Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists. 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.

2020

Darren Franich: Best TV Shows of 2020

03 December 2020

Darren Franich: Best TV Shows of 2020, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018]

  1. Better Call Saul
  2. The Midnight Gospel
  3. PEN15
  4. The Plot Against America
  5. I May Destroy You
  6. The Good Fight
  7. We Are Who We Are
  8. What We Do in the Shadows
  9. Desus & Mero
  10. Harley Quinn

Kristen Baldwin: Best TV Shows of 2020

03 December 2020

Kristen Baldwin: Best TV Shows of 2020, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018]

  1. Better Call Saul
  2. Ted Lasso
  3. The Vow
  4. The Crown
  5. I Hate Suzie
  6. Better Things
  7. The Good Fight
  8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  9. Never Have I Ever
  10. Search Party

Manohla Dargis: Best Movies of 2020

03 December 2020

Manohla Dargis: Best Movies of 2020, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  2. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  3. GundaViktor Kosakovskiy
  4. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  5. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  6. First CowKelly Reichardt
  7. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  8. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  9. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  10. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov

A.O. Scott: Best Movies of 2020

03 December 2020

A.O. Scott: Best Movies of 2020, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Borat Subsequent MoviefilmJason Woliner
  2. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  3. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  4. First CowKelly Reichardt
  5. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  6. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  7. Palm SpringsMax Barbakow
  8. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  9. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  10. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  11. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  12. SoulPete Docter

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2020

03 December 2020

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2020

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017]

Lindsay Zoladz: Best Albums of 2020

02 December 2020

Lindsay Zoladz: Best Albums of 2020, as published by The New York Times

  1. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  2. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  3. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  4. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  5. Yves TumorHeaven to a Tortured Mind
  6. Charli XCXhow I'm feeling now
  7. Jessie WareWhat's Your Pleasure?
  8. Lil Uzi VertEternal Atake
  9. Jeff RosenstockNo Dream
  10. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  11. Taylor SwiftFolklore

Jon Caramanica: Best Albums of 2020

02 December 2020

Jon Caramanica: Best Albums of 2020, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Sam HuntSouthside
  2. Rina SawayamaSawayama
  3. Rod WavePray 4 Love
  4. Jay ElectronicaA Written Testimony
  5. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  6. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  7. Pop SmokeShoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  8. Flo MilliHo, Why Is You Here?
  9. PowfuPoems of the Past
  10. Justin BieberChanges
  11. Chris StapletonStarting Over
  12. Bad BunnyYHLQMDLG
  13. Beach BunnyHoneymoon

Jon Pareles: Best Albums of 2020

02 December 2020

Jon Pareles: Best Albums of 2020, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Sufjan StevensThe Ascension
  2. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  3. Moses SumneyGræ
  4. Taylor SwiftFolklore
  5. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  6. Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
  7. Burna BoyTwice as Tall
  8. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  9. JyotiMama, You Can Bet!
  10. AutechreSign

Richard Lawson: The 10 Best Movies of 2020

02 December 2020

Richard Lawson: The 10 Best Movies of 2020, as published by Vanity Fair

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015]

  1. The NestSean Durkin
  2. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  3. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  4. Bad EducationCory Finley
  5. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  6. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  7. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  8. FreakyChristopher Landon
  9. Let Them All TalkSteve Soderbergh
  10. ShithouseCooper Raiff

Richard Brody: The Best Movies of 2020

02 December 2020

Richard Brody: The Best Movies of 2020, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. KajillionaireMiranda July
  2. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  3. The WhistlersCorneliu Porumboiu
  4. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  5. An Easy GirlRebecca Zlotowski
  6. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  7. On the RocksSofia Coppola
  8. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  9. TimeGarrett Bradley
  10. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  11. FourteenDan Sallitt
  12. Yes, God, YesKaren Maine
  13. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  14. CutiesMaïmouna Doucouré
  15. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  16. Talking About TreesSuhaib Gasmelbari
  17. The 11th GreenChristopher Munch
  18. The American SectorCourtney Stephens and Pacho Velez
  19. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  20. Paris CalligrammesUlrike Ottinger
  21. Small Axe: Red, White and BlueSteve McQueen
  22. Small Axe: Alex WheatleSteve McQueen
  23. Small Axe: EducationSteve McQueen
  24. Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  25. ResidueMerawi Gerima
  26. The 24thKevin Willmott
  27. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  28. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  29. The AssistantKitty Green
  30. Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold StoryRobert Steven Williams
  31. Ham on RyeTyler Taormina
  32. Wojnarowicz: F--k You F-ggot F--kerChris McKim
  33. One Night in MiamiRegina King
  34. Build the WallJoe Swanberg
  35. MankDavid Fincher
  36. Santiago, ItaliaNanni Moretti