While a lot of bad stuff happened in 2017, it’s fair to say that this has been an excellent year regarding film releases. From next-level superhero movies to reflective and beautiful dramas, 2017 delivered a surprisingly brilliant line-up of films, with an even more impressive group of filmmakers. Masters of the industry like Edgar Wright, as well as newbie directors such as Jordan Peele, helped to create some of the most exciting, diverse and entertaining films in recent years, but which is the best?
In the list below, you can read Nerd-Feed’s official ranking of 2017’s top 10 movies. Please note, this ranking is based on British release dates, therefore won’t feature films (Lady Bird, The Post) that haven’t been released in the UK.
Check out the ranking below:
10. La La Land
Synopsis: Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
What I Thought: La La Land is a love letter to old cinema, breathing new life into an old (nearly dead) genre. Mixing great storytelling, beautiful music, and expert filmmaking, La La Land is one of the most refreshing and entertaining films in recent years.
9. Manchester By The Sea
Synopsis: After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew, Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised.
What I Thought: Highlighted by an Oscar-worthy performance from Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea delivers an emotional drama, with raw performances and great characters.
8. Baby Driver
Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
What I Thought: Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver brings together one of the world’s greatest directors, an all-star cast, exhilarating chase sequences, and a killer soundtrack to create one of the most stylish and original movies in years.
7. War For The Planet Of The Apes
Synopsis: Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.
What I Thought: Between great visuals, stunning cinematography, and one of the most impressive lead performances in cinema, War For The Planet Of The Apes concludes one of the most epic and unforgettable stories of all-time.
Synopsis:Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.
What I Thought: Looking at the wide array of Stephen King adaptations, IT stands among the greatest. Andy Muschietti has found the perfect balance of horror, comedy, and nostalgia, creating not only a great horror movie but one of the most enjoyable coming of age dramas in recent years. Between a great cast, wonderful music and a performance that will go down in history, Stephen King’s original tale continues to be one of the most horrifying and entertaining stories to grace the big screen.
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
What I Thought: While The Force Awakens did an incredible job of re-introducing the world to this far away galaxy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi does an even better one of delivering a unique and original Star Wars movie. This feels like the first taste of what Disney has planned for the Star Wars franchise, and with Johnson in charge, the galaxy has a very bright future.
4. Get Out
Synopsis: Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
What I Thought: Jordan Peele’s Get Out isn’t only one of the best films of 2017, it’s possibly the most important. This racially charged horror/comedy is insanely ambitious, entertaining, funny and most importantly, poignant.
Synopsis: A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.
What I Thought: Strong and emotional performances push Barry Jenkins’ reflective piece of work forward. Moonlight is a powerful reflection of one man’s life and is undoubtedly a masterpiece in every meaning of the word.
2. Blade Runner 2049
Synopsis: Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
What I Thought: Blade Runner 2049 is not only a visual masterpiece. The unquestionably beautiful direction leads us into one of the most captivating and immersive stories modern cinema has to offer.
Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.
What I Thought: While the X-Men franchise has had its ups and downs, Logan is quite simply the greatest instalment of the franchise yet. Finally giving Hugh Jackman a chance to portray the true Wolverine, James Mangold told one of the most honest and entertaining superhero stories ever.
That’s it for my ranking. What has been your favourite movie of 2017? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below!