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

David Denby: 10 Best Movies of 2014

17 December 2014

David Denby: 10 Best Movies of 2014, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. IdaPawel Pawlikowski

Stephanie Zacharek: 28 Top Movies of 2014

17 December 2014

Stephanie Zacharek: 28 Top Movies of 2014, as published by The Village Voice

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013]

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  3. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  4. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  5. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  6. Revenge of the MekonsJoe Angio
  7. PulpFlorian Habicht
  8. 20,000 Days On EarthIain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
  9. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  10. The Missing PictureRithy Panh
  11. John WickChad Stahelski
  12. Top FiveChris Rock

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2014

15 December 2014

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2014 (as voted by 220 critics)

NOTE: Although there appear to be a few ties in the list when you examine the scores, IndieWire presents the films in this order, with no ties.

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  3. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  4. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  5. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  7. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  8. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  9. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  10. SelmaAva DuVernay
  11. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  12. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  13. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  14. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  15. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  16. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  17. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  18. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  19. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  20. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  21. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  22. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  23. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  24. CalvaryJohn Michael McDonagh
  25. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  26. A Most Violent YearJ.C. Chandor
  27. Closed CurtainKambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi
  28. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  29. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  30. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  31. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  32. MommyXavier Dolan
  33. Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier
  34. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  35. Life ItselfSteve James
  36. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  37. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  38. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  39. InterstellarChristopher Nolan
  40. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  41. The OvernightersJesse Moss
  42. Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn
  43. LockeSteven Knight
  44. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  45. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  46. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1Lars von Trier
  47. The Missing PictureRithy Panh
  48. The Imitation GameMorten Tyldum
  49. The Last of the UnjustClaude Lanzmann
  50. WildJean-Marc Vallée

A.O. Scott: Top 21 Films of 2014

12 December 2014

A.O. Scott: Top 21 Films of 2014, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  3. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  4. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  5. SelmaAva DuVernay
  6. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  7. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  8. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  9. Dear White PeopleJustin Simien
  10. The BabadookJennifer Kent

Slant: 25 Best Films of 2014

12 December 2014

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2014

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

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  3. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  4. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  5. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  8. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  9. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  10. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  11. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  12. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  13. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  14. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  15. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  16. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  17. Closed CurtainKambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi
  18. The Story of My DeathAlbert Serra
  19. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  20. The Naked RoomNuria Ibañez

Manohla Dargis: 20 Best Movies of 2014

12 December 2014

Manohla Dargis: 20 Best Movies of 2014 (listed alphabetically, as published by The New York Times)

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Keyframe: Top 25 Films of 2014

12 December 2014

Fandor: Top 25 Films of 2014 (as voted by 100 of Keyframe’s favorite critics and cineastes)

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  3. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  4. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  5. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  6. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  7. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  8. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  9. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  10. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  11. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  12. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  13. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  14. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  15. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  16. Blue RuinJeremy Saulnier
  17. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  18. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  19. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  20. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  21. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  22. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  23. The Dance of RealityAlejandro Jodorowsky
  24. MaidanSergei Loznitsa
  25. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2014

12 December 2014

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2014

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  3. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  4. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  5. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  6. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  7. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  8. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  9. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  10. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  11. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  12. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  13. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  14. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  15. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  16. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  17. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  18. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  19. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  20. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho

David Edelstein: 19 Best Movies of 2014

09 December 2014

David Edelstein: 19 Best Movies of 2014, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. SelmaAva DuVernay
  3. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  4. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  5. Tales of the Grim SleeperNick Broomfield
  6. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  7. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  8. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  9. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  10. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  11. The OvernightersJesse Moss

Eric Kohn: 10 Best Films of 2014

09 December 2014

Eric Kohn: 10 Best Films of 2014, as published by IndieWire

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  3. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  4. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  5. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  6. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  7. Starred UpDavid Mackenzie
  8. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  9. The DoubleRichard Ayoade
  10. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson