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

Film Comment: Best Films of 2019

11 December 2019

Film Comment: Best Films of 2019, a poll of the magazine's contributors and editors

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

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. TransitChristian Petzold
  5. AtlanticsMati Diop
  6. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  7. High LifeClaire Denis
  8. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  9. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  10. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  11. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  12. La FlorMariano Llinás
  13. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  14. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  15. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  16. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  17. UsJordan Peele
  18. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  19. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  20. Ad AstraJames Gray

Joe Morgenstern: The Best Films of 2019

11 December 2019

Joe Morgenstern: The Best Films of 2019, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2018, 2017]

RogerEbert.com Survey: Ten Best Films of 2019

11 December 2019

RogerEbert.com: Ten Best Films of 2019, as selected by the site’s regular film critics and assistant editors

[see also 2018]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  5. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. UsJordan Peele
  8. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  9. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  10. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma

Benzine: The Best Films of the Decade 2010-2019

09 December 2019

Benzine Magazine: The Best Films of the Decade 2010-2019, in roughly chronological order

David Ehrlich: The 25 Best Films of 2019

09 December 2019

This year’s installment of David Ehrlich’s video countdown: The 25 Best Films of 2019

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

  1. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  4. Ad AstraJames Gray
  5. The FarewellLulu Wang
  6. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  7. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  9. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  10. Knives OutRian Johnson
  11. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  12. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  13. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  14. MidsommarAri Aster
  15. High LifeClaire Denis
  16. Varda by AgnèsAgnès Varda
  17. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  18. TransitChristian Petzold
  19. AtlanticsMati Diop
  20. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  21. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  22. The Beach BumHarmony Korine
  23. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  24. UsJordan Peele
  25. HustlersLorene Scafaria

Dana Stevens: The 10 Best Movies of 2019

06 December 2019

Dana Stevens: The 10 Best Movies of 2019, as published by Slate

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

Eric Allen Hatch: Favorite Films of the 2010s

06 December 2019

Eric Allen Hatch: Favorite Films of the 2010s, as posted to Twitter

Playlist: The 100 Best Films of the Decade

06 December 2019

The Playlist: The 100 Best Films of the Decade. See also their large number of honorable mentions.

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  9. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  10. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  11. Get OutJordan Peele
  12. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  13. CarolTodd Haynes
  14. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  15. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  16. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  17. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  18. A ProphetJacques Audiard
  19. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  20. Birds of PassageCristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
  21. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  22. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  23. The ComedyRick Alverson
  24. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  25. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  26. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  27. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  28. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  29. JackiePablo Larraín
  30. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  31. High LifeClaire Denis
  32. First ManDamien Chazelle
  33. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  34. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  35. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  36. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  37. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  38. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  39. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  40. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  41. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  42. AmourMichael Haneke
  43. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  44. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  45. WildlifePaul Dano
  46. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  47. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  48. EnemyDenis Villeneuve
  49. Killing Them SoftlyAndrew Dominik
  50. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  51. EllePaul Verhoeven
  52. ColumbusKogonada
  53. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  54. SelmaAva DuVernay
  55. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  56. The RiderChloé Zhao
  57. HerSpike Jonze
  58. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  59. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  60. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  61. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  62. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  63. TabuMiguel Gomes
  64. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  65. Blue ValentineDerek Cianfrance
  66. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  67. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  68. TangerineSean Baker
  69. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  70. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  71. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  72. White MaterialClaire Denis
  73. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  74. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  75. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  76. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  77. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  78. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  79. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  80. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  81. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  82. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  83. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  84. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  85. NoPablo Larraín
  86. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  87. The LighthouseRobert Eggers
  88. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  89. The HuntThomas Vinterberg
  90. ShameSteve McQueen
  91. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  92. InceptionChristopher Nolan
  93. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  94. The WailingNa Hong-jin
  95. mother!Darren Aronofsky
  96. What We Do in the ShadowsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  97. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  98. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  99. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  100. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker

Playlist: The 25 Best Films Of 2019

06 December 2019

The Playlist: The 25 Best Films Of 2019

[see also 2018, 2010s]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. The FarewellLulu Wang
  5. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  6. The LighthouseRobert Eggers
  7. Ad AstraJames Gray
  8. MidsommarAri Aster
  9. Knives OutRian Johnson
  10. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  11. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  12. High LifeClaire Denis
  13. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  14. BooksmartOlivia Wilde
  15. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  16. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  17. UsJordan Peele
  18. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  19. LuceJulius Onah
  20. High Flying BirdSteven Soderbergh
  21. HustlersLorene Scafaria
  22. Jojo RabbitTaika Waititi
  23. MonosAlejandro Landes
  24. In FabricPeter Strickland
  25. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of the Decade 2010-2019

06 December 2019

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of the Decade 2010-2019

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

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  6. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  7. Mia MadreNanni Moretti
  8. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  9. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  10. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira