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.

2018 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2018

14 March 2019

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2018

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

  1. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. La FlorMariano Llinás
  4. TransitChristian Petzold
  5. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?Roberto Minervini
  6. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  7. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  8. BurningLee Chang-dong
  9. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  10. High LifeClaire Denis

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2018

31 January 2019

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2018, limited to US commercial releases, as submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013]

Steven D. Greydanus: Top Films of 2018

12 January 2019

Steven D. Greydanus: Top Films of 2018, as published by The National Catholic Register

[see also 2012]

  1. The RiderChloé Zhao
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  3. I Am Not a WitchRungano Nyoni
  4. The GuardiansXavier Beauvois
  5. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  6. Paddington 2Paul King
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  9. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  10. 22 JulyPaul Greengrass

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2018

05 January 2019

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  2. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  3. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  6. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  7. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. WesternValeska Grisebach
  9. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  10. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross

Alicia Malone: Favorite Films of 2018

04 January 2019

Alicia Malone: Favorite Films of 2018, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2017]

Scout Tafoya: Favourite Films of 2018

04 January 2019

Scout Tafoya: Favourite Films of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  2. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  3. Something Good - Negro Kiss
  4. Piu PiuNaima Ramos-Chapman
  5. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  6. WidowsSteve McQueen
  7. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  8. BarbaraMathieu Amalric
  9. High LifeClaire Denis
  10. Scarred HeartsRadu Jude
  11. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  12. DarkPaul Schrader
  13. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  14. The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-eda
  15. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  16. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  17. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  18. Sweet CountryWarwick Thornton
  19. The GuardiansXavier Beauvois
  20. Your FaceTsai Ming-liang
  21. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  22. Pass OverSpike Lee
  23. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  24. Sorry AngelChristophe Honoré
  25. MosaicSteven Soderbergh
  26. Ryuichi Sakamoto: CodaStephen Nomura Schible
  27. Creed IISteven Caple Jr.
  28. All SquareJohn Hyams
  29. The MuleClint Eastwood
  30. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  31. The Land of Steady HabitsNicole Holofcener
  32. Mr. SOUL!Melissa Haizlip & Sam Pollard
  33. BlockersKay Cannon
  34. Music When the Lights Go OutIsmael Caneppele
  35. DovlatovAleksey German
  36. A Family TourYing Liang
  37. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  38. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computervarious artists
  39. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  40. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  41. DianeKent Jones
  42. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  43. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  44. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  45. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson
  46. The EndlessJustin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
  47. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  48. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  49. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  50. Early ManNick Park
  51. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  52. Illang: The Wolf BrigadeKim Jee-Woon
  53. The First PurgeGerard McMurray
  54. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  55. Searching for Ingmar BergmanMargarethe von Trotta
  56. Where Is Kyra?Andrew Dosunmu
  57. NancyChristina Choe
  58. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  59. Ray Meets HelenAlan Rudolph
  60. ShadowZhang Yimou
  61. The PredatorShane Black
  62. The Little Drummer GirlPark Chan-wook
  63. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  64. Dark RiverClio Barnard
  65. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  66. Waiting for the BarbariansEugène Green
  67. ManhuntJohn Woo
  68. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  69. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on FootGus Van Sant
  70. Incident in a GhostlandPascal Laugier
  71. Laplace's WitchTakashi Miike
  72. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is UnbreakableTakashi Miike
  73. UnrestPhilippe Grandrieux
  74. The 15:17 to ParisClint Eastwood
  75. DisobedienceSebastián Lelio
  76. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu
  77. UnsaneSteven Soderbergh
  78. CruiseRobert Siegel
  79. Paddington 2Paul King
  80. Hotel by the RiverHong Sang-soo
  81. Between WorldsMaria Pulera
  82. Cold SkinXavier Gens
  83. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  84. TransitChristian Petzold
  85. Classical PeriodTed Fendt
  86. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  87. They Shall Not Grow OldPeter Jackson
  88. Las Sandinistas!Jenny Murray
  89. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  90. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  91. 3 FacesJafar Panahi
  92. The CaptainRobert Schwentke
  93. A Very English Scandal
  94. Sol AlegriaTavinho Teixeira
  95. The Glass NoteMary Helena Clark
  96. Outrage CodaTakeshi Kitano
  97. A Gentle CreatureSergei Loznitsa
  98. HalloweenDavid Gordon Green
  99. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  100. Outlaw KingDavid Mackenzie
  101. ApostleGareth Evans
  102. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  103. Mom and DadBrian Taylor
  104. The InhabitantGuillermo Amoedo
  105. The Witch in the WindowAndy Mitton
  106. The MisandristsBruce La Bruce
  107. WinchesterMichael and Peter Spierig
  108. Marfa Girl 2Larry Clark
  109. GeminiAaron Katz

David Sterritt: Ten Best Films of 2018

03 January 2019

David Sterritt: Ten Best Films of 2018, as aired on Films in Focus

  1. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  4. CapernaumNadine Labaki
  5. HereditaryAri Aster
  6. BorderAli Abbasi
  7. Three Identical StrangersTim Wardle
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. Nico, 1988Susanna Nicchiarelli
  10. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh

Michael Sicinski: Top 50 Films of 2018

02 January 2019

Michael Sicinski: Top 50 Films of 2018, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also Top 30 Experimental Films of 2018, Top 25 Films of 2017, Top 10 Films of 2016, Top 12 Films of 2014, Top 10 Films of 2013, Top 12 Films of 2012]

  1. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  2. Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle)Nathaniel Dorsky
  3. Gens du lacJean-Marie Straub
  4. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  5. A ReturnJames Edmonds
  6. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  7. TransitChristian Petzold
  8. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  9. Fainting SpellsSky Hopinka
  10. Season of the DevilLav Diaz
  11. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  12. Walled UnwalledLawrence Abu Hamdan
  13. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  14. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  15. GrassHong Sang-soo
  16. Sorry AngelChristophe Honoré
  17. Fatal PulseDamon Packard
  18. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?Roberto Minervini
  19. Hoarders Without BordersJodie Mack
  20. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  21. Terror NulliusSoda_Jerk
  22. A Leaf is the Sea is a TheaterJonathan Schwartz
  23. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  24. Sketches and Portraits for Jean MichelEphraim Asili
  25. Binary StarsAndrew Busti
  26. ALTIPLANOMalena Szlam
  27. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  28. Life After LoveZachary Epcar
  29. Anna’s WarAleksei Fedorchenko
  30. Now, At LastBen Rivers
  31. BurningLee Chang-dong
  32. Mahogany TooAkosua Adoma Owusu
  33. Fountains of ParisStephen Broomer
  34. DonbassSergei Loznitsa
  35. Kinshasa MakamboDieudo Hamadi
  36. GoddessKevin Jerome Everson
  37. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  38. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  39. BlueApichatpong Weerasethakul
  40. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  41. InsectJan Švankmajer
  42. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  43. The TaleJennifer Fox
  44. Edge of the KnifeGwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown
  45. Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47 KmZhang Mengqi
  46. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  47. Knife+HeartYann Gonzalez
  48. Treasure IslandGuillaume Brac
  49. UnsaneSteven Soderbergh
  50. Atomic GardenAna Vaz

Aisha Harris: Favorite Movies of 2018

02 January 2019

Aisha Harris: Favorite Movies of 2018, as posted to Twitter

Walter Chaw: 50 Best Films of 2018

02 January 2019

Walter Chaw: 50 Best Films of 2018, as published by Film Freak Central in ten groups

  1. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  2. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  3. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  6. The RiderChloé Zhao
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  10. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  11. Have a Nice DayLiu Jian
  12. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  13. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  14. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  15. At Eternity’s GateJulian Schnabel
  16. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  17. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  18. BlazeEthan Hawke
  19. Skate KitchenCrystal Moselle
  20. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  21. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  22. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  23. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  24. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  25. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  26. Hold the DarkJeremy Saulnier
  27. The Great Buddha+Huang Hsin-yao
  28. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  29. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  30. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  31. First ManDamien Chazelle
  32. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  33. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  34. The Devil's DoorwayAislinn Clarke
  35. DamselDavid Zellner and Nathan Zellner
  36. AquamanJames Wan
  37. The RitualDavid Bruckner
  38. The Sisters BrothersJacques Audiard
  39. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  40. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  41. The Night Eats the WorldDominique Rocher
  42. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  43. TerrifiedDemián Rugna
  44. BumblebeeTravis Knight
  45. ApostleGareth Evans
  46. Ismael’s GhostsArnaud Desplechin
  47. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  48. HalloweenDavid Gordon Green
  49. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  50. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computervarious artists