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.

Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2021

29 December 2021

Drive My Car - Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

The Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2021

[see also 20182017]

  1. days
  2. various directors

Glenn Kenny: Notable Film Releases of 2021

29 December 2021

Bergman Island - Mia Hansen-Løve

Glenn Kenny: Notable Film Releases of 2021, unranked but listed "in roughly the order I watched them, or in some cases the order in which I came to like them"

[see also 20202010s2019201820172016201520132012]

Honorable Films

AllMusic: Best of 2021

29 December 2021

Happier Than Ever - Billie Eilish

AllMusic: Best of 2021

[see also 202020182017201620152014201320122011]

Ty Burr: The Best Movies of 2021

29 December 2021

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy - Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Ty Burr: The Best Movies of 2021, the first 20 of which are organized into pairings of complementary films on his Substack

[see also 2010s201420122011]

Alphabetical order from here

Polygon: Noel Murray: The 10 (or 11) Best Documentaries of 2021

29 December 2021

Procession - Robert Greene

Noel Murray: The 10 (or 11) Best Documentaries of 2021, as published by Polygon

[see also The Best Films of 2021The Best Films of 2020The Best Films of 2019Top 15 Films of 2018Best Films of 2017The Best Films of 2016The Best Films of 2015Top 15 Films of 201415 Best Films of 2012Best Films of 2011]

An honorable mention to these music documentaries

Polygon: The Best Movies of 2021

29 December 2021

Annette - Leos Carax

Polygon: The Best Movies of 2021

[see also 2019]

Vox: Emily VanDerWerff: The Best TV Shows of 2021

29 December 2021

The Underground Railroad - Barry Jenkins

Emily VanDerWerff: The Best TV Shows of 2021, as published by Vox

[see also 2010s201920182017]

The best TV show of 2021

12 other TV shows I really loved (in alphabetical order)

Five other shows, why not?

Economist: The Best Books of 2021

29 December 2021

The Economist: The Best Books of 2021

[see also 2012]

Politics and current affairs

History

Biography and memoir

Culture and ideas

Fiction

Economics and business

Science and technology

Jordan Cronk: The Top 30 Albums of 2021

29 December 2021

i became birds - Home Is Where

Jordan Cronk: The Top 30 Albums of 2021

[see also 20202010s2019201820172016]

USA Today: Patrick Ryan: 5 Best Albums of 2021

29 December 2021

Screen Violence - Chvrches

Patrick Ryan: 5 Best Albums of 2021, as published by USA Today

[see also 2020]