LIST: Top 40 best films of 2017

There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness. – Frank Capra

Welcome to my annual year-ender list of cinema!

I’ve been a fan of the cinema since 1998, and I’ve been an official cinephile since 2005. I’ve been doing this year after year because why not?  It’s fun, it’s celebratory, and the arts of motion pictures should be celebrated.

I initially intended to do a much shorter list, but there’s just too much cinematic greatness in 2017 that needed to be highlighted, it’s just a shame to leave them out. It took me a long time (over a year) to come up with this list, and the idea of releasing it on March (you know, graduation) sounded timely to me.


I obviously have not seen all the thousands of films released in 2017, so there’s no way I can claim that this list is universal. These are based from what I have seen — but there’s fairly plenty. I tried to be as objective and as diverse as possible.

Here are my top 40 picks for the best films of 2017:

40. Good Time

Elara Pictures | Rhea Films


DIRECTOR: Ben Safdie, Josh Safide

SCREENPLAY: Josh Safide, Ronald Bronstein

CAST: Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Safdie

COUNTRY: United States

39. Beauty and the Beast

Walt Disney Picture | Mandeville Films

DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

DIRECTOR: Bill Condon

SCREENPLAY: Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos

CAST: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

COUNTRY: United States

38. Bar Boys

TropicFrills Film Productions |  Wild Sound Studios

DISTRIBUTOR: Quantum Studios

DIRECTOR: Kip Oebanda


CAST: Rocco Nacino, Carlo Aquino, Enzo Pineda, Kean Cipriano

COUNTRY: Philippines

37. Loving Vincent

Breakthrough Productions | Trademark Films

DISTRIBUTOR: Altitude Film Distribution

DIRECTORS: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

SCREENPLAY: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel

CAST: Robert Gulaczyk, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan

COUNTRY: Poland | United Kingdom | United States

36. Spider-man: Homecoming

Columbia Pictures | Marvel Studios

DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Releasing


SCREENPLAY: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

CAST: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya

COUNTRY: United States

35. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella

Viva Films

DIRECTOR: Jason Paul Laxamana

SCREENPLAY: Jason Paul Laxamana

CAST: Bela Padilla, JC Santos

COUNTRY: Philippines

34. Colossal

Voltage Pictures, Route One Entertainment, Union Investment Partners, Sayaka Producciones, Brightlight Pictures


DIRECTOR: Nacho Vigalondo

SCREENPLAY: Nacho Vigalondo

CAST: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens


33. Phantom Thread

Annapurna Pictures

DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Features, Universal Pictures

DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson

SCREENPLAY: Paul Thomas Anderson

CAST: Daniel Day Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

32. The Florida Project

Cre Film, Freestyle Picture Company, Cinereach, June Pictures


DIRECTOR: Sean Baker

SCREENPLAY: Chris Bergoch, Sean Baker

CAST: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince

COUNTRY: United States

31. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Film4, New Sparta Films, HanWay Films


DIRECTOR: Yorgos Lanthimos

SCREENPLAY: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou

CAST: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone

COUNTRY: Ireland

30. Patay na si Hesus

T-Rex Entertainment Productions

DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia Pictures Philippines

DIRECTOR: Victor Villanueva

SCREENPLAY: Fatrick Abada

CAST: Jaclyn Jose, Vincent Viado, Chai Fonacier, Melde Montañez, Mailes Kanapi

COUNTRY: Philippines

29. Darkest Hour

Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films

DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Features, Universal Pictures

DIRECTOR: Joe Wright

SCREENPLAY: Anthony McCarten

CAST: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, Ben Mendelsohn

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

28. Logan

Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Kinberg Genre, Hutch Parker Productions, The Donners’ Company

DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

DIRECTOR: James Mangold

SCREENPLAY: Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green

CAST: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant

COUNTRY: United States

27. Blade Runner 2049

Columbia Pictures


DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve

SCREENPLAY: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green

CAST: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto

COUNTRY: United States

26. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Marvel Studios

DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

DIRECTOR: James Gunn


CAST: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

COUNTRY: United States

25. A Ghost Story

Sailor Bear, Zero Trans Fat Productions, Ideaman Studios, Scared Sheetless


DIRECTOR: David Lowery

SCREENPLAY: David Lowery

CAST: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck

COUNTRY: United States

24. Love You to the Stars and Back

ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.


DIRECTOR: Antoinette Jadaone

SCREENPLAY: Antoinette Jadaone

CAST: Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia

COUNTRY: Philippines

23. Girls Trip

Will Packer Productions | Perfect World Pictures

DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures

DIRECTOR: Malcolm D. Lee

SCREENPLAY: Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver

CAST: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tiffany Haddish

COUNTRY: United States

22. Deadma Walking

T-Rex Entertainment


DIRECTOR: Julius Alfonso

SCREENPLAY: Eric Cabahug

CAST: Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman

COUNTRY: Philippines

21. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Blueprint Picture, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Film4 Productions, Cutting Edge Group

DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Searchlight Pictures

DIRECTOR: Martin McDonagh

SCREENPLAY: Martin McDonagh

CAST: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson

COUNTRY: United States

20. The Big Sick

FilmNation Entertainment | Apatow Productions

DISTRIBUTOR: Amazon Studios, Lionsgate

DIRECTOR: Michael Showalter

SCREENPLAY: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

CAST: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher

COUNTRY: United States

19. Wonder Woman

DC Films

DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros. Pictures

DIRECTOR: Patty Jenkins

SCREENPLAY: Allan Heinberg

CAST: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen

COUNTRY: United States

18. It

New Line Cinema, Ratpac-Dune Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, KatzSmith Productions

DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros. Pictures

DIRECTOR: Andy Muschietti

SCREENPLAY: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman

CAST: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård

COUNTRY: United States

17. The Disaster Artist

New Line Cinema

DISTRIBUTOR: A24 | Warner Bros. Pictures

DIRECTOR: James Franco

SCREENPLAY: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

CAST: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver

COUNTRY: United States

16. The Beguiled

American Zoetrope | FR Productions

DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Features

DIRECTOR: Sofia Coppola

SCREENPLAY: Sofia Coppola

CAST: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrel, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning

COUNTRY: United States

15. mother!

Protozoa Pictures

DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount Pictures

DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky

SCREENPLAY: Darren Aronofsky

CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

COUNTRY: United States

14. Dunkirk

Syncopy Inc.

DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros. Pictures

DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan

SCREENPLAY: Christopher Nolan

CAST: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

COUNTRY: United States

13. Wonder

Lionsgate | Mandeville Films


DIRECTOR: Stephen Chbosky

SCREENPLAY: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky

CAST: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Mandy Patinkin

COUNTRY: United States

12. Okja

Plan B Entertainment


DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho

SCREENPLAY: Bong Joon-ho, Jon Ronson

CAST: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Ahn Seo-hyun, Byun Hee-bong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Yoon Je-moon

COUNTRY: South Korea, United States

11. I, Tonya

LuckyChap Entertainment, Clubhouse Pictures, AI Film


DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespie

SCREENPLAY: Steven Rogers

CAST: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan

COUNTRY: United States

10. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten

Cinema One Originals | VY/AC Productions


DIRECTOR: Petersen Vargas

SCREENPLAY: Jason Paul Laxamana

CAST: Khalil Ramos, Ethan Salvador, Jameson Blake, Ana Capri

COUNTRY: Philippines

9. Mudbound

Elevated Films | Joule Films



SCREENPLAY: Virgil Williams, Dee Rees

CAST: Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks, Garrett Hedlund

COUNTRY: United States

8. Lady Bird

Scott Rudin Produtions


DIRECTOR: Greta Gerwig

SCREENPLAY: Greta Gerwig

CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet

COUNTRY: United States

7. God’s Own Country

British Film Institute

DISTRIBUTOR: Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Pictures, Picturehouse Entertainment

DIRECTOR: Francis Lee


CAST: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

6. Get Out

Blumhouse Productions

DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures

DIRECTOR: Jordan Peele

SCREENPLAY: Jordan Peele

CAST: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Catherine Keener

COUNTRY: United States

5. Baby Driver

Working Title Films

DISTRIBUTOR: TriStar Pictures | Sony Pictures Releasing

DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright

SCREENPLAY: Edgar Wright

CAST: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal

COUNTRY: United States

4. Bliss

Artikulo Uno Productions | Quantum Films

DIRECTOR: Jerrold Tarog

SCREENPLAY: Jerrold Tarog

CAST: Iza Calzado, Ian Veneracion, TJ Trinidad, Adrienne Vergara, Michael de Mesa

COUNTRY: Philippines

3. The Shape of Water

TSG Entertainment | Double Dare You Productions

DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Searchlight Productions

DIRECTOR: Guillermo Del Toro

SCREENPLAY: Guillermo Del Toro

CAST: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer

COUNTRY: United States

2. Coco

Walt Disney Pictures | Pixar Animation Studios

DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

DIRECTOR: Lee Unkrich

SCREENPLAY: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich

CAST: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos

COUNTRY: United States

1. Call Me By Your Name

Frenesy Film Company | La Cinéfacture

DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Classis

DIRECTOR: Luca Guadagnino


CAST: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlberg

COUNTRY: Italy, United States

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