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

Caden Mark Gardner: Top Ten Films of 2018

31 December 2018

Caden Mark Gardner: Top Ten Films of 2018, as published by Seattle Screen Scene

[see also 2019]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  3. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  4. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  5. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  8. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  9. Ready Player OneSteven Spielberg
  10. Permanent Green LightDennis Cooper and Zac Farley

Nick Schager: 25 Best Movies of 2018

31 December 2018

Nick Schager: 25 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Esquire

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

  1. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. Love After LoveRussell Harbaugh
  4. The RiderChloé Zhao
  5. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  6. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  7. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  8. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  9. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  10. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  11. A Private WarMatthew Heineman
  12. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  13. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  14. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  15. FilmworkerTony Zierra
  16. Paddington 2Paul King
  17. The EndlessJustin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
  18. A Prayer Before DawnJean-Stéphane Sauvaire
  19. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  20. BurningLee Chang-dong
  21. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  22. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  23. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  24. I Am Not a WitchRungano Nyoni
  25. The MuleClint Eastwood

Genevieve Koski: Top 20 Films of 2018

31 December 2018

Genevieve Koski: Top 20 Films of 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2017, 2014]

  1. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. The RiderChloé Zhao
  4. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  5. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  6. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. WidowsSteve McQueen
  9. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  10. Bad Times at the El RoyaleDrew Goddard
  11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  12. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  13. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  14. Minding the GapBing Liu
  15. The Little StrangerLenny Abrahamson
  16. Paddington 2Paul King
  17. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  18. Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesPeter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath
  19. The Sisters BrothersJacques Audiard
  20. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada

Darren Hughes: Favorite US Releases of 2018

31 December 2018

Darren Hughes: Favorite US Releases of 2018, as posted to Long Pauses along with several other great lists of premieres, shorts, and first-viewings

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

  1. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  2. WesternValeska Grisebach
  3. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  6. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  7. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. MillaValérie Massadian
  10. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams

David Hudson: Top Ten Films of 2018

31 December 2018

David Hudson: Top Ten Films of 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. TransitChristian Petzold
  4. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  5. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  6. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  7. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  8. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  9. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  10. BurningLee Chang-dong

Another Gaze: Top Ten Films by Women in 2018

31 December 2018

Another Gaze: Top Ten Films by Women in 2018, as posted to Twitter along with a list of under-released, under-appreciated films

[see also 2017]

  1. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  2. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  3. Summer 1993Carla Simón
  4. ShirkersSandi Tan
  5. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  6. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  7. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  8. The RiderChloé Zhao
  9. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  10. WajibAnnemarie Jacir

Saige Walton: Films I Adored in 2018

31 December 2018

Saige Walton: Films I Adored in 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2019, 2017]

David Morgan: Best Movies of 2018

30 December 2018

David Morgan: Best Movies of 2018, as published by CBS News

[see also 2019]

  1. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  2. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  3. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  4. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  5. The RiderChloé Zhao
  6. ShirkersSandi Tan
  7. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  8. WildlifePaul Dano
  9. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  10. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen

Film School Rejects: 50 Best Movies of 2018

30 December 2018

Film School Rejects: 50 Best Movies of 2018

[see also 2010s, 2017]

  1. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  4. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  6. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  7. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  8. Paddington 2Paul King
  9. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  10. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  11. HereditaryAri Aster
  12. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  13. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  14. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  15. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  16. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  17. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  18. WidowsSteve McQueen
  19. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  20. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  21. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  22. The Night Comes for UsTimo Tjahjanto
  23. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  24. Avengers: Infinity WarsAnthony and Joe Russo
  25. The RiderChloé Zhao
  26. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  27. BurningLee Chang-dong
  28. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  29. CamDaniel Goldhaber
  30. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  31. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  32. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu
  33. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  34. Minding the GapBing Liu
  35. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  36. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  37. WildlifePaul Dano
  38. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  39. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  40. Bad Times at the El RoyaleDrew Goddard
  41. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  42. The TaleJennifer Fox
  43. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  44. A Simple FavorPaul Feig
  45. Night Comes OnJordana Spiro
  46. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  47. The EndlessJustin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
  48. Borg vs. McEnroeJanus Metz
  49. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  50. Love, SimonGreg Berlanti

Desist Film: Best Films of 2018

29 December 2018

Desist Film: Best Films of 2018, extracted from the contributions of a group of cinephiles with "a panorama of tastes"

[see also 2017]

  1. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  2. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  3. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  4. The Wolf HouseCristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña
  5. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  6. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  7. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  8. The Waldheim WaltzRuth Beckermann
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. HereditaryAri Aster

    Experimental: our favourites

  1. ALTIPLANOMalena Szlam
  2. BlueApichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. L. CohenJames Benning
  4. Segunda vezDora García
  5. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack