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. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

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

Next 5

  • Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  • The Post – Steven Spielberg
  • War for the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  • Casting JonBenet – Kitty Green

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