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.

Category: 2011 Movies

Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011

Ben Sachs: 20 Best Films of 2011 [as published by The Chicago Reader] [more commentary]

  1. Aurora – Cristi Puiu
  2. Secret Sunshine – Lee Chang-dong
  3. Film Socialisme – Jean-Luc Godard
  4. Goodbye, First Love – Mia Hansen-Løve
  5. Poetry – Lee Chang-dong
  6. The Strange Case of Angelica – Manoel de Oliveira
  7. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame – Tsui Hark
  8. Target – Alexander Zeldovich
  9. 13 Assassins – Takashi Miike
  10. And Everythign is Going Fine – Steven Soderbergh
  11. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai
  12. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  13. The Tree of Life – Terence Malick
  14. Mysteries of Lisbon – Raoul Ruiz
  15. The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodóvar
  16. Restoration – Joseph Madmony
  17. Another Year – Mike Leigh
  18. Ne Change Rien – Pedro Costa
  19. Miss Bala – Gerardo Naranjo
  20. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky

Ty Burr: Top Movies of 2011

Ty Burr: Top Movies of 2011 [as published by The Boston Globe]

  1. Hugo – Martin Scorsese
  2. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
  3. The Clock – Christian Marclay
  4. The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
  5. Le Quattro Volte – Michelangelo Frammartino
  6. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  7. Bill Cunningham New York – Richard Press
  8. Moneyball – Bennett Miller
  9. Win Win – Thomas McCarthy
  10. Limitless – Bradley Cooper

Wesley Morris: Top Movies of 2011

Wesley Morris: Top Movies of 2011 [as published by The Boston Globe]

  1. Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. Le Quattro Volte – Michelangelo Frammartino
  3. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
  4. The Interrupters – Steve James
  5. City of Life and Death – Lu Chuan
  6. Poetry – Lee Chang-dong
  7. 3 – Tom Tykwer
  8. Weekend – Andrew Haigh
  9. Contagion – Steven Soderbergh
  10. The Future – Miranda July

Matt Singer: 10 Best Movies of 2011

Matt Singer of IFC: Best Movies of 2011

  1. Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols
  2. I Saw the Devil – Kim Ji-woon
  3. The Interrupters – Steve James
  4. The Trip – Michael Winterbottom
  5. Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
  6. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  7. Poetry – Lee Chang-dong
  8. Win Win – Thomas McCarthy
  9. Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan
  10. Bellflower – Evan Glodell

Nerve: 15 Best Movies of 2011

Nerve: 15 Best Movies of 2011 [as chosen by Phil Nugent and Andrew Osborne]

  1. The Trip – Michael Winterbottom
  2. Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
  3. The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
  4. Win Win – Thomas McCarthy
  5. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
  6. Young Adult – Jason Reitman
  7. The Future – Miranda July
  8. Bridesmaids – Paul Feig
  9. The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Rupert Wyatt
  11. Weekend – Andrew Haigh
  12. Hugo – Martin Scorsese
  13. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
  14. A Dangerous Method – David Cronenberg
  15. Moneyball – Bennett Miller

Honorable Mentions

  • Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop – Rodman Flender
  • Of Gods and Men – Xavier Beauvois
  • Incendies – Denis Villeneuve
  • Page One: Inside the New York Times – Andrew Rossi
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love – Glenn Ficarra

Nick Pinkerton: Top 10 Films of 2011

Nick Pinkerton of The Village Voice: Top 10 Films of 2011 [as voted in the Village Voice Critics’ Poll], alphabetically

  • The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu – Andrei Ujica
  • The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  • Final Destination 5 – Steven Quale [pictured]
  • The Future – Miranda July
  • The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  • The Princess of Montpensier – Bertrand Tavernier
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Rupert Wyatt
  • Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols
  • La Pivellina – Tizza Covi
  • The Mill and the Cross – Lech Majewski

Fandor: Top Films of 2011

Fandor: Top Films of 2011 [as voted by the Keyframe Blog critics]

  1. Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
  2. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  3. [tie] Mysteries of Lisbon – Raoul Ruiz
  4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  6. [tie] Tuesday, After Christmas – Radu Muntean
  7. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
  8. Margaret – Kennth Lonergan
  9. [tie] Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson
  10. The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
  11. [tie] Hugo – Martin Scorsese
  12. [tie] Meek’s Cutoff – Kelly Reichardt
  13. [tie] Poetry – Lee Chang-dong

Alejandro Adams: Top 9 1/2 Films of 2011

Filmmaker Alejandro Adams: Top 9 1/2 Films of 2011 [as published by Fandor]

  1. Poetry – Lee Chang-dong
  2. [tie] Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
  3. Historias Extraordinarias – Mariano Llinás
  4. Myseries of Lisbon – Raoul Ruiz
  5. Fright Night – Craig Gillespie
  6. Gnomeo and Juliet – Kelly Asbury
  7. Carnage – Roman Polanski
  8. Bad Teacher – Jake Kasdan
  9. Love Exposure – Shion Sono
  10. first half of Melancholia – Lars von Trier

“Caveat: I deeply regret not having seen Margaret, A Separation, or Tuesday, After Christmas before assembling this list.”

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Favorite Films of 2011

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Favorite Films of 2011 [according to the indieWIRE and Village Voice polls]

indieWIRE Poll

  1. A Brighter Summer Day – Edward Yang
  2. Poetry – Lee Chang-dong
  3. Le Quattro Volte – Michelangelo Frammartino
  4. Mysteries of Lisbon – Raoul Ruiz
  5. A Dangerous Method – David Cronenberg
  6. Terri – Azazel Jacobs
  7. Road to Nowhere – Monte Hellman
  8. The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodóvar
  9. Putty Hill – Matthew Porterfield
  10. Hugo – Martin Scorsese

Village Voice Poll

  1. A Brighter Summer Day – Edward Yang
  2. Poetry – Lee Chang-dong
  3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  4. Film Socialisme – Jean-Luc Godard
  5. Mysteries of Lisbon – Raoul Ruiz
  6. Le Quattro Volte – Michelangelo Frammartino
  7. A Dangerous Method – David Cronenberg
  8. Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
  9. Road to Nowhere – Monte Hellman
  10. Putty Hill – Matthew Porterfield

NOTE: If Rosenbaum posts a list with detailed commentary at his site (or anywhere else), we’ll favor it over these two ballot submissions.

Karina Longworth: Best Films of 2011

Karina Longworth: Best Films of 2011 [as published by The Village Voice]

  1. Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
  3. Meek’s Cutoff – Kelly Reichardt
  4. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  5. The Arbor – Clio Barnard
  6. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  7. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
  8. Contagion – Steven Soderbergh
  9. The Future – Miranda July
  10. Moneyball – Bennett Miller

Films That Almost Made the Cut, Alphabetically

  • The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu – Andrei Ujica
  • Beginners – Mike Mills
  • Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
  • City of Life and Death – Lu Chuan
  • A Dangerous Method – David Cronenberg
  • Dragonslayer – Tristan Patterson
  • Fast Five – Justin Lin
  • Go Go Tales – Abel Ferrara
  • House of Pleasures – Bertrand Bonello
  • Jane Eyre – Cary Fukunaga
  • The Lincoln Lawyer – Brad Furman
  • Love Exposure – Shion Sono
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene – Sean Durkin
  • Myseries of Lisbon – Raoul Ruiz
  • Rubber – Quentin Dupieux
  • Silver Bullets – Joe Swanberg
  • Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols
  • The Trip – Michael Winterbottom
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Winnie the Pooh – Stephen J. Anderson & Don Hall

NOTE: For the Village Voice year-end film poll, Longworth submitted a slightly different list that put the Cronenberg film at #8, put the Ferrara film at #9, and omitted the films by July and Miller. She also submitted a slightly reordered list for the indieWIRE survey. For the list above, we’ve favored the personal write-up in The Voice over the submitted ballots.