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.

Anne Thompson: Top 10 Films of 2015

Anne Thompson: Top 10 Films of 2015 (as published by Indiewire’s Thompson on Hollywood).

  1. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  3. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  4. The Martian – Ridley Scott
  5. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  6. Steve Jobs – Danny Boyle
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  8. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  9. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  10. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas

Fandor: Top 25 Films of 2015

Fandor: Top 25 Films of 2015 (as voted by 43 of the Keyframe blog’s favorite critics and cineastes)

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  2. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  4. Carol – Todd Haynes
  5. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  6. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  7. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi – Jafar Panahi
  8. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  9. The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  10. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  11. Brooklyn – John Crowley
  12. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  13. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman
  14. Magic Mike XXL – Gregory Jacobs
  15. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  16. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  17. The Forbidden Room – Guy Maddin
  18. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  19. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  20. The Royal Road – Jenni Olson
  21. The Pearl Button – Patricio Guzmán
  22. Horse Money – Pedro Costa
  23. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  24. The Wonders – Alice Rohrwacher
  25. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Roy Andersson

David Edelstein: 30 Best Movies of 2015

David Edelstein: 30 Best Movies of 2015 [as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture]

  1. Room – Lenny Abrahamson
  2. The Big Short – Adam McKay
  3. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  4. Listen to Me Marlon – Stevan Riley
  5. Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  6. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  7. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  8. Experimenter – Michael Almereyda
  9. Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  10. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee

Honorable Mentions

  • White God – Kornél Mundruczó
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – Alex Gibney
  • Meru – Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • 99 Homes – Ramin Bahrani
  • Creed – Ryan Coogler
  • Tangerine – Sean Baker
  • The Wolfpack – Crystal Moselle
  • In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman
  • Janis: Little Girl Blue – Amy Berg
  • Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  • I’ll See You in My Dreams – Brett Haley
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie – Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  • James White – Josh Mond
  • Beasts of No Nation – Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • The Mend – John Magary
  • The Martian – Ridley Scott
  • Sicario – Denis Villeneuve
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Guy Ritchie
  • It Follows – David Robert Mitchell

David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2015

This year’s installment of David Ehrlich’s always enjoyable video countdown: 25 Best Films of 2015.

  1. Carol – Todd Haynes
  2. World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt
  3. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  4. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  5. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Roy Andersson
  6. The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  7. Eden – Mia Hansen-Løve
  8. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – David Zellner
  9. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach
  10. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  11. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  12. Magic Mike XXL – Gregory Jacobs
  13. Tokyo Tribe – Shion Sono
  14. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  15. Listen to Me Marlon – Stevan Riley
  16. Black Coal, Thin Ice – Diao Yinan
  17. Heaven Knows What – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  18. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
  19. The Mend – John Magary
  20. James White – Josh Mond
  21. The Forbidden Room – Guy Maddin
  22. Junun – Paul Thomas Anderson
  23. Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  24. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  25. Girlhood – Céline Sciamma

A.V. Club: 15 Best Albums of 2015

A.V. Club: 15 Best Albums of 2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  4. Grimes – Art Angels
  5. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  6. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  7. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  8. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
  9. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Torres – Sprinter
  11. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
  12. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  13. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle
  14. Wilco – Star Wars
  15. Hop Along – Painted Shut