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

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014, as published by Grantland

[see also 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  2. SelmaAva DuVernay
  3. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  4. Land Ho!Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz
  5. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Edge of TomorrowDoug Liman
  7. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  8. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  9. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  10. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014, as published by The Chicago Tribune

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  3. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  5. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  6. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  9. Dear White PeopleJustin Simien
  10. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014, as published by Slate

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014

29 December 2014

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  2. RamblerasDaniela Speranza
  3. Mood IndigoMichel Gondry
  4. Starred UpDavid Mackenzie
  5. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  6. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  7. Breakfast with CurtisLaura Colella
  8. Jimmy P.Arnaud Desplechin
  9. Thy WombBrillante Mendoza
  10. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  11. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  12. The Golden EraAnn Hui
  13. Level FiveChris Marker
  14. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  15. Camille Claudel 1915Bruno Dumont
  16. The PresidentMohsen Makhmalbaf
  17. The Amazing CatfishClaudia Sainte-Luce
  18. The Stuart Hall ProjectJohn Akomfrah
  19. The HomesmanTommy Lee Jones
  20. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  21. Beyond the LightsGina Prince-Bythewood
  22. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  23. Non-StopJaume Collet-Serra
  24. Words and PicturesFred Schepisi
  25. ExhibitionJoanna Hogg
  26. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  27. GloriaSebastián Lelio
  28. Corner StoresAmina Waheed
  29. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  30. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman

Andrew O’Hehir: 21 Best Movies of 2014

29 December 2014

Andrew O’Hehir: 21 Best Movies of 2014, as published by Salon

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  3. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  4. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  5. The HomesmanTommy Lee Jones
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  8. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  9. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  11. 20,000 Days On EarthIain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014

29 December 2014

J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  2. CalvaryJohn Michael McDonagh
  3. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  4. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  6. Last Days in VietnamRory Kennedy
  7. JoeDavid Gordon Green
  8. The Kill TeamDan Krauss
  9. EverydayMichael Winterbottom
  10. Cheap ThrillsE.L. Katz
  11. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  12. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: ThemNed Benson
  13. A Girl at My DoorJuly Jung
  14. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  15. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  16. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  17. The OvernightersJesse Moss
  18. In SecretCharlie Stratton
  19. GloriaSebastián Lelio
  20. Tim’s VermeerTeller

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2014, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  3. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  4. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier
  9. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  10. The Missing PictureRithy Panh
  11. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  12. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  13. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  14. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  15. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2014, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  2. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  3. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  5. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  6. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  7. The Last of the UnjustClaude Lanzmann
  8. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  9. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  10. InterstellarChristopher Nolan
  11. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  12. A Most Wanted ManAnton Corbijn
  13. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  14. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  15. PolicemanNadav Lapid

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2014, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  2. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  3. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  5. A Field in EnglandBen Wheatley
  6. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  8. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  9. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  11. A Most Violent YearJ.C. Chandor
  12. The HomesmanTommy Lee Jones
  13. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  14. A Most Wanted ManAnton Corbijn
  15. FoxcatcherBennett Miller

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2014, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013]

  1. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  2. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  3. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  4. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  5. Beloved SistersDominik Graf
  6. Starred UpDavid Mackenzie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  8. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  9. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  10. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  11. John WickChad Stahelski
  12. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  13. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  14. LucyLuc Besson
  15. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz