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

Jesse Hassenger: Top 15 Films of 2018

21 December 2018

Jesse Hassenger: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  2. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  3. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  4. TullyJason Reitman
  5. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  6. First ManDamien Chazelle
  7. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  8. WidowsSteve McQueen
  9. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  10. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  11. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  12. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  13. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  14. GeminiAaron Katz
  15. The Sisters BrothersJacques Audiard

Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2018

21 December 2018

The Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  6. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  7. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  8. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  9. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  10. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  11. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  12. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  13. Paddington 2Paul King
  14. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  16. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  17. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  18. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  19. WesternValeska Grisebach
  20. The RiderChloé Zhao
  21. Minding the GapBing Liu
  22. The MuleClint Eastwood
  23. Lover for a DayPhilippe Garrel
  24. The TaleJennifer Fox
  25. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  26. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  27. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  28. Vox LuxBrady Corbet
  29. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  30. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  31. High LifeClaire Denis
  32. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  33. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  34. First ManDamien Chazelle
  35. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  36. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  37. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  38. The 15:17 to ParisClint Eastwood
  39. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  40. CustodyXavier Legrand
  41. SunsetLászló Nemes
  42. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  43. Before We VanishKiyoshi Kurosawa
  44. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  45. A Paris EducationJean-Paul Civeyrac
  46. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  47. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  48. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  49. WidowsSteve McQueen
  50. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke

Valerie Ettenhofer: Best Movies Directed By Women in 2018

21 December 2018

Valerie Ettenhofer: Best Movies Directed By Women in 2018, as published by Film School Rejects

Allison Shoemaker: Top 15 Films of 2018

21 December 2018

Allison Shoemaker: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019]

  1. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  2. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  3. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  4. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  5. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  6. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  9. Paddington 2Paul King
  10. ShirkersSandi Tan
  11. WildlifePaul Dano
  12. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  13. BurningLee Chang-dong
  14. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski

Siddhant Adlakha: 20 Best Films of 2018 Born from the Asian Diaspora

21 December 2018

Siddhant Adlakha: 20 Best Films of 2018 Born from the Asian Diaspora, as published by Polygon

Charles Bramesco: Top 15 Films of 2018

21 December 2018

Charles Bramesco: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  3. CamDaniel Goldhaber
  4. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  5. Let the Corpses TanHélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
  6. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  7. Vox LuxBrady Corbet
  8. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  9. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  10. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  11. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  12. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  13. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  14. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  15. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda

Lawrence Garcia: Top 15 Films of 2018

21 December 2018

Lawrence Garcia: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019]

  1. WesternValeska Grisebach
  2. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  3. BurningLee Chang-dong
  4. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams
  5. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  6. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  7. Unfriended: Dark WebStephen Susco
  8. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  9. Golden ExitsAlex Ross Perry
  10. Maison du bonheurSofia Bohdanowicz
  11. Mrs. HydeSerge Bozon
  12. Scarred HeartsRadu Jude
  13. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  14. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  15. Notes on an AppearanceRicky D'Ambrose

David Fear: Top 20 Movies of 2018

21 December 2018

David Fear: Top 20 Movies of 2018, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. HereditaryAri Aster
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  5. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  6. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  7. The RiderChloé Zhao
  8. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  9. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  10. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  11. BurningLee Chang-dong
  12. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  13. Where Is Kyra?Andrew Dosunmu
  14. Minding the GapBing Liu
  15. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  16. TyrelSebastián Silva
  17. Set It UpClaire Scanlon
  18. Let the Corpses TanHélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
  19. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  20. Thunder RoadJim Cummings

Katie Rife: Top 15 Films of 2018

20 December 2018

Katie Rife: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. HereditaryAri Aster
  2. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  3. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  4. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  5. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  6. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  7. BurningLee Chang-dong
  8. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  9. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  10. BorderAli Abbasi
  11. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  12. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  13. WidowsSteve McQueen
  14. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  15. Leave No TraceDebra Granik

Sean Burns: Best Movies of 2018

20 December 2018

Sean Burns: Best Movies of 2018, as published by WBUR’s The ARTery

[see also 2019, 2017, 2012, 2011]