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

Lisa Schwarzbaum: 20 Favorite Movies of 2015

24 December 2015

Lisa Schwarzbaum: 20 Favorite Movies of 2015 (as posted on Twitter in this series of tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4)

[see also 2012]

Bilge Ebiri: 20 Best Movies of 2015

24 December 2015

Bilge Ebiri: 20 Best Movies of 2015, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2012]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  3. The MendJohn Magary
  4. Best of EnemiesMorgan Neville and Robert Gordon
  5. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  6. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  7. Saint LaurentBertrand Bonello
  8. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  9. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  10. Sembene!Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2015

24 December 2015

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2015, as submitted to the Variety Survey

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

  1. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  2. BuzzardJoel Potrykus
  3. CarolTodd Haynes
  4. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. Approaching the ElephantAmanda Wilder
  6. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  7. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  8. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  9. We Come as FriendsHubert Sauper
  10. TangerineSean Baker

Variety: 10 Best Films of 2015

22 December 2015

Variety: 10 Best Films of 2015 (as voted by 14 Variety reviewers)

  1. CarolTodd Haynes
  2. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  4. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  5. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  6. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  7. Inside OutPete Docter
  8. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  9. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  10. Son of SaulLászló Nemes

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2015

21 December 2015

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

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

  1. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  2. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  3. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  4. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  5. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  6. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  7. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  8. Crimson PeakGuillermo del Toro
  9. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  10. OfficeJohnnie To
  11. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  12. Welcome to New YorkAbel Ferrara
  13. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  14. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  15. Queen of EarthAlex Ross Perry

Kevin B. Lee: 15 Favorite Films of 2015

18 December 2015

Kevin B. Lee: 15 Favorite Films of 2015, as published by Fandor in a video essay

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  2. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  4. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  5. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  6. The Pearl ButtonPatricio Guzmán
  7. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  8. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  9. Stinking HeavenNathan Silver
  10. Field NiggasKhalik Allah
  11. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  12. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  13. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  14. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  15. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson

Matt Prigge: 30 Best Films of 2015

18 December 2015

Matt Prigge: 30 Best Films of 2015, as published by Metro

[see also 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. The MendJohn Magary
  3. World of TomorrowDon Hertzfeldt
  4. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  5. Saint LaurentBertrand Bonello
  6. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  7. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  8. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  9. CarolTodd Haynes
  10. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  11. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  12. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  13. TangerineSean Baker
  14. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  15. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  16. LoveGaspar Noé
  17. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  18. Cobain: Montage of HeckBrett Morgen
  19. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  20. ResultsAndrew Bujalski
  21. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  22. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  23. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  24. BuzzardJoel Potrykus
  25. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  26. CreedRyan Coogler
  27. BlackhatMichael Mann
  28. Kumiko, the Treasure HunterDavid Zellner
  29. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  30. Inside OutPete Docter

Guardian: 50 Best Films of 2015

18 December 2015

The Guardian: 50 Best Films of 2015 (of US releases)

[see also 2017]

  1. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  2. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  3. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  4. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  5. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  6. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  7. CarolTodd Haynes
  8. AmyAsif Kapadia
  9. JoyDavid O. Russell
  10. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  11. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  12. While We’re YoungNoah Baumbach
  13. PaddingtonPaul King
  14. MommyXavier Dolan
  15. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  16. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  17. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  18. Appropriate BehaviorDesiree Akhavan
  19. The Salt of the EarthWim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
  20. Beasts of No NationCary Joji Fukunaga
  21. The WolfpackCrystal Moselle
  22. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  23. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  24. Slow WestJohn Maclean
  25. White GodKornél Mundruczó
  26. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  27. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  28. The GiftJoel Edgerton
  29. The Seven FiveTiller Russell
  30. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  31. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  32. The NightmareRodney Ascher
  33. Red ArmyGabe Polsky
  34. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  35. Inside OutPete Docter
  36. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  37. CreedRyan Coogler
  38. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour
  39. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  40. Black MassScott Cooper
  41. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  42. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  43. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  44. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  45. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  46. MacbethJustin Kurzel
  47. TangerineSean Baker
  48. YouthPaolo Sorrentino
  49. Steve JobsDanny Boyle
  50. Wild TalesDamián Szifrón

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2015

18 December 2015

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2015 (as published at his site, Long Pauses, where he also has lists of favorite as-yet undistributed films, new experimental shorts, and discoveries)

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012]

  1. CarolTodd Haynes
  2. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  3. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  4. The MendJohn Magary
  5. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  6. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  7. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  8. Amour fouJessica Hausner
  9. Beloved SistersDominik Graf
  10. Tu Dors NicoleStéphane Lafleur

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2015

18 December 2015

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2015, as published by The A.V. Club and submitted to the Village Voice poll

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

  1. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  2. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  3. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  4. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  5. CarolTodd Haynes
  6. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  7. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  8. The MartianRidley Scott
  9. BreatheMélanie Laurent
  10. Tu Dors NicoleStéphane Lafleur
  11. Approaching the ElephantAmanda Wilder
  12. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  13. Christmas, AgainCharles Poekel
  14. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  15. Winter On FireEvgeny Afineevsky