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

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: Top 15 Films of 2018

20 December 2018

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013]

  1. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  2. First ManDamien Chazelle
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  5. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  6. The Night Comes for UsTimo Tjahjanto
  7. BurningLee Chang-dong
  8. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  9. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  10. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  11. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  12. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  13. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  14. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  15. Isle of DogsWes Anderson

A.A. Dowd: Top 15 Films of 2018

20 December 2018

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

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  3. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  4. HereditaryAri Aster
  5. First ManDamien Chazelle
  6. Minding the GapBing Liu
  7. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  8. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  9. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  10. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  11. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  12. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  13. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  14. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  15. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie

Much Ado About Cinema: Best Films of 2018

20 December 2018

Much Ado About Cinema: Best Films of 2018

  1. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  2. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  3. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  4. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  5. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  6. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  7. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  8. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  9. HereditaryAri Aster
  10. Skate KitchenCrystal Moselle
  11. BurningLee Chang-dong
  12. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  13. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  14. WildlifePaul Dano
  15. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  16. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  17. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  18. Paddington 2Paul King
  19. TullyJason Reitman
  20. The TaleJennifer Fox
  21. ShirkersSandi Tan
  22. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  23. Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainOl Parker
  24. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  25. WidowsSteve McQueen

Women and Hollywood: 2018’s Best Films By and About Women

20 December 2018

Women and Hollywood: 2018’s Best Films By and About Women

Little White Lies: 30 Best Films of 2018

20 December 2018

Little White Lies: 30 Best Films of 2018

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  6. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  7. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  11. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  12. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  13. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  14. HereditaryAri Aster
  15. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  16. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  17. WesternValeska Grisebach
  18. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  19. Ex Libris: New York Public LibraryFrederick Wiseman
  20. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  21. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  22. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  23. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  24. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  25. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  26. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  27. WidowsSteve McQueen
  28. Have a Nice DayLiu Jian
  29. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  30. ShirkersSandi Tan

Christopher Orr: Best Films of 2018

20 December 2018

Christopher Orr: Best Films of 2018, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  3. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  6. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  7. WidowsSteve McQueen
  8. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  9. The RiderChloé Zhao
  10. A Simple FavorPaul Feig

David Sims: Best Films of 2018

20 December 2018

David Sims: Best Films of 2018, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2019]

  1. WidowsSteve McQueen
  2. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  5. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  6. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  7. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  8. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  9. BurningLee Chang-dong
  10. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis

Christy Lemire: 10 Best Films of 2018

20 December 2018

Christy Lemire: 10 Best Films of 2018

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. BurningLee Chang-dong
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  6. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. HereditaryAri Aster
  9. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  10. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper

John Beifuss: 10 Best Movies of 2018

20 December 2018

John Beifuss: 10 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Memphis Commercial Appeal

  1. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  2. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  3. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  4. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  5. HereditaryAri Aster
  6. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  7. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  8. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  9. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  10. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  11. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  12. I Am Not a WitchRungano Nyoni

    The Second 10 (in alphabetical order)

  1. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  3. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  4. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  5. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  6. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  7. Minding the GapBing Liu
  8. Mr. SOUL!Melissa Haizlip & Sam Pollard
  9. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  10. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  11. WrestleSuzannah Herbert
  12. Free SoloElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
  13. The Gospel of EurekaDonal Mosher and Michael Palmieri
  14. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  15. AnnihilationAlex Garland

Noel Murray: Top 15 Films of 2018

20 December 2018

Noel Murray: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  3. BurningLee Chang-dong
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  6. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  9. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  10. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  11. First ManDamien Chazelle
  12. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  13. WidowsSteve McQueen
  14. The Old Man & the GunDavid Lowery
  15. MandyPanos Cosmatos