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.

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)

  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