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

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

Uproxx: Best Movies of 2018

11 December 2018

Uproxx: Best Movies of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  4. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  5. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  6. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  7. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  9. Paddington 2Paul King
  10. First ManDamien Chazelle
  11. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  12. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  13. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  14. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  15. BorderAli Abbasi

Peter Travers: 20 Best Movies of 2018

10 December 2018

Peter Travers: 20 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  3. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  4. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  5. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  6. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  7. First ManDamien Chazelle
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  10. Green BookPeter Farrelly
  11. ViceAdam McKay
  12. BurningLee Chang-dong
  13. WidowsSteve McQueen
  14. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  15. The RiderChloé Zhao
  16. HereditaryAri Aster
  17. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  18. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  19. Bohemian RhapsodyBryan Singer
  20. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Favorite Movies Of 2018

10 December 2018

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour: Favorite Movies Of 2018

[see also 2017]

Matt Singer: Best Films of 2018

10 December 2018

Matt Singer: Best Films of 2018, as published by ScreenCrush

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  2. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  3. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  4. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  5. The RiderChloé Zhao
  6. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  7. First ManDamien Chazelle
  8. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  9. Minding the GapBing Liu
  10. WidowsSteve McQueen