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.

2019 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2019

20 March 2020

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  2. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  3. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  4. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. LibertyAlbert Serra
  6. Heimat is a Space in TimeThomas Heise
  7. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  8. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  9. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  10. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese

Scott Tobias: The Best Films of 2019

30 January 2020

Scott Tobias: The Best Films of 2019

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. MidsommarAri Aster
  8. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  9. Knives OutRian Johnson
  10. TransitChristian Petzold
  11. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  12. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  13. Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler
  14. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  15. American FactorySteven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  16. High LifeClaire Denis
  17. First LoveTakashi Miike
  18. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  19. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  20. Light of My LifeCasey Affleck

Lara Zarum: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Lara Zarum: Top Ten Films of 2019, as posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll

Anne Thompson: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Anne Thompson: Top Ten Films of 2019, as posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. Ford v FerrariJames Mangold
  6. Honey BoyAlma Har'el
  7. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  8. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  9. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  10. 1917Sam Mendes

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2019

15 January 2020

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2019, posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll. Previously he submitted a list to the Senses of Cinema World Poll that includes a couple of additional entries, and it appears alongside lists of undistributed features, shorts, installations, and expanded cinema performances.

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013]

  1. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  2. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. AniaraPella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja
  5. High LifeClaire Denis
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. Midnight TravelerHassan Fazili
  8. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  9. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  10. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2019

06 January 2020

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  4. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  5. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  6. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  7. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  8. The MuleClint Eastwood
  9. JokerTodd Phillips
  10. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2019

04 January 2020

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. AtlanticsMati Diop
  5. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. TransitChristian Petzold
  7. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  8. High LifeClaire Denis
  9. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  10. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

Mallory Andrews: Best Films of 2019

03 January 2020

Mallory Andrews: Best Films of 2019, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. High LifeClaire Denis
  5. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  6. The FarewellLulu Wang
  7. Apollo 11Todd Douglas Miller
  8. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  9. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  10. Ad AstraJames Gray

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2019

02 January 2020

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2019, of those "that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2019, in approximate order of preference"

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. StyxWolfgang Fischer
  2. GrassHong Sang-soo
  3. DianeKent Jones
  4. Los ReyesIvan Osnovikoff and Bettina Perut
  5. Our TimeCarlos Reygadas
  6. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  7. Light from LightPaul Harrill
  8. The ChambermaidLila Avilés
  9. Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler
  10. The CrossingBai Xue
  11. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

Marya Gates: Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019

02 January 2020

Marya Gates: Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019

  1. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  2. Dolemite Is My NameCraig Brewer
  3. Rolling Thunder RevueMartin Scorsese
  4. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  5. AnimaPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  7. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  8. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  9. Blinded by the LightGurinder Chadha
  10. UsJordan Peele
  11. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  12. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  13. Dancing with the BirdsHuw Cordey
  14. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  15. FamilyLaura Steinel