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

Nicole Brenez: Best Movies of 2018

26 December 2018

Nicole Brenez: Best Movies of 2018, as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila Poll

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

Keith Phipps: 20 Favorite Films of 2018

26 December 2018

Keith Phipps: 20 Favorite Films of 2018, as posted to Twitter

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

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  6. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  7. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  8. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  9. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  10. The RiderChloé Zhao
  11. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  12. The Sisters BrothersJacques Audiard
  13. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  14. ShirkersSandi Tan
  15. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  16. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  17. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  18. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  19. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  20. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  21. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  22. Minding the GapBing Liu

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2018

26 December 2018

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2018 (an annual survey of 150 programmers, critics, and filmmakers from around the world, organized by Roger Koza)

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015]

Daniel Kasman: Favorite Films of 2018

25 December 2018

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

[see also 2017]

  1. BlueApichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  4. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  5. The Waldheim WaltzRuth Beckermann
  6. UnsaneSteven Soderbergh
  7. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  8. The Red Shadow (director's cut)Dominik Graf
  9. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?Roberto Minervini
  10. Veslemøy's SongSofia Bohdanowicz

Quietus: Top Films of 2018

23 December 2018

The Quietus: Top Films of 2018

Tasha Robinson: Top 10 Films of 2018

22 December 2018

Tasha Robinson: Top 10 Films of 2018, as discussed on Filmspotting

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  2. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  3. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  5. Bad Times at the El RoyaleDrew Goddard
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. Mid90sJonah Hill
  8. MarrowboneSergio G. Sánchez
  9. ApostleGareth Evans
  10. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins

Erin Trahan: Best Movies of 2018

21 December 2018

Erin Trahan: Best Movies of 2018, as published by WBUR’s The ARTery

[see also 2017]

Kristen Lopez: Top Ten Films of 2018

21 December 2018

Kristen Lopez: Top Ten Films of 2018, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

[see also 2019]

  1. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  2. On the Basis of SexMimi Leder
  3. Bad Times at the El RoyaleDrew Goddard
  4. A Simple FavorPaul Feig
  5. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  6. WidowsSteve McQueen
  7. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  8. HereditaryAri Aster
  9. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  10. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley

Glenn Kenny: Best Films of 2018

21 December 2018

Glenn Kenny: Best Films of 2018

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

Vikram Murthi: Top 15 Films of 2018

21 December 2018

Vikram Murthi: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  3. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  6. ShirkersSandi Tan
  7. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  8. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  9. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  10. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  11. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  12. Minding the GapBing Liu
  13. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  14. BlazeEthan Hawke
  15. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman