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

Paste: 50 Best Movies of 2018

29 December 2018

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Movies of 2018

[see also 2010s, 2017, 2015]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  4. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  5. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  6. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  7. HereditaryAri Aster
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. The RiderChloé Zhao
  11. WidowsSteve McQueen
  12. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  13. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  14. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  15. Paddington 2Paul King
  16. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  17. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  18. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  19. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  20. Incredibles 2Brad Bird
  21. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  22. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  23. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  24. Avengers: Infinity WarsAnthony and Joe Russo
  25. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  26. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  27. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  28. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  29. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  30. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  31. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  32. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  33. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  34. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  35. BodiedJoseph Kahn
  36. ApostleGareth Evans
  37. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  38. First ManDamien Chazelle
  39. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  40. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  41. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  42. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  43. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  44. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  45. The Night Comes for UsTimo Tjahjanto
  46. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  47. Minding the GapBing Liu
  48. ShirkersSandi Tan
  49. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu
  50. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan

Josh Larsen: Top Ten Films of 2018

28 December 2018

Josh Larsen: Top Ten Films of 2018, as posted at Larsen on Film and discussed on Filmspotting

  1. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  5. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  6. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  7. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  8. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  9. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  10. Leave No TraceDebra Granik

Adam Kempenaar: Top 10 Films of 2018

28 December 2018

Adam Kempenaar: Top 10 Films of 2018, as discussed on Filmspotting

  1. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  2. Minding the GapBing Liu
  3. The RiderChloé Zhao
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  8. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  9. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  10. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci

Michael Sicinski: Top 30 Experimental Films of 2018

28 December 2018

Michael Sicinski: Top 30 Experimental Films of 2018, as posted on his Patreon

[see also The 30 Best Avant-Garde Feature Films of the Decade, Top 50 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. A ReturnJames Edmonds
  5. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  6. Fainting SpellsSky Hopinka
  7. Love and the Epiphanists (Part One)Scott Stark
  8. Walled UnwalledLawrence Abu Hamdan
  9. Fatal PulseDamon Packard
  10. Hoarders Without Borders 1.0Jodie Mack
  11. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  12. Terror NulliusSoda_Jerk
  13. A Leaf is the Sea is a TheaterJonathan Schwartz
  14. Sketches and Portraits for Jean MichelEphraim Asili
  15. Binary StarsAndrew Busti
  16. ALTIPLANOMalena Szlam
  17. Life After LoveZachary Epcar
  18. Now, At LastBen Rivers
  19. Mahogany TooAkosua Adoma Owusu
  20. Fountains of ParisStephen Broomer
  21. GoddessKevin Jerome Everson
  22. BlueApichatpong Weerasethakul
  23. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  24. Atomic GardenAna Vaz
  25. Fallen ArchesSimon Liu
  26. Veslemøy's SongSofia Bohdanowicz
  27. I Can See ForeverJeremy Shaw
  28. The Sun QuartetColectivo Los Ingravídos
  29. CommuteVincent Grenier
  30. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles

Mick LaSalle: Best Movies of 2018

28 December 2018

Mick LaSalle: Best Movies of 2018, as published by The San Francisco Chronicle

  1. Vox LuxBrady Corbet
  2. DisobedienceSebastián Lelio
  3. The OathIke Barinholtz
  4. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  5. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  6. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  7. Green BookPeter Farrelly
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  10. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu

Jeffrey M. Anderson: Top Ten Films of 2018

28 December 2018

Jeffrey M. Anderson: Top Ten Films of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  5. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  6. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  7. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2018

28 December 2018

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2018, as posted to Facebook

[see also 2019]

Chiara Marañón: Favorite Films of 2018

27 December 2018

Chiara Marañón: Favorite Films of 2018, as posted by Mubi along with a list of favorite revivals

  1. High LifeClaire Denis
  2. La FlorMariano Llinás
  3. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  4. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Angela's Diaries: Two FilmmakersYervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
  6. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  7. One or Two QuestionsKristina Konrad
  8. Those Who DesireElena López Riera
  9. Hotel by the RiverHong Sang-soo
  10. La película infinitaLeandro Listorti

Anaïs Lebrun: Favorite Films of 2018

27 December 2018

Anaïs Lebrun: Favorite Films of 2018, as posted by Mubi along with a list of favorite revivals

  1. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  3. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson
  4. PetraJaime Rosales
  5. JamiliaAminatou Echard
  6. Atlanta, episode "FUBU"Donald Glover
  7. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  8. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  9. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?Roberto Minervini
  10. Knife+HeartYann Gonzalez

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Best Movies of 2018

26 December 2018

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Best Movies of 2018, as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila Poll

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