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.

Tomris Laffly: Top 25 Films of 2019

13 December 2019

Tomris Laffly: Top 25 Films of 2019, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey and posted to Twitter

[see also 2018]

  1. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  2. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  3. For SamaWaad Al-Khateab and Edward Watts
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  6. Invisible LifeKarim Aïnouz
  7. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  8. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  9. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  10. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  11. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  12. WavesTrey Edward Shults
  13. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  14. Apollo 11Todd Douglas Miller
  15. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  16. MidsommarAri Aster
  17. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  18. 3 FacesJafar Panahi
  19. TransitChristian Petzold
  20. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  21. Sea of ShadowsRichard Ladkani
  22. Dolemite Is My NameCraig Brewer
  23. Midnight TravelerHassan Fazili
  24. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  25. MonosAlejandro Landes

Sheila O’Malley: Top Ten Films of 2019

13 December 2019

Sheila O’Malley: Top Ten Films of 2019, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  4. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  5. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  6. The FarewellLulu Wang
  7. Apollo 11Todd Douglas Miller
  8. TransitChristian Petzold
  9. DianeKent Jones
  10. Rolling Thunder RevueMartin Scorsese

Steve Erickson: The Year in Music

12 December 2019

Steve Erickson: The Year in Music, as published by Gay City News

  1. FKA twigsMagdalene
  2. Polo GDie a Legend
  3. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  4. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  5. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  6. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  7. Dorian ElectraFlamboyant
  8. various artists — Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack
  9. Orville PeckPony
  10. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  11. PeladaMovimiento Para Cambio

David Rooney: Best Films of 2019

12 December 2019

David Rooney: Best Films of 2019, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

  1. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  4. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  5. Invisible LifeKarim Aïnouz
  6. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  7. Give Me LibertyKirill Mikhanovsky
  8. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  9. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  10. UsJordan Peele

Sheri Linden: Best Films of 2019

12 December 2019

Sheri Linden: Best Films of 2019, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

  1. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Apollo 11Todd Douglas Miller
  4. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  5. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  6. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  7. WavesTrey Edward Shults
  8. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  9. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  10. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg

Jon Frosch: Best Films of 2019

12 December 2019

Jon Frosch: Best Films of 2019, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

  1. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  2. Give Me LibertyKirill Mikhanovsky
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. Sorry AngelChristophe Honoré
  5. Non-FictionOlivier Assayas
  6. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  7. BooksmartOlivia Wilde
  8. HustlersLorene Scafaria
  9. End of the CenturyLucio Castro
  10. UsJordan Peele

Todd McCarthy: The Best Films of 2019

12 December 2019

Todd McCarthy: The Best Films of 2019, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  3. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  6. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  7. Ford v FerrariJames Mangold
  8. 1917Sam Mendes
  9. Les MisérablesLadj Ly
  10. Cold Case HammarskjöldMads Brügger

Kenneth Turan: Best Movies of 2019

12 December 2019

Kenneth Turan: Best Movies of 2019, as published by The Los Angeles Times

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2012]

  1. Ford v FerrariJames Mangold

Justin Chang: Best Movies of 2019

12 December 2019

Justin Chang: Best Movies of 2019, as published by The Los Angeles Times

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Knives OutRian Johnson
  3. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  6. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  7. I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as BarbariansRadu Jude
  8. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  9. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  10. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  11. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  12. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  13. High LifeClaire Denis
  14. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  15. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  16. TransitChristian Petzold
  17. Give Me LibertyKirill Mikhanovsky
  18. By the Grace of GodFrançois Ozon
  19. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  20. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

12 December 2019

Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  2. BeyoncéLemonade
  3. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  4. Taylor SwiftRed
  5. David BowieBlackstar
  6. DrakeTake Care
  7. LordeMelodrama
  8. Adele21
  9. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  10. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  11. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  12. Frank OceanBlond
  13. Kanye WestYeezus
  14. The Black KeysBrothers
  15. J BalvinVibras
  16. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  17. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  18. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  19. Taylor Swift1989
  20. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  21. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  22. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  23. RobynBody Talk
  24. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  25. RihannaAnti
  26. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  27. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  28. Jason IsbellSoutheastern
  29. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  30. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  31. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  32. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  33. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  34. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  35. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  36. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  37. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  38. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  39. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  40. SZACtrl
  41. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  42. Miranda LambertPlatinum
  43. Bob DylanTempest
  44. HaimDays Are Gone
  45. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Original Broadway CastHamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  46. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  47. Bon Iver22, A Million
  48. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  49. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  50. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  51. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  52. KhalidAmerican Teen
  53. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  54. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  55. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  56. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  57. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  58. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  59. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  60. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  61. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  62. Paul McCartneyEgypt Station
  63. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  64. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  65. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  66. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  67. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  68. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  69. LizzoCuz I Love You
  70. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  71. GrimesArt Angels
  72. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  73. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  74. Pusha TDaytona
  75. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  76. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  77. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  78. Soccer MommyClean
  79. Ke$haRainbow
  80. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  81. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  82. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  83. Eric ChurchChief
  84. Jamie xxIn Colour
  85. MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct
  86. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  87. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  88. Arctic MonkeysAM
  89. Joanna NewsomHave One On Me
  90. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  91. Tierra WhackWhack World
  92. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  93. U2Songs of Innocence
  94. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  95. FutureMonster
  96. Low Cut ConnieCall Me Sylvia
  97. Rich GangTha Tour Part 1
  98. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  99. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  100. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding