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: 2016 Movies

Nictate: Top 11 Films of 2016

Cameraperson - Kirsten Johnson

Nictate: Top 11 Films of 2016 (as posted to Letterboxd)

  1. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  2. The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  3. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  4. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  5. Knight of Cups – Terrence Malick
  6. A Bigger Splash – Luca Guadagnino
  7. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  8. Café Society – Woody Allen
  9. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  10. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  11. Elle – Paul Verhoeven

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2016

Cameraperson - Kirsten Johnson

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2016, as submitted to the Senses of Cinema poll. See also his list of undistributed and first-screened-in-San Francisco films and a list of 19 short films.

  1. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  4. The Shallows – Jaume Collet-Serra
  5. The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi
  6. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  7. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  8. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  9. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  10. Nuts! – Penny Lane

Reverse Shot: 12 Best Movies of 2016

Reverse Shot: 12 Best Movies of 2016

  1. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  2. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  3. Cemetery of Splendor – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  4. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  5. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  6. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  7. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  8. [tie] Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  9. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  10. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  11. [tie] Knight of Cups – Terrence Malick
  12. The Illinois Parables – Deborah Stratman

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016, as submitted to the Village Voice poll and posted to Twitter (14 films in total)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  3. Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  4. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  5. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  6. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  7. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  8. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  9. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  10. Dirty Grandpa – Dan Mazer

As listed on Twitter

  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  • Sully – Clint Eastwood
  • The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  • Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  • Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  • The Dreamed Path – Angela Schanelec
  • No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  • The Dreamed Ones – Ruth Beckermann

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2016

Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2016 (as submitted to the Village Voice Film poll, Indiewire poll, and the survey at RogerEbert.com)

  1. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  3. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  4. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  5. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  6. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  7. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  8. Kate Plays Christine – Robert Greene
  9. The Other Side – Roberto Minervini
  10. Hogtown – Daniel Nearing

Uproxx: 20 Best Films of 2016

Uproxx: 20 Best Films of 2016

  1. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  4. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  5. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  6. 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  7. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  8. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  9. Zootopia – Byron Howard and Rich Moore
  10. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  11. Don’t Think Twice – Mike Birbiglia
  12. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  13. Sing Street – John Carney
  14. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  15. Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Taika Waititi
  16. Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  17. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  18. Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi
  19. Little Men – Ira Sachs
  20. Rogue One – Gareth Edwards

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2016

Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2016 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  3. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  4. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  5. Green Room – Jeremy Saulnier
  6. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  7. The Eyes of My Mother – Nicolas Pesce
  8. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  9. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  10. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  11. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  12. Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari
  13. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  14. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  15. Elle – Paul Verhoeven

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2016

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2016 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  4. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  5. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  6. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  7. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  8. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  9. Little Men – Ira Sachs
  10. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  • Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  • 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  • Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie

Tasha Robinson: 15 Best Movies of 2016

La La Land - Damien Chazelle

Tasha Robinson: 15 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by The Verge)

  • La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  • Moana – Ron Clements and John Musker
  • The Witch – Robert Eggers
  • Queen of Katwe – Mira Nair
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Taika Waititi
  • King Jack – Felix Thompson
  • Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  • Morris from America – Chad Hartigan
  • Sing Street – John Carney
  • Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams

Matt Prigge: 25 Best Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Matt Prigge: 25 Best Films of 2016 (as published by Metro)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  3. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  4. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  5. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  6. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  7. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  8. The Nice Guys – Shane Black
  9. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  10. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  11. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  12. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  13. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  14. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  15. Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  16. The Treasure – Corneliu Porumboiu
  17. Kate Plays Christine – Robert Greene
  18. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  19. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  20. Little Men – Ira Sachs
  21. My Golden Days – Arnaud Desplechin
  22. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  23. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  24. Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  25. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer