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

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

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2020

02 December 2020

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2020

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

  1. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  2. The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo
  3. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  4. MalmkrogCristi Puiu
  5. The Things We Say, the Things We DoEmmanuel Mouret
  6. Hotel by the RiverHong Sang-soo
  7. Dwelling in the Fuchun MountainsGu Xiaogang
  8. The Salt of TearsPhilippe Garrel
  9. EnormousSophie Letourneur
  10. The August VirginJonás Trueba

Eric Kohn: The Best Movies of 2020

30 November 2020

Eric Kohn: The Best Movies of 2020, as published by IndieWire

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

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  3. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  4. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  5. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  6. TimeGarrett Bradley
  7. The ClimbMichael Angelo Covino
  8. The Mole AgentMaite Alberdi
  9. Borat Subsequent MoviefilmJason Woliner
  10. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  11. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  12. The AssistantKitty Green
  13. Sound of MetalDarius Marder
  14. SoulPete Docter
  15. MankDavid Fincher
  16. MayorDavid Osit
  17. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  18. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  19. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  20. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz

Stephanie Zacharek: The 10 Best Movies of 2020

26 November 2020

Stephanie Zacharek: The 10 Best Movies of 2020, as published by Time Magazine

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

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  3. The Trial of the Chicago 7Aaron Sorkin
  4. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  5. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  6. Emma.Autumn de Wilde
  7. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  8. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  9. Miss JuneteenthChanning Godfrey Peoples
  10. Bill & Ted Face the MusicDean Parisot

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Ten Best Films of 2020

25 November 2020

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Ten Best Films of 2020, as submitted to the Sight & Sound Poll on October 26, 2020, in alphabetical order

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

  1. Last Year in DachauMark Rappaport
  2. Bottled Songs: My Crush Was a SuperstarChloé Galibert-Laîné
  3. CenoteOda Kaori
  4. First CowKelly Reichardt
  5. France Against the RobotsJean-Marie Straub
  6. Her Socialist SmileJohn Gianvito
  7. MLK/FBISam Pollard
  8. SchoolgirlsPilar Palomero
  9. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  10. Women According to MenSaeed Nouri

Cassie da Costa: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

Cassie da Costa: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum

  1. ShakedownLeilah Weinraub
  2. Beau Travail [rerelease]Claire Denis
  3. FourteenDan Sallitt
  4. The AssistantKitty Green
  5. AdvocateRachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche
  6. Empty MetalAdam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer
  7. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. HarrietKasi Lemmons
  9. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  10. AtlanticsMati Diop

Erika Balsom: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

Erika Balsom: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s [exhibition]
  2. Out Of The Shadows: The Pioneering Work Of Atteyat Al-Abnoudy, Assia Djebar, Jocelyne Saab, Heiny Srour [exhibition]
  3. The Year of the DiscoveryLuis López Carrasco
  4. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  5. Route One/USARobert Kramer
  6. First CowKelly Reichardt
  7. Apiyemiyekî?Ana Vaz
  8. Forum 50 Anniversary Program, Berlinale
  9. The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)Anders Edström and C.W. Winter
  10. małni—towards the ocean, towards the shoreSky Hopinka
  11. La Loupe [Facebook group]

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum, "culled exclusively from the superbly curated 2020 New York Film Festival."

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

  1. The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo
  2. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  3. The Year of the DiscoveryLuis López Carrasco
  4. The PickpocketJia Zhang-ke
  5. A Night at the OperaSergei Loznitsa
  6. The Monopoly of ViolenceDavid Dufresne
  7. MalmkrogCristi Puiu
  8. NotturnoGianfranco Rosi
  9. While Cursed by SpectersBurak Çevik
  10. GundaViktor Kosakovskiy

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum

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

  1. The handy, affordable-to-everyone, moving-image camera
  2. I May Destroy YouMichaela Coel & Sam Miller
  3. Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of TimeLili Horvát
  4. AmericaGarrett Bradley
  5. TimeGarrett Bradley
  6. GundaViktor Kosakovskiy
  7. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  8. TeslaMichael Almereyda
  9. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  10. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  11. The Monopoly of ViolenceDavid Dufresne
  12. MLK/FBISam Pollard
  13. Coded BiasShalini Kantayya
  14. CollectiveAlexander Nanau

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2020

24 November 2020

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by Artforum

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

  1. Butt BoyTyler Cornack
  2. SwallowCarlo Mirabella-Davis
  3. The HuntCraig Zobel
  4. Why Don't You Just Die!Kirill Sokolow
  5. The AuditionIna Weisse
  6. DeerskinQuentin Dupieux
  7. The Human VoicePedro Almodóvar
  8. True History of the Kelly GangJustin Kurzel
  9. American Murder: The Family Next DoorJenny Popplewell
  10. The Trial of the Chicago 7Aaron Sorkin
  11. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen