The end of 2017 is almost here and while it’s been a pretty rough year for politics, the economy and just about everything else, it’s been a great year for movies. Silver lining!
Film critic David Erhlich has released his annual list of the 25 best films of the year and for 2017, his list includes some fan favourites and critical darlings as well as a few films that were largely disliked in the press. Maybe it’s time to give Mother! a second chance.
As always, Erhlich’s list is compiled in a stunning 12 minute video that features an introduction that doubles as a reminder of what films were released in 2017, including box office hits like Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Star Wars. Okay, Star Wars hasn’t actually been released yet, but we can all assume it’s going to bring in big money.
Set to a stunning soundtrack, Erhlich’s annual video features a countdown of his top 25 picks of the year, which include a handful of foreign films and some domestic favourites.
No surprise, Get Out, The Big Sick and Lady Bird all made the cut, with the three films making history this year for their nearly perfect Rotten Tomatoes score (Lady Bird continues to boast a perfect score on the rating website).
Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled comes in at number 15, with other historically set films like Lady Macbeth and the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion starring Cynthia Nixon also included on the list. What may be Daniel Day-Lewis’ final role, which has the acclaimed actor starring in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, earned the number 10 spot.
Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated Baby Driver was the toast of this year’s SXSW and came in at number 23 thanks to its beautifully shot car chases and expertly curated soundtrack. Good Time starring a barely recognizable Robert Pattinson also made the list, as did the controversial Netflix film Okja.
Indie films like John Cho’s Columbus and director Sean Baker’s The Florida Project are sprinkled throughout the top 10 along with Christopher Nolan’s big budget war epic Dunkirk, which comes in at number two.
Taking the top spot is director Luca Guadagnino’s stunning love story Call Me By Your Name, which stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. The film has been earning Oscar buzz even before it was released, with its spot at the top of Erhlich’s list no big surprise.
Read the full list below and check out David Erhlich’s picks from last year to see how many films went on to win big at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
25. All The Sleepless Nights
24. The Lure
23. Baby Driver
21. Lady Macbeth
20. A Fantastic Woman
18. The Big Sick
16. Get Out
15. The Beguiled
14. Good Time
11. A Quiet Passion
10. Phantom Thread
9. The Post
8. Faces Places
7. Lady Bird
5. The Florida Project
4. Personal Shopper
3. A Ghost Story
1. Call Me By Your Name