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.

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2017 [see also: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc – Bruno Dumont
  3. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  4. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  5. The Day After – Hong Sang-soo
  6. Lover for a Day – Philippe Garrel
  7. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. Split – M. Night Shyamalan
  9. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  10. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ang Lee

Matt Zoller Seitz: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

Matt Zoller Seitz: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 [as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture]

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. The Leftovers
  3. Better Things
  4. The Get Down
  5. BoJack Horseman
  6. The Deuce
  7. The Young Pope
  8. Samurai Jack
  9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  10. The Carmichael Show

David Edelstein: 10 Best Movies of 2017

David Edelstein: 10 Best Movies of 2017 (as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture)

  1. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  2. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  3. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  4. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  5. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  6. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  7. Nowhere to Hide – Zaradasht Ahmed
  8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Luc Besson
  9. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  10. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2017

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2017 [see also: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016]

  1. Chino Amobi – Paradiso
  2. Richard Dawson – Peasant
  3. Klein – Tommy
  4. Jlin – Black Origami
  5. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  6. Jana Rush – Pariah
  7. Joshua Abrams – Simultonality
  8. Pan Daijing – Lack
  9. Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die
  10. Circuit Des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo
  11. Actress – AZD
  12. Nadah El Shazly – Ahwar
  13. Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
  14. Felicia Atkinson – Hand In Hand
  15. Bill Orcutt – Bill Orcutt
  16. Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Entanglements
  17. Ellen Arkbro – For Organ and Brass
  18. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  19. Diamanda Galás – All the Way
  20. Mhysa – Fantasii
  21. Children Of Alice – Children of Alice
  22. Strange U – #LP4080
  23. Phew – Voice Hardcore
  24. The Bug & Earth – Concrete Desert
  25. Áine O’Dwyer – Gallarais
  26. Juana Molina – Halo
  27. SAICOBAB – Sab Se Purani Bab
  28. Golden Teacher – No Luscious Life
  29. Brooklyn Raga Massive – Terry Riley in C
  30. Sote – Sacred Horror in Design
  31. Laurel Halo – Dust
  32. Sarah Davachi – All My Circles Run
  33. Akio Suzuki & John Butcher – Immediate Landscapes
  34. Circle – Terminal
  35. Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
  36. Caterina Barbieri – Patterns of Consciousness
  37. SADAF – SHELL
  38. Lee Gamble – Mnestic Pressure
  39. Aaron Dilloway – The Gag File
  40. Karen Gwyer – Rembo
  41. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  42. Once and Future Band – Once and Future Band
  43. Gnod – Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
  44. Pancrace – Pancrace
  45. Lil B – Black Ken
  46. John Maus – Screen Memories
  47. Roscoe Mitchell – Bells For the South Side
  48. Carla dal Forno – The Garden
  49. Maalem Mahmoud Gania – Colours of the Night
  50. Gosheven – Leaper

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 26 Films of 2017

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 26 Films of 2017 (a poll of 188 critics and curators)

  1. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  3. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  4. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  5. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  6. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  7. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  9. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  10. [tie] The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  11. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  12. Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  13. [tie] BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  14. [tie] You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay
  15. God’s Own Country – Francis Lee
  16. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  17. [tie] The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  18. [tie] Strong Island – Yance Ford
  19. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  20. [tie] Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  21. [tie] Let the Sunshine In – Claire Denis
  22. [tie] Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  23. [tie] mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  24. [tie] Mudbound – Dee Rees
  25. The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  26. [tie] Silence – Martin Scorsese