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.

Jim Fusilli: Best Albums of 2017

Hot Thoughts - Spoon

Jim Fusilli: Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The Wall Street Journal)

  • Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  • Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  • Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  • Thievery Corporation – The Temple of I & I
  • Oddisee – The Iceberg
  • Jlin – Black Origami
  • Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  • The xx – I See You
  • Slowdive – Slowdive
  • Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
  • Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

David Wiegand: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

David Wiegand: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by the San Francisco Chronicle. This year it “includes only shows that premiered in 2017.”

  • The Long Road Home
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Deuce
  • I Love Dick
  • Ozark
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • The Vietnam War
  • GLOW
  • Legion
  • One Day at a Time

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

Todd VanDerWerff: 18 Best TV Shows of 2017

Todd VanDerWerff: 18 Best TV Shows of 2017, “an 18-way tie,” as published by Vox

  • Better Call Saul
  • Better Things
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • The Deuce
  • The Good Place
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Insecure
  • The Leftovers
  • The Magicians
  • Master of None
  • Mr. Robot
  • Nathan for You
  • One Day at a Time
  • Search Party
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Vietnam War

The second tier: 27 more shows I loved, in alphabetical order

  • 12 Monkeys
  • American Vandal
  • The Americans
  • Bates Motel
  • Big Mouth
  • Binging With Babish
  • Black-ish
  • The Bold Type
  • The Carmichael Show
  • Channel Zero: No End House
  • The Chris Gethard Show
  • The Crown
  • Dear White People
  • The Exorcist
  • The Expanse
  • Fargo
  • Girls
  • GLOW
  • I Love Dick
  • Samurai Jack
  • Sense8
  • She’s Gotta Have It
  • Speechless
  • Superstore
  • Sweet/Vicious
  • Vice Principals
  • The Young Pope

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

Andy Greenwald: Top Ten TV Shows of 2017

Andy Greenwald: Top Ten TV Shows of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. The Young Pope
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Deuce
  5. Glow
  6. Mindhunter
  7. Top of the Lake: China Girl
  8. Insecure
  9. The Good Place
  10. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Joseph Salvatore: Best 50 Books of 2017

The Power - Naomi Alderman

Joseph Salvatore: Best 50 Books of 2017 (as published by The Brooklyn Rail)

Nonfiction

  1. China Lake: A Journey into the Contradicted Heart of a Global Climate Catastrophe – Barret Baumgart
  2. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  3. Cornell ’77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall – Peter Conners
  4. Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations – Kristina Marie Darling
  5. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  6. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes – Dan Egan
  7. The Doubles – Scott Esposito
  8. Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters – Harold Evans
  9. Abandon Me – Melissa Febos
  10. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  11. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin
  12. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  13. Sunshine State – Sarah Gerard
  14. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  15. Knowing Knott: Essays on an American Poet – Edited by Steven Huff
  16. Question Like a Face – Christine Hume and Jeff Clark
  17. Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers – Taisia Kitaiskaia
  18. After Kathy Acker – Chris Kraus
  19. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions – Valeria Luiselli
  20. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process – John McPhee
  21. After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search – Sarah Perry
  22. The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit
  23. The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  24. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe – Inara Verzemnieks
  25. The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock – David Weigel

Fiction

  1. The Power – Naomi Alderman
  2. The Hunger Saint – Olivia Kate Cerrone
  3. So Many Olympic Exertions – Anelise Chen
  4. American War – Omar El Akkad
  5. Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich
  6. The Gypsy Moth Summer – Julia Fierro
  7. The Iliac Crest – Cristina Rivera Garza
  8. The Epiphany Machine – David Burr Gerrard
  9. The Gargoyle Hunters – John Freeman Gill
  10. Bad Dreams and Other Stories – Tessa Hadley
  11. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  12. A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  13. The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  14. Stranger, Father, Beloved – Taylor Larsen
  15. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  16. Dear Cyborgs – Eugene Lim
  17. Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  18. The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  19. My Heart Hemmed In – Marie NDiaye
  20. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  21. The Standard Grand – Jay Baron Nicorvo
  22. Heritage of Smoke – Josip Novakovich
  23. Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman – Aimee Parkison
  24. Wait Till You See Me Dance – Deb Olin Unferth
  25. Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang

Joseph Salvatore: Best 25 Poetry Books of 2017

Advances in Embroidery: Poems, with Translations from Mahmoud Darwish - Ahmad Al-Ashqar

Joseph Salvatore: Best 25 Poetry Books of 2017 (as published by The Brooklyn Rail)

  1. Advances in Embroidery: Poems, with Translations from Mahmoud Darwish – Ahmad Al-Ashqar
  2. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  3. Bye-Bye Land – Christian Barter
  4. Before the Drought – Margo Berdeshevsky
  5. Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  6. Let’s Not Live on Earth – Sarah Blake
  7. Second Nature – Patricia Carlin
  8. Barbie Chang – Victoria Chang
  9. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities – Chen Chen
  10. bone – Yrsa Daley-Ward
  11. Trophic Cascade – Camille T. Dungy
  12. The January Children – Safia Elhillo
  13. Gates & Fields – Jennifer Firestone
  14. Sky Country – Christine Kitano
  15. I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  16. These Days Of Candy – Manuel Paul Lopez
  17. In the Language of My Captor – Shane McCrae
  18. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver – Mary Oliver
  19. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce – Morgan Parker
  20. On Imagination – Mary Ruefle
  21. Lessons on Expulsion – Erika L. Sánchez
  22. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  23. The Trembling Answers – Craig Morgan Teicher
  24. Afterland – Mai Der Vang
  25. Where the Time Goes – Gale Renee Walden

Another Gaze: Top Ten Narrative Feature Films by Women in 2017

I Am Not a Witch - Rungano Nyoni

Another Gaze: Top Ten Narrative Feature Films by Women in 2017 (as posted to Twitter). See also their list of the year’s top five documentaries “directed by women and NB people”.

  1. I Am Not a Witch – Rungano Nyoni
  2. Montparnasse Bienvenue – Léonor Serraille
  3. Beauty and the Dogs – Kaouther Ben Hania
  4. Angels Wear White – Vivian Qu
  5. Ava – Léa Mysius
  6. The Party – Sally Potter
  7. The Levelling – Hope Dickson Leach
  8. Maudie – Aisling Walsh
  9. By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  10. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  11. [tie] Heal the Living – Katell Quillévéré

Honourable Mentions

  • You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay
  • Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  • In Between – Maysaloun Hamoud
  • The Rider – Chloé Zhao
  • On Body and Soul – Ildikó Enyedi