My top 25 films of 2017 (and the 5 worst)

I like movies. 

According to my profile at Letterboxd, which is a great resource for amassing such data if you are a geek like me, I have logged more than 1700 films by 932 directors. This isn't a comprehensive list -- I have a good memory, but I can't remember every movie I may have watched when I was 15 -- but it's probably somewhere in the neighborhood.

Also according to my stats at Letterboxd, I watched...well, I watched a lot of films in the calendar year 2017. I wasn't writing a book this year (go pre-order The Big 50!), so I had more late nights available for movies and I tried out FilmStruck for the first time, and was quickly hooked. Also, I finally made a push to see some films that I had somehow missed over the years, finishing out all the titles on AFI's top 100 list.

Anyway, it's now 2018 and the Academy Awards are upon us, so I thought I'd offer my list of the top twenty films of 2017. Only titles that Letterbox classifies as having been released in 2017 are included here, so it's not necessarily going to match up with awards-season lists of eligible movies. But it's close enough.

One last note: there are still a handful of 2017 titles that I want to see, but haven't yet (for example, Phantom Thread). I'll get around to those soon, hopefully.

Enough of the preliminaries. Let's get to the rankings...

1. Lady Bird (The only 2017 movie that I rated 5 stars out of 5.)

2. A Ghost Story

3. The Florida Project

4. Baby Driver

5. Get Out

6. Dunkirk

7. Wind River

8. Mommy Dead and Dearest

9. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

10. The Shape of Water

11. Wonderstruck

12. Lady Macbeth

13. Good Time

14. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

15. Mother!

16. The Beguiled

17. Marjorie Prime

18. Wonder Woman

19. Logan Lucky

20. Disgraced

21. It

22. Thor: Ragnarok

23: Darkest Hour

24. Mudbound

25. I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

Notable films that I saw, but did not make the Top 25 (in the order that I rank them):

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2  |  Star Wars: The Last Jedi  |  Murder on the Orient Express  |  Battle of the Sexes  |  Justice League  |  Logan  |  American Made  |  The Lego Batman Movie  |  Strong Island


As a bonus feature, here are the five worst movies that I saw in 2017, beginning with the worst film of the year, which was almost impossible to watch:

1. Okja

2. Hostiles

3. Suburbicon

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

5. Spider Man: Homecoming