Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Month: December, 2013

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013

12 Years a Slave

Wesley Morris: Top 27 Movies of 2013 (as published by Grantland)

  1. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  3. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  4. Terrafirma – Emanuele Crialese
  5. Post Tenebras Lux – Carlos Reygadas
  6. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  7. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino
  8. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  9. This Is the End – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
  10. Let the Fire Burn – Jason Osder

17 more

  • All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  • American Hustle – David O. Russell
  • At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  • Bastards – Claire Denis
  • Blancanieves – Pablo Berger
  • Captain Phillips – Paul Greengrass
  • Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  • The Counselor – Ridley Scott
  • Her – Spike Jonze
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Lee Daniels
  • Monsters University – Dan Scanlon
  • Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  • Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  • Pacific Rim – Guillermo del Toro
  • Reality – Matteo Garrone
  • The Square – Jehane Noujaim
  • The World’s End – Edgar Wright

Antiquiet: 20 Best Albums of 2013

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Antiquiet : 20 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  2. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  3. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  4. Atoms for Peace – Amok
  5. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  6. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
  7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter at the Feast
  8. Clutch – Earth Rocker
  9. Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends
  10. David Bowie – The Next Day
  11. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  12. Tricky – False Idols
  13. Kanye West – Yeezus
  14. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  15. How to Destroy Angels – Welcome to Oblivion
  16. Russian Circles – Memorial
  17. Junip – Junip
  18. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  19. Palms – Palms
  20. Biffy Clyro – Opposites

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

Her

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2013

  1. Her – Spike Jonze
  2. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  4. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  5. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  6. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  7. Short Term 12 – Destin Cretton
  8. All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  9. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  10. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  11. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  12. Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  13. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  14. The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki
  15. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  16. Captain Phillips – Paul Greengrass
  17. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  18. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  19. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  20. In the House – François Ozon

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013

Leviathan

Brian Darr: Top 16 Films of 2013 (limited to commercially-released new films)

  1. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  2. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  3. Like Someone In Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  4. The Place Beyond The Pines – Derek Cianfrance
  5. Drug War – Johnnie To
  6. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  7. The Lone Ranger – Gore Verbinski
  8. All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  9. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  10. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen

Runners-up, alphabetically

  • At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  • Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  • Metallica Through the Never – Nimród Antal
  • Our Nixon – Penny Lane
  • Passion – Brian De Palma
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2013

The Act of Killing

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  2. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  3. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  4. The Invisible Woman – Ralph Fiennes
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  6. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  7. Post Tenebras Lux – Carlos Reygadas
  8. Room 237 – Rodney Ascher
  9. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  10. The Lords Of Salem – Rob Zombie
  11. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  12. No – Pablo Larraín
  13. Mud – Jeff Nichols
  14. Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  15. A Hijacking – Tobias Lindholm

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013

Computer Chess

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  2. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  3. Her – Spike Jonze
  4. Pain & Gain – Michael Bay
  5. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  6. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  7. Faust – Aleksandr Sokurov
  8. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  9. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  10. Drug War – Johnnie To
  11. Riddick – David Twohy
  12. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  13. Side Effects – Steven Soderbergh
  14. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  15. Bastards – Claire Denis

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2013

At Berkeley

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  3. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  4. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  5. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  6. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  7. Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  8. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  9. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  10. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  11. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  12. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  13. The Counselor – Ridley Scott
  14. I Used To Be Darker – Matthew Porterfield
  15. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2013

Frances Ha

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  2. First Cousin Once Removed – Alan Berliner
  3. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  4. The Counselor – Ridley Scott
  5. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  6. All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  7. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  8. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  9. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  10. Drug War – Johnnie To
  11. I Killed My Mother – Xavier Dolan
  12. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  13. It’s a Disaster – Todd Berger
  14. Her – Spike Jonze
  15. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2013

Leviathan

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2013 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  2. Student – Darezhan Omirbayev
  3. Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  4. The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-Wai
  5. No – Pablo Larraín
  6. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  8. The Last Time I Saw Macao – João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  9. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  10. Fragments of Kubelka – Martina Kudlacek

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 10 Films of 2013

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 10 Films of 2013 (a poll of over 100 critics)

  1. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  2. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  3. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  4. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino
  5. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  6. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  7. [tie] Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  8. The Selfish Giant – Clio Barnard
  9. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  10. [tie] Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie