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.

Movies

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2021

25 October 2021

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2021 as posted to Patreon, listed alphabetically

[see also 2020, 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017]

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

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

Glenn Heath Jr.: Best Films of 2020

31 December 2020

Glenn Heath Jr.: Best Films of 2020

[see also 2017]

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. The Cordillera of DreamsPatricio Guzmán
  3. UndineChristian Petzold
  4. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  5. TimeGarrett Bradley
  6. Fire Will ComeOliver Laxe
  7. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  8. Dear Comrades!Andrei Konchalovsky
  9. DrivewaysAndrew Ahn
  10. On the RocksSofia Coppola

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

Cole Duffy: Top 10 Films of 2020

31 December 2020

Cole Duffy: Top 10 Films of 2020, as published by Cinema Etc.

  1. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  2. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  3. Black is KingBeyoncé
  4. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  5. First CowKelly Reichardt
  6. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  7. Another RoundThomas Vinterberg
  8. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  9. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  10. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart

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Davey Peppers: Top 10 Films of 2020

31 December 2020

Davey Peppers: Top 10 Films of 2020, as published by Cinema Etc.

  1. SpontaneousBrian Duffield
  2. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  3. VivariumLorcan Finnegan
  4. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  5. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  6. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  7. KajillionaireMiranda July
  8. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  9. Bill & Ted Face the MusicDean Parisot
  10. PossessorBrandon Cronenberg

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Sarah Williams: Top 10 Films of 2020

31 December 2020

Sarah Williams: Top 10 Films of 2020, as published by Cinema Etc.

  1. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  2. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  3. House of HummingbirdKim Bora
  4. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  5. SibylJustine Triet
  6. An Easy GirlRebecca Zlotowski
  7. If It Were LovePatric Chiha
  8. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  9. Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of TimeLili Horvát
  10. SlalomCharlène Favier
  11. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell

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