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

Alissa Wilkinson: Best Movies of 2018

08 December 2018

Alissa Wilkinson: Best Movies of 2018, as published by Vox

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  2. Minding the GapBing Liu
  3. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  6. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  7. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  8. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  9. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  10. BurningLee Chang-dong
  11. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  12. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  13. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  14. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  15. The TaleJennifer Fox
  16. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  17. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  18. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  19. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  20. DamselDavid Zellner and Nathan Zellner
  21. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller

Ann Hornaday: Best Movies of 2018

07 December 2018

Ann Hornaday: Best Movies of 2018, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  3. The RiderChloé Zhao
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  6. Green BookPeter Farrelly
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. TullyJason Reitman
  9. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  10. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski

Scott Tobias: Top Movies of 2018

07 December 2018

Scott Tobias: Top Movies of 2018, as posted to Twitter

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

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  5. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  6. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  7. BurningLee Chang-dong
  8. The RiderChloé Zhao
  9. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  10. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  11. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  12. MandyPanos Cosmatos

K. Austin Collins: 10 Best Movies of 2018

06 December 2018

K. Austin Collins: 10 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Vanity Fair

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

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  3. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  4. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  5. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  6. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  7. Minding the GapBing Liu
  8. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  9. First ManDamien Chazelle
  10. Sollers PointMatthew Porterfield

Miriam Bale: Best Movies of 2018

06 December 2018

Miriam Bale: Best Movies of 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2010s, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. Beychella [Beyoncé live at Coachella]
  2. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  3. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  4. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  5. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  6. Minding the GapBing Liu
  7. My First Film [live]Zia Anger
  8. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  9. Kinshasa MakamboDieudo Hamadi
  10. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley

Emily Yoshida: Best Movies of 2018

05 December 2018

Emily Yoshida: Best Movies of 2018, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2017]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  3. ShirkersSandi Tan
  4. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  5. The RiderChloé Zhao
  6. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  7. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  8. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  9. Have a Nice DayLiu Jian
  10. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper

Richard Brody: Best Movies of 2018

05 December 2018

Richard Brody: Best Movies of 2018, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

A.O. Scott: Best Movies of 2018

05 December 2018

A.O. Scott: Best Movies of 2018, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  2. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  3. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  4. Minding the GapBing Liu
  5. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  6. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  7. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  8. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  9. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  10. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  11. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  12. CapernaumNadine Labaki
  13. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos

Manohla Dargis: Best Movies of 2018

05 December 2018

Manohla Dargis: Best Movies of 2018, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. BurningLee Chang-dong
  3. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  4. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  5. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  6. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  7. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  8. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  9. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  10. Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle)Nathaniel Dorsky

Matthew Jacobs: 20 Best Movies Of 2018

05 December 2018

Matthew Jacobs: 20 Best Movies Of 2018, as published by Huffington Post

[see also 2017]

  1. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  3. WidowsSteve McQueen
  4. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  5. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  6. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  9. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  10. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  11. BurningLee Chang-dong
  12. Paddington 2Paul King
  13. The TaleJennifer Fox
  14. HereditaryAri Aster
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  16. The RiderChloé Zhao
  17. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  18. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  19. Skate KitchenCrystal Moselle
  20. A Simple FavorPaul Feig