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.

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

Uproxx: 20 Best Albums of 2016

Blonde - Frank Ocean

Uproxx: 20 Best Albums of 2016

  1. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  2. Mitski – Puberty 2
  3. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  4. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  5. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  6. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  7. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  8. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
  9. Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat to Earth
  10. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  11. David Bowie – Blackstar
  12. Rihanna – Anti
  13. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  14. Maren Morris – Hero
  15. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  16. PUP – The Dream Is Over
  17. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  18. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  19. KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  20. The Hotelier – Goodness

David Hudson: Top 13 Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

David Hudson: Top 13 Films of 2016 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe Daily)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  3. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  4. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  5. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  6. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  7. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  8. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  9. Havarie – Philip Scheffner
  10. Son of Joseph – Eugène Green

Honorable Mentions

  • I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
  • Short Stay – Ted Fendt
  • Under the Sun – Vitaliy Manskiy

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2016

Cemetery of Splendour - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Michael Sicinski: Top 10 Films of 2016 (limited to “poll-eligible” films)

  1. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Homo sapiens – Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  5. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  6. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  7. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  8. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  9. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  10. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman

Slant: 25 Best TV Shows of 2016

Slant: 25 Best TV Shows of 2016

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Americans
  3. BoJack Horseman
  4. The Girlfriend Experience
  5. Silicon Valley
  6. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  7. Horace and Pete
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. Transparent
  10. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  11. High Maintenance
  12. Black Mirror
  13. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  14. Girls
  15. American Crime
  16. The Night Of
  17. Broad City
  18. Easy
  19. South Park
  20. American Horror Story: Roanoke
  21. Jane the Virgin
  22. Bob’s Burgers
  23. Insecure
  24. Happy Valley
  25. Orange Is the New Black