Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Movies

A.V. Club: The 100 Best Movies of the 2010s

18 November 2019

The A.V. Club: The 100 Best Movies of the 2010s

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

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  4. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  5. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  8. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  9. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  10. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  11. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  12. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  13. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  14. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  15. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  16. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  17. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  18. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  19. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  20. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  21. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  22. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  23. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  24. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  25. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  26. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  27. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  28. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  29. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  30. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  31. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  32. Winter's BoneDebra Granik
  33. BurningLee Chang-dong
  34. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  35. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  36. Get OutJordan Peele
  37. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  38. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  39. Everyone ElseMaren Ade
  40. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  41. EllePaul Verhoeven
  42. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  43. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  44. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  45. Green RoomJeremy Saulnier
  46. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  47. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  48. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  49. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  50. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  51. AmourMichael Haneke
  52. HerSpike Jonze
  53. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  54. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  55. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  56. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  57. InceptionChristopher Nolan
  58. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  59. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  60. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  61. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  62. Inside OutPete Docter
  63. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  64. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  65. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  66. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  67. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  68. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  69. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  70. The WitchRobert Eggers
  71. TabuMiguel Gomes
  72. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  73. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  74. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  75. Minding the GapBing Liu
  76. MudboundDee Rees
  77. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  78. Paddington 2Paul King
  79. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  80. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie
  81. HereditaryAri Aster
  82. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  83. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  84. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  85. TangerineSean Baker
  86. Happy HourRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  87. The Lost City of ZJames Gray
  88. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  89. Drug WarJohnnie To
  90. CarolTodd Haynes
  91. High LifeClaire Denis
  92. The ArborClio Barnard
  93. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  94. CreedRyan Coogler
  95. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  96. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  97. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  98. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  99. The ComedyRick Alverson
  100. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  101. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo

Paste: The 100 Best Movies of the 2010s

14 November 2019

Paste Magazine: The 100 Best Movies of the 2010s

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  3. Get OutJordan Peele
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  8. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  9. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  10. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  11. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  12. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  13. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  14. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  15. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  16. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  17. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  18. Blade Runner 2049Denis Villeneuve
  19. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  20. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  21. It’s Such a Beautiful DayDon Hertzfeldt
  22. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  23. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  24. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  25. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  26. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  27. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  28. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  29. Swiss Army ManDan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
  30. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  31. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  32. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  33. John WickChad Stahelski
  34. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  35. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  36. Edge of TomorrowDoug Liman
  37. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  38. HerSpike Jonze
  39. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  40. Mission Impossible: Ghost ProtocolBrad Bird
  41. BurningLee Chang-dong
  42. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  43. Paddington 2Paul King
  44. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  45. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky
  46. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  47. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  48. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  49. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  50. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  51. It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  52. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  53. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
  54. Your NameMakoto Shinkai
  55. RawJulia Ducournau
  56. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  57. EvolutionLucile Hadzihalilovic
  58. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  59. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  60. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  61. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  62. The Beach BumHarmony Korine
  63. Green RoomJeremy Saulnier
  64. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  65. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  66. KrishaTrey Edward Shults
  67. EllePaul Verhoeven
  68. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  69. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  70. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  71. PariahDee Rees
  72. 13 AssassinsTakashi Miike
  73. Drug WarJohnnie To
  74. MiraiMamoru Hosoda
  75. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  76. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  77. The AvengersJoss Whedon
  78. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  79. The RiderChloé Zhao
  80. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  81. LemonadeBeyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  82. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  83. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  84. CocoLee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  85. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  86. High LifeClaire Denis
  87. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  88. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  89. ShirkersSandi Tan
  90. Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi
  91. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  92. Captain America: The Winter SoldierAnthony and Joe Russo
  93. The Prison in Twelve LandscapesBrett Story
  94. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  95. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  96. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  97. Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldEdgar Wright
  98. AttenbergAthina Rachel Tsangari
  99. A Field in EnglandBen Wheatley
  100. Thor: RagnarokTaika Waititi
  101. The Bling RingSofia Coppola

Stephanie Zacharek: The 10 Best Movies of the 2010s

13 November 2019

Stephanie Zacharek: The 10 Best Movies of the 2010s, as published by Time Magazine

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

Film School Rejects: The 100 Best Movies of the Decade

13 November 2019

Film School Rejects: The 100 Best Movies of the Decade

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. Get OutJordan Peele
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  6. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  7. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  8. What We Do in the ShadowsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  9. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  10. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  11. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  12. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  13. The FarewellLulu Wang
  14. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  15. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  16. Paddington 2Paul King
  17. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  18. The WitchRobert Eggers
  19. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  20. LoganJames Mangold
  21. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  22. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  23. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  24. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  25. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  26. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  27. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  28. BurningLee Chang-dong
  29. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  30. True GritJoel & Ethan Coen
  31. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  32. Mission Impossible: Ghost ProtocolBrad Bird
  33. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  34. HereditaryAri Aster
  35. Hunt for the WilderpeopleTaika Waititi
  36. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  37. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  38. Green RoomJeremy Saulnier
  39. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  40. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  41. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  42. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  43. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  44. InceptionChristopher Nolan
  45. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  46. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  47. The Nice GuysShane Black
  48. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  49. FoxtrotSamuel Maoz
  50. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  51. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  52. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  53. Wonder WomanPatty Jenkins
  54. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  55. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  56. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  57. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  58. Swiss Army ManDan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
  59. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  60. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  61. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  62. EllePaul Verhoeven
  63. Captain America: The Winter SoldierAnthony and Joe Russo
  64. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  65. Young AdultJason Reitman
  66. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  67. The GreyJoe Carnahan
  68. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  69. CarolTodd Haynes
  70. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  71. Attack the BlockJoe Cornish
  72. Blue ValentineDerek Cianfrance
  73. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  74. ThelmaJoachim Trier
  75. HerSpike Jonze
  76. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  77. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  78. Exit Through the Gift ShopBanksy
  79. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  80. Blade Runner 2049Denis Villeneuve
  81. John WickChad Stahelski
  82. I Saw the DevilKim Ji-woon
  83. InterstellarChristopher Nolan
  84. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  85. RevengeCoralie Fargeat
  86. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  87. Goodnight MommyVeronika Franz and Severin Fiala
  88. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  89. Shin GodzillaHideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi
  90. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  91. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  92. The InvitationKaryn Kusama
  93. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  94. High LifeClaire Denis
  95. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  96. Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldEdgar Wright
  97. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  98. SilenceMartin Scorsese
  99. Borg vs. McEnroeJanus Metz
  100. Bone TomahawkS. Craig Zahler

The Young Folks: Top 50 Films of the 2010s

08 November 2019

The Young Folks: Top 50 Films of the 2010s

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  3. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  4. Get OutJordan Peele
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  6. InceptionChristopher Nolan
  7. HerSpike Jonze
  8. MudboundDee Rees
  9. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  10. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  11. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  12. Obvious ChildGillian Robespierre
  13. BurningLee Chang-dong
  14. SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho
  15. What We Do in the ShadowsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  16. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  17. MustangDeniz Gamze Ergüven
  18. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  19. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  20. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  21. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  22. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  23. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  24. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  25. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  26. The FarewellLulu Wang
  27. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  28. Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldEdgar Wright
  29. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  30. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  31. Your NameMakoto Shinkai
  32. Beyond the LightsGina Prince-Bythewood
  33. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  34. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  35. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  36. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  37. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  38. ColumbusKogonada
  39. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  40. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  41. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  42. The RiderChloé Zhao
  43. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  44. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  45. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  46. PrisonersDenis Villeneuve
  47. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  48. Inside OutPete Docter
  49. Attack the BlockJoe Cornish
  50. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie