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.

2014 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top 10 Films of 2014

28 March 2015

Cinema Scope: Top 10 Films of 2014

[see also 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  2. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  3. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  4. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  5. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  6. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  7. The Kindergarten TeacherNadav Lapid
  8. MaidanSergei Loznitsa
  9. Journey to the WestTsai Ming-liang
  10. From What Is BeforeLav Diaz

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2014

28 February 2015

Michael Sicinski: Top 12 Films of 2014 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

[see also Top 50 Films of 2018, Top 30 Experimental Films of 2018, Top 25 Films of 2017, Top 10 Films of 2016, Top 10 Films of 2013, Top 12 Films of 2012]

  1. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  3. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  4. Closed CurtainKambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi
  5. ActressRobert Greene
  6. The Story of My DeathAlbert Serra
  7. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  8. Charlie Victor RomeoKarlyn Michelson, Patrick Daniels, Robert Berger
  9. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  10. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  11. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  12. Vic + Flo Saw a BearDenis Côté

Karina Longworth: 16 Favorite Movies of 2014

07 January 2015

Karina Longworth: 16 Favorite Movies of 2014 (as posted on Twitter in this series of tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

Ty Burr: 28 Best Movies of 2014

05 January 2015

Ty Burr: 28 Best Movies of 2014, as published by The Boston Globe

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  3. American SniperClint Eastwood
  4. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  5. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  6. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  7. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  8. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  9. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  11. Life ItselfSteve James
  12. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  13. Dear White PeopleJustin Simien
  14. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  15. LockeSteven Knight

Alison Willmore: 14 Greatest Movies of 2014

05 January 2015

Alison Willmore: 14 Greatest Movies of 2014, as published by BuzzFeed

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

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  3. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  4. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  5. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  6. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  7. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  8. Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn
  9. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  10. SelmaAva DuVernay
  11. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  12. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  13. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  14. The BabadookJennifer Kent

Christopher Orr: 30 Best Movies of 2014

05 January 2015

Christopher Orr: 30 Best Movies of 2014, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. A Most Violent YearJ.C. Chandor
  2. SelmaAva DuVernay
  3. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  4. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  5. The Imitation GameMorten Tyldum
  6. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  7. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  8. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  9. LockeSteven Knight
  10. NoahDarren Aronofsky
  11. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  12. InterstellarChristopher Nolan

Miriam Bale: Top 9 Films of 2014

04 January 2015

Miriam Bale: Top 9 Films of 2014, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog

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

  1. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  3. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  4. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  5. BelleAmma Asante
  6. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  7. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  8. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  9. JealousyPhilippe Garrel

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014 (as published at his site, Long Pauses, where he also has lists of favorite unreleased films, experimental shorts, and discoveries)

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

  1. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  2. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  3. JealousyPhilippe Garrel
  4. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  5. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  6. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  7. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  8. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  9. The Last of the UnjustClaude Lanzmann
  10. Closed CurtainKambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014, as published by Gay City News

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  3. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  4. ActressRobert Greene
  5. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  6. The King of EscapeAlain Guiraudie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  8. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  9. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  10. SelmaAva DuVernay

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog. See also this list of documentaries.

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

  1. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  2. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  3. InterstellarChristopher Nolan
  4. Vic + Flo Saw a BearDenis Côté
  5. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  6. Abuse of WeaknessCatherine Breillat
  7. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  8. The Dance of RealityAlejandro Jodorowsky
  9. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang