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

Nicole Brenez: 10 Best Films of 2015

01 December 2015

Nicole Brenez: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Artforum

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  2. Message of Greetings: Prix Suisse / My Thanks / Dead or AliveJean-Luc Godard
  3. Commander KhawaniFlorent Marcie
  4. Tomorrow Tripoli – The Revolution of the RatsFlorent Marcie
  5. Get All That, Ant?Anthony Stern
  6. Wake (Subic)John Gianvito
  7. Vertières I, II, IIILouise Botkay
  8. NotfilmRoss Lipman
  9. The Great WallTadhg O’Sullivan
  10. Los (De)pendientesSebastian Wiedemann
  11. Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts [screenplay]Peter Whitehead
  12. Cross Words: All Out War Considered as One of the Fine Arts [printed material]Peter Whitehead

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2015

01 December 2015

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Artforum

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

  1. Labour in a Single Shot [exhibition of shorts]Antje Ehmann, Harun Farocki, various filmmakers
  2. Visit, or Memories and ConfessionsManoel de Oliveira
  3. Bleak StreetArturo Ripstein
  4. SingularityAlbert Serra
  5. Neon BullGabriel Mascaro
  6. AshesSteve McQueen
  7. the films and videos of Michaël Borremans [retrospective]Michaël Borremans
  8. Lost and BeautifulPietro Marcello
  9. Actua I [1968]Philippe Garrel
  10. The Owners of DixieMiguel Gomes

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2015

30 November 2015

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Artforum

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

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. The GuestsKen Jacobs
  3. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  4. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  5. Mexico at Midnight: Film Noir from Mexican Cinema’s Golden AgeMuseum of Modern Art, New York
  6. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  7. Hamlet in the Rented WorldJack Smith
  8. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  9. Continuous VariationsManuel De Landa
  10. The WalkRobert Zemeckis

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2015

30 November 2015

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Artforum

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

  1. Helmut Berger, ActorAndreas Horvath
  2. CinderellaKenneth Branagh
  3. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  4. Tom at the FarmXavier Dolan
  5. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  6. CarolTodd Haynes
  7. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  8. TangerineSean Baker
  9. Fly Colt FlyAdam Gray and Andrew Gray
  10. LoveGaspar Noé

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 35 Films of 2015

27 November 2015

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 35 Films of 2015 (a poll of 168 critics, published by Sight & Sound Magazine)

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

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  4. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  5. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  7. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  8. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  9. AmyAsif Kapadia
  10. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  11. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  12. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  13. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  14. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  15. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  16. Inside OutPete Docter
  17. TangerineSean Baker
  18. Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  19. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  20. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  21. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  22. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  23. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  24. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  25. My Golden DaysArnaud Desplechin
  26. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  27. BlackhatMichael Mann
  28. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  29. EvolutionLucile Hadzihalilovic
  30. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  31. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  32. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  33. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  34. RoomLenny Abrahamson
  35. Sunset SongTerence Davies

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2015

27 November 2015

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2015

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

  1. Mia MadreNanni Moretti
  2. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. In the Shadow of WomenPhilippe Garrel
  4. The Smell of UsLarry Clark
  5. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  6. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  7. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  8. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  9. The Summer of SangaileAlanté Kavaïté
  10. Journey to the ShoreKiyoshi Kurosawa