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.

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2019

29 December 2019

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018]

Atwood Magazine: The Best Albums of the Decade

29 December 2019

Atwood Magazine: The Best Albums of the Decade

Ty Burr: The 50 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2019

Ty Burr: The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, as published by The Boston Globe with insightful capsules for the top ten

[see also 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. The ClockChristian Marclay
  4. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  5. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  6. Get OutJordan Peele
  7. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  8. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  9. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  10. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  11. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  12. AmourMichael Haneke
  13. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  16. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  17. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  18. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  19. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  20. The RiderChloé Zhao
  21. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  22. HerSpike Jonze
  23. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  24. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  25. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  26. Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler
  27. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  28. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  29. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  30. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  31. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  32. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  33. Toy Story 3Lee Unkrich
  34. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  35. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  36. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  37. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  38. HugoMartin Scorsese
  39. Inside OutPete Docter
  40. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  41. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  42. BurningLee Chang-dong
  43. AtlanticsMati Diop
  44. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  45. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  46. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  47. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  48. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  49. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  50. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine

Glenn Kenny: The 25 Best Films of 2019

29 December 2019

Glenn Kenny: The 25 Best Films of 2019, posted to his blog, Some Came Running, with links to his reviews and with a list of restored films

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

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  3. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. High LifeClaire Denis
  6. ClimaxGaspar Noé
  7. Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler
  8. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  9. Rolling Thunder RevueMartin Scorsese
  10. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  11. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  12. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  13. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  14. The Burial Of KojoBlitz Bazawule
  15. Dark WatersTodd Haynes
  16. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  17. In FabricPeter Strickland
  18. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  19. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  20. The Dead Don't DieJim Jarmusch
  21. Suburban BirdsQiu Sheng
  22. Sorry AngelChristophe Honoré
  23. Non-FictionOlivier Assayas
  24. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  25. Our TimeCarlos Reygadas

BookPage: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

29 December 2019

BookPage: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

[see also Best Fiction Books of 2019]

BookPage: Best Fiction Books of 2019

29 December 2019

BookPage: Best Fiction Books of 2019

[see also Best Nonfiction Books of 2019]

Robert Koehler: Best Films of 2019

28 December 2019

Robert Koehler: Best Films of 2019, as submitted to the La Internacional Cinéfila Poll

[see also 2017]

Autostraddle: The Best TV Shows of 2019 with LGBT Women Characters

28 December 2019

Autostraddle: The Best TV Shows of 2019 with LGBT Women Characters

[see also 2018]

  1. Pose
  2. Fleabag
  3. Jane the Virgin
  4. Killing Eve
  5. When They See Us
  6. The Good Place
  7. One Day at a Time
  8. Vida
  9. A Black Lady Sketch Show
  10. Russian Doll
  11. Dickinson
  12. Sex Education
  13. The L Word: Generation Q
  14. Gentleman Jack
  15. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  16. The Good Fight
  17. Broad City
  18. Euphoria
  19. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
  20. Glow
  21. Work in Progress
  22. High Maintenance
  23. Batwoman
  24. Mrs. Fletcher
  25. How to Get Away with Murder

Nicole Brenez: Best Films of 2019

28 December 2019

Nicole Brenez: Best Films of 2019, as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila Poll

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

Uproxx Music Critics Poll: Best Albums of 2019

28 December 2019

Uproxx Music Critics Poll: Best Albums of 2019, a survey of more than 200 music critics

[see also 2018]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  4. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  5. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  6. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  7. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  8. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  9. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  10. FKA twigsMagdalene
  11. Taylor SwiftLover
  12. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  13. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  14. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  15. LizzoCuz I Love You
  16. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  17. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  18. Brittany HowardJaime
  19. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  20. Bon Iveri,i
  21. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  22. Charli XCXCharli
  23. The NationalI Am Easy to Find
  24. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  25. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  26. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  27. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  28. PUPMorbid Stuff
  29. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  30. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  31. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  32. Miranda LambertWildcard
  33. Mannequin PussyPatience
  34. Julia JacklinCrushing
  35. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  36. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  37. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  38. Caroline PolachekPang
  39. RapsodyEve
  40. WilcoOde to Joy
  41. Denzel CurryZUU
  42. Orville PeckPony
  43. Karen O & Danger MouseLux Prima
  44. Little SimzGREY Area
  45. black midiSchlagenheim
  46. Tanya TuckerWhile I'm Livin'
  47. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  48. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  49. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  50. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy