Year-End Lists

A browsable archive of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

2015 Movies

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2015

30 December 2015

Roger Koza’s La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2015 (as voted by over 125 critics, programmers, and filmmakers)

[see also 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  4. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)Abbas Fahdel
  5. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  6. Mountains May DepartJia Zhang-ke
  7. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller

M. Leary: 24 Favorite Films of 2015

28 December 2015

M. Leary: 24 Favorite Films of 2015 (as posted to Medium)

  1. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  2. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  3. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  4. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane AmsalemRonit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  6. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  7. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  8. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  9. Man from RenoDave Boyle
  10. Mississippi GrindRyan Fleck and Anna Boden

Melissa Anderson: 19 Best Movies of 2015

27 December 2015

Melissa Anderson: 19 Best Movies of 2015, as published by The Village Voice

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016]

  1. CarolTodd Haynes
  2. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  3. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  4. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  5. Saint LaurentBertrand Bonello
  6. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  7. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  8. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  9. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher
  10. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2015

26 December 2015

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2015, as published by Gay City News

[see also 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  3. TangerineSean Baker
  4. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  5. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  6. About EllyAsghar Farhadi
  7. The Iron MinistryJ.P. Sniadecki
  8. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher
  9. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  10. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman

Eric Hynes: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015

26 December 2015

Eric Hynes: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog and very similar to the ballot he submitted to the Indiewire poll

  1. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  4. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  5. Of Men and WarLaurent Bécue-Renard
  6. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  7. We Come as FriendsHubert Sauper
  8. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  9. Listen to Me MarlonStevan Riley
  10. The MendJohn Magary

Adrian Martin: 17 Best Feature Films of 2015

26 December 2015

Adrian Martin: 17 Best Feature Films of 2015, roughly in preferential order. The top five were published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog and Martin submitted the full 17 to desist film’s survey

[see also 2017]

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015

26 December 2015

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog, submitted at the end of November

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013]

  1. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  2. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  4. The Royal RoadJenni Olson
  5. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  6. Man from RenoDave Boyle
  7. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  8. OfficeJohnnie To
  9. Black Coal, Thin IceDiao Yinan
  10. AdvantageousJennifer Phang

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2015

24 December 2015

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2015, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  2. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  3. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  4. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  5. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  6. Approaching the ElephantAmanda Wilder
  7. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  8. Gett: The Trial of Viviane AmsalemRonit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  9. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  10. About EllyAsghar Farhadi
  11. CarolTodd Haynes
  12. Inside OutPete Docter
  13. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  14. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  15. Tu Dors NicoleStéphane Lafleur

Dennis Cooper: 12 Favorite Films of 2015

24 December 2015

Dennis Cooper: 12 Favorite Films of 2015

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

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2015

24 December 2015

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2015, as published by Slate

[see also 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]