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.

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

06 January 2020

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

[see also 2018]

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2019

06 January 2020

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  4. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  5. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  6. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  7. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  8. The MuleClint Eastwood
  9. JokerTodd Phillips
  10. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2019

05 January 2020

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012]

Vibe: The 30 Best Albums of 2019

05 January 2020

Vibe Magazine: The 30 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  2. Benny the ButcherThe Plugs I Met
  3. BeyoncéThe Lion King: The Gift
  4. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  5. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  6. DaBabyKIRK
  7. Daniel CaesarCASE STUDY 01
  8. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  9. Doja CatHot Pink
  10. DreamvilleRevenge of the Dreamers III
  11. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  12. GoldLinkDiaspora
  13. GunnaDrip or Drown 2
  14. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  15. Jim JonesEl Capo
  16. KembaGilda
  17. Little BrotherMay the Lord Watch
  18. Lucky DayePainted
  19. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  20. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  21. RapsodyEve
  22. Rick RossPort of Miami 2
  23. SiRChasing Summer
  24. Snoh Aalegra- Ugh, those feels again
  25. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  26. Summer WalkerOver It
  27. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  28. WaleWow... That's Crazy
  29. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  30. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy

Anna Swanson: Top Films of the 2010s

05 January 2020

Anna Swanson: Top Films of the 2010s, as submitted to the collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

Nicole Brenez: Top Films of the 2010s

05 January 2020

Nicole Brenez: Top Films of the 2010s, as submitted to the collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

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

Miriam Bale: Best Films of the Decade

05 January 2020

Miriam Bale: Best Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter, in no particular order

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

Anthony Frame: 10 Great Poetry Collections You May Have Missed

05 January 2020

Anthony Frame: 10 Great Poetry Collections You May Have Missed, as published by Chicago Review of Books

Darren Hughes: Favorite Films of the 2010s

04 January 2020

Darren Hughes: Favorite Films of the 2010s, as posted to Letterboxd, listed alphabetically

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

Jordan Ruimy: The 25 Best Movies of the Decade

04 January 2020

Jordan Ruimy: The 25 Best Movies of the Decade, as posted at World of Reel

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  4. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  5. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  7. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  8. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  9. CarolTodd Haynes
  10. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  11. HerSpike Jonze
  12. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  13. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  14. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  15. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  16. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  17. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  18. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  19. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  20. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  21. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  22. Get OutJordan Peele
  23. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  24. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  25. Holy MotorsLeos Carax