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

Mark Kermode: Top 10 Films of 2015

13 December 2015

Mark Kermode: Top 10 Films of 2015, as published by The Guardian

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

Richard Brody: 30 Best Movies of 2015

11 December 2015

Richard Brody: 30 Best Movies of 2015, as published by The New Yorker

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

  1. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  2. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  3. Queen of EarthAlex Ross Perry
  4. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  6. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  7. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  8. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  9. Stinking HeavenNathan Silver
  10. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  11. CarolTodd Haynes
  12. TrainwreckJudd Apatow
  13. Digging for FireJoe Swanberg
  14. Wild CanariesLawrence Michael Levine
  15. ResultsAndrew Bujalski
  16. CreedRyan Coogler
  17. The Princess of FranceMatías Piñeiro
  18. Field NiggasKhalik Allah
  19. IrisAlbert Maysles
  20. Irrational ManWoody Allen
  21. Da Sweet Blood of JesusSpike Lee
  22. Uncertain TermsNathan Silver
  23. Young Bodies Heal QuicklyAndrew T. Betzer
  24. By the SeaAngelina Jolie
  25. While We’re YoungNoah Baumbach
  26. EntertainmentRick Alverson
  27. Approaching the ElephantAmanda Wilder
  28. In the Name of My DaughterAndré Téchiné
  29. BuzzardJoel Potrykus
  30. Fifty Shades of GreySam Taylor-Johnson

Slant: 50 Best Films of 2015

11 December 2015

Slant Magazine: 50 Best Films of 2015

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

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  3. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  4. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  5. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  6. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  7. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  8. BlackhatMichael Mann
  9. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  10. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  11. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  12. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  13. Queen of EarthAlex Ross Perry
  14. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  15. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  16. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  17. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  18. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  19. CarolTodd Haynes
  20. CreedRyan Coogler
  21. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  22. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  23. Of Men and WarLaurent Bécue-Renard
  24. Eastern BoysRobin Campillo
  25. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh

    Just missed making it into the top 25

  1. About EllyAsghar Farhadi
  2. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  3. Salvation ArmyAbdellah Taïa
  4. The Kindergarten TeacherNadav Lapid
  5. TangerineSean Baker
  6. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  7. Welcome to New YorkAbel Ferrara
  8. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  9. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  10. BuzzardJoel Potrykus
  11. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  12. The Pearl ButtonPatricio Guzmán
  13. Of Horses and MenBenedikt Erlingsson
  14. Madam Phung’s Last JourneyNguyễn Thị Thấm
  15. We Come as FriendsHubert Sauper
  16. EntertainmentRick Alverson
  17. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  18. The FoolYuri Bykov
  19. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  20. La Última PelículaRaya Martin and Mark Peranson
  21. Inside OutPete Docter
  22. Gangs of WasseypurAnurag Kashyap
  23. OfficeJohnnie To
  24. Coming HomeZhang Yimou
  25. The Princess of FranceMatías Piñeiro

Kenneth Turan: 14 Best Films of 2015

11 December 2015

Kenneth Turan: 14 Best Films of 2015, as published by The Los Angeles Times

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. BrooklynJohn Crowley

IndieWire: 66 Best Films of 2015

11 December 2015

IndieWire: 66 Best Films of 2015, as voted by Indiewire’s writers and staffers, not to be confused with the Indiewire poll of hundreds of critics

[see also 2020, 2010s]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  3. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  4. CarolTodd Haynes
  5. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  6. Inside OutPete Docter
  7. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  8. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  9. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  10. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  11. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  12. Steve JobsDanny Boyle
  13. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  14. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt
  15. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  16. TangerineSean Baker
  17. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  18. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  19. CreedRyan Coogler
  20. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller

Joshua Rothkopf: 20 Best Movies of 2015

09 December 2015

Joshua Rothkopf: 20 Best Movies of 2015, as published by Time Out New York

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

  1. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  2. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  3. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  4. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  5. SicarioDenis Villeneuve
  6. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  7. Gett: The Trial of Viviane AmsalemRonit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  8. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  9. CarolTodd Haynes
  10. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  11. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  12. Mississippi GrindRyan Fleck and Anna Boden
  13. DemocratsCamilla Nielsson
  14. While We’re YoungNoah Baumbach
  15. CreedRyan Coogler
  16. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  17. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  18. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  19. BuzzardJoel Potrykus
  20. Inside OutPete Docter

A.O. Scott: 20 Best Movies of 2015

09 December 2015

A.O. Scott: 20 Best Movies of 2015, as published by The New York Times

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

  1. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  2. Inside OutPete Docter
  3. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  4. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  5. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  6. CarolTodd Haynes
  7. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  8. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  9. Out 1: Noli Me Tangere [1971]Jacques Rivette
  10. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  11. CreedRyan Coogler
  12. ResultsAndrew Bujalski
  13. Welcome to MeShira Piven
  14. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the RevolutionStanley Nelson
  15. What Happened, Miss Simone?Liz Garbus
  16. The Kindergarten TeacherNadav Lapid
  17. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  18. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  19. GrandmaPaul Weitz
  20. TangerineSean Baker
  21. The End of the TourJames Ponsoldt

Stephen Holden: 18 Best Movies of 2015

09 December 2015

Stephen Holden: 18 Best Movies of 2015, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. CarolTodd Haynes
  2. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  3. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  4. The FoolYuri Bykov
  5. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  6. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  7. TruthJames Vanderbilt
  8. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  9. TangerineSean Baker
  10. BrooklynJohn Crowley

Manohla Dargis: 37 Best Movies of 2015

09 December 2015

Manohla Dargis: 37 Best Movies of 2015, as published by The New York Times

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

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  3. Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler [retrospective]Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler
  4. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  5. CarolTodd Haynes
  6. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  7. The MartianRidley Scott
  8. The Kindergarten TeacherNadav Lapid
  9. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  10. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  11. Sixty SixLewis Klahr

Ann Hornaday: 29 Best Films of 2015

09 December 2015

Ann Hornaday: 29 Best Films of 2015, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  2. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  3. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  4. CarolTodd Haynes
  5. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  6. Chi-RaqSpike Lee
  7. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  8. CreedRyan Coogler
  9. Inside OutPete Docter
  10. The MartianRidley Scott