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.

The Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2017

The Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2017. See also their list of documentaries.

  1. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  2. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  3. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  6. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  7. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  8. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  9. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  10. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  11. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  12. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  13. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  14. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  15. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  16. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  17. Princess Cyd – Stephen Cone
  18. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  19. Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  20. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  21. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  22. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  23. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  24. You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay
  25. Columbus – Kogonada
  26. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  27. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  28. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  29. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  30. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  31. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  32. Staying Vertical – Alain Guiraudie
  33. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins
  34. Foxtrot – Samuel Maoz
  35. God’s Own Country – Francis Lee
  36. Ta’ang – Wang Bing
  37. Logan – James Mangold
  38. Coco – Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  39. Tramps – Adam Leon
  40. World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts – Don Hertzfeldt
  41. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  42. Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  43. Milla – Valérie Massadian
  44. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  45. The Untamed – Amat Escalante
  46. Nathan for You: Finding Frances – Nathan Fielder
  47. In This Corner of the World – Sunao Katabuchi
  48. The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  49. Good Luck – Ben Russell
  50. Uncertain – Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands

Robert Koehler: Best Movies of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Robert Koehler: Best Movies of 2017 (as posted to Twitter in a series of tweets starting here and ending here)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  3. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  4. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  5. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. The Wandering Soap Opera – Raoul Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento
  7. Three Quarters – Ilian Metev
  8. Good Luck – Ben Russell
  9. Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  10. PROTOTYPE – Blake Williams
  11. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  12. The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  13. Purge This Land – Lee Anne Schmitt
  14. El mar la mar – Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki
  15. Drift – Helena Wittmann
  16. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  17. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  18. Readers – James Benning
  19. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  20. The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  21. Life & Nothing More – Antonio Méndez Esparza
  22. Baronesa – Juliana Antunes
  23. Milla – Valérie Massadian
  24. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc – Bruno Dumont
  25. Distant Constellation – Shevaun Mizrahi
  26. The Nothing Factory – Pedro Pinho
  27. Free and Easy – Jun Geng
  28. A Gentle Creature – Sergei Loznitsa
  29. Tonsler Park – Kevin Jerome Everson
  30. American Made – Doug Liman
  31. A Skin So Soft – Denis Côté
  32. Have a Nice Day – Jian Liu
  33. Lucky – John Carroll Lynch

Genevieve Koski: Top 15 Films of 2017

Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig

Genevieve Koski: Top 15 Films of 2017 (as posted to Twitter in Comic Sans because she felt like it)

  1. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  2. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  3. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  4. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  5. The Breadwinner – Nora Twomey
  6. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  7. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  8. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  10. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  11. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  12. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  13. I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
  14. Contemporary Color – Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  15. Brigsby Bear – Dave McCary
  16. [tie] The Big Sick – Michael Showalter

Saige Walton: Best Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Saige Walton: Best Films of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  3. I Am Not a Witch – Rungano Nyoni
  4. On Body and Soul – Ildikó Enyedi
  5. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  6. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  7. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  8. Sweet Country – Warwick Thornton
  9. My Life as a Zucchini – Claude Barras
  10. Life – Daniel Espinosa

Mercury News: Best TV Shows of 2017

San Jose Mercury News: Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. Big Little Lies
  2. Better Things
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale
  5. Mindhunter
  6. Feud: Bette and Joan
  7. Game of Thrones
  8. The Good Place
  9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  10. The Deuce

The Stranger: Top 20 Books of 2017

The Stranger: Top 20 Books of 2017, plus a list of “besties”

  • Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
  • The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit
  • This Is How It Always Is – Laurie Frankel
  • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History – Kurt Andersen
  • In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution – Geoff Mann
  • The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century – Jessica Bruder
  • Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary – Pat Thomas
  • Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning – Claire Dederer
  • Afterglow (a dog memoir) – Eileen Myles
  • World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  • Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium – John Corbett
  • (v.) – Anastacia Renee
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime – Ben Blum
  • Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair – Sarah Schulman
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce – Morgan Parker
  • All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton

Besties

  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • The Raincoats – Jenn Pelly
  • Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music – Ann Powers
  • The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time – Brooke Gladstone
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • Ugly Time – Sarah Galvin
  • Catcall – Holly Melgard
  • Other Russias – Victoria Lomasko
  • Boyfriends – Tara Atkinson
  • Nature Poem – Tommy Pico
  • While Standing in Line for Death – CAConrad
  • Unreal City – D.J. Bryant
  • Why Poetry – Matthew Zapruder
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  • Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World – Rob Sheffield
  • The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity – Esther Perel
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams – Matthew Walker
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Harari