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.

Jordan Cronk: Favorite Albums of 2017

Jordan Cronk: Favorite Albums of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  2. Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage
  3. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  4. Slowdive – Slowdive
  5. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  6. Jlin – Black Origami
  7. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  8. Circuit Des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo
  9. Björk – Utopia
  10. Various Artists – Mono No Aware
  11. Zola Jesus – Okovi
  12. Arca – Arca
  13. Gas – Narkopop
  14. Laurel Halo – Dust
  15. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  16. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  17. Fever Ray – Plunge
  18. Harriet Brown – Contact
  19. Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
  20. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
  21. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound
  22. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  23. DJ Sports – Modern Species
  24. Forest Swords – Compassion
  25. Colleen – A flame my love, a frequency
  26. Konrad Sprenger – Stack Music
  27. Soccer Mommy – Collection
  28. yaeji – Yaeji
  29. [tie] yaeji – EP2
  30. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  31. Four Tet – New Energy

Entertainment Weekly: Best TV Shows of 2017

Entertainment Weekly: Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. GLOW
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return
  3. Big Little Lies
  4. The Good Place
  5. Rick and Morty
  6. Insecure
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale
  8. DuckTales
  9. American Crime
  10. Mr. Robot

Matt Zoller Seitz: Best Films of 2017

Lucky - John Carroll Lynch

Matt Zoller Seitz: Best Films of 2017 (as submitted to the survey at RogerEbert.com)

  1. Lucky – John Carroll Lynch
  2. First They Killed My Father – Angelina Jolie
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  5. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  6. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. In Transit – David Usui, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, and Albert Maysles
  8. Coco – Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  9. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson

Honorable Mentions

  • Alien: Covenant – Ridley Scott
  • Atomic Blonde – David Leitch
  • Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  • The Breadwinner – Nora Twomey
  • The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  • The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Logan – James Mangold
  • Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  • The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi
  • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  • Trophy – Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz
  • Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins

Justine Smith: Best Films of 2017

Thelma - Joachim Trier

Justine Smith: Best Films of 2017 (as submitted to the survey at RogerEbert.com)

  1. Thelma – Joachim Trier
  2. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  3. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  4. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  5. Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  6. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  7. Paris Can Wait – Eleanor Coppola
  8. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  9. John Wick: Chapter 2 – Chad Stahelski
  10. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman

Ben Kenigsberg: Best Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Ben Kenigsberg: Best Films of 2017 (as submitted to the survey at RogerEbert.com)

Honorary top spot

  • Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch

Then…

  1. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  3. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  4. In Transit – David Usui, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, and Albert Maysles
  5. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. Wormwood – Errol Morris
  7. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  8. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  9. Columbus – Kogonada
  10. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello

Some others

  • The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  • It Happened in L.A. – Michelle Morgan
  • Jane – Brett Morgen
  • Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  • Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – Joseph Cedar
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Quest – Jonathan Olshefski
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  • The Settlers – Shimon Dotan
  • The Square – Ruben Östlund
  • The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  • The Wedding Plan – Rama Burshtein
  • Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes

Sheila O’Malley: Best Films of 2017

Sheila O’Malley: Best Films of 2017 (as submitted to the survey at RogerEbert.com)

  1. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  2. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  3. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  4. Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  5. My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  6. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  7. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  8. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  9. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  10. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson

Other films I loved, other films I considered putting on my Top 10, and so I feel I must mention them

  • Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  • Silvio – Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley
  • Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  • Columbus – Kogonada
  • Ingrid Goes West – Matt Spicer
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • The Post – Steven Spielberg
  • Novitiate – Margaret Betts
  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  • Strong Island – Yance Ford
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan

RogerEbert.com: Ten Best Films of 2017

RogerEbert.com: Ten Best Films of 2017, as selected by the site’s regular critics and editors

  1. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  2. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  5. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  7. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  8. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  9. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  10. A Ghost Story – David Lowery

Kenneth Turan: Best Films of 2017

The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro

Kenneth Turan: Best Films of 2017 (as published by The Los Angeles Times)

Turan has organized the films into thematic categories (“exciters,” “canny veterans,” etc.), and in each one he lists a couple of favorites and an honorable mention. The films are listed below, but see his write-up for the proper structure.

  • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  • My Journey Through French Cinema – Bertrand Tavernier
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • The Post – Steven Spielberg
  • Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki – Juho Kuosmanen
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  • Walking Out – Alex & Andrew Smith
  • Foxtrot – Samuel Maoz
  • Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – Joseph Cedar
  • One Week and a Day – Asaph Polonsky
  • Hostiles – Scott Cooper
  • Wind River – Taylor Sheridan
  • The Ballad of Lefty Brown – Jared Moshe
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh

Laura Miller: 10 Favorite Books of 2017

Autumn - Jennifer Egan

Laura Miller: 10 Favorite Books of 2017 (as published by Slate)

  • Age of Anger: A History of the Present – Pankaj Mishra
  • Augustown – Kei Miller
  • Autumn – Ali Smith
  • The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America – Frances FitzGerald
  • Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York – Francis Spufford
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology – Ellen Ullman
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer – Richard Holmes
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru

Les Inrocks: Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Les Inrockuptibles: Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. King Krule – The OOZ
  3. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  4. Migos – Culture
  5. Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
  6. Juliette Armanet – Petite amie
  7. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
  8. Orelsan – La fête est finie
  9. Damso – Ipséité
  10. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
  11. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  12. N.E.R.D – NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES
  13. Sampha – Process
  14. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  15. Fishbach – À ta merci
  16. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  17. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
  18. Fever Ray – Plunge
  19. Étienne Daho – Blitz
  20. Princess Nokia – 1992
  21. Aldous Harding – Party
  22. Arca – Arca
  23. Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
  24. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  25. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  26. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  27. John Maus – Screen Memories
  28. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  29. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  30. Ho99o9 – United States of Horror
  31. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  32. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  33. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – On the Echoing Green
  34. Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
  35. Tony Allen – The Source
  36. Ibeyi – Ash
  37. Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
  38. Jorrdee – Avant
  39. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  40. Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It
  41. Slowdive – Slowdive
  42. Bedouine – Bedouine
  43. The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here?
  44. Zombie Zombie – Livity
  45. Linda Perhacs – I’m a Harmony
  46. Thundercat – Drunk
  47. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  48. Björk – Utopia
  49. Michael Nau – Some Twist
  50. Ojard – Euphonie
  51. Juana Molina – Halo
  52. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  53. Babx – Ascensions
  54. Nick Mulvey – Wake Up Now
  55. Lawrence Rothman – The Book of Law
  56. Real Estate – In Mind
  57. The New Year – Snow
  58. Pierre Lapointe – La science du cœur
  59. ÌFÉ – IIII+IIII
  60. Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song
  61. Bob Dylan – Triplicate
  62. Temples – Volcano
  63. Gregg Kowalsky – L’Orange L’Orange
  64. Polo & Pan – Caravelle
  65. Drake – More Life
  66. Luca D’Alberto – Endless
  67. The xx – I See You
  68. Benjamin Biolay – Volver
  69. Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors
  70. Chuck Berry – Chuck
  71. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  72. The Shins – Heartworms
  73. Big Thief – Capacity
  74. Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly
  75. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  76. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
  77. Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapés
  78. Larkin Poe – Peach
  79. Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions
  80. Dent May – Across the Multiverse
  81. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
  82. Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000
  83. Hamza – 1994
  84. Syd – Fin
  85. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials In Several Earths
  86. Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – Adiós Señor Pussycat
  87. Ichon – Il suffit de le faire
  88. Feist – Pleasure
  89. Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
  90. Beck – Colors
  91. Gucci Mane – Mr. Davis
  92. Laurel Halo – Dust
  93. Young Thug – BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS
  94. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy
  95. SZA – Ctrl
  96. Lydia Ainsworth – Darling of the Afterglow
  97. Tori Amos – Native Invader
  98. HOMESHAKE – Fresh Air
  99. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION
  100. [tie] BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  101. alt-J – RELAXER