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.

Village Voice Poll: Best Films of 2017

Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson

Village Voice Poll: Best Films of 2017 (as voted by more than 100 critics) [see also 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  6. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  7. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  8. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  9. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  10. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  11. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  12. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  13. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  14. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  15. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  16. [tie] The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  17. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  18. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  19. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  20. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  21. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  22. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  23. The Post – Steven Spielberg
  24. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  25. Wormwood – Errol Morris
  26. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  27. [tie] The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  28. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  29. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  30. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  31. Columbus – Kogonada
  32. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  33. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  34. The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  35. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  36. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  37. [tie] The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  38. Thelma – Joachim Trier
  39. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  40. The Human Surge – Eduardo Williams
  41. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins
  42. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  43. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  44. [tie] Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  45. I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
  46. [tie] Logan – James Mangold
  47. Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  48. [tie] Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  49. [tie] The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  50. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Angela Robinson
  51. [tie] Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  52. [tie] Starless Dreams – Mehrdad Oskouei

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2017 (an annual poll of more than 400 critics, published by The Village Voice) [see also: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  4. Lorde – Melodrama
  5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  6. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  7. Slowdive – Slowdive
  8. JAY-Z – 4:44
  9. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  10. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  11. Jlin – Black Origami
  12. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  13. Thundercat – Drunk
  14. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  15. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  16. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  17. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  18. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  19. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
  20. [tie] Migos – Culture
  21. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  22. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  23. King Krule – The OOZ
  24. Sampha – Process
  25. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  26. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  27. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  28. The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
  29. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  30. [tie] Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  31. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  32. Kesha – Rainbow
  33. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  34. Björk – Utopia
  35. Margo Price – All American Made
  36. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  37. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  38. The xx – I See You
  39. Big Thief – Capacity
  40. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  41. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  42. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  43. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  44. Paramore – After Laughter
  45. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  46. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  47. [tie] Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  48. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  49. Syd – Fin
  50. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  51. Miguel – War & Leisure
  52. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  53. [tie] Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  54. Drake – More Life
  55. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  56. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  57. [tie] Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
  58. Khalid – American Teen
  59. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  60. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  61. [tie] Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  62. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Hanged Man
  63. [tie] Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  64. The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles
  65. Fever Ray – Plunge
  66. [tie] Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  67. [tie] Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  68. Roscoe Mitchell – Bells For the South Side
  69. [tie] Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  70. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  71. Taylor Swift – reputation
  72. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  73. Alice Coltrane – World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
  74. [tie] Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  75. Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die
  76. The Replacements – For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986
  77. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  78. [tie] Future – HNDRXX
  79. The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!
  80. [tie] Sparks – Hippopotamus
  81. [tie] Sylvan Esso – What Now
  82. Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock
  83. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
  84. The Feelies – In Between
  85. The Courtneys – The Courtneys II
  86. [tie] Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  87. Ibeyi – Ash
  88. [tie] Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House 3
  89. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  90. [tie] Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  91. Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
  92. [tie] Converge – The Dusk In Us
  93. [tie] Zola Jesus – Okovi
  94. Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
  95. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
  96. [tie] Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng
  97. Juana Molina – Halo
  98. Joshua Abrams – Simultonality
  99. [tie] EMA – Exile In the Outer Ring
  100. [tie] Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  101. [tie] U2 – Songs of Experience

Gina Vaynshteyn: 27 Best Books of 2017

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

Gina Vaynshteyn: 27 Best Books of 2017 (as published by Hello Giggles)

  1. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  2. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  3. The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  4. The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  5. Forest Dark – Nicole Krauss
  6. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  7. Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
  8. Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  9. Like a Beast – Carly Joy Miller
  10. Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  11. Rabbit Cake – Annie Hartnett
  12. How to Murder Your Life – Cat Marnell
  13. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. – Samantha Irby
  14. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  15. Weird in a World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits – Jennifer Romolini
  16. Startup – Doree Shafrir
  17. Woman No. 17 – Edan Lepucki
  18. All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers – Alana Massey
  19. A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  20. Things That Happened Before the Earthquake – Chiara Barzini
  21. Eat Only When You’re Hungry – Lindsay Hunter
  22. Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone – Juli Berwald
  23. New People – Danzy Senna
  24. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying – Nina Riggs
  25. Touch – Courtney Maum
  26. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  27. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017, of those “that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2017, in approximate order of preference”

  1. Staying Vertical – Alain Guiraudie
  2. The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  3. Mister Universo – Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
  4. How Heavy This Hammer – Kazik Radwanski
  5. Downsizing – Alexander Payne
  6. i hate myself :) – Joanna Arnow
  7. Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  8. The Wedding Plan – Rama Burshtein
  9. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  10. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont
  11. Paulina – Santiago Mitre
  12. A Ghost Story – David Lowery

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017

Priestdaddy - Patricia Lockwood

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017 (as published by The Awl)

  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness – Joe Moran
  • O Sing unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music – Andrew Gant
  • The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built – Jack Viertel
  • Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe – Kapka Kassabova
  • No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Violent Highlands – Judith Matloff
  • Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World – Laura Spinney
  • Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century – Richard McGregor
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities – Bettany Hughes
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads – Tim Wu
  • Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon – Henry Marsh
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst – Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment – Robert Wright
  • Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience – Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • Hostage – Guy Delisle
  • Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics – Kim Phillips-Fein
  • Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars – David Hepworth
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 – Martin Salisbury
  • Peach – Emma Glass
  • Red Winter – Anneli Furmark
  • Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 – David Cannadine
  • God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State – Lawrence Wright
  • Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny – Witold Szablowski
  • Amiable with Big Teeth – Claude McKay

Raisa Bruner: Top 10 Albums of 2017

Ctrl - SZA

Raisa Bruner: Top 10 Albums of 2017 (as published by Time)

  1. SZA – Ctrl
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  4. Khalid – American Teen
  5. Lorde – Melodrama
  6. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  7. Kesha – Rainbow
  8. The xx – I See You
  9. Taylor Swift – reputation
  10. LCD Soundsystem – american dream

Honorable Mentions

  • JAY-Z – 4:44
  • Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  • Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

Peter Labuza: Favorite Films of 2017

Peter Labuza: Favorite Films of 2017 (as discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  3. Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  4. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  6. [tie] Nathan for You: Finding Frances – Nathan Fielder

Keith Uhlich: Favorite Films of 2017

Keith Uhlich: Favorite Films of 2017 (as discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  3. First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. [tie] BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  6. Mosaic – Steven Soderbergh

Daniel Kasman: Top 20 Films of 2017

On the Beach at Night Alone - Hong Sang-soo

Daniel Kasman: Top 20 Films of 2017, as submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, limited to films that were “new in cinemas.” See also his lists of older films and films not yet released.

  • On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  • The Challenge – Yuri Ancarani
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back – Tsui Hark
  • In This Corner of the World – Sunao Katabuchi
  • The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  • The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  • Our Time Will Come – Ann Hui
  • Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Princess Cyd – Stephen Cone
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • Split – M. Night Shyamalan
  • Ta’ang – Wang Bing
  • Tempestad – Tatiana Huezo

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2017

Wet Woman in the Wind - Akihiko Shiota

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2017 of commercial US releases, as submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, listed alphabetically by original-language title.

See also his “Top Five features undistributed in the USA and first screened in San Francisco in 2017,” “Top Twenty single-channel film and video works of less than feature length,” and “Top ten expanded cinema presentations of 2017.”

  • Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  • By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • Wet Woman in the Wind – Akihiko Shiota
  • Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  • Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present – Tyler Hubby