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

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

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

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2020

31 December 2020

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2020 as posted to Patreon

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

  1. DAUIlya Khrzhanovsky
  2. DaysTsai Ming-liang
  3. MalmkrogCristi Puiu
  4. The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)Anders Edström and C.W. Winter
  5. BeginningDéa Kulumbegashvili
  6. Her Socialist SmileJohn Gianvito
  7. The Salt of TearsPhilippe Garrel
  8. SiberiaAbel Ferrara
  9. The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo
  10. The Year of the DiscoveryLuis López Carrasco

Hyperallergic: Favorite Movies of 2020

30 December 2020

Hyperallergic: Favorite Movies of 2020

[see also 2010s, 2019]

  1. TimeGarrett Bradley
  2. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  3. Small AxeSteve McQueen
  4. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  5. First CowKelly Reichardt
  6. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  7. I May Destroy YouMichaela Coel & Sam Miller
  8. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  9. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  10. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  11. małni—towards the ocean, towards the shoreSky Hopinka
  12. Through the NightLoira Limbal
  13. Lingua FrancaIsabel Sandoval
  14. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  15. City HallFrederick Wiseman

Sheila O’Malley: Top Ten Films of 2020

30 December 2020

Sheila O’Malley: Top Ten Films of 2020, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

David Morgan: The 10 Best Films of 2020

30 December 2020

David Morgan: The 10 Best Films of 2020, as posted by CBS News

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  4. 76 daysHao Wu, Weixi Chen and Anonymous
  5. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  6. Ma Rainey's Black BottomGeorge C. Wolfe
  7. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  8. Sound of MetalDarius Marder
  9. SoulPete Docter
  10. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen

Allison Shoemaker: The Best Films of 2020

30 December 2020

Allison Shoemaker: The Best Films of 2020, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  2. First CowKelly Reichardt
  3. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  4. TimeGarrett Bradley
  5. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  6. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  7. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  8. Black BearLawrence Michael Levine
  9. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  10. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  11. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  12. The AssistantKitty Green
  13. The FatherFlorian Zeller
  14. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  15. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell