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: 2015 Movies

M. Leary: 24 Favorite Films of 2015

Li’l Quinquin - Bruno Dumont

M. Leary: 24 Favorite Films of 2015 (as posted to Medium)

  1. Li’l Quinquin – Bruno Dumont
  2. Horse Money – Pedro Costa
  3. Experimenter – Michael Almereyda
  4. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  5. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  7. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  8. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  9. Man from Reno – Dave Boyle
  10. Mississippi Grind – Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden

Other films that could have just as easily made it on this list

  • About Elly – Asghar Farhadi
  • The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice – Diao Yinan
  • The Kindergarten Teacher – Nadav Lapid
  • Listen to Me Marlon – Stevan Riley
  • Love & Mercy – Bill Pohlad
  • The Mend – John Magary
  • Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • Paddington – Paul King
  • Queen of Earth – Alex Ross Perry
  • Results – Andrew Bujalski
  • Something, Anything – Paul Harrill
  • Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  • World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt

Melissa Anderson: 19 Best Movies of 2015

Carol - Todd Haynes

Melissa Anderson: 19 Best Movies of 2015 (as published by The Village Voice)

  1. Carol – Todd Haynes
  2. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  3. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  5. Saint Laurent – Bertrand Bonello
  6. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman
  7. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  8. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  9. The Wonders – Alice Rohrwacher
  10. Heaven Knows What – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Honorable mentions, in alphabetical order

  • Amour fou – Jessica Hausner
  • Amy – Asif Kapadia
  • Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  • Court – Chaitanya Tamhane
  • The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq – Guillaume Nicloux
  • The Princess of France – Matías Piñeiro
  • The Royal Road – Jenni Olson
  • Spy – Paul Feig
  • Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2015

The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2015 (as published by Gay City News)

  1. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  3. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  5. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  6. About Elly – Asghar Farhadi
  7. The Iron Ministry – J.P. Sniadecki
  8. The Wonders – Alice Rohrwacher
  9. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee
  10. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman

Runners-up (alphabetically)

  • Amy – Asif Kapadia
  • The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  • Güeros – Alonso Ruizpalacios
  • Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  • Inside Out – Pete Docter
  • Li’l Quinquin – Bruno Dumont
  • The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  • My Friend Victoria – Jean-Paul Civeyrac
  • Office – Johnnie To
  • Unfriended – Levan Gabriadze

Eric Hynes: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015

The Look of Silence - Joshua Oppenheimer

Eric Hynes: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog and very similar to the ballot he submitted to the Indiewire poll)

  1. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  2. Carol – Todd Haynes
  3. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman
  4. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  5. Of Men and War – Laurent Bécue-Renard
  6. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  7. We Come as Friends – Hubert Sauper
  8. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  9. Listen to Me Marlon – Stevan Riley
  10. The Mend – John Magary

Adrian Martin: 17 Best Feature Films of 2015

Mia Madre - Nanni Moretti

Adrian Martin: 17 Best Feature Films of 2015, roughly in preferential order. The top five were published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog and Martin submitted the full 17 to desist film’s survey

  • Mia Madre – Nanni Moretti
  • The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  • La academia de las musas – José Luis Guerín
  • In the Shadow of Women – Philippe Garrel
  • The Smell of Us – Larry Clark
  • La Sapienza – Eugène Green
  • Scrapbook – Mike Hoolboom
  • The Kindergarten Teacher – Nadav Lapid
  • Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  • White Nights on the Pier – Paul Vecchiali
  • The Other Side – Roberto Minervini
  • Pasolini – Abel Ferrara
  • No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  • Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Gregg Araki

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015

Maps to the Stars - David Cronenberg

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog, submitted at the end of November)

  1. Maps to the Stars – David Cronenberg
  2. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  4. The Royal Road – Jenni Olson
  5. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  6. Man from Reno – Dave Boyle
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  8. Office – Johnnie To
  9. Black Coal, Thin Ice – Diao Yinan
  10. Advantageous – Jennifer Phang

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2015

Phoenix - Christian Petzold

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2015 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  2. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  3. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  4. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  6. Approaching the Elephant – Amanda Wilder
  7. The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  8. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  9. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  10. About Elly – Asghar Farhadi
  11. Carol – Todd Haynes
  12. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  13. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  14. The End of the Tour – James Ponsoldt
  15. Tu Dors Nicole – Stéphane Lafleur

Dennis Cooper: 12 Favorite Films of 2015

Dennis Cooper: 12 Favorite Films of 2015

  • Malgré la nuit – Philippe Grandrieux
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Roy Andersson
  • The Wolfpack – Crystal Moselle
  • The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  • Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  • Natural History – James Benning
  • The Thoughts That Once We Had – Thom Andersen
  • Elri Paints Himself As A Tornado – Michael Salerno
  • Don’t Go Back to Sleep – Stanya Kahn
  • San Andreas – Brad Peyton

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2015

Spy - Paul Feig

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2015 (as published by Slate)

Top Ten, in alphabetical order

  • 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  • Amy – Asif Kapadia
  • Carol – Todd Haynes
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  • Inside Out – Pete Docter
  • The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  • The Second Mother – Anna Muylaert
  • Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  • Spy – Paul Feig [pictured]
  • Tangerine – Sean Baker

Runners-Up, in alphabetical order

  • The Big Short – Adam McKay
  • Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg
  • Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  • Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • White God – Kornél Mundruczó

Lisa Schwarzbaum: 20 Favorite Movies of 2015

Inside Out - Pete Docter

Lisa Schwarzbaum: 20 Favorite Movies of 2015 (as posted on Twitter in this series of tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Inside Out – Pete Docter
  • Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  • Carol – Todd Haynes
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  • 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  • Spy – Paul Feig
  • 99 Homes – Ramin Bahrani
  • Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Son of Saul – László Nemes
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Roy Andersson
  • Love & Mercy – Bill Pohlad
  • Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  • Victoria – Sebastian Schipper
  • Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  • Amy – Asif Kapadia
  • ’71 – Yann Demange
  • Room – Lenny Abrahamson
  • Buzzard – Joel Potrykus