Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2017 Movies

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2017

20 March 2018

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2017

[see also 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. WesternValeska Grisebach
  3. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  4. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  5. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. Streetscapes [Dialogue]Heinz Emigholz
  8. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  9. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  10. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams

Village Voice Film Poll: Best Films of 2017

13 February 2018

Village Voice Film Poll: Best Films of 2017 (as published by The Village Voice, comprised of votes from more than 100 critics)

[see also 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  3. Get OutJordan Peele
  4. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  5. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  6. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  7. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  8. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  9. A Quiet PassionTerence Davies
  10. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  11. BPM (Beats Per Minute)Robin Campillo
  12. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  13. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  14. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMartin McDonagh
  15. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  16. [tie] The Lost City of ZJames Gray
  17. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  18. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  19. Dawson City: Frozen TimeBill Morrison
  20. The WorkJairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  21. mother!Darren Aronofsky
  22. Ex Libris: New York Public LibraryFrederick Wiseman
  23. The PostSteven Spielberg
  24. MudboundDee Rees
  25. WormwoodErrol Morris
  26. The Big SickMichael Showalter
  27. [tie] The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)Noah Baumbach
  28. Marjorie PrimeMichael Almereyda
  29. The SquareRuben Östlund
  30. The Death of Louis XIVAlbert Serra
  31. ColumbusKogonada
  32. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  33. Blade Runner 2049Denis Villeneuve
  34. The OrnithologistJoão Pedro Rodrigues
  35. The Killing of a Sacred DeerYorgos Lanthimos
  36. RawJulia Ducournau
  37. [tie] The Other Side of HopeAki Kaurismäki
  38. ThelmaJoachim Trier
  39. GraduationCristian Mungiu
  40. The Human SurgeEduardo Williams
  41. Wonder WomanPatty Jenkins
  42. OkjaBong Joon-ho
  43. Baby DriverEdgar Wright
  44. [tie] LovelessAndrey Zvyagintsev
  45. I, TonyaCraig Gillespie
  46. [tie] LoganJames Mangold
  47. Brawl in Cell Block 99S. Craig Zahler
  48. [tie] KediCeyda Torun
  49. [tie] The Disaster ArtistJames Franco
  50. Professor Marston and the Wonder WomenAngela Robinson
  51. [tie] Song to SongTerrence Malick
  52. [tie] Starless DreamsMehrdad Oskouei

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017

18 January 2018

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”

[see also 2012]

  1. Staying VerticalAlain Guiraudie
  2. The Unknown GirlJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  3. Mister UniversoTizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
  4. How Heavy This HammerKazik Radwanski
  5. DownsizingAlexander Payne
  6. i hate myself :)Joanna Arnow
  7. Hermia & HelenaMatías Piñeiro
  8. The Wedding PlanRama Burshtein
  9. Marjorie PrimeMichael Almereyda
  10. Slack BayBruno Dumont
  11. PaulinaSantiago Mitre
  12. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery

Peter Labuza: Favorite Films of 2017

15 January 2018

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

[see also 2016]

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Ex Libris: New York Public LibraryFrederick Wiseman
  3. Rat FilmTheo Anthony
  4. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. The WorkJairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  6. [tie] Nathan for You: Finding FrancesNathan Fielder

Keith Uhlich: Favorite Films of 2017

15 January 2018

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

[see also 2018, 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Song to SongTerrence Malick
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  5. [tie] BPM (Beats Per Minute)Robin Campillo
  6. MosaicSteven Soderbergh