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

Noel Murray: Top 15 Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Noel Murray: Top 15 Films of 2014, as published by The Dissolve

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

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  3. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  4. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  5. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1Lars von Trier
  6. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  7. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  8. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  9. Edge of TomorrowDoug Liman
  10. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  11. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  12. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  13. The OvernightersJesse Moss
  14. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  15. Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier

Mike D’Angelo: Top 15 films of 2014

20 December 2014

Mike D’Angelo: Top 15 films of 2014, as published by The Dissolve and A.V. Club

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

  1. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. CoherenceJames Ward Byrkit
  3. Bird PeoplePascale Ferran
  4. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  5. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  6. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  7. Last Days in VietnamRory Kennedy
  8. ProxyZack Parker
  9. The Missing PictureRithy Panh
  10. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  11. JoeDavid Gordon Green
  12. Lucky ThemMegan Griffiths
  13. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  14. Edge of TomorrowDoug Liman
  15. John WickChad Stahelski

Scott Tobias: Top 15 films of 2014

20 December 2014

Scott Tobias: Top 15 films of 2014, as published by The Dissolve

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  3. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  4. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  5. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  6. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  7. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  8. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  9. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  10. The Missing PictureRithy Panh
  11. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  12. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  13. SelmaAva DuVernay
  14. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  15. WhiplashDamien Chazelle

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2014, as published by The Dissolve

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  3. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  4. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  5. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  6. SelmaAva DuVernay
  7. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  8. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  9. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  10. Life ItselfSteve James
  11. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  12. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  13. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  14. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  15. Force MajeureRuben Östlund

Tasha Robinson: Top 15 Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Tasha Robinson: Top 15 Films of 2014, as published by The Dissolve

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  3. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  4. Song of the SeaTomm Moore
  5. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  6. Starred UpDavid Mackenzie
  7. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  8. SelmaAva DuVernay
  9. Jodorowsky’s DuneFrank Pavich
  10. Ernest & CelestineBenjamin Renner, Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier
  11. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  12. Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier
  13. Big Hero 6Don Hall and Christ Williams
  14. Bird PeoplePascale Ferran
  15. Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn

Nathan Rabin: Top 15 Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Nathan Rabin: Top 15 Films of 2014, as published by The Dissolve

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  3. Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn
  4. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  5. Life ItselfSteve James
  6. Obvious ChildGillian Robespierre
  7. They Came TogetherDavid Wain
  8. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  9. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  10. Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier
  11. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  12. Happy ValleyAmir Bar-Lev
  13. Happy ChristmasJoe Swanberg
  14. God Help the GirlStuart Murdoch
  15. Cheap ThrillsE.L. Katz

Genevieve Koski: Top 15 Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Genevieve Koski: Top 15 Films of 2014, as published by The Dissolve

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. Life ItselfSteve James
  3. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  4. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  5. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  6. WildJean-Marc Vallée
  7. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  8. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  9. Obvious ChildGillian Robespierre
  10. The GuestAdam Wingard
  11. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  12. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  13. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  14. The OvernightersJesse Moss
  15. The Case Against 8Ben Cotner & Ryan White

Flavorwire: 26 Best Films of 2014

20 December 2014

Flavorwire: 26 Best Films of 2014

  1. SelmaAva DuVernay
  2. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  3. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  4. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  5. Cold in JulyJim Mickle
  6. Mistaken for StrangersTom Berninger
  7. Dear White PeopleJustin Simien
  8. Tales of the Grim SleeperNick Broomfield
  9. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  10. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  11. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  12. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  13. Venus in FurRoman Polanski
  14. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  15. Before I DisappearShawn Christensen
  16. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  17. A Life in Dirty MoviesWiktor Ericsson
  18. The DoubleRichard Ayoade
  19. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  20. Finding Vivian MaierJohn Maloof & Charlie Siskel
  21. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  22. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  23. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  24. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  25. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  26. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour

Kevin B. Lee: 10 Best Films of 2014

19 December 2014

Kevin B. Lee: 10 Best Films of 2014, as published by Fandor where it’s accompanied by a video essay, “Better than Boyhood”

[see also 2015, 2012]

  1. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  2. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  3. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  4. The Missing PictureRithy Panh
  5. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  6. Dear White PeopleJustin Simien
  7. PolicemanNadav Lapid
  8. The Dance of RealityAlejandro Jodorowsky
  9. Vic + Flo Saw a BearDenis Côté
  10. Bad HairMariana Rondon

Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2014

19 December 2014

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2014

[see also 2013]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  3. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  4. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  5. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  6. Life ItselfSteve James
  7. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  8. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  9. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  10. SelmaAva DuVernay
  11. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  12. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  13. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  14. Obvious ChildGillian Robespierre
  15. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  16. Bird PeoplePascale Ferran
  17. Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn
  18. The Missing PictureRithy Panh
  19. Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier
  20. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry