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

Scott Tobias: Top 30 films of 2015

18 December 2015

Scott Tobias: Top 30 films of 2015. The top ten were submitted to the Village Voice poll and the Variety survey, and he updated and expanded the list on Letterboxd.

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

  1. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  2. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  3. CarolTodd Haynes
  4. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  5. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  6. Inside OutPete Docter
  7. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  9. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  10. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  11. WesternBill Ross
  12. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  13. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  14. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  15. BuzzardJoel Potrykus
  16. TangerineSean Baker
  17. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  18. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  19. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  20. Approaching the ElephantAmanda Wilder
  21. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  22. James WhiteJosh Mond
  23. (T)ERRORLyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
  24. Crimson PeakGuillermo del Toro
  25. Cartel LandMatthew Heineman
  26. DemocratsCamilla Nielsson
  27. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  28. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  29. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  30. SpotlightTom McCarthy

Christopher Orr: 22 Best Movies of 2015

18 December 2015

Christopher Orr: 22 Best Movies of 2015, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  2. The MartianRidley Scott
  3. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  4. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  5. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  6. Inside OutPete Docter
  7. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  8. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  9. Star Wars: The Force AwakensJJ Abrams
  10. Steve JobsDanny Boyle
  11. CarolTodd Haynes
  12. RoomLenny Abrahamson

A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2015

17 December 2015

The A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2015

[see also 2020, 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  3. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  4. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  5. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  6. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  7. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  8. CarolTodd Haynes
  9. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  10. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  11. Inside OutPete Docter
  12. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  13. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  14. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  15. Crimson PeakGuillermo del Toro
  16. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  17. Approaching the ElephantAmanda Wilder
  18. The MartianRidley Scott
  19. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  20. James WhiteJosh Mond

Matt Singer: The Best Movies of 2015

16 December 2015

Matt Singer: The Best Movies of 2015, as published by ScreenCrush

[see also 2020, 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. CarolTodd Haynes
  2. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  3. Beasts of No NationCary Joji Fukunaga
  4. Inside OutPete Docter
  5. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  6. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  7. VictoriaSebastian Schipper
  8. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  9. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  10. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh

Miriam Bale: Top 10 Films of 2015

16 December 2015

Miriam Bale: Top 10 Films of 2015, as submitted to Village Voice Film Poll

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. CarolTodd Haynes
  2. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  3. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  4. Bitch Better Have My MoneyRihanna and Megaforce
  5. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  6. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  7. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  8. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher
  9. By the SeaAngelina Jolie
  10. A Thousand SunsMati Diop

Village Voice Film Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015

16 December 2015

Village Voice Film Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015 (as published in The Village Voice, comprised of votes from over 125 critics)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  4. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  5. TangerineSean Baker
  6. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  7. Inside OutPete Docter
  8. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  9. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  10. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  11. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  12. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  13. CreedRyan Coogler
  14. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  15. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  16. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  17. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  18. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  19. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  20. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  21. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  22. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  23. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  24. The MartianRidley Scott
  25. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  26. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  27. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  28. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  29. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  30. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  31. AmyAsif Kapadia
  32. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  33. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  34. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  35. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  36. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  37. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  38. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  39. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  40. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  41. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  42. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  43. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  44. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  45. About EllyAsghar Farhadi
  46. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  47. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  48. The MendJohn Magary
  49. Gett: The Trial of Viviane AmsalemRonit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  50. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher

John Powers: Top 11 Films of 2015

15 December 2015

John Powers: Top 11 Films of 2015, as published by Vogue

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  3. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  4. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  5. The MartianRidley Scott
  6. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  7. The WalkRobert Zemeckis
  8. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  9. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  10. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  11. TangerineSean Baker

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2015

15 December 2015

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2015 (as voted by “over 100 North American colleagues”)

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

  1. CarolTodd Haynes
  2. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  4. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  5. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  6. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  7. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  8. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  9. Inside OutPete Docter
  10. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  11. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  12. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  13. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  14. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  15. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  16. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  17. TangerineSean Baker
  18. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  19. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  20. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015

14 December 2015

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015 (as voted by 204 critics)

NOTE: Although the scores indicate a tie for the 49th film, IndieWire presents them in this order, with no ties.

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

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  4. Inside OutPete Docter
  5. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  6. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  7. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  8. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  9. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  10. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  11. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  12. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  13. TangerineSean Baker
  14. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  15. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  16. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  17. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  18. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  19. CreedRyan Coogler
  20. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  21. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  22. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  23. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  24. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  25. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  26. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  27. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  28. The MartianRidley Scott
  29. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  30. Steve JobsDanny Boyle
  31. The MendJohn Magary
  32. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  33. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  34. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  35. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  36. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  37. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  38. AmyAsif Kapadia
  39. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  40. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  41. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  42. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  43. About EllyAsghar Farhadi
  44. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  45. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  46. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  47. Queen of EarthAlex Ross Perry
  48. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  49. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  50. Love & MercyBill Pohlad

Amy Nicholson: Top 10 Films of 2015

14 December 2015

Amy Nicholson: Top 10 Films of 2015, as published by LA Weekly

  1. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  2. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  4. American UltraNima Nourizadeh
  5. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  6. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  7. VictoriaSebastian Schipper
  8. SpyPaul Feig
  9. The Second MotherAnna Muylaert
  10. TangerineSean Baker