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

Daniel Kasman: Top 20 Films of 2017

11 January 2018

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.

Brian Darr: Top Ten Feature Films of 2017

11 January 2018

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.”

[see also 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013]

Scout Tafoya: Favorite Films of 2017

11 January 2018

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

  1. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  3. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  4. The RiderChloé Zhao
  5. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  6. A Cure for WellnessGore Verbinski
  7. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  8. The Young Karl MarxRaoul Peck
  9. ÉternitéTran Anh Hung
  10. Contemporary ColorBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  11. BehemothZhao Liang
  12. My Happy FamilyNana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  13. WormwoodErrol Morris
  14. Voyage of Time: Life’s JourneyTerrence Malick
  15. [tie] Song to SongTerrence Malick
  16. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  17. Alias GraceMary Harron
  18. CocoLee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  19. Beach RatsEliza Hittman
  20. The Rape of Recy TaylorNancy Buirski
  21. Marjorie PrimeMichael Almereyda
  22. Tour de PharmacyJake Szymanski
  23. Sleep Has Her HouseScott Barley
  24. Dawson City: Frozen TimeBill Morrison
  25. MimosasOliver Laxe
  26. Slack BayBruno Dumont
  27. I Called Him MorganKasper Collin
  28. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)Noah Baumbach
  29. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  30. The UntamedAmat Escalante
  31. Good LuckBen Russell
  32. In the FadeFatih Akin
  33. Blade of the ImmortalTakashi Miike
  34. StrongerDavid Gordon Green
  35. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMartin McDonagh
  36. PilgrimageBrendan Muldowney
  37. The BeguiledSofia Coppola
  38. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992John Ridley
  39. Lady MacbethWilliam Oldroyd
  40. Operation AvalancheMatt Johnson
  41. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  42. LovelessAndrey Zvyagintsev
  43. Endless PoetryAlejandro Jodorowsky
  44. Dark NightTim Sutton
  45. The Other Side of HopeAki Kaurismäki
  46. Whose Streets?Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
  47. Strong IslandYance Ford
  48. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  49. LandlineGillian Robespierre
  50. The SquareRuben Östlund
  51. SplitM. Night Shyamalan
  52. Hello DestroyerKevan Funk
  53. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York FixerJoseph Cedar
  54. AfterimageAndrzej Wajda
  55. GodlessScott Frank
  56. GuerrillaJohn Ridley and Sam Miller
  57. Ex Libris: New York Public LibraryFrederick Wiseman
  58. Princess CydStephen Cone
  59. ThelmaJoachim Trier
  60. JungleGreg McLean
  61. Before We VanishKiyoshi Kurosawa
  62. Wasteland No.1 – Ardent, VerdantJodie Mack
  63. BPM (Beats Per Minute)Robin Campillo
  64. The LabyrinthBram Ruiter
  65. See You YesterdayStefon Bristol
  66. Alien: CovenantRidley Scott
  67. The SalesmanAsghar Farhadi
  68. The AssignmentWalter Hill
  69. Top of the Lake: China GirlJane Campion and Ariel Kleiman
  70. Berlin SyndromeCate Shortland
  71. Ismael’s GhostsArnaud Desplechin
  72. T2 TrainspottingDanny Boyle
  73. LuckyJohn Carroll Lynch
  74. Paint It BlackAmber Tamblyn
  75. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  76. GunpowderJ Blakeson
  77. ItAndy Muschietti
  78. All the Money in the WorldRidley Scott
  79. The Big SickMichael Showalter
  80. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not HoldGriffin Dunne
  81. LoganJames Mangold
  82. Get OutJordan Peele
  83. Logan LuckySteven Soderbergh
  84. Wind RiverTaylor Sheridan
  85. Patton Oswalt: AnnihilationBobcat Goldthwait
  86. The WallDoug Liman
  87. Horace Tapscott: Musical GriotBarbara McCullough
  88. Professor Marston and the Wonder WomenAngela Robinson
  89. Nathan for You: Finding FrancesNathan Fielder
  90. Girls TripMalcolm D. Lee
  91. OkjaBong Joon-ho
  92. American FableAnne Hamilton
  93. Paris 05:59: Théo & HugoOlivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau
  94. KojoMichael Fequiere
  95. The EventSergei Loznitsa
  96. Pumpkin MovieSophy Romvari
  97. [tie] It’s HimSophy Romvari
  98. The DaughterSimon Stone
  99. The Great WallZhang Yimou
  100. First They Killed My FatherAngelina Jolie
  101. Annabelle: CreationDavid F. Sandberg
  102. The CommuneThomas Vinterberg

Keith Phipps: Top 16 Films of 2017

10 January 2018

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

[see also 2016, 2014]

  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. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  7. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  8. Baby DriverEdgar Wright
  9. MudboundDee Rees
  10. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  11. The PostSteven Spielberg
  12. CocoLee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  13. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  14. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  15. Dawson City: Frozen TimeBill Morrison
  16. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)Noah Baumbach

Charles Bramesco: 25 Best Films of 2017

09 January 2018

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

  1. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  2. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  3. Baby DriverEdgar Wright
  4. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  5. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  7. ManifestoJulian Rosefeldt
  8. The Disaster ArtistJames Franco
  9. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  11. The LureAgnieszka Smoczynska
  12. The SquareRuben Östlund
  13. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  14. The BeguiledSofia Coppola
  15. OkjaBong Joon-ho
  16. Logan LuckySteven Soderbergh
  17. The Killing of a Sacred DeerYorgos Lanthimos
  18. GraduationCristian Mungiu
  19. ValerianLuc Besson
  20. A Cure for WellnessGore Verbinski
  21. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  22. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)Noah Baumbach
  23. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  24. WonderstruckTodd Haynes
  25. Song to SongTerrence Malick