleksandr Sokurov
  8. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  9. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  10. Drug WarJohnnie To
  11. RiddickDavid Twohy
  12. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  13. Side EffectsSteven Soderbergh
  14. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  15. BastardsClaire Denis