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

Matt Zoller Seitz: Top Ten Films of 2018

15 December 2018

Matt Zoller Seitz: Top Ten Films of 2018, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

[see also 2017]

  1. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  4. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  5. Shoah: Four SistersClaude Lanzmann
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. HereditaryAri Aster
  8. SearchingAneesh Chaganty
  9. Minding the GapBing Liu
  10. BodiedJoseph Kahn

Playlist: 25 Best Films of 2018

15 December 2018

The Playlist: 25 Best Films of 2018

[see also 2019]

  1. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  2. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  3. HereditaryAri Aster
  4. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  5. BurningLee Chang-dong
  6. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  9. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  10. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  11. Paddington 2Paul King
  12. First ManDamien Chazelle
  13. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  14. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  15. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  16. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  17. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  18. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  19. WildlifePaul Dano
  20. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  21. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  22. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  23. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  24. The RiderChloé Zhao
  25. Black PantherRyan Coogler

    Just a point or two from cracking the top 25

  1. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  2. ViceAdam McKay
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu

    After that

  1. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  2. WidowsSteve McQueen
  3. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  4. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  5. Love, SimonGreg Berlanti
  6. Incredibles 2Brad Bird
  7. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  8. The TaleJennifer Fox
  9. CustodyXavier Legrand
  10. Claire’s CameraHong Sang-soo
  11. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  12. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  13. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  14. 1985Yen Tan
  15. ArabyJoão Dumans and Affonso Uchôa
  16. FoxtrotSamuel Maoz
  17. Minding the GapBing Liu
  18. Vox LuxBrady Corbet
  19. MuseoAlonso Ruizpalacios
  20. This Is CongoDaniel McCabe

Sheila O’Malley: Top Ten Films of 2018

15 December 2018

Sheila O’Malley: Top Ten Films of 2018, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

[see also 2017]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  4. ShirkersSandi Tan
  5. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  6. The RiderChloé Zhao
  7. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  8. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  9. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  10. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles

Dana Stevens: Best Movies of 2018

14 December 2018

Dana Stevens: Best Movies of 2018, as published by Slate

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Tomris Laffly: Top 10 Movies of 2018

14 December 2018

Tomris Laffly: Top 10 Movies of 2018, as published by Time Out New York

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  3. BurningLee Chang-dong
  4. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  5. First ManDamien Chazelle
  6. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  7. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  8. CustodyXavier Legrand
  9. 1985Yen Tan
  10. HereditaryAri Aster

Odie Henderson: Top Ten Films of 2018

14 December 2018

Odie Henderson: Top Ten Films of 2018, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

  1. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  2. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  3. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  4. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  5. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  6. Paddington 2Paul King
  7. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  8. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  10. I Am Not a WitchRungano Nyoni

Joshua Rothkopf: Top 10 Movies of 2018

14 December 2018

Joshua Rothkopf: Top 10 Movies of 2018, as published by Time Out New York

[see also 2017, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. HereditaryAri Aster
  2. BurningLee Chang-dong
  3. WidowsSteve McQueen
  4. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  5. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  6. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  7. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  8. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  9. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  10. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2018

14 December 2018

Michael Phillips: 10 Best Movies of 2018, as published by The Chicago Tribune

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. The RiderChloé Zhao
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  4. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  5. Minding the GapBing Liu
  6. WidowsSteve McQueen
  7. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  8. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  9. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  10. Black PantherRyan Coogler

Keith Uhlich: Top 10 Films of 2018

13 December 2018

Keith Uhlich: Top 10 Films of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

    Do Something New

  1. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  2. Ready Player OneSteven Spielberg

    Size Does Matter?

  1. The X-Files
  2. La FlorMariano Llinás

    This Is Existentialism 101

  1. The Terror
  2. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson

    …And This Is Love

  1. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  2. Sense8: Episode "Amor Vincit Omnia"Lana Wachowski
  3. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino

    Dea(d)r White People

  1. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  2. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen

Todd McCarthy: Best Films of 2018

13 December 2018

Todd McCarthy: Best Films of 2018, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. ViceAdam McKay
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. Free SoloElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
  6. BurningLee Chang-dong
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. The RiderChloé Zhao
  9. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  10. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles