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.

Category: 2017 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2017

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2017

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  3. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  4. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  5. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. Streetscapes [Dialogue] – Heinz Emigholz
  8. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc – Bruno Dumont
  9. First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  10. PROTOTYPE – Blake Williams

Special Mentions

  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • The Day After – Hong Sang-soo
  • Good Luck – Ben Russell
  • Araby – João Dumans and Affonso Uchôa

Village Voice Poll: Best Films of 2017

Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson

Village Voice Poll: Best Films of 2017 (as voted by more than 100 critics) [see also 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  6. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  7. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  8. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  9. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  10. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  11. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  12. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  13. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  14. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  15. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  16. [tie] The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  17. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  18. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  19. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  20. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  21. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  22. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  23. The Post – Steven Spielberg
  24. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  25. Wormwood – Errol Morris
  26. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  27. [tie] The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  28. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  29. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  30. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  31. Columbus – Kogonada
  32. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  33. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  34. The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  35. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  36. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  37. [tie] The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  38. Thelma – Joachim Trier
  39. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  40. The Human Surge – Eduardo Williams
  41. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins
  42. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  43. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  44. [tie] Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  45. I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
  46. [tie] Logan – James Mangold
  47. Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  48. [tie] Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  49. [tie] The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  50. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Angela Robinson
  51. [tie] Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  52. [tie] Starless Dreams – Mehrdad Oskouei

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017, of those “that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2017, in approximate order of preference”

  1. Staying Vertical – Alain Guiraudie
  2. The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  3. Mister Universo – Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
  4. How Heavy This Hammer – Kazik Radwanski
  5. Downsizing – Alexander Payne
  6. i hate myself :) – Joanna Arnow
  7. Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  8. The Wedding Plan – Rama Burshtein
  9. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  10. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont
  11. Paulina – Santiago Mitre
  12. A Ghost Story – David Lowery

Peter Labuza: Favorite Films of 2017

Peter Labuza: Favorite Films of 2017 (as discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  3. Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  4. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  6. [tie] Nathan for You: Finding Frances – Nathan Fielder

Keith Uhlich: Favorite Films of 2017

Keith Uhlich: Favorite Films of 2017 (as discussed on The Cinephiliacs)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  3. First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. [tie] BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  6. Mosaic – Steven Soderbergh

Daniel Kasman: Top 20 Films of 2017

On the Beach at Night Alone - Hong Sang-soo

Daniel Kasman: Top 20 Films of 2017, as submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, limited to films that were “new in cinemas.” See also his lists of older films and films not yet released.

  • On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler
  • The Challenge – Yuri Ancarani
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back – Tsui Hark
  • In This Corner of the World – Sunao Katabuchi
  • The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  • The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  • Our Time Will Come – Ann Hui
  • Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Princess Cyd – Stephen Cone
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • Split – M. Night Shyamalan
  • Ta’ang – Wang Bing
  • Tempestad – Tatiana Huezo

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2017

Wet Woman in the Wind - Akihiko Shiota

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2017 of commercial US releases, as submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, listed alphabetically by original-language title.

See also his “Top Five features undistributed in the USA and first screened in San Francisco in 2017,” “Top Twenty single-channel film and video works of less than feature length,” and “Top ten expanded cinema presentations of 2017.”

  • Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  • By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • Wet Woman in the Wind – Akihiko Shiota
  • Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  • Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present – Tyler Hubby

Scout Tafoya: Favorite Films of 2017

Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson

Scout Tafoya: Favorite Films of 2017, with a capsule review of each one

  1. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  3. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  4. The Rider – Chloé Zhao
  5. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  6. A Cure for Wellness – Gore Verbinski
  7. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  8. The Young Karl Marx – Raoul Peck
  9. Éternité – Tran Anh Hung
  10. Contemporary Color – Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  11. Behemoth – Zhao Liang
  12. My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  13. Wormwood – Errol Morris
  14. Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey – Terrence Malick
  15. [tie] Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  16. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  17. Alias Grace – Mary Harron
  18. Coco – Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  19. Beach Rats – Eliza Hittman
  20. The Rape of Recy Taylor – Nancy Buirski
  21. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  22. Tour de Pharmacy – Jake Szymanski
  23. Sleep Has Her House – Scott Barley
  24. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  25. Mimosas – Oliver Laxe
  26. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont
  27. I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin
  28. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  29. Let the Sunshine In – Claire Denis
  30. The Untamed – Amat Escalante
  31. Good Luck – Ben Russell
  32. In the Fade – Fatih Akin
  33. Blade of the Immortal – Takashi Miike
  34. Stronger – David Gordon Green
  35. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  36. Pilgrimage – Brendan Muldowney
  37. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  38. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 – John Ridley
  39. Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  40. Operation Avalanche – Matt Johnson
  41. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  42. Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  43. Endless Poetry – Alejandro Jodorowsky
  44. Dark Night – Tim Sutton
  45. The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  46. Whose Streets? – Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
  47. Strong Island – Yance Ford
  48. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  49. Landline – Gillian Robespierre
  50. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  51. Split – M. Night Shyamalan
  52. Hello Destroyer – Kevan Funk
  53. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – Joseph Cedar
  54. Afterimage – Andrzej Wajda
  55. Godless – Scott Frank
  56. Guerrilla – John Ridley and Sam Miller
  57. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  58. Princess Cyd – Stephen Cone
  59. Thelma – Joachim Trier
  60. Jungle – Greg McLean
  61. Before We Vanish – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  62. Wasteland No.1 – Ardent, Verdant – Jodie Mack
  63. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  64. The Labyrinth – Bram Ruiter
  65. See You Yesterday – Stefon Bristol
  66. Alien: Covenant – Ridley Scott
  67. The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi
  68. The Assignment – Walter Hill
  69. Top of the Lake: China Girl – Jane Campion and Ariel Kleiman
  70. Berlin Syndrome – Cate Shortland
  71. Ismael’s Ghosts – Arnaud Desplechin
  72. T2 Trainspotting – Danny Boyle
  73. Lucky – John Carroll Lynch
  74. Paint It Black – Amber Tamblyn
  75. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  76. Gunpowder – J Blakeson
  77. It – Andy Muschietti
  78. All the Money in the World – Ridley Scott
  79. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  80. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold – Griffin Dunne
  81. Logan – James Mangold
  82. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  83. Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  84. Wind River – Taylor Sheridan
  85. Patton Oswalt: Annihilation – Bobcat Goldthwait
  86. The Wall – Doug Liman
  87. Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot – Barbara McCullough
  88. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Angela Robinson
  89. Nathan for You: Finding Frances – Nathan Fielder
  90. Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  91. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  92. American Fable – Anne Hamilton
  93. Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo – Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau
  94. Kojo – Michael Fequiere
  95. The Event – Sergei Loznitsa
  96. Pumpkin Movie – Sophy Romvari
  97. [tie] It’s Him – Sophy Romvari
  98. The Daughter – Simon Stone
  99. The Great Wall – Zhang Yimou
  100. First They Killed My Father – Angelina Jolie
  101. Annabelle: Creation – David F. Sandberg
  102. The Commune – Thomas Vinterberg

Keith Phipps: Top 16 Films of 2017

Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson

Keith Phipps: Top 16 Films of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  6. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  7. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  8. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  9. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  11. The Post – Steven Spielberg
  12. Coco – Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  13. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  14. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  15. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  16. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach

Charles Bramesco: 25 Best Films of 2017

Call Me by Your Name - Luca Guadagnino

Charles Bramesco: 25 Best Films of 2017 (as posted to Letterboxd)

  1. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  2. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  3. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  4. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  5. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  7. Manifesto – Julian Rosefeldt
  8. The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  9. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  11. The Lure – Agnieszka Smoczynska
  12. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  13. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  14. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  15. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  16. Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  17. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  18. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  19. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Luc Besson
  20. A Cure for Wellness – Gore Verbinski
  21. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  22. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  23. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  24. Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes
  25. Song to Song – Terrence Malick