Year-End Lists

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

2021

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2021

13 March 2022

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? - Aleksandre Koberidze

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2021

[see also 20202010s201920182017201620152014201320122011]

Special mentions

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2021

12 January 2022

Memoria - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2021

[see also 20202010s2019201820172016201520122011]

David Ehrlich: The 25 Best Films of 2021

10 January 2022

The Power of the Dog - Jane Campion

This year’s installment of David Ehrlich’s video countdown: The 25 Best Films of 2021

[see also 2020201920182017201620152014201320122011]

Benoit Rouilly: Top 10 Films of 2021

05 January 2022

Benoit Rouilly (aka Harry Tuttle): Top 10 Films of 2021, as posted to Twitter

runners up

World of Reel: Jordan Ruimy: The 10 Best Movies of 2021

05 January 2022

The Power of the Dog - Jane Campion

Jordan Ruimy: The 10 Best Movies of 2021, as published by World of Reel

[see also 20202010s2019]

The Reveal: Keith Phipps: The Best Films of 2021

05 January 2022

The Power of the Dog - Jane Campion

Keith Phipps: The Best Films of 2021, as posted at The Reveal where it appears alongside fun selections like "Reason for Hope," "Reason for Despair," "Most Annoying Discourse," and "Most Anticipated Film of 2022"

[see also 2010s201820172016201420122011]

The Top 15

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

Lest We Forget

The Reveal: Scott Tobias: The Best Films of 2021

05 January 2022

Drive My Car - Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Scott Tobias: The Best Films of 2021, as posted at The Reveal where it appears alongside fun selections like "Reason for Hope," "Reason for Despair," "Most Annoying Discourse," and "Most Anticipated Film of 2022"

[see also 202020192018201620152014201320122011]

The Top 15

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Nicole Brenez: Best Films of 2021

02 January 2022

Just a Movement - Vincent Meessen

Nicole Brenez: Best Films of 2021, as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila Poll

[see also 2010s201920182017201620152012]

2 wonderful essays from 2020 I saw only this year


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La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best movies of 2021

02 January 2022

Memoria - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best movies of 2021, a survey of programmers, critics, and filmmakers from around the world, posted with entries and notes from each participant

[see also 202020192018201720162015]

Menciones honrosas


This list summarizes other lists, including these:

GCN: Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2021

02 January 2022

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection - Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2021, as published by Gay City News

[see also 2020201920182017201620152014]

Runners-up