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

Sight & Sound Poll: Best Films of 2018

13 December 2018

Sight & Sound Poll: Best Films of 2018 (a poll of 164 critics and curators published by Sight & Sound Magazine)

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. BurningLee Chang-dong
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  6. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  7. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  10. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  11. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  12. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  13. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  14. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  15. ShirkersSandi Tan
  16. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  17. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  18. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  19. The RiderChloé Zhao
  20. WesternValeska Grisebach

Justin Chang: Best Movies of 2018

13 December 2018

Justin Chang: Best Movies of 2018, as published by The Los Angeles Times

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016]

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  3. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  4. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  5. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  6. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  7. The RiderChloé Zhao
  8. WesternValeska Grisebach
  9. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  10. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  11. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  12. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  13. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  14. WidowsSteve McQueen
  15. HereditaryAri Aster
  16. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  17. ShirkersSandi Tan
  18. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  19. Vox LuxBrady Corbet
  20. AnnihilationAlex Garland

Alison Willmore: 11 Best Movies Of 2018

12 December 2018

Alison Willmore: 11 Best Movies Of 2018, as published by BuzzFeed

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. The RiderChloé Zhao
  2. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  3. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  4. Minding the GapBing Liu
  5. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  6. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  7. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  8. BurningLee Chang-dong
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  10. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  11. HereditaryAri Aster

Girish Shambu: Favorite Films of 2018

12 December 2018

Girish Shambu: Favorite Films of 2018, as posted to Twitter, limited to US releases

[see also 2017]

John Powers: 2018's 12 Best Movies

12 December 2018

John Powers: 2018's 12 Best Movies, as published by Vogue

[see also 2017, 2015]

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  4. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  5. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  8. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  9. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  10. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  11. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  12. Paddington 2Paul King

Film Comment: Best Films of 2018

12 December 2018

Film Comment: Best Films of 2018, a poll of the magazine's contributors and editors

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  2. BurningLee Chang-dong
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  5. WesternValeska Grisebach
  6. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  7. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  8. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  9. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  10. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  11. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  12. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  13. The RiderChloé Zhao
  14. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  16. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  17. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  18. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  19. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  20. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee

Kenneth Turan: Best Movies of 2018

12 December 2018

Kenneth Turan: Best Movies of 2018, as published by The Los Angeles Times

[see also 2019, 2017, 2015, 2012]

Peter Debruge: Top 10 Films of 2018

11 December 2018

Peter Debruge: Top 10 Films of 2018, as published by Variety

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  2. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  3. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  4. The Hate U GiveGeorge Tillman Jr.
  5. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  6. MuseoAlonso Ruizpalacios
  7. Life & Nothing MoreAntonio Méndez Esparza
  8. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. In SyriaPhilippe Van Leeuw

Owen Gleiberman: Top 10 Films of 2018

11 December 2018

Owen Gleiberman: Top 10 Films of 2018, as published by Variety

[see also 2019, 2017, 2012]

  1. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  3. The RiderChloé Zhao
  4. Green BookPeter Farrelly
  5. ChappaquiddickJohn Curran
  6. Red SparrowFrancis Lawrence
  7. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  8. First ManDamien Chazelle
  9. Wild Wild Country
  10. Eighth GradeBo Burnham

RogerEbert.com Survey: Ten Best Films of 2018

11 December 2018

RogerEbert.com: Ten Best Films of 2018, as selected by the site’s regular film critics and assistant editors

[see also 2019]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  3. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  6. ShirkersSandi Tan
  7. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  8. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski