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

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2014

06 December 2014

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2014, as published by Artforum

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

  1. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  2. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  3. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  4. Dreams are Colder than DeathArthur Jafa
  5. Tales of the Grim SleeperNick Broomfield
  6. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  7. Level FiveChris Marker
  8. White GodKornél Mundruczó
  9. Stand Clear of the Closing DoorsSam Fleischner
  10. The KnickSteven Soderbergh

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2014

06 December 2014

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2014, as published by Artforum

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

  1. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  2. Amour fouJessica Hausner
  3. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  4. Das Spektrum EuropasCristi Puiu
  5. Hill of FreedomHong Sang-soo
  6. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  7. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  8. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  9. Above and Below the MinhocãoMark Lewis
  10. August WindsGabriel Mascaro

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2014

06 December 2014

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2014, as published by Artforum

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

  1. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  2. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  3. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  4. The Americans
  5. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  6. The Marx Brothers TV Collection (DVD) — various artists
  7. Die FarbeSigmar Polke
  8. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  9. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  10. The CongressAri Folman

David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2014

03 December 2014

This year’s installment of David Ehrlich’s always enjoyable video countdown: 25 Best Films of 2014 (presented this year by Little White Lies).

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

  1. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  2. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  3. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  4. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  5. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  6. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  7. The DoubleRichard Ayoade
  8. God Help the GirlStuart Murdoch
  9. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  10. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  11. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  12. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  13. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  14. Palo AltoGia Coppola
  15. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  16. MommyXavier Dolan
  17. Why Don’t You Play in Hell?Sion Sono
  18. Starred UpDavid Mackenzie
  19. GodzillaGareth Edwards
  20. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  21. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  22. SelmaAva DuVernay
  23. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  24. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  25. LucyLuc Besson

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2014

02 December 2014

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2014

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

  1. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  2. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  3. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  4. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  5. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  6. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  7. MommyXavier Dolan
  8. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  9. ParadiseAlain Cavalier
  10. Our SunhiHong Sang-soo

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 20 Films of 2014

01 December 2014

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 20 Films of 2014 (a poll of 112 critics, published by Sight & Sound Magazine)

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  3. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  4. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  5. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  6. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  7. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  9. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  10. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  11. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  12. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman
  13. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  14. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  15. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  16. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  17. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  18. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  19. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  20. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2014

01 December 2014

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2014, as published by Artforum

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

  1. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  2. Charlie Victor RomeoKarlyn Michelson, Patrick Daniels, Robert Berger
  3. The Kidnapping of Michel HouellebecqGuillaume Nicloux
  4. The Smell of UsLarry Clark
  5. GloriaSebastián Lelio
  6. Who Took JohnnyDavid Beilinson, Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley
  7. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  8. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2Lars von Trier
  9. VioletteMartin Provost
  10. UnrelatedJoanna Hogg
  11. ArchipelagoJoanna Hogg
  12. ExhibitionJoanna Hogg