Over the past few days, team DN has thrown a host of quality films your way in our individual Top Ten Features of 2017 lists, but where to begin? Fortunately, we’ve dedicated DN’s immense machine learning power to crunch them down into a definitive list of 10 features you can use as your springboard into cinematic delight. Enjoy and let us know about any of your 2017 favourites in the comments.

JIM & ANDY | Chris Smith

A rare and captivating look into the creative process of one of the greatest stars of our time, we watch as Jim Carry reveals the methodology behind his acting and how his transformation into Andy Kaufman changed his life forever. The film is compiled partly through behind the scenes footage of Jim Carry at work. “Universal didn’t want the footage we took behind the scenes to surface so people wouldn’t think I was an arsehole.” [Amber]

PREVENGE | Alice Lowe

Alice Lowe’s pregnancy thriller is the most fun I’ve had with a film this year. A delightful homage to horror cinema of the past with a wickedly funny contemporary edge. I’ve endlessly watched interviews on the making of it, which I’d recommend to any amateur filmmakers. A genuine inspiration on the process of filmmaking with minimal resources. I can’t wait to see what she makes next. [James]


One of my favourite cinematic experiences of the year was screening this for my podcast The Cinematologists in association with Curzon Aldgate. To laugh with an audience at Kaurismäki’s unique deadpan wit and share in such a moving and yes, hopeful, fable was a real joy. [Neil]

FOXTROT | Samual Moaz

Samuel Moaz traps us in a cocoon of unease as he explores how random and inept life is in his engrossing blend of tragedy and slapstick comedy. The performances are superb, with Samuel employing a ‘no cuts between the takes’ methodology – “I shoot until the actors don’t care any more, I squeeze their souls to expel grief and take the scene beyond acting.” [Amber]

MOONLIGHT | Barry Jenkins

Pure Cinema of the greatest kind. Majestic. [Neil]


My London Film Festival highlight. As I said back then… “A subtle, clever and entertaining depiction of surviving at the bottom of the world. Sean Baker is a filmmaker whose empathy for these characters and the actors who portray them needs to be absorbed by everyone.” [James]

GOOD TIME | Benny & Josh Safdie

Completely exhilarating from beginning to end, with a killer score from Oneohtrix Point Never. As I said in Jame’s LFF wrap up, “The Safdie Brothers run us through an unremitting gauntlet of bad decisions and desperate moves in this taut tale of crime and fraternal loyalty.” [MarBelle]


Yorgos Lanthimos’ psychological horror made me feel as though I had left this existence and entered one so bizarre only he could have conjure it. The unique and unexpected scriptwriting kept me locked up in a web of bewilderment and extreme unease, fixated on unearthing more. This film was an experience, one which I could relive over and over. [Amber]

CERTAIN WOMEN | Kelly Reichardt

Certain Women is a Northwestern America opus and a testament to everyday struggles. The performances are transfixing, subtle and Laura Dern is the lady. If you’re questioning my hyperbole, watch it. It’s my favourite film of 2017 and it’s magnificent. [James]

GET OUT | Jordan Peele

Hopefully putting paid to the film industry’s preconceptions as to what audiences will or won’t engage with at the cinema, Jordan Peel’s Get Out reminded us all that the horror film is the perfect stage on which to engage with society’s uncomfortable questions, whilst also triggering the fear centres of our brains. I suggest you give this one a rewatch as it’s a definitely a film which rewards repeat viewings. [MarBelle]

Be sure to check out the rest of team DN’s Top Ten picks here.

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