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

Willow Maclay: Top 10 Films of 2017

04 January 2018

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

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  3. MillaValérie Massadian
  4. Strangely Ordinary This DevotionDani Leventhal and Sheilah Wilson
  5. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  7. In This Corner of the WorldSunao Katabuchi
  8. Your NameMakoto Shinkai
  9. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  10. Resident Evil: The Final ChapterPaul W.S. Anderson

Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2017

03 January 2018

The Film Stage: Top 50 Films of 2017. See also their list of documentaries.

[see also 2018]

  1. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  2. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  3. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  4. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  5. Get OutJordan Peele
  6. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  7. Dawson City: Frozen TimeBill Morrison
  8. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  9. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  10. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  11. The Lost City of ZJames Gray
  12. Song to SongTerrence Malick
  13. mother!Darren Aronofsky
  14. BPM (Beats Per Minute)Robin Campillo
  15. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  16. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  17. Princess CydStephen Cone
  18. Marjorie PrimeMichael Almereyda
  19. Brawl in Cell Block 99S. Craig Zahler
  20. A Quiet PassionTerence Davies
  21. Blade Runner 2049Denis Villeneuve
  22. Ex Libris: New York Public LibraryFrederick Wiseman
  23. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  24. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  25. ColumbusKogonada
  26. The SquareRuben Östlund
  27. MudboundDee Rees
  28. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  29. The WorkJairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  30. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMartin McDonagh
  31. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  32. Staying VerticalAlain Guiraudie
  33. Wonder WomanPatty Jenkins
  34. FoxtrotSamuel Maoz
  35. God’s Own CountryFrancis Lee
  36. Ta’angWang Bing
  37. LoganJames Mangold
  38. CocoLee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  39. TrampsAdam Leon
  40. World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s ThoughtsDon Hertzfeldt
  41. WesternValeska Grisebach
  42. LovelessAndrey Zvyagintsev
  43. MillaValérie Massadian
  44. RawJulia Ducournau
  45. The UntamedAmat Escalante
  46. Nathan for You: Finding FrancesNathan Fielder
  47. In This Corner of the WorldSunao Katabuchi
  48. The Other Side of HopeAki Kaurismäki
  49. Good LuckBen Russell
  50. UncertainEwan McNicol and Anna Sandilands

Robert Koehler: Best Movies of 2017

03 January 2018

Robert Koehler: Best Movies of 2017 (as posted to Twitter in a series of tweets starting here and ending here)

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  3. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  4. WesternValeska Grisebach
  5. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. The Wandering Soap OperaRaoul Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento
  7. Three QuartersIlian Metev
  8. Good LuckBen Russell
  9. Brawl in Cell Block 99S. Craig Zahler
  10. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams
  11. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  12. The Disaster ArtistJames Franco
  13. Purge This LandLee Anne Schmitt
  14. El mar la marJoshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki
  15. DriftHelena Wittmann
  16. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMartin McDonagh
  17. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  18. ReadersJames Benning
  19. Ex Libris: New York Public LibraryFrederick Wiseman
  20. The Other Side of HopeAki Kaurismäki
  21. Life & Nothing MoreAntonio Méndez Esparza
  22. BaronesaJuliana Antunes
  23. MillaValérie Massadian
  24. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  25. Distant ConstellationShevaun Mizrahi
  26. The Nothing FactoryPedro Pinho
  27. Free and EasyJun Geng
  28. A Gentle CreatureSergei Loznitsa
  29. Tonsler ParkKevin Jerome Everson
  30. American MadeDoug Liman
  31. A Skin So SoftDenis Côté
  32. Have a Nice DayLiu Jian
  33. LuckyJohn Carroll Lynch

Genevieve Koski: Top 15 Films of 2017

03 January 2018

Genevieve Koski: Top 15 Films of 2017 (as posted to Twitter in Comic Sans because she felt like it)

[see also 2018, 2014]

  1. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  2. Get OutJordan Peele
  3. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  4. BPM (Beats Per Minute)Robin Campillo
  5. The BreadwinnerNora Twomey
  6. MudboundDee Rees
  7. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  8. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  9. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  10. Baby DriverEdgar Wright
  11. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  12. The Lost City of ZJames Gray
  13. I, TonyaCraig Gillespie
  14. Contemporary ColorBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  15. Brigsby BearDave McCary
  16. The Big SickMichael Showalter

Saige Walton: Best Films of 2017

03 January 2018

Saige Walton: Best Films of 2017, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018]

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  3. I Am Not a WitchRungano Nyoni
  4. On Body and SoulIldikó Enyedi
  5. The Killing of a Sacred DeerYorgos Lanthimos
  6. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  7. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  8. Sweet CountryWarwick Thornton
  9. My Life as a ZucchiniClaude Barras
  10. LifeDaniel Espinosa