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.

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

Dennis Cooper: 52 Favorite Books of 2016

Dennis Cooper: 52 Favorite Books of 2016 (“in no order”)

Fiction

  • Suite for Barbara Loden – Nathalie Leger
  • Dodge Rose – Jack Cox
  • Ninety-Nine Stories of God – Joy Williams
  • Transitory – Tobias Carroll
  • Patricide – D. Foy
  • Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction) – Thalia Field
  • The Orchid Stories – Kenward Elmslie
  • A Bestiary – Lily Hoang
  • The Knack of Doing – Jeremy M. Davies
  • Flamingos – Grant Maierhofer
  • Dreamlives of Debris – Lance Olsen
  • In Their Arms – Thomas Moore
  • The Map of the System of Human Knowledge – James Tadd Adcox
  • Novi Sad – Jeff Jackson
  • Thank You – Zachary German
  • A Collapse of Horses – Brian Evenson
  • I Hate the Internet – Jarett Kobek
  • Soft Split – Szilvia Molnar
  • Falter Kingdom – Michael J. Seidlinger
  • Tiny Fish that Only Want to Kiss – Gary Indiana
  • Margaret the First – Danielle Dutton
  • Weed Monks – Chris Dankland
  • Black Lavender Milk – Black Lavender Milk
  • The Sleep Garden – Jim Krusoe
  • You With Your Memory Are Dead – Gary J Shipley
  • Marigold – Troy James Weaver
  • Abahn Sabana David – Marguerite Duras
  • The In-Betweens – Matthew Simmons
  • Sex and Death – Ben Tanzer
  • Don’t Leave Me – Stig Sæterbakken
  • WAVES – Lucy K Shaw
  • A Tree or a Person or a Wall – Matt Bell

Nonfiction

  • Communal Nude: Collected Essays – Robert Glück
  • Bresson on Bresson: Interviews, 1943-1983 – Robert Bresson
  • I/O: A Memoir – Brian Oliu
  • AUTOMANIAS – Sara Tuss Erick
  • So Sad Today: Personal Essays – Melissa Broder
  • Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories – Robert Walser
  • Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir – Molly Brodak
  • The Sky Isn’t Blue – Janice Lee
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 – Alyse Knorr
  • The Narco-Imaginary: Essays Under the Influence – Ramsey Scott
  • The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories – Lynne Tillman
  • Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom: Before 1970 – David Toop
  • My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor – Keith Morris and Jim Ruland
  • hatefuck the reader – Penny Goring
  • WASTELAND – New Juche
  • Say Bye to Reason and Hi to Everything – Andrew Durbin, Dodie Bellamy, Cecilia Corrigan, Amy De’Ath, Lynne Tillman, and Jackie Wang
  • A Barbarian in Asia – Henri Michaux
  • Loud Idiots – Sarah Jean Alexander
  • An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics – Daphne Oram
  • Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century – Simon Reynolds

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

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

The Black Maria - Aracelis Girmay

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

  1. The Black Maria – Aracelis Girmay
  2. Look – Solmaz Sharif
  3. Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  4. ShallCross – C.D. Wright
  5. So Much Synth – Brenda Shaughnessy

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

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2016

Barkskins - Annie Proulx

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2016

  1. Barkskins – Annie Proulx
  2. What Belongs to You – Garth Greenwell
  3. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy – Heather Ann Thompson
  4. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
  5. Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey – Frances Wilson
  6. A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster – Joshua Partlow
  7. Ninety-Nine Stories of God – Joy Williams
  8. Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets – Svetlana Alexievich
  9. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
  10. The Vegetarian – Han Kang. Translated by Deborah Smith

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

Glenn Kenny: 50 Noteworthy Films of 2016

Glenn Kenny: 50 Noteworthy Films of 2016 (released in the United States)

  1. Cosmos – Andrzej Zulawski
  2. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  3. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  4. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  5. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  6. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  7. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  8. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  9. Hail, Caesar! – Joel & Ethan Coen
  10. Evolution – Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  11. [tie] Baden Baden – Rachel Lang

Another ten, in no particular order

  1. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  3. High-Rise – Ben Wheatley
  4. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  5. Creepy – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  6. Sully – Clint Eastwood
  7. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  8. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  9. The Childhood of a Leader – Brady Corbet
  10. April and the Extraordinary World – Franck Ekinci, Christian Desmares

Fifteen more, in little particular order

  1. The Other Side – Roberto Minervini
  2. Kate Plays Christine – Robert Greene
  3. 11 Minutes – Jerzy Skolimowski
  4. Bleak Street – Arturo Ripstein
  5. Paths of the Soul – Zhang Yang
  6. Kaili Blues – Bi Gan
  7. Wiener-Dog – Todd Solondz
  8. Indignation – James Schamus
  9. Miss Hokusai – Keiichi Hara
  10. Always Shine – Sophia Takal
  11. The Wailing – Na Hong-jin
  12. Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight
  13. 13th – Ava DuVernay

Should be seen by every citizen of the United States at the very least

  1. My Golden Days – Arnaud Desplechin
  2. The Mermaid – Stephen Chow
  3. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  4. Bleed for This – Ben Younger
  5. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  6. Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford
  7. Florence Foster Jenkins – Stephen Frears
  8. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) – Abbas Fahdel
  9. The Nice Guys – Shane Black
  10. De Palma – Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow
  11. Joshy – Jeff Baena
  12. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  13. Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhang-ke

Stuff that was amazing but wasn’t made in 2015/16

  1. Belladonna of Sadness – Eiichi Yamamoto
  2. Private Property – Leslie Stevens
  3. Only Yesterday – Isao Takahata