This year I binged on quite a bit of cinema. I formed an unofficial movie club with a couple of my fellow cinephile friends which forced us to see at least one film a week, so this list was especially hard for me to generate. There was so much quality filmmaking this year, but something I took away from this year in film was the relative nature of the characters I saw on screen. I related with so many and even identified myself explicitly in a few. I could go on forever about the films I’ve decided to share with you, but I would rather you take the chance and check them out. They were what kept me going through this year, and I’m hoping next year brings us an abundance of strong narratives, lyricial cinematography, incredible scores and music supervision, and more.
Disclaimer: Outside of Lady Bird, these are not in any particular order

  1. Lady Bird (Dir. Greta Gerwig)
    This was my favorite film of the year. I want to go into it, but there’s not enough I can say about it to really capture how beautiful this film was. Just know it’s genuinely deserving of this top spot. I promise.
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  2. The Discovery (Dir. Charlie McDowell)
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  3. The Florida Project (Dir. Sean Baker)
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  4. My Friend Dahmer (Dir. Marc Meyes)
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  5. Good Time (Dir. The Safdie Brothers)
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  6. Get Out (Dir. Jordan Peele)
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  7. Molly’s Game (Dir. Aaron Sorkin)
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  8. The Disaster Artist (Dir. James Franco)
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  9. The Shape of Water (Dir. Guillermo Del Toro)
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  10. AWOL (Dir. Deb Shoval/Enzo Williams)
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  11. Blade Runner 2049 (Dir. Denis Villenueve)
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  12. Lovesong (Dir. So Yong Kim)
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  13. I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (Dir. Macon Blair)
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  14. Logan (Dir. James Mangold)
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  15. Free Fire (Dir. Ben Wheatley)
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  16. It Comes At Night (Dir. Trey Edward Schultz)
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  17. Baby Driver (Dir. Edgar Wright)
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  18. Okja (Dir. Bong Joon-ho)
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  19. Ingrid Goes West (Dir. Matt Spicer)
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  20. The Big Sick (Dir. Michael Showalter)
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  21. Atomic Blonde (Dir. David Leitch)
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  22. Maudie (Dir. Aisling Walsh)
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  23. Beach Rats (Dir. Eliza Hittman)
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  24. A Ghost Story (Dir. David Lowery)
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  25. Logan Lucky (Dir. Steven Soderbergh)
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  26. The Glass Castle (Dir. Destin Daniel Cretton)
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  27. Patti Cake$ (Dir. Geremy Jasper)
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  28. Girls Trip (Dir. Malcolm D. Lee)
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  29. IT (Dir. Andy Muschietti)
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  30. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
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  31. Wonder Woman (Dir. Patty Jenkins)
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  32. To The Bone (Dir. Marti Noxon)
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  33. Dunkirk (Dir. Christopher Nolan)
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  34. Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri (Dir. Martin McDonagh)
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