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

IndieWire: The Best Documentaries of 2020

13 December 2020

IndieWire: The Best Documentaries of 2020

[see also 2010s, 2015]

David Sims: The 10 Best Films of 2020

12 December 2020

David Sims: The 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  3. The NestSean Durkin
  4. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  5. MankDavid Fincher
  6. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  7. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  8. TenetChristopher Nolan
  9. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  10. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee

Justin Chang: The Best Movies of 2020

12 December 2020

Justin Chang: The Best Movies of 2020, as published by The Los Angeles Times. Visit the Times to see how Chang's choices are presented in pairs: "As has become standard practice, I’ve listed my favorite titles as a series of thematic pairings. Treat them as double bills, or just as another reminder that art never takes place in a vacuum."

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  2. TimeGarrett Bradley
  3. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  4. First CowKelly Reichardt
  5. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  6. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  7. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  8. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  9. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  10. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov

Rolling Stone: The 20 Best Movies of 2020

11 December 2020

Rolling Stone: The 20 Best Movies of 2020

[see also 2010s]

  1. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  2. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  3. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  4. First CowKelly Reichardt
  5. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  6. TimeGarrett Bradley
  7. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  8. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  9. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  10. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  11. TigertailAlan Yang
  12. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  13. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  14. Night of the KingsPhilippe Lacôte
  15. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  16. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  17. Boys StateJesse Moss and Amanda McBaine
  18. La LloronaJayro Bustamante
  19. The AssistantKitty Green
  20. MankDavid Fincher

Slant: The Best Films of 2020

11 December 2020

Slant Magazine: The Best Films of 2020

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

  1. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  2. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  3. First CowKelly Reichardt
  4. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  5. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  6. To the Ends of the EarthKiyoshi Kurosawa
  7. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  8. TimeGarrett Bradley
  9. FourteenDan Sallitt
  10. The Cordillera of DreamsPatricio Guzmán
  11. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  12. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  13. Space DogsElsa Kremser and Levin Peter
  14. The Wild Goose LakeDiao Yinan
  15. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  16. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  17. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  18. TommasoAbel Ferrara
  19. Yourself and YoursHong Sang-soo
  20. Zombi ChildBertrand Bonello
  21. TeslaMichael Almereyda
  22. The WhistlersCorneliu Porumboiu
  23. Sorry We Missed YouKen Loach
  24. Welcome to ChechnyaDavid France
  25. The Wolf HouseCristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña
  26. Ghost TropicBas Devos
  27. The Twentieth CenturyMatthew Rankin
  28. This Is Not a MovieYung Chang
  29. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  30. LibertyAlbert Serra
  31. Another RoundThomas Vinterberg
  32. PossessorBrandon Cronenberg
  33. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  34. The Painter and the ThiefBenjamin Ree
  35. Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  36. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  37. Ham on RyeTyler Taormina
  38. DonbassSergei Loznitsa
  39. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  40. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  41. PahokeeIvete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan
  42. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  43. The AssistantKitty Green
  44. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  45. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  46. Small Axe: Red, White and BlueSteve McQueen
  47. Boys StateJesse Moss and Amanda McBaine
  48. Heimat is a Space in TimeThomas Heise
  49. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  50. On the RocksSofia Coppola

Sight & Sound Poll: The Best Films of 2020

11 December 2020

Sight & Sound Poll: The Best Films of 2020, a poll of over 100 contributors, published by Sight & Sound Magazine

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

  1. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  2. TimeGarrett Bradley
  3. First CowKelly Reichardt
  4. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  5. Saint MaudRose Glass
  6. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  7. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  8. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  9. RocksSarah Gavron
  10. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  11. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  12. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  13. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  14. The AssistantKitty Green
  15. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  16. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  17. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  18. The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo
  19. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  20. KajillionaireMiranda July
  21. The Year of the DiscoveryLuis López Carrasco
  22. PossessorBrandon Cronenberg
  23. The InheritanceEphraim Asili
  24. UndineChristian Petzold
  25. BabyteethShannon Murphy
  26. The DiscipleChaitanya Tamhane
  27. His HouseRemi Weekes
  28. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  29. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  30. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  31. EmaPablo Larraín
  32. HostRob Savage
  33. LimboBen Sharrock
  34. MankDavid Fincher
  35. Mogul MowgliBassam Tariq
  36. RelicNatalie Erika James
  37. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  38. TenetChristopher Nolan
  39. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  40. The Personal History of David CopperfieldArmando Iannucci
  41. About EndlessnessRoy Andersson
  42. Another RoundThomas Vinterberg
  43. Birds of PreyCathy Yan
  44. Borat Subsequent MoviefilmJason Woliner
  45. ClemencyChinonye Chukwu
  46. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  47. Richard JewellClint Eastwood
  48. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  49. The TruthHirokazu Kore-eda
  50. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson

Lindsey Bahr: Best Films of 2020

09 December 2020

Lindsey Bahr: Best Films of 2020, as published by Associated Press

  1. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  2. KajillionaireMiranda July
  3. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  4. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  5. MankDavid Fincher
  6. On the RocksSofia Coppola
  7. TenetChristopher Nolan
  8. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  9. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  10. EurovisionDavid Dobkin

Jake Coyle: Best Films of 2020

08 December 2020

Jake Coyle: Best Films of 2020, as published by Associated Press

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. Small AxeSteve McQueen
  3. MankDavid Fincher
  4. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  5. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  6. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  7. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  8. SoulPete Docter
  9. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  10. Sound of MetalDarius Marder

Owen Gleiberman: Best Movies of 2020

08 December 2020

Owen Gleiberman: Best Movies of 2020, as published by Variety

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  2. Sorry We Missed YouKen Loach
  3. MankDavid Fincher
  4. The OutpostRod Lurie
  5. The Trial of the Chicago 7Aaron Sorkin
  6. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  7. The PromRyan Murphy
  8. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  9. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  10. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee

Peter Debruge: Best Movies of 2020

08 December 2020

Peter Debruge: Best Movies of 2020, as published by Variety

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. A SunChung Mong-hong
  2. Saint FrancesAlex Thompson
  3. SoulPete Docter
  4. HerselfPhyllida Lloyd
  5. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  6. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  7. Ma Rainey's Black BottomGeorge C. Wolfe
  8. A White, White DayHlynur Pálmason
  9. AntebellumGerard Bush and Christopher Renz
  10. Borat Subsequent MoviefilmJason Woliner