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…

Nick Schager: Best Movies of 2017

Nick Schager: Best Movies of 2017, as published by Esquire

  1. Wormwood – Errol Morris
  2. Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  3. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  4. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  5. Columbus – Kogonada
  6. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore – Macon Blair
  7. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  8. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  9. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  10. I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin
  11. The Blackcoat’s Daughter – Oz Perkins
  12. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  13. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  14. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  15. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  16. Lucky – John Carroll Lynch
  17. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  18. Atomic Blonde – David Leitch
  19. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  20. Super Dark Times – Kevin Phillips
  21. Alien: Covenant – Ridley Scott
  22. City of Ghosts – Matthew Heineman
  23. Thelma – Joachim Trier
  24. Icaros: A Vision – Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi
  25. The Lure – Agnieszka Smoczynska

Honorable Mention

  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  • Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins
  • The Post – Steven Spielberg
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • Hounds of Love – Ben Young
  • The Villainess – Jung Byung-gil
  • The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Stronger – David Gordon Green
  • Baby Driver – Edgar Wright

Los Angeles Times: 36 Best Books of 2017

Los Angeles Times: 36 Best Books of 2017

Fiction

  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
  • Ill Will – Dan Chaon
  • Shadowbahn – Steve Erickson
  • So Much Blue – Percival Everett
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • A Legacy of Spies – John le Carré
  • Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr – John Crowley
  • Dinner at the Center of the Earth – Nathan Englander
  • The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • The Burning Girl – Claire Messud
  • A Book of American Martyrs – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Songy Of Paradise – Gary Panter
  • Mrs. Fletcher – Tom Perrotta
  • Wonder Valley – Ivy Pochoda
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  • Borne – Jeff VanderMeer
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward

Nonfiction

  • Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie
  • Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856 – Sidney Blumenthal
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  • The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet – Henry Fountain
  • High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic – Glenn Frankel
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940 – Jed Perl
  • Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel – John Stubbs
  • The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • Why Poetry – Matthew Zapruder

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2017

The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied.

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2017 (as published by Artforum)

  1. The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied. – exhibition at Fondazione Prada
  2. Jean Vigo retrospective at Il Cinema Ritrovato
  3. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  4. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  5. The Nothing Factory – Pedro Pinho
  6. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  7. Closeness – Kantemir Balagov
  8. 12 Days – Raymond Depardon
  9. Caniba – Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor
  10. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2017

Drunk (aka Drink) - Andy Warhol

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2017 (as published by Artforum) [see also 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Drunk (aka Drink) – Andy Warhol
  2. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  3. Streetscapes [Dialogue] – Heinz Emigholz
  4. The Vietnam War – Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
  5. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  6. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  7. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – Joseph Cedar
  8. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  9. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – Alexandra Dean
  10. An Ecstatic Experience – Ja’Tovia Gary

Erika Balsom: 13 Best Films of 2017

Tonsler Park - Kevin Jerome Everson

Erika Balsom: 13 Best Films of 2017 (as published by Artforum)

  1. Tonsler Park – Kevin Jerome Everson
  2. By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  3. The Human Surge – Eduardo Williams
  4. Freak Orlando – Ulrike Ottinger
  5. [tie] Chamisso’s Shadow – Ulrike Ottinger
  6. [tie] Hallucinations – installation by Ben Russell
  7. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  8. Also Known as Jihadi – Eric Baudelaire
  9. Eight Hours are Not a Day – Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  10. [tie] The Nothing Factory – Pedro Pinho
  11. El mar la mar – Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki
  12. Sunstone – Filipa César and Louis Henderson
  13. Life Imitation – Chen Zhou

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2017

Spoor - Agnieszka Holland

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2017 (as published by Artforum)

  1. Spoor – Agnieszka Holland
  2. Quest – Jonathan Olshefski
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. Top of the Lake: China Girl – Jane Campion and Ariel Kleiman
  5. Beatriz at Dinner – Miguel Arteta
  6. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  7. Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present – Tyler Hubby
  8. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  9. En el Séptimo Día – Jim McKay
  10. Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 8 – David Lynch

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2017

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2017 (as published by Artforum) [see also: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016]

  1. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  2. I, Olga Hepnarová – Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda
  3. The Strange Ones – Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff
  4. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  5. Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes
  6. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  7. The Wizard of Lies – Barry Levinson
  8. Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  9. Wonder Wheel – Woody Allen
  10. Tom of Finland – Dome Karukoski