Best Films of 2017

Selected by Piero Scaruffi
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The following list averages the opinions of my favorite critics plus mine.

Foreign movies show sometimes a year later, so if you can't find a title, check last year's ratings.


Special section: The 2017 Film Festivals

Sundance (jan):
Julia Ducournau: Raw
Luca Guadagnino: Call Me by Your Name
David Lowery: A Ghost Story
Michael Almereyda: Marjorie Prime
Michael Showalter: The Big Sick
Jordan Peele: Get Out
Dee Rees: Mudbound
Nacho Vigalondo: Colossal


Berlin (feb):
Greg Zglinski: Animals
Hong Sangsoo: On the Beach at Night Alone
Teresa Villaverde: Colo
Naoko Ogigami: Close-Knit
Calin-Peter Netzer: Ana Mon Amour
Volker Schloendorff: Return to Montauk
Sally Potter: The Party
Aki Kaurismaki: The Other Side of Hope
Agnieszka Holland: Spoor
Liu Jian: Have a Nice Day
Sebastian Lelio: Un Mujer Fantastica/ A Fantastic Woman
Cannes (may):
Andrey Zvyagintsev: Nelyubov/ Loveless
Chloe Zhao: The Rider
Lynne Ramsay: You Were Never Really Here
Robin Campillo: 120 BPM
Fatih Akin: Aus dem Nichts/ In the Fade
Anahita Ghazvinizadeh: They
Kantemir Balaganov: Tesnota/ Closeness
Sergei Loznitsa: A Gentle Creature
Todd Haynes: Wonderstruck
Ruben Oestlund: The Square
Sofia Coppola: The Beguiled
Ben Safdie & Joshua Safdie: Good Time
Venezia (aug):
Lucrecia Martel: Zama
Guillermo Del Toro: The Shape Of Water
Alexander Payne: Downsizing
Alireza Khatami: Los Versos del Olvido/ Oblivion Verses
Frederick Wiseman: Ex Libris
New York (oct):
Robin Campillo: 120 BPM
Luca Guadagnino: Call Me by Your Name
Sean Baker: The Florida Project

Toronto (sep):
Guillermo Del Toro: The Shape Of Water
Greta Gerwig: Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Alexander Payne: Downsizing
Paul Schrader: First Reformed

Ratings for the 2017 season

MUST SEE...:

7.8 Lucrecia Martel: Zama
7.4 Guillermo Del Toro: The Shape Of Water
7.2 Joachim Trier: Thelma
7.2 Andrey Zvyagintsev: Nelyubov/ Loveless
7.2 Greta Gerwig: Lady Bird
7.2 Joao Pedro Rodrigues: The Ornithologist
7.2 Julia Ducournau: Raw
7.2 Greg Zglinski: Animals
7.2 Crig Zahler: Brawl in Cell Block 99
7.2 Sebastian Lelio: A Fantastic Woman
7.1 Luca Guadagnino: Call Me by Your Name
7.1 Ana Lily Amirpour: The Bad Batch
7.1 Hong Sangsoo: On the Beach at Night Alone
7.1 Chloe Zhao: The Rider
7.1 Lynne Ramsay: You Were Never Really Here
7.1 Alexander Payne: Downsizing
7.1 Michael Almereyda: Marjorie Prime
7.1 Alejandro Jodorowsky: Poesia sin Fin/ Endless Poetry (2016)
7.1 Steven Soderbergh: Logan Lucky
7.1 Robin Campillo: 120 BPM
7.1 Sang-soo Hong: On the Beach at Night Alone
7.0 Stephen Chbosky: Wonder
7.0 Dee Rees: Mudbound
7.0 Aki Kaurismaki: The Other Side of Hope
7.0 Fernando Trueba: The Queen of Spain
7.0 Alireza Khatami: Los Versos del Olvido/ Oblivion Verses
7.0 Abbas Kiarostami: 24 Frames
7.0 Frederick Wiseman: Ex Libris
7.0 Fatih Akin: Aus dem Nichts/ In the Fade
7.0 Anahita Ghazvinizadeh: They
7.0 Kantemir Balaganov: Tesnota/ Closeness
7.0 Sergei Loznitsa: A Gentle Creature
7.0 Teresa Villaverde: Colo
7.0 Junfeng Boo: Apprentice
7.0 Argyris Papadimitropoulos: Suntan
7.0 Agnieszka Smoczynska: The Lure
7.0 Nacho Vigalondo: Colossal
7.0 James Gray: The Lost City of Z
7.0 Doug Liman: The Wall
7.0 Jordan Peele: Get Out
7.0 Matias Pineiro: Hermia & Helena
7.0 Cate Shortland: Berlin Syndrome
7.0 Yoshinari Nishikori: Tatara Samurai
7.0 Trey-Edward Shults: It Comes at Night
7.0 Miguel Arteta: Beatriz at Dinner
7.0 Ann Hui: Our Time Will Come
7.0 Dave McCary: Brigsby Bear
7.0 Taylor Sheridan: Wind River
7.0 Gurinder Chadha: Viceroys House
7.0 Jan Hrebejk: The Teacher
7.0 Sean Baker: The Florida Project
7.0 Shane Abbess: The Osiris Child: SFY1
7.0 Angela Robinson: Professor Marston
7.0 Noah Baumbach: The Meyerowitz Stories
7.0 Robin Campillo: BPM (Beats Per Minute)
7.0 Martin McDonagh: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing
7.0 Richard Linklater: Last Flag Flying
7.0 Takashi Miike: Blade of the Immortal
SO SO...:

6.9 Robert Guediguian: The Villa
6.9 Denis Villeneuve: Blade Runner 2049
6.9 Jerome Reybaud: 4 Days in France
6.9 Gary-Michael Schultz: Vincent N Roxxy
6.9 Eugene Green: The Son of Joseph
6.9 Ruben Oestlund: The Square
6.9 Todd Haynes: Wonderstruck
6.9 Sofia Coppola: The Beguiled
6.9 Ben Safdie & Joshua Safdie: Good Time
6.9 Makoto Shinkai: Your Name
6.9 Alice Lowe: Prevenge
6.9 Ben Wheatley: Free Fire
6.9 Dee Rees: Mudbound
6.9 Michael Showalter: The Big Sick
6.9 Nacho Vigalondo: Colossal
6.9 Naoko Ogigami: Close-Knit
6.9 Geremy Jasper: Patti Cake$
6.9 Matt Ruskin: Crown Heights
6.9 Paul Schrader: First Reformed
6.9 Nora Twomey: The Breadwinner
6.9 Jamie Dagg: Sweet Virginia
6.8 James Franco: The Disaster Artist
6.8 Calin-Peter Netzer: Ana Mon Amour
6.8 Darren Aronofsky: Mother
6.8 Samuel Maoz: Foxtrot
6.8 Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
6.8 Joseph Cedar: Norman - The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
6.8 SoYong Kim: Lovesong
6.8 Matthew Newton: From Nowhere
6.8 Martin Koolhoven: Brimstone
6.8 Daniele Thompson: Cezanne et Moi
6.8 Emil Ben-Shimon: The Women's Balcony
6.8 David Michod : War Machine
6.8 Luc Besson: Valerian
6.8 Joshua Weinstein: Menashe
6.8 Angelina Jolie: First They Killed My Father
6.8 Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman: Loving Vincent
6.8 Maggie Betts: Novitiate
6.7 Malcolm Lee: Girls Trip
6.7 Lone Scherfig: Their Finest
6.7 Gore Verbinski: A Cure for Wellness
6.7 Demetri Martin: Dean
6.6 Peter Chelsom: The Space Between Us
6.7 David Lowery: A Ghost Story
6.6 Alison Maclean: The Rehearsal
6.6 James Mangold: Logan
6.6 Gaby Dellal: 3 Generations
6.6 Volker Schloendorff: Return to Montauk
6.6 Sally Potter: The Party
6.6 Marie Noelle: Marie Curie
6.6 William Oldroyd: Lady Macbeth
6.6 David Sandberg: Annabelle - Creation
6.6 Michael Almereyda: Marjorie Prime
6.6 Christopher Landon: Happy Death Day
6.6 Joseph Kosinski: Only the Brave
6.5 Reginald Hudlin: Marshall
6.5 Aki Kaurismaki: The Other Side of Hope
6.5 Hirokazu Kore-eda: The Third Murder
6.5 George Clooney: Suburbicon
6.5 Stephen Frears: Victoria and Abdul
6.5 James Toback: The Private Life of a Modern Woman
6.5 Pen-ek Ratanaruang: Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter - Samui Song
6.5 Agnieszka Holland: Spoor
6.5 Liu Jian: Have a Nice Day
6.5 Sebastian Lelio: Un Mujer Fantastica/ A Fantastic Woman
6.5 Matthew Newton: From Nowhere
6.5 Vincent Perez: Alone in Berlin
6.5 Simon Stone: The Daughter
6.5 Amma Asante: A United Kingdom
6.5 Bruno Dumont: Slack Bay
6.5 David Gordon Green: Stronger
Passable...:

6.4 Stephen Frears: Victoria and Abdul
6.4 Christopher Nolan: Dunkirk
6.4 Roberto Ando: The Confessions
6.4 Michael Dudok de Wit: The Red Turtle
6.4 Thomas Vinterberg: The Commune
6.4 Dash Shaw: My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
6.4 Ricardo de Montreuil: Lowriders
6.4 Jason Bourque: Drone
6.4 Yorgos Lanthimos: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
6.4 Edgar Wright: Baby Driver
6.4 Eliza Hittman: Beach Rats
6.4 Mohamed Diab: Clash
6.4 Petra Volpe: The Divine Order
6.4 Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina: Coco
6.3 Dan Gilroy: Roman J Israel Esq
6.3 Woody Allen: Wonder Wheel
6.3 Simon Fitzmaurice: My Name Is Emily
6.3 Bertrand Bonello: Nocturama
6.3 Jake Mahaffy: Free in Deed
6.2 Onur Tukel: Catfight
6.2 Samuel Maoz: Foxtrot
6.2 Stella Meghie: Everything Everything
6.2 Jason Hall: Thank You for Your Service
6.2 Joon-ho Bong: Okja
6.2 Patty Jenkins: Wonder Woman
6.2 Simon Curtis: Goodbye Christopher Robin
6.2 Kathryn Bigelow: Detroit
6.2 John Stockwell: Armed Response
6.2 Byung-gil Jung: The Villainess
6.2 Scott Hicks: Fallen
6.2 Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris: Battle of the Sexes
6.2 Doug Liman: American Made
6.1 Alexander Janko: Year by the Sea'
6.1 Terry George: The Promise
6.1 Rama Burshtein: The Wedding Plan
6.1 Joe Wright: Darkest Hour
6.0 Bharat Nalluri: The Man Who Invented Christmas
6.0 Andy Muschietti: It
6.0 Lisa Robinson & Annie Howell: Claire in Motion
6.0 Justin Chon: Gook
6.0 Katell Quillevere: Heal the Living
6.0 John Lee Hancock: The Founder
6.0 Niki Caro: The Zookeeper's Wife
6.0 Simon Fitzmaurice: My Name Is Emily
6.0 Marc Webb: Gifted
6.0 Ridley Scott: Alien - Covenant
6.0 David Soren: Captain Underpants
6.0 Roger Michell: My Cousin Rachel
6.0 Brett Haley: The Hero
6.0 Ari Issler & Ben Snyder: 11:55
6.0 Fiona Gordon & Dominique Abel: Lost in Paris
6.0 Barbet Schroeder: Amnesia
6.0 Luis Prieto: Kidnap
6.0 Jody Lambert: Brave New Jersey
6.0 Daniel Cretton: The Glass Castle
6.0 Michael Apted: Unlocked
6.0 Mike White: Brad's Status
6.0 George Clooney: Suburbicon
YUCK!...:

5.9 Robert Legato: Eloise
5.8 John Butler: Handsome Devil
5.8 Amat Escalante: The Untamed
5.8 Adam Wingard: Death Note
5.7 Tom McGrath: The Boss Baby
5.7 Robin Swicord: Wakefield
5.6 Gillian Robespierre: Landline
5.6 Taika Waititi: Thor - Ragnarok
5.5 Guy Ritchie: King Arthur
5.5 Rob Reiner: LBJ
5.4 Jonathan Levine: Snatched
5.4 Ido Fluk: The Ticket
5.4 Joel-David Moore: Youth in Oregon
5.4 Kris Avedisian: Donald Cried
5.4 Tom Gustafson: Destination Unknown
5.3 Peter Landesman: Mark Felt
5.3 David Leveaux: The Exception
5.2 Mark Pellington: The Last Word
5.2 Azazel Jacobs: The Lovers
5.2 Nikolaj Arcel: The Dark Tower
5.2 Patrick Hughes: The Hitman's Bodyguard
5.2 RZA: Love Beats Rhymes
5.1 John-Michael McDonagh: War on Everyone
5.0 James Gunn: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
5.0 Benedict Andrews: Una
5.0 Alex & Andrew Smith: Walking Out
5.0 Hany Abu-Assad: The Mountain Between Us
5.0 Stephen Gyllenhaal: So B. It
5.0 Ritesh Batra: Our Souls at Night
5.0 Richie Keen: Fist Fight
5.0 Justin Kelly: I Am Michael
5.0 Stephen Gaghan: Gold
5.0 Lasse Hallstrom: A Dog's Purpose
5.0 Paul Anderson: Resident Evil - The Final Chapter
5.0 D.J. Caruso: XXX - Return of Xander Cage
5.0 Chad Stahelski: John Wick - Chapter 2
5.0 Yimou Zhang: The Great Wall
5.0 Richie Keen: Fist Fight
5.0 Daniel Espinosa: Life
5.0 Craig Johnson: Wilson
5.0 Dean Israelite: Sabans Power Rangers
5.0 Werner Herzog: Queen of the Desert
5.0 James Ponsoldt: The Circle
5.0 Zoe Lister-Jones: Band Aid
5.0 Alex Kurtzman: The Mummy
5.0 Gabriela Cowperthwaite: Megan Leavey
5.0 John Leonetti: Wish Upon
5.0 Nicolas Lopez: Hazlo Como Hombre
5.0 Lake Bell: I Do Until I Don't
5.0 Mark Palansky: Rememory
5.0 Michael Cuesta: American Assassin
5.0 Tyler MacIntyr: Tragedy Girls
5.0 Andy Serkis: Breathe
5.0 Marc Meyers: My Friend Dahmer
5.0 Kenneth Branagh: Murder on the Orient Express
GASP!...:

4.9 Taylor Hackford: The Comedian
4.8 Zach Braff: Going in Style
4.8 Tomas Alfredson: The Snowman
4.7 Martin Campbell: The Foreigner
4.7 Denise Di Novi: Unforgettable
4.7 Tim Smit: Kill Switch
4.7 Josh & Benny Safdie: Good Time
4.6 Johannes Roberts: 47 Meters Down
4.6 Dan Harris: Speech & Debate
4.6 Jordan Vogt-Roberts: Kong - Skull Island
4.6 Jonathan Teplitzky: Churchill
4.5 Greg McLean: Jungle
4.5 Bill Condon: Beauty and the Beast
4.5 Chris McKay: The Lego Batman Movie
4.5 Michael Mailer: Blind
4.5 Sean Penn: The Last Face
4.5 Nikolaj Arcel: The Dark Tower
4.5 Laura & Kate Mulleavy: Woodshock
4.5 Zack Snyder: Justice League
4.4 Marc Webb: The Only Living Boy in New York
4.4 Paul Calori & Kostia Testut: Footnotes
4.4 Philippe Falardeau: Chuck
4.4 Michael Bay: Transformers - The Last Knight
4.4 Justin Chadwick: Tulip Fever
4.2 David Bowers: Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul
4.2 David Leitch: Atomic Blonde
4.2 Jon Lucas & Scott Moore: A Bad Moms Christmas
4.1 Alethea Jones: Fun Mom Dinner
4.0 James Foley: Fifty Shades Darker
4.0 Antonio Negret: Overdrive
4.0 Adam Smith: Trespass Against Us
4.0 Dax Shepard: CHIPS
4.0 Eleanor Coppola: Paris Can Wait
4.0 Rupert Sanders: Ghost in the Shell
4.0 Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg: Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales
4.0 Seth Gordon: Baywatch
4.0 Mark & Robb Cullen : Once Upon a Time in Venice
4.0 Colin Trevorrow: The Book of Henry
4.0 Lucia Aniello: Rough Night
4.0 Brian Fee: Cars 3
4.0 Benny Boom: All Eyez on Me
4.0 John Watts: Spider-man Homecoming
4.0 Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda: Despicable Me 3
4.0 Eric Summer & Eric Warin: Leap
4.0 Cary Murnion & Jonathan Milott: Bushwick
4.0 Tony Leondis: The Emoji Movie
4.0 Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan: The Lego Ninjago Movie
4.0 Matthew Vaughn: Kingsman - The Golden Circle

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