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

John Rangel: Favorite Films of 2017

Faces Places - Agnès Varda and JR

John Rangel: Favorite Films of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  2. My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  3. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  4. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  5. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  6. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  7. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  8. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  9. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. The Lost City of Z – James Gray

Ryland Walker Knight: Favorite Feature Films of 2017

Nocturama - Bertrand Bonello

Ryland Walker Knight: Favorite Feature Films of 2017

  • Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  • Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  • The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • Person to Person – Dustin Guy Defa
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • A Ghost Story – David Lowery

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Jordan Cronk: Top Ten Films of 2017 (as submitted to the annual collection of lists curated by Toronto Film Review). See an expanded list submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll, and take a look at his write-up about The Year in Experimental Film at Film Comment.

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc – Bruno Dumont
  3. Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  4. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  5. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. Good Luck – Ben Russell
  7. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  8. Lover for a Day – Philippe Garrel
  9. First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  10. El mar la mar – Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki

Willow Maclay: Top 10 Films of 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return - David Lynch

Willow Maclay: Top 10 Films of 2017 (as published by The Film Stage)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  2. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  3. Milla – Valérie Massadian
  4. Strangely Ordinary This Devotion – Dani Leventhal and Sheilah Wilson
  5. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  7. In This Corner of the World – Sunao Katabuchi
  8. Your Name – Makoto Shinkai
  9. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  10. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Paul W.S. Anderson

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

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2017

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2017

  1. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  2. The Human Surge – Eduardo Williams
  3. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  4. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  5. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  6. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  8. Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes
  9. By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  10. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR

David Hudson: Top Ten Films of 2017

A Ghost Story - David Lowery

David Hudson: Top Ten Films of 2017 (as published by Criterion’s The Daily)

  1. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  2. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  3. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  4. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  5. Let the Sunshine In – Claire Denis
  6. Untitled – Michael Glawogger and Monika Willi
  7. The Day After – Hong Sang-soo
  8. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  9. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  10. The Rider – Chloé Zhao

Honorable Mentions

  • My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  • The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  • Lucky – John Carroll Lynch
  • Ana, mon amour – Cãlin Peter Netzer
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog – Julian Radlmaier
  • You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay
  • Casting – Nicolas Wackerbarth
  • Loveless – Andrey Zvyagintsev