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Best Movies of 2017

“Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “Wonder Woman” and “The Post” are among the year’s best movies. (WTOP collage via AP)

WASHINGTON — From start to finish, 2017 was a year of controversy in Hollywood.

It began with a bizarre Oscar gaffe switching Best Picture from “La La Land” to “Moonlight,” then ended with a tidal wave of sex scandals from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey.

Thankfully for audiences, there were some impressive movies to watch in between, from summer blockbusters to indie gems, from festival favorites to recent award contenders.

Now, WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley ranks the Best Movies of 2017, offering detailed explanations on each slide, then listing the full ranking beneath the gallery:

 

Best Movies of 2017

40. Beauty & The Beast / The Last Jedi — Bill Condon / Rian Johnson
39. Crown Heights — Matt Ruskin
38. Spiderman: Homecoming — Jon Watts
37. The Meyerowitz Stories — Noah Baumbach
36. Life — Daniel Espinosa
35. Lucky — John Carroll Lynch
34. Marshall — Reginald Hudlin
33. Landline — Gillian Robespierre
32. Goodbye Christopher Robin — Simon Curtis
31. Wonder — Stephen Chbosky
30. It — Andy Muschietti
29. Blade Runner 2049 — Denis Villeneuve
28. Hostiles — Scott Cooper
27. The Beguiled — Sofia Coppola
26. American Made — Doug Liman
25. Thank You For Your Service — Jason Hall
24. Last Flag Flying — Richard Linklater
23. Battle of the Sexes — Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
22. War for the Planet of the Apes — Matt Reeves
21. Stronger — David Gordon Green
20. The Lost City of Z — James Gray
19. Call Me By Your Name — Luca Guadagnino
18. Molly’s Game — Aaron Sorkin
17. The Florida Project — Sean Baker
16. Detroit — Kathryn Bigelow
15. The Shape of Water — Guillermo Del Toro
14. The Disaster Artist — James Franco
13. Coco — Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina
12. Baby Driver — Edgar Wright
11. Three Billboards Outisde Ebbing, Missouri — Martin McDonagh
10. Wonder Woman — Patty Jenkins
9. Darkest Hour — Joe Wright
8. Dunkirk — Christopher Nolan
7. I, Tonya — Craig Gillespie
6. Wind River — Taylor Sheridan
5. The Big Sick — Michael Showalter
4. The Post — Steven Spielberg
3. Lady Bird — Greta Gerwig
2. Mudbound — Dee Rees
1. Get Out — Jordan Peele


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