Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2016 Movies

Peter Labuza: 15 Favorite Films of 2016

18 January 2017

Peter Labuza: 15 Favorite Films of 2016 (as posted to Letterboxd and discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

[see also 2017]

  1. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  2. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  3. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  4. Mountains May DepartJia Zhang-ke
  5. CreepyKiyoshi Kurosawa
  6. Kill Zone 2Soi Cheang
  7. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  8. Sixty SixLewis Klahr
  9. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  10. AlliedRobert Zemeckis
  11. SullyClint Eastwood
  12. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  13. Sunset SongTerence Davies
  14. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  15. On FootballSergio Oksman

Keith Uhlich: 15 Favorite Films of 2016

18 January 2017

Keith Uhlich: 15 Favorite Films of 2016 (as published at his site and discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee KidsJonathan Demme
  2. A Quiet PassionTerence Davies
  3. Knight of CupsTerrence Malick
  4. The Neon DemonNicolas Winding Refn
  5. The Lost City of ZJames Gray
  6. Ten Mornings, Ten Evenings and One HorizonTomonari Nishikawa
  7. The Girlfriend Experience
  8. The BFGSteven Spielberg
  9. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  10. 31Rob Zombie
  11. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  12. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  13. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  14. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  15. The X-Files: Episode “Babylon”Chris Carter

Nictate: Top 11 Films of 2016

12 January 2017

Nictate: Top 11 Films of 2016, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015]

  1. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  2. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  3. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  4. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  5. Knight of CupsTerrence Malick
  6. A Bigger SplashLuca Guadagnino
  7. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  8. Café SocietyWoody Allen
  9. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  10. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  11. EllePaul Verhoeven

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2016

11 January 2017

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2016, as submitted to the Senses of Cinema World Poll. See also his list of undistributed and first-screened-in-San Francisco films and a list of 19 short films.

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013]

  1. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  2. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  3. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  4. The ShallowsJaume Collet-Serra
  5. The SalesmanAsghar Farhadi
  6. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  7. Things to ComeMia Hansen-Løve
  8. EllePaul Verhoeven
  9. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  10. Nuts!Penny Lane

Reverse Shot: 12 Best Movies of 2016

10 January 2017

Reverse Shot: 12 Best Movies of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  2. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  3. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  4. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  5. AquariusKleber Mendonça Filho
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  8. Sunset SongTerence Davies
  9. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  10. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  11. Knight of CupsTerrence Malick
  12. The Illinois ParablesDeborah Stratman

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016

02 January 2017

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016, as submitted to Village Voice Film Poll and posted to Twitter (14 films in total)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  3. LemonadeBeyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  4. Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman
  5. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  6. EllePaul Verhoeven
  7. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  8. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  9. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  10. Dirty GrandpaDan Mazer

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2016

01 January 2017

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2016, as submitted to The Village Voice Film poll, Indiewire poll, and the survey at RogerEbert.com

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  2. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  3. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  4. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  5. EllePaul Verhoeven
  6. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  7. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  8. Kate Plays ChristineRobert Greene
  9. The Other SideRoberto Minervini
  10. HogtownDaniel Nearing

Uproxx: 20 Best Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Uproxx: 20 Best Films of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  2. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  3. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  4. Everybody Wants Some!!Richard Linklater
  5. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  6. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  7. JackiePablo Larraín
  8. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  9. ZootopiaByron Howard and Rich Moore
  10. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  11. Don’t Think TwiceMike Birbiglia
  12. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  13. Sing StreetJohn Carney
  14. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  15. Hunt for the WilderpeopleTaika Waititi
  16. WeinerJosh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  17. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  18. Hidden FiguresTheodore Melfi
  19. Little MenIra Sachs
  20. Rogue OneGareth Edwards

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2016, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  2. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  3. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  4. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  5. Green RoomJeremy Saulnier
  6. JackiePablo Larraín
  7. The Eyes of My MotherNicolas Pesce
  8. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  9. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  10. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  11. I Am Not Your NegroRaoul Peck
  12. Under the ShadowBabak Anvari
  13. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  14. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  15. EllePaul Verhoeven

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2016

31 December 2016

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2016, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018, 2017, 2014]

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  3. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  4. JackiePablo Larraín
  5. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  6. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  7. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  8. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  9. Little MenIra Sachs
  10. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt