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 Movies

Scott Tobias: Top 10 Films of 2020

29 December 2020

Scott Tobias: Top 10 Films of 2020, as posted to Twitter and discussed on The Next Picture Show

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

  1. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  2. The AssistantKitty Green
  3. First CowKelly Reichardt
  4. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  5. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  6. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  7. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  8. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  9. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  10. The NestSean Durkin

Susannah Gruder: Best Films of 2020

29 December 2020

Susannah Gruder: Best Films of 2020, as published by Screen Slate along with a list of best first-time views

[see also 2010s]

  1. EpicentroHubert Sauper
  2. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  3. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  4. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  5. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  6. A Night at the OperaSergei Loznitsa
  7. The CalmingSong Fang
  8. Acasa, My HomeRadu Ciorniciuc
  9. KajillionaireMiranda July
  10. TimeGarrett Bradley

Molly Haskell: Best Films of 2020

29 December 2020

Molly Haskell: Best Films of 2020, as published by Screen Slate along with a list of discoveries

Joshua Rothkopf: Top 20 Films of 2020

28 December 2020

Joshua Rothkopf: Top 20 Films of 2020, as posted to Twitter

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

  1. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  4. KajillionaireMiranda July
  5. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  6. The NestSean Durkin
  7. Welcome to ChechnyaDavid France
  8. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  9. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  10. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  11. SoulPete Docter
  12. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  13. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  14. TommasoAbel Ferrara
  15. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  16. The Truffle HuntersMichael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw
  17. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  18. GundaViktor Kosakovskiy
  19. Bad EducationCory Finley
  20. Sound of MetalDarius Marder

Mike D’Angelo: The Best Films of 2020

28 December 2020

Mike D’Angelo: The Best Films of 2020, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. A White, White DayHlynur Pálmason
  3. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  4. The NestSean Durkin
  5. FourteenDan Sallitt
  6. Small Axe: Red, White and BlueSteve McQueen
  7. TenetChristopher Nolan
  8. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  9. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  10. The Old GuardGina Prince-Bythewood
  11. 76 daysHao Wu, Weixi Chen and Anonymous
  12. Save Yourselves!Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson
  13. SibylJustine Triet
  14. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  15. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell

Christina Newland: The Best Films of 2020

27 December 2020

Christina Newland: The Best Films of 2020, as submitted to the Sight & Sound Poll

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  2. MankDavid Fincher
  3. About EndlessnessRoy Andersson
  4. RocksSarah Gavron
  5. First CowKelly Reichardt
  6. TimeGarrett Bradley
  7. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  8. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  9. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  10. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson

Little White Lies: The 30 Best Films of 2020

26 December 2020

Little White Lies: The 30 Best Films of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. Small AxeSteve McQueen
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. First CowKelly Reichardt
  4. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  5. About EndlessnessRoy Andersson
  6. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  7. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  8. TimeGarrett Bradley
  9. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  10. RocksSarah Gavron
  11. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  12. MankDavid Fincher
  13. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  14. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  15. The AssistantKitty Green
  16. BabyteethShannon Murphy
  17. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  18. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  19. LibertyAlbert Serra
  20. Birds of PreyCathy Yan
  21. Bad EducationCory Finley
  22. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  23. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  24. His HouseRemi Weekes
  25. Isadora's ChildrenDamien Manivel
  26. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  27. Mogul MowgliBassam Tariq
  28. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  29. And Then We DancedLevan Akin
  30. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz

Playlist: The 25 Best Films of 2020

26 December 2020

The Playlist: The 25 Best Films of 2020

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018]

  1. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  2. First CowKelly Reichardt
  3. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  4. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  5. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  6. Sound of MetalDarius Marder
  7. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  8. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  9. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  10. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  11. PossessorBrandon Cronenberg
  12. TenetChristopher Nolan
  13. The NestSean Durkin
  14. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  15. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  16. The AssistantKitty Green
  17. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  18. SoulPete Docter
  19. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  20. Palm SpringsMax Barbakow
  21. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  22. BabyteethShannon Murphy
  23. EmaPablo Larraín
  24. Boys StateJesse Moss and Amanda McBaine
  25. MankDavid Fincher

Ed Gonzalez: Best Films of 2020

26 December 2020

Ed Gonzalez: Best Films of 2020, as published by Slant Magazine

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  2. To the Ends of the EarthKiyoshi Kurosawa
  3. TommasoAbel Ferrara
  4. The Cordillera of DreamsPatricio Guzmán
  5. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  6. Welcome to ChechnyaDavid France
  7. Space DogsElsa Kremser and Levin Peter
  8. Ghost TropicBas Devos
  9. TimeGarrett Bradley
  10. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross

Mark Kermode: 10 Best Films of 2020

26 December 2020

Mark Kermode: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by The Guardian

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. Saint MaudRose Glass
  2. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. RelicNatalie Erika James
  5. ClemencyChinonye Chukwu
  6. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  7. RocksSarah Gavron
  8. Saint FrancesAlex Thompson
  9. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  10. The Personal History of David CopperfieldArmando Iannucci