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

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2017

01 December 2017

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2017, as published by Artforum

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Drunk (aka Drink)Andy Warhol
  2. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  3. Streetscapes [Dialogue]Heinz Emigholz
  4. The Vietnam WarKen Burns and Lynn Novick
  5. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  6. Get OutJordan Peele
  7. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York FixerJoseph Cedar
  8. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  9. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryAlexandra Dean
  10. An Ecstatic ExperienceJa’Tovia Gary

Erika Balsom: 13 Best Films of 2017

01 December 2017

Erika Balsom: 13 Best Films of 2017, as published by Artforum

  1. Tonsler ParkKevin Jerome Everson
  2. By the Time It Gets DarkAnocha Suwichakornpong
  3. The Human SurgeEduardo Williams
  4. Freak OrlandoUlrike Ottinger
  5. Chamisso’s ShadowUlrike Ottinger
  6. HallucinationsBen Russell
  7. WesternValeska Grisebach
  8. Also Known as JihadiEric Baudelaire
  9. Eight Hours are Not a DayRainer Werner Fassbinder
  10. The Nothing FactoryPedro Pinho
  11. El mar la marJoshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki
  12. SunstoneFilipa César and Louis Henderson
  13. Life ImitationChen Zhou

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2017

01 December 2017

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2017, as published by Artforum

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. SpoorAgnieszka Holland
  2. QuestJonathan Olshefski
  3. Get OutJordan Peele
  4. Top of the Lake: China GirlJane Campion and Ariel Kleiman
  5. Beatriz at DinnerMiguel Arteta
  6. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  7. Tony Conrad: Completely in the PresentTyler Hubby
  8. OkjaBong Joon-ho
  9. En el Séptimo DíaJim McKay
  10. Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 8David Lynch

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2017

01 December 2017

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2017, as published by Artforum

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Baby DriverEdgar Wright
  2. I, Olga HepnarováTomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda
  3. The Strange OnesLauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff
  4. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  5. WonderstruckTodd Haynes
  6. GraduationCristian Mungiu
  7. The Wizard of LiesBarry Levinson
  8. Lady MacbethWilliam Oldroyd
  9. Wonder WheelWoody Allen
  10. Tom of FinlandDome Karukoski