Year-End Lists

A browsable archive of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

2020

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2020

26 March 2021

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2020

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

  1. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  2. The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)Anders Edström and C.W. Winter
  3. The Year of the DiscoveryLuis López Carrasco
  4. The Last CityHeinz Emigholz
  5. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  6. The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo
  7. MalmkrogCristi Puiu
  8. DAU. DegenerationIlya Khrzhanovsky
  9. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  10. FaunaNicolás Pereda

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2020

27 January 2021

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2020

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. various artists — Hanging Tree Guitars
  2. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  3. Cheveu & Group DouehDakhla Sahara Session
  4. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  5. Lucinda WilliamsGood Souls Better Angels
  6. BackxwashDeviancy
  7. Billy NomatesBilly Nomates
  8. DramaramaColor TV
  9. Lori McKennaThe Balladeer
  10. WussyGhosts
  11. Black ThoughtStreams of Thought, Vol. 2
  12. Peter Stampfel And The Bottle CapsDemo '84
  13. The Human HeartsDay of the Tiles
  14. Martin CreedThoughts Lined Up
  15. Sam HuntSouthside
  16. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  17. Young M.AHerstory in the Making
  18. BktherulaNirvana
  19. Public EnemyWhat You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
  20. Taylor SwiftEvermore
  21. Sad13Haunted Painting
  22. Guiss Guiss Bou BessSet Sela
  23. Ashley McBrydeNever Will
  24. McCarthy TrenchingPerfect Game
  25. 75 Dollar Bill Little Big BandLive at Tubby's
  26. Kirby HeardMama's Biscuits
  27. Black ThoughtStreams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able
  28. EminemMusic to Be Murdered By
  29. HindsThe Prettiest Curse
  30. Les Amazones d’AfriqueAmazones Power
  31. Yonic SouthTwix and Dive
  32. The ChicksGaslighter
  33. Black ThoughtStreams of Thought, Vol. 1
  34. Elizabeth CookAftermath
  35. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  36. XAlphabetland
  37. SerengetiWith Greg from Deerhoof
  38. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  39. Brandy ClarkYour Life Is a Record
  40. Princess NokiaEverything is Beautiful
  41. various artists — On The Road: A Tribute To John Hartford
  42. KehlaniIt Was Good Until It Wasn't
  43. Phoebe BridgersIf We Make It Through December
  44. Will ButlerGenerations
  45. Sunny SweeneyRecorded Live at the Machine Shop Recording Studio
  46. various artists — New Orleans Mambo
  47. Dream WifeSo When You Gonna...
  48. Hamell On TrialThe Pandemic Songs
  49. Low Cut ConniePrivate Lives
  50. Mukdad Rothenberg LankowIn the Wake of Memories
  51. City GirlsCity on Lock
  52. Clem SnideForever Just Beyond
  53. Chicago FarmerFlyover Country
  54. Justin FarrenPretty Free
  55. Munson​-​Hicks Party SuppliesMunson​-​Hicks Party Supplies
  56. Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
  57. KaDescendants of Cain
  58. Toots and the MaytalsGot to Be Tough
  59. Open Mike EagleAnime, Trauma and Divorce
  60. Drive-By TruckersThe Unraveling
  61. No AgeGoons Be Gone
  62. Lil WayneFuneral
  63. Etran de L'AïrNo. 1
  64. Westside GunnPray for Paris
  65. Hayes CarllAlone Together Sessions
  66. Dawn Oberg2020 Revision
  67. Serengeti and Kenny SegalAjai
  68. Grrrl GangHere To Stay
  69. Chad MathenyUnited Earth League of Quarantine Aerobics
  70. Al Bilali SoudanTombouctou
  71. Mannequin PussyPatience

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2020

02 January 2021

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best Movies of 2020, a survey of 161 programmers, critics, and filmmakers from around the world, posted with entries and notes from each participant

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

Saige Walton: Favorite Films of 2020

01 January 2021

Saige Walton: Favorite Films of 2020, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  2. First CowKelly Reichardt
  3. Another RoundThomas Vinterberg
  4. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. PossessorBrandon Cronenberg
  6. EurovisionDavid Dobkin
  7. ApplesChristos Nikou
  8. When Pomegranates HowlGranaz Moussavi
  9. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  10. On the RocksSofia Coppola

Jordan Ruimy: The 15 Best Movies of 2020

31 December 2020

Jordan Ruimy: The 15 Best Movies of 2020, as published by World of Reel

[see also 2010s, 2019]

  1. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  2. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  3. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  4. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  5. First CowKelly Reichardt
  6. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  7. Bad EducationCory Finley
  8. Young AhmedJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  9. Sound of MetalDarius Marder
  10. The AssistantKitty Green
  11. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  12. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  13. Pieces of a WomanKornél Mundruczó
  14. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  15. Palm SpringsMax Barbakow

Todd McCarthy: Top 10 Films of 2020

31 December 2020

Todd McCarthy: Top 10 Films of 2020, as published by Deadline

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  2. The FatherFlorian Zeller
  3. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  4. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  5. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  6. Into the DeepEmma Sullivan
  7. SoulPete Docter
  8. The King of Staten IslandJudd Apatow
  9. The OutpostRod Lurie
  10. Devil Between the LegsArturo Ripstein

    Runners-up

  1. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  2. First CowKelly Reichardt
  3. The DissidentBryan Fogel
  4. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  5. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  6. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  7. The Painted BirdVáclav Marhoul
  8. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  9. On the RocksSofia Coppola
  10. Ma Rainey's Black BottomGeorge C. Wolfe

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2020

31 December 2020

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2020 as posted to Patreon

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

  1. DAUIlya Khrzhanovsky
  2. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  3. MalmkrogCristi Puiu
  4. The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)Anders Edström and C.W. Winter
  5. BeginningDéa Kulumbegashvili
  6. Her Socialist SmileJohn Gianvito
  7. The Salt of TearsPhilippe Garrel
  8. SiberiaAbel Ferrara
  9. The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo
  10. The Year of the DiscoveryLuis López Carrasco

Hyperallergic: Favorite Movies of 2020

30 December 2020

Hyperallergic: Favorite Movies of 2020

[see also 2010s, 2019]

  1. TimeGarrett Bradley
  2. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  3. Small AxeSteve McQueen
  4. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  5. First CowKelly Reichardt
  6. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  7. I May Destroy YouMichaela Coel & Sam Miller
  8. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  9. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  10. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  11. małni—towards the ocean, towards the shoreSky Hopinka
  12. Through the NightLoira Limbal
  13. Lingua FrancaIsabel Sandoval
  14. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  15. City HallFrederick Wiseman

Sheila O’Malley: Top Ten Films of 2020

30 December 2020

Sheila O’Malley: Top Ten Films of 2020, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

Jeremy D. Larson: Favorite Albums of 2020

30 December 2020

Jeremy D. Larson: Favorite Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. The MicrophonesMicrophones in 2020
  2. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  3. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  4. Nubya GarciaSOURCE
  5. H.C. McEntireEno Axis
  6. DoglegMelee
  7. DestroyerHave We Met
  8. Moses SumneyGræ
  9. Special InterestThe Passion Of
  10. KMRUPeel
  11. Beatrice DillonWorkaround
  12. Alabaster DePlumeTo Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1
  13. Rio Da Yung OGCity on My Back
  14. Bartees StrangeLive Forever
  15. Kate NVRoom for the Moon
  16. Jeff ParkerSuite for Max Brown
  17. The Soft Pink TruthShall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
  18. Soul GloSongs to Yeet At The Sun
  19. Angel Bat Dawid & Tha BrothahoodLIVE
  20. Roc MarcianoMt. Marci
  21. LomeldaHannah
  22. The KillersImploding the Mirage
  23. Chris Forsyth / Dave Harrington / Ryan Jewell / Spencer ZahnFirst Flight
  24. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  25. Oneohtrix Point NeverMagic Oneohtrix Point Never
  26. Country WesternsCountry Westerns