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

Ann Hornaday: Best Movies of 2019

11 December 2019

Ann Hornaday: Best Movies of 2019, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. American FactorySteven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  2. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  3. The FarewellLulu Wang
  4. WavesTrey Edward Shults
  5. Queen & SlimMelina Matsoukas
  6. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  7. The MustangLaure de Clermont-Tonnerre
  8. Jim Allison: BreakthroughBill Haney
  9. Blinded by the LightGurinder Chadha
  10. Give Me LibertyKirill Mikhanovsky

Peter Travers: 10 Best Movies of 2019

11 December 2019

Peter Travers: 10 Best Movies of 2019, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  5. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  6. 1917Sam Mendes
  7. Jojo RabbitTaika Waititi
  8. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  9. The FarewellLulu Wang
  10. JokerTodd Phillips

Film Comment: Best Films of 2019

11 December 2019

Film Comment: Best Films of 2019, a poll of the magazine's contributors and editors

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

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. TransitChristian Petzold
  5. AtlanticsMati Diop
  6. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  7. High LifeClaire Denis
  8. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  9. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  10. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  11. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  12. La FlorMariano Llinás
  13. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  14. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  15. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  16. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  17. UsJordan Peele
  18. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  19. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  20. Ad AstraJames Gray

Joe Morgenstern: The Best Films of 2019

11 December 2019

Joe Morgenstern: The Best Films of 2019, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2018, 2017]

RogerEbert.com Survey: Ten Best Films of 2019

11 December 2019

RogerEbert.com: Ten Best Films of 2019, as selected by the site’s regular film critics and assistant editors

[see also 2018]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  5. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. UsJordan Peele
  8. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  9. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  10. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma

David Ehrlich: The 25 Best Films of 2019

09 December 2019

This year’s installment of David Ehrlich’s video countdown: The 25 Best Films of 2019

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

  1. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  4. Ad AstraJames Gray
  5. The FarewellLulu Wang
  6. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  7. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  9. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  10. Knives OutRian Johnson
  11. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  12. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  13. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  14. MidsommarAri Aster
  15. High LifeClaire Denis
  16. Varda by AgnèsAgnès Varda
  17. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  18. TransitChristian Petzold
  19. AtlanticsMati Diop
  20. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  21. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  22. The Beach BumHarmony Korine
  23. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  24. UsJordan Peele
  25. HustlersLorene Scafaria

Dana Stevens: The 10 Best Movies of 2019

06 December 2019

Dana Stevens: The 10 Best Movies of 2019, as published by Slate

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

Playlist: The 25 Best Films Of 2019

06 December 2019

The Playlist: The 25 Best Films Of 2019

[see also 2018, 2010s]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. The FarewellLulu Wang
  5. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  6. The LighthouseRobert Eggers
  7. Ad AstraJames Gray
  8. MidsommarAri Aster
  9. Knives OutRian Johnson
  10. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  11. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  12. High LifeClaire Denis
  13. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  14. BooksmartOlivia Wilde
  15. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  16. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  17. UsJordan Peele
  18. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  19. LuceJulius Onah
  20. High Flying BirdSteven Soderbergh
  21. HustlersLorene Scafaria
  22. Jojo RabbitTaika Waititi
  23. MonosAlejandro Landes
  24. In FabricPeter Strickland
  25. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin

Matt Singer: The Best Movies of 2019

05 December 2019

Matt Singer: The Best Movies of 2019, as published by ScreenCrush

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

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. 3 FacesJafar Panahi
  5. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  6. John Wick: Chapter 3 - ParabellumChad Stahelski
  7. The FarewellLulu Wang
  8. Ford v FerrariJames Mangold
  9. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  10. Apollo 11Todd Douglas Miller
  11. UsJordan Peele
  12. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  13. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  14. High Flying BirdSteven Soderbergh
  15. Knives OutRian Johnson
  16. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  17. Varda by AgnèsAgnès Varda
  18. Homecoming: A Film by BeyoncéBeyoncé Knowles-Carter
  19. Avengers: EndgameAnthony and Joe Russo
  20. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell

Manohla Dargis: Best Movies of 2019

05 December 2019

Manohla Dargis: Best Movies of 2019, as published by The New York Times

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

  1. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  5. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  6. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  7. TransitChristian Petzold
  8. American FactorySteven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  9. One Child NationNanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
  10. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot