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.

Michael Sicinski: Top 25 Films of 2017

On the Beach at Night Alone - Hong Sang-soo

Michael Sicinski: Top 25 Films of 2017 (limited to commercial releases)

  1. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  2. Staying Vertical – Alain Guiraudie
  3. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  4. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  5. Wormwood – Errol Morris
  6. Strong Island – Yance Ford
  7. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  8. Félicité – Alain Gomis
  9. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  10. Mimosas – Oliver Laxe
  11. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  12. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  13. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  14. Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  15. Jane – Brett Morgen
  16. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  17. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  18. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  19. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  20. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  21. Ma – Celia Rowlson-Hall
  22. All This Panic – Jenny Gage
  23. Son of Joseph – Eugène Green
  24. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  25. Lipstick Under My Burkha – Alankrita Shrivastava

A.V. Club: 24 Favorite Books of 2017

The A.V. Club: 24 Favorite Books of 2017

  • What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Volume 1) – Philip Pullman
  • The Answers – Catherine Lacey
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Homesick for Another World – Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) – David Sedaris
  • A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  • 21st-Century Yokel – Tom Cox
  • Idaho – Emily Ruskovich
  • Imaginary Cities: A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between – Darran Anderson
  • The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II – Svetlana Alexievich
  • Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction – Grady Hendrix
  • Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries – Kory Stamper
  • Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  • Out in the Open – Jesús Carrasco
  • Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  • The Last Days of Café Leila – Donia Bijan
  • Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches – John Hodgman
  • Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London – Lauren Elkin
  • Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto – Jessa Crispin
  • 300 Arguments – Sarah Manguso
  • Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

James Poniewozik: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

James Poniewozik: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by The New York Times)

  • American Vandal
  • Better Things
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • The Deuce
  • The Good Place
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Lady Dynamite
  • The Leftovers
  • One Day at a Time
  • Twin Peaks: The Return

Richard Lawson: 10 Best Films of 2017

Richard Lawson: 10 Best Films of 2017 (as published by Vanity Fair).

  1. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  2. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  3. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  4. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  5. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  6. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  8. Princess Cyd – Stephen Cone
  9. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  10. Beatriz at Dinner – Miguel Arteta

David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2017

This year’s installment of David Ehrlich’s always enjoyable video countdown: 25 Best Films of 2017. See also his notes about the films.

  1. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  2. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  3. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  4. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  5. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  6. Columbus – Kogonada
  7. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  8. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  9. The Post – Steven Spielberg
  10. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  11. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  12. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  13. Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes
  14. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  15. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  16. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  17. Thelma – Joachim Trier
  18. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  19. Foxtrot – Samuel Maoz
  20. A Fantastic Woman – Sebastián Lelio
  21. Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  22. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  23. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  24. The Lure – Agnieszka Smoczynska
  25. All These Sleepless Nights – Michal Marczak

Gorilla vs. Bear: 62 Favorite Albums of 2017

Gorilla vs. Bear: 62 Favorite Albums of 2017

  1. yaeji – Yaeji
  2. [tie] yaeji – EP2
  3. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  4. TOPS – Sugar at the Gate
  5. Aldous Harding – Party
  6. Laurel Halo – Dust
  7. Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
  8. [tie] Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
  9. Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti
  10. Faye Webster – Faye Webster
  11. King Krule – The OOZ
  12. Mega Bog – Happy Together
  13. Toro y Moi – Boo Boo
  14. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  15. Nite Jewel – Real High
  16. Yumi Zouma – Willowbank
  17. Alessandro Cortini – AVANTI
  18. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  19. Fever Ray – Plunge
  20. Demen – Nektyr
  21. Men I Trust – Tailwhip
  22. Hater – You Tried
  23. Hoops – Routines
  24. Kedr Livanskiy – Ariadna
  25. Julia Lucille – Chthonic
  26. Oneohtrix Point Never – Good Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  27. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  28. Anna of the North – Lovers
  29. She-Devils – She-Devils
  30. SZA – Ctrl
  31. Washed Out – Mister Mellow
  32. Equiknoxx – Colón Man
  33. Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
  34. Blue Hawaii – Tenderness
  35. Hand Habits – Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)
  36. Big Thief – Capacity
  37. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  38. SASSY 009 – Do you mind
  39. Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts
  40. You’ll Never Get to Heaven – Images
  41. DJ Sports – Modern Species
  42. Jlin – Black Origami
  43. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  44. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  45. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  46. Luke Reed – Won’t Be There
  47. Angel Olsen – Phases
  48. Chopstars – Purple Moonlight
  49. Molly Burch – Please Be Mine
  50. Johnny Jewel – Windswept
  51. Joseph Shabason – Aytche
  52. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  53. Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
  54. Amber Mark – 3:33am
  55. Exit Someone – Dry Your Eyes
  56. Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
  57. Carla dal Forno – The Garden
  58. Molly Nilsson – Imaginations
  59. John Maus – Screen Memories
  60. Nmesh – Pharma
  61. Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble
  62. RAMZi – Phobiza “Noite” Vol. 2

cléo: 12 Films That Stayed with Us

cléo journal: 12 Films That Stayed with Us

  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • I Am Not a Witch – Rungano Nyoni
  • On Body and Soul – Ildikó Enyedi
  • Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  • Suleiman Mountain – Elizaveta Stishova
  • Maison du bonheur – Sofia Bohdanowicz
  • Risk – Laura Poitras
  • Scary Mother – Ana Urushadze
  • Thor: Ragnarok – Taika Waititi
  • Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino