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.

The Reveal: Scott Tobias: The Best Films of 2021

05 January 2022

Drive My Car - Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Scott Tobias: The Best Films of 2021, as posted at The Reveal where it appears alongside fun selections like "Reason for Hope," "Reason for Despair," "Most Annoying Discourse," and "Most Anticipated Film of 2022"

[see also 202020192018201620152014201320122011]

The Top 15

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Nicole Brenez: Best Films of 2021

02 January 2022

Just a Movement - Vincent Meessen

Nicole Brenez: Best Films of 2021, as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila Poll

[see also 2010s201920182017201620152012]

2 wonderful essays from 2020 I saw only this year


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La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best movies of 2021

02 January 2022

Memoria - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: Best movies of 2021, a survey of programmers, critics, and filmmakers from around the world, posted with entries and notes from each participant

[see also 202020192018201720162015]

Menciones honrosas


This list summarizes other lists, including these:

GCN: Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2021

02 January 2022

The Power of the Dog - Jane Campion

Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2021, as published by Gay City News

[see also 2020201920182017201620152014]

Runners-up

GCN: Steve Erickson: The Best Music of 2021

02 January 2022

Screen Violence - Chvrches

Steve Erickson: The Best Music of 2021, as published by Gay City News

[see also 20202019]

Runners-up

Darren Hughes: Favorite Theatrical/VOD Releases of 2021

01 January 2022

Annette - Leos Carax

Darren Hughes: Favorite Theatrical/VOD Releases of 2021

[see also 2010s201820172016201520142012]

CBS News: David Morgan: The 10 Best Films of 2021

31 December 2021

The Beatles: Get Back - Peter Jackson

David Morgan: The 10 Best Films of 2021, as posted by CBS News

[see also 202020192018201720162015]

Magnet: Top 25 Albums of 2021

31 December 2021

In Heaven - Strand of Oaks

Magnet Magazine: Top 25 Albums of 2021

[see also 2020201920182017201620152014201320122011]

Atwood Magazine: 2021 Albums of the Year

30 December 2021

Collapsed in Sunbeams - Arlo Parks

Atwood Magazine: 2021 Albums of the Year

[see also 2010s]

Esquire: Nick Schager: The Best Movies of 2021

30 December 2021

The Tragedy of Macbeth - Joel Coen

Nick Schager: The Best Movies of 2021, as published by Esquire

[see also 2020201920182017201620152014201320122011]