Top 10 Best Movies of 2017

2017 was full of wonderful movies that entertained, challenged, and maybe even frustrated to a degree.  In total, I saw 115 new releases in 2017, making for a ton of choices to choose as the best movies of 2017.

However, with any list, there’s always a caveat.  Some Oscar contenders are still playing in very limited release, making them impossible to see before 2018 comes around.  Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until 2018 to see the following films, meaning that they won’t appear on this list of the best movies of 2017:

The Post

I, Tonya

Phantom Thread

Molly’s Game

The Florida Project

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour

Whether or not I deem those films worthy as some of the best films of 2017 is not yet determined, but it is worth noting for the construction of my current list.

Anyway, before we get to the actual list, here’s a quick look at some honorable mentions:

The Shape of Water

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond


Thor: Ragnarok


Ingrid Goes West

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Baby Driver

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Wonder Woman


The Lego Batman Movie


The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Without further ado, here are MovieBabble’s top 10 best movies of 2017:

#10: The Big Sick

In a year that was mostly void of solid comedies, The Big Sick managed to break through to become one of the funniest movies of 2017 while adding more than enough heart to give its central relationship a ton of weight.  Kumail Nanjiani is a revelation as the lead (and writer) of the film, providing enough awkward humor to keep the film warmhearted as he handles the sickness of his girlfriend and her distressed parents.

The Big Sick makes you feel great, which is more than most films in 2017 can say.

#9: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film appeals to a very small audience, but it is a moviegoing experience unlike any other.  Lanthimos continues to hone his signature stark, robotic style to an unbelievably unnerving degree.

Calling The Killing of a Sacred Deer a horror movie is a little ill-advised.  Rather, it’s an unsettling group of events that never lets up.  Your questions are never answered, and that’s exactly the effect that Lanthimos is attempting to convey.  You can talk about this film to twenty different people and get twenty different interpretations, and that’s the fun in discussing art.

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#8: Coco

Pixar does it again!

Coco has more of the patented emotion that we’ve come to love from Pixar.  However, Coco points toward a far more mature look into themes for the animation studio, blending Alzheimer’s with discussions of the afterlife.  The movie could have been a downer, but it remained colorful, heartfelt, and sweet, becoming one of the best Pixar films to date.

#7: My Friend Dahmer

Another surprise to the list, My Friend Dahmer isn’t necessarily the Jeffrey Dahmer film that a mainstream audience wants to see, but it’s incredibly thought-provoking, tragic, and fascinating.  Director Marc Meyers managed to show Dahmer as a tragic character of sorts, helping the viewer to understand how Dahmer became one of the more notorious killers in history.  At its core, this movie is a character piece that has a clear respect for its source material and the real life figures involved.

#6: The Disaster Artist

The Room is just laughably awful, and The Disaster Artist captures this “brilliance” without ever becoming a spoof.  The Disaster Artist is full of great characters and motivations, allowing you to truly understand how The Room came into existence.  James Franco is unbelievable as Tommy Wiseau, capturing the enigmatic figure’s essence in a way that is wholly hilarious and heartfelt.  You understand and care for Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero which makes the comedy within the film that much more effective.

#5: Wind River

Wind River may be the second most satisfying film of 2017 (you’ll find the most satisfying movie of 2017 higher up on the list).

Writer/director Taylor Sheridan proves that he is a star in the making, directing Wind River to perfection, wringing an unbelievable amount of emotion out of this tightly crafted narrative.

Jeremy Renner is the best he’s ever been in Wind River as a game hunter that aids the FBI in an investigation on an Native American reservation.  This film will make you feel cold from start to finish, making the actions of the characters even more chilling.

#4: War for the Planet of the Apes

If War for the Planet of the Apes doesn’t earn Andy Serkis an Oscar in some capacity, it will be a massive disappointment.  The film probably even tricked a large amount of audiences into believing that each ape was real.  Serkis as an ape offers a performance that won’t get the credit it deserves due to the use of CGI.  “War” is a little misleading in the title given the subject matter of the film, but the story given is staggeringly good, offering a dramatic finish to the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy.

#3: Lady Bird

Out of the best movies of 2017, Lady Bird is the most delightful.  Saoirse Ronan continues to choose great projects, delivering a wonderfully plucky performance alongside her mother played by Laurie Metcalf.  Lady Bird is a coming of age tale that strays away from genre clichés.  Ronan as the title character is strong, passionate, and hilarious, learning to mature into a young woman.

However, the real star of the movie is first-time director Greta Gerwig who delivers a large amount of underlying meaning that makes Lady Bird more profound the more you think about it.

#2: Blade Runner 2049

Movies like Blade Runner 2049 just don’t get made anymore.  Denis Villeneuve constructed what is basically a $180 million art house film, adding his signature touch to a sequel that somehow manages to improve upon the original Blade Runner (don’t hate me, Internet).  Every frame of Blade Runner 2049 is jaw-dropping, adding to the world that Ridley Scott created back in 1982.  Ryan Gosling adds to a reveal-filled narrative that continues to intrigue until the end credits appear on the screen.

Blade Runner 2049 is long, slow, and pensive, but rewards everyone who is willing to take the journey.

#1: Logan

There’s an argument to make for other films that are more technically perfect, but Logan is perfect from an emotional satisfaction perspective in that it perfectly captures a character that we’ve come to love over the past seventeen years.  Logan is better described as an Oscar-worthy drama that just so happens to contain superheroes.  Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart offer award-worthy performances that are deeply affecting even to moviegoers that aren’t aware of X-Men canon.

Logan transcends the superhero genre in every way.  From defying clichés to providing high stakes in a small-scaled story, Logan works on every level.  It certainly earns its spot atop MovieBabble’s best movies of 2017.

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Nick Kush

A current young professional, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to provide insightful film analysis that is meant to educate and entertain. Nick is also a member of the Internet Film Critics Society and the Washington DC Film Critics Association. You can follow Nick at the official MovieBabble Twitter account @MovieBabble_

42 Responses

  1. Thanks for checking out a recent post. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Also appreciate you choosing to follow what I write.

  2. I really liked The Big Sick and Darkest Hour. I Tonya–no (an unpleasant movie about unpleasant people). I’m watching The Crown, season 2–magnificent, as was season one. Lady Bird–entertaining but the protagonist isn’t too likeable. Three Billboards was interesting.

    • Nick Kush says:

      It’s a shame that The Big Sick didn’t get more consideration for Oscars, it’s definitely one of the better movies of the years!

  3. I’m still hoping to catch Mudbound and I enjoyed Coco but wasn’t crazy about the message which seemed to me to be-don’t stray too far from your beginnings or you might lose yourself.
    I’ve never watched the Blade Runner films and probably never will but I think I should see the War for Planet of the Apes, thanks for remembering that one.

    • Nick Kush says:

      To me Coco, was more of a celebration of your heritage and remembering what came beor

    • Nick Kush says:

      Before, not necessarily what holds you back. After all, Miguel gets to move away from the family business to play music, something that might be considered straying from the path before him

  4. A lot of good picks. This will help me pick movies to see at home. I have to say, though, Wonder Woman should have been in the top 10.

  5. Robin says:

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  6. petchary says:

    Greetings from Jamaica… This is an interesting selection! I have totally missed some of them! Thanks for following my blog.

  7. Pearl says:

    We have not yet seen, but are looking forward to seeing “The Post”. Watching the recent CNN special “The Most Dangerous Man in America” makes it even more interesting to watch this movie’s take on those events. This appears to be sort of a prequel to “All the President’s Men”. Having lived in Washington DC during Watergate, that was one of my previous movie favorites.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I finally saw The Post a few weeks ago and sadly I wasn’t much of a fan. I do however realize that I’m probably in the minority on this one!

  8. K E Garland says:

    I’d heard Coco was really good. Just watched Mudbound over the holidays and thought it was EXCELLENT!

    • Nick Kush says:

      I would definitely seek out Coco! It’s magical!

      Mudbound was pretty stellar (and a tough omission from my top 10). When films like that miss the list, you know it’s a great year for film!

  9. Actually, 2017 was such a great year at the movies that Ive decided to add 7 films to my usual Top 10.

    17.) The Florida Project
    16.) War for the Planet of the Apes
    15.) Get Out
    14.) Darkest Hour
    13.) Call Me By Your Name
    12.) Thor Ragnarok
    11.) Detroit
    10.) Baby Driver
    9.) Logan
    8.) Lady Bird
    7.) It
    6.) Wind River
    5.) Blade Runner 2049
    4.) The Shape of Water
    3.) Dunkirk
    2.) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
    1.) The Post

    • Nick Kush says:

      What a great list! 2017 was a great year, wasn’t it? Even better, with the slate of films due out in 2018, it could maybe warrant a top 25 list ???

  10. amazingberks says:

    Thanks for liking all different kinds of movies, not just the blockbusters.

    • Nick Kush says:

      There’s greatness in all types of film, it’s just a matter of alerting the public that other films besides superhero movies exist!

  11. cadepb says:

    Really glad to have seen your blog grow since you started! 2017 was a fantastic (and divisive) year for cinema. The best one of this decade so far, in my opinion. You had a lot of the same picks as I did. I’ll have my own ranking up by either late January or early February, but here’s the Top 20 for now.

    “Blade Runner 2049”
    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
    “Get Out”
    “The Shape of Water”
    “Baby Driver”
    “War for the Planet of the Apes”
    “Wind River”
    “John Wick Chapter 2”
    “Three BIllboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    “The Lost City of Z”
    “First They Killed My Father”
    “Wonder Woman”
    “Brawl in Cell Block 99”
    “Good Time”

    • Nick Kush says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words! It’s been a lot of hard work but it’s certainly a ton of fun! Who knows, maybe I’ll have studios sending me screeners by the end of 2018! ???

  12. Pearl says:

    First, thank you for reading my review of the DVD “Winter’s Tale: A Timeless Love”. I’m afraid I seem to be in the minority of folks who really liked that movie, but “to each his own”. I’m curious as to whether or not you have seen it and, on which side of the critical spectrum you fall.

    Regarding your movie list for 2017, I have to say that you see many more current movies than I do. I have not even seen many of your top 10, but your reviews intrigue me and I may get at least a few of them on DVD. Thanks for those tips. The one I did see and really liked is #10 on your list – “The Big Sick”. I had never before seen the comedian who wrote and starred in the movie and both my wife and I were very impressed. I wrote a full review of that movie on my blog,

    Thanks again for your reviews. Keep up the good work.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Happy to help!! I would seek out the films on this list (and the honorable mentions as well). I’m just trying to offer readers an all-inclusive take on film, and it makes me happy to hear that you enjoy it!!! ?

      • Pearl says:

        Thanks for the reply. As far as “Winter’s Tale” goes, have you seen it? It’s OK if you didn’t like it – my feelings won’t be hurt. 🙂

      • Nick Kush says:

        I have not! I have some gaps in my movie knowledge of past movies, I’m still young so I get a pass ?

  13. Just saw Wind River… definitely would have been in my top 10, had I seen it in 2017.

  14. A great list!

  15. Jules says:

    Been reading your blog for a while, and it’s full of cinematic inspirations. Great list. 😀 We’ve got some movies in common. My faves:

    Baby Driver
    Loving Vincent
    The Beguiled
    A United Kingdom
    Goodbye Christopher Robin
    Thor: Ragnarok
    Spiderman: Homecoming
    Wonder Woman
    The Greatest Showman

    • Nick Kush says:

      I’m disappointed I never got to see Loving Vincent! Really wanted to see it!

      Also, thanks so much for the kind words!

  16. Great list!, lots movies here I want to watch or rewatch.

  17. rakioddbooks says:

    Glad that at the very least I watched your #1 pick. I think this year I went to the cinema 3 times total. Not sure how to feel about that. Anyway, I completely agree with your #1 choice!

  18. Kariyanine says:

    Can’t agree with your top pick more if I tried.

  19. I haven’t seen enough films to do a top 10 list yet, but this is a good list!

  20. raistlin0903 says:

    Love this list. I actually had number one and two in reverse (in other words Bladerunner 2049 was my favorite movie of the year, and Logan my number two. Both were amazing films.
    I wish you all the best for 2018 and look forward to reading your reviews and discussing movies with you again ?

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