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.

Orla Smith: Best Films of the Decade

01 December 2019

Orla Smith: Best Films of the Decade, as submitted to the Seventh Row Critics Survey

  1. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  2. SomewhereSofia Coppola
  3. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  4. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  5. RawJulia Ducournau

Lena Wilson: Best Films of the Decade

01 December 2019

Lena Wilson: Best Films of the Decade, as submitted to the Seventh Row Critics Survey

  1. Beach RatsEliza Hittman
  2. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  3. The Lion's Mouth OpensLucy Walker
  4. PariahDee Rees
  5. The InvitationKaryn Kusama

Seventh Row: 50 Favourite Films of the Decade

01 December 2019

Seventh Row: 50 Favourite Films of the Decade

  1. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  2. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  3. MouthpiecePatricia Rozema
  4. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  5. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  6. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  7. Rhymes for Young GhoulsJeff Barnaby
  8. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  9. Sergio and SergeiErnesto Daranas
  10. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  11. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  12. The BurdenNiki Lindroth von Bahr
  13. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  14. ProximaAlice Winocour
  15. Louder Than BombsJoachim Trier
  16. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  17. Charlie's CountryRolf de Heer
  18. RawJulia Ducournau
  19. CoriolanusRalph Fiennes
  20. UnsaneSteven Soderbergh
  21. AquariusKleber Mendonça Filho
  22. ArchipelagoJoanna Hogg
  23. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  24. TransitChristian Petzold
  25. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  26. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
  27. SelmaAva DuVernay
  28. Wild Nights with EmilyMadeleine Olnek
  29. Paddington 2Paul King
  30. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  31. Their FinestLone Scherfig
  32. Angels Wear WhiteVivian Qu
  33. Hail, Caesar!Joel & Ethan Coen
  34. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  35. Our Loved OnesAnne Émond
  36. The LevellingHope Dickson Leach
  37. WadjdaHaifaa al-Mansour
  38. NerudaPablo Larraín
  39. Ninth FloorMina Shum
  40. TomboyCéline Sciamma
  41. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  42. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  43. Our Little SisterHirokazu Kore-eda
  44. Enough SaidNicole Holofcener
  45. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  46. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  47. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  48. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  49. Dreams of a LifeCarol Morley
  50. The Riot ClubLone Scherfig

Esquire: The Best Books of the 2010s

01 December 2019

Esquire: The Best Books of the 2010s

[see also 2019]

Ben Travers: The Best TV Shows of 2019

01 December 2019

Ben Travers: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by IndieWire

  1. Fleabag
  2. Watchmen
  3. Better Things
  4. Tuca & Bertie
  5. Succession
  6. Russian Doll
  7. Glow
  8. Barry
  9. PEN15
  10. Superstore

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2019

01 December 2019

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2019, as published by Artforum

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

  1. State FuneralSergei Loznitsa
  2. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  3. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  4. The Sky Socialist: Environs and Out-TakesKen Jacobs
  5. Jordan Belson exhibit at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
  6. 48 War MoviesChristian Marclay
  7. ten documentary shortsVittorio De Seta
  8. Charlie SaysMary Harron
  9. ClimaxGaspar Noé
  10. OliviaJacqueline Audry

Melissa Anderson: 10 Best Films of 2019

01 December 2019

Melissa Anderson: 10 Best Films of 2019, as published by Artforum. Several entries "are new restorations of older films I saw for the first time in 2019...."

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015]

  1. La FlorMariano Llinás
  2. A Bigger SplashJack Hazan
  3. AtlanticsMati Diop
  4. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  5. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  6. Queen of DiamondsNina Menkes
  7. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  8. Gay USAArthur J. Bressan Jr.
  9. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmTimothy Greenfield-Sanders
  10. Ad AstraJames Gray
  11. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2019

01 December 2019

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2019, as published by Artforum

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

  1. Luc Tuymans exhibit at Palazzo Grassi, Venice
  2. The White AlbumArthur Jafa
  3. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  4. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  5. State FuneralSergei Loznitsa
  6. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  7. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  8. Heimat is a Space in TimeThomas Heise
  9. The Invisible Life of Eurídice GusmãoKarim Aïnouz
  10. Fire Will ComeOliver Laxe
  11. NanaJean Renoir

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2019

01 December 2019

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2019, as published by Artforum

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

  1. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  2. The Sky Socialist: Environs and Out-TakesKen Jacobs
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. The White AlbumArthur Jafa
  5. Give Me LibertyKirill Mikhanovsky
  6. UsJordan Peele
  7. To the Ends of the EarthKiyoshi Kurosawa
  8. High Flying BirdSteven Soderbergh
  9. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  10. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  11. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  12. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2019

01 December 2019

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2019, as published by Artforum

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

  1. ClimaxGaspar Noé
  2. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. BorderAli Abbasi
  5. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  6. Hail Satan?Penny Lane
  7. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  8. The Golden GloveFatih Akin
  9. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  10. JokerTodd Phillips