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

Ed Gonzalez: Top 10 Films of 2018

19 December 2018

Ed Gonzalez: Top 10 Films of 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2019, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  3. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  4. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  5. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  6. Paddington 2Paul King
  7. BodiedJoseph Kahn
  8. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  9. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson
  10. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis

Megan Christopher: Best Films of 2018

19 December 2018

Megan Christopher: Best Films of 2018, as published by Much Ado About Cinema

  1. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  2. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  3. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  4. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  5. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  6. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  7. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  8. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  9. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  10. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  11. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  12. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  13. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  14. HereditaryAri Aster
  15. TullyJason Reitman
  16. Assassination NationSam Levinson
  17. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  18. The RiderChloé Zhao
  19. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  20. Utøya: July 22Erik Poppe

Dilara Elbir: Best Films of 2018

19 December 2018

Dilara Elbir: Best Films of 2018, as published by Much Ado About Cinema

  1. The RiderChloé Zhao
  2. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  5. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  6. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  7. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  8. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  9. The BookshopIsabel Coixet
  10. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  11. Paddington 2Paul King
  12. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  13. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  14. UnsaneSteven Soderbergh
  15. Let the Corpses TanHélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
  16. WildlifePaul Dano
  17. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  18. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  19. How to Talk to Girls at PartiesJohn Cameron Mitchell
  20. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie

Time Out London: 20 Best Films of 2018

19 December 2018

Time Out London: 20 Best Films of 2018

[see also 2016, 2015]

  1. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  2. WidowsSteve McQueen
  3. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  4. HereditaryAri Aster
  5. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  6. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  7. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMartin McDonagh
  9. LovelessAndrey Zvyagintsev
  10. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  11. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  12. The RiderChloé Zhao
  13. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  14. BPM (Beats Per Minute)Robin Campillo
  15. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  16. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  17. American AnimalsBart Layton
  18. First ManDamien Chazelle
  19. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  20. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper

Daniella Shreir: Best Feminist Movies of 2018

19 December 2018

Daniella Shreir: Best Feminist Movies of 2018, as published by i-D

Mike D’Angelo: Top 15 Films of 2018

19 December 2018

Mike D’Angelo: Top 15 Films of 2018, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  3. The Last RaceMichael Dweck
  4. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  5. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  6. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  7. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  8. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  9. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  10. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  11. BlazeEthan Hawke
  12. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams
  13. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  14. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  15. Let the Corpses TanHélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani

A.V. Club: Best 25 Films of 2018

19 December 2018

The A.V. Club: Best 25 Films of 2018

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

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  3. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  8. First ManDamien Chazelle
  9. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  10. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  11. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  12. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  13. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  14. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  15. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  16. HereditaryAri Aster
  17. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  18. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  19. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  20. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  21. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  22. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  23. ShirkersSandi Tan
  24. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  25. Minding the GapBing Liu

Mark Olsen: Best Movies of 2018

18 December 2018

Mark Olsen: Best Movies of 2018, as published by The Los Angeles Times

[see also 2017]

  1. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  2. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  3. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  4. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  5. WidowsSteve McQueen
  6. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  7. BurningLee Chang-dong
  8. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  9. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  10. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles

Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2018

18 December 2018

Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2018, as published by Gay City News

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

  1. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  2. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  3. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  4. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  5. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  6. CamDaniel Goldhaber
  7. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  8. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  9. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  10. Fatal PulseDamon Packard

Joe Morgenstern: Best Film of 2018

17 December 2018

Joe Morgenstern: Best Film of 2018, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2019, 2017]