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. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

Category: 2016 Movies

Peter Labuza: 15 Favorite Films of 2016

Peter Labuza: 15 Favorite Films of 2016 (as posted to Letterboxd and discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  2. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhang-ke
  5. Creepy – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  6. Kill Zone 2 – Soi Cheang
  7. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  8. Sixty Six – Lewis Klahr
  9. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  10. Allied – Robert Zemeckis
  11. Sully – Clint Eastwood
  12. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  13. Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  14. 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  15. On Football – Sergio Oksman

Keith Uhlich: 15 Favorite Films of 2016

Keith Uhlich: 15 Favorite Films of 2016 (as published at his site and discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids – Jonathan Demme
  2. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  3. Knight of Cups – Terrence Malick
  4. [tie] The Neon Demon – Nicolas Winding Refn
  5. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  6. Ten Mornings, Ten Evenings and One Horizon – Tomonari Nishikawa
  7. The Girlfriend Experience (TV series) – Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz
  8. The BFG – Steven Spielberg
  9. [tie] Silence – Martin Scorsese
  10. 31 – Rob Zombie
  11. [tie] Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  12. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  13. [tie] Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  14. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  15. [tie] The X-Files: Episode “Babylon” – Chris Carter

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 [see also 2017, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  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) [see also 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  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