The Best Movies of 2018

Our picks for the year's best fiction films, documentaries, and outliers.


10 (tie). Elvis Presley: The Searcher / The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling

Maybe I’m already cheating by making tenth place a tie so this can be a list of 11; maybe I’m already cheating by including a pair of four-hour, two-part documentaries that played on HBO, so they should probably be on a TV list I didn’t do. I don’t care — I make the rules, and I want to recognize both of these considerable achievements, loving and in-depth tributes to true innovators of their fields, told with the proper mixture of reverence and candor, augmented by impressive nonfiction craft. [On HBO Go/Now]