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

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, as posted by Filmmaker Magazine as part of the reconstructed Village Voice Film Poll

[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 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

Fernando F. Croce: Favorite 2019 Movies

02 January 2020

Fernando F. Croce: Favorite 2019 Movies, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2012]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  5. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  6. High LifeClaire Denis
  7. PeterlooMike Leigh
  8. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  9. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. AtlanticsMati Diop
  11. PasoliniAbel Ferrara
  12. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  13. TransitChristian Petzold
  14. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  15. Dark WatersTodd Haynes
  16. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  17. In FabricPeter Strickland
  18. Invisible LifeKarim Aïnouz
  19. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  20. DominoBrian De Palma

Caden Mark Gardner: Top 25 Films of 2019

01 January 2020

Caden Mark Gardner: Top 25 Films of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018]

  1. My First Film [live]Zia Anger
  2. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  6. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  7. So PrettyJessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
  8. Dark WatersTodd Haynes
  9. AtlanticsMati Diop
  10. Too Old to Die YoungNicolas Winding Refn
  11. RelaxerJoel Potrykus
  12. Empty MetalAdam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer
  13. Coincoin and the Extra-HumansBruno Dumont
  14. Knife+HeartYann Gonzalez
  15. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  16. UsJordan Peele
  17. The Body Remembers When the World Broke OpenElle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn
  18. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  19. Chained for LifeAaron Schimberg
  20. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  21. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  22. Knives OutRian Johnson
  23. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  24. The Gospel of EurekaDonal Mosher and Michael Palmieri
  25. High Flying BirdSteven Soderbergh
  26. PeterlooMike Leigh
  27. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell