The 50 top films of 2017 in the US: 50-41

Our countdown of the best films shown on US screens in the past year starts with hologram lovers, an Instagram stalker and a poker princess


Beatriz at Dinner

Smart, Trump-anticipating satire with Salma Hayek as a Mexican-born healer who confronts real-estate mogul John Lithgow at a dinner party. Read the full review


The Work

Extraordinary, gut-wrenching documentary about a group of outsiders who choose to take part in traumatic group therapy sessions with hardened convicts in Folsom prison. Read the full review


A Quiet Passion

Terence Daviess exquisitely designed biopic of American poet Emily Dickinson, whose sedate home life belied her enormous literary talent. Read the full review

Behind the lines Cynthia Nixon, left, as Emily Dickinson and Jennifer Ehle as her sister Vinnie in A Quiet Passion. Photograph: Johan Voets/AP


My Cousin Rachel

Commanding Daphne du Maurier adaptation with Rachel Weisz on top form as a mysterious and manipulative widow with designs on a country estate. Read the full review



Humane, sympathetic study set in Brooklyns orthodox Jewish community, following a fathers attempts to regain custody of his son after his wifes death. Read the full review

A fathers moving quest Menashe Lustig and Yoel Falkowitz in Menashe. Photograph: Photograp/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock


The Salesman

A potent drama of marital discord from Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, echoing Arthur Millers American classic Death of a Salesman. Read the full review


Ingrid Goes West

Aubrey Plaza plays the social media stalker of Instagram celeb Elizabeth Olsen in a subtle and surprisingly humane investigation of dysfunctional online adulation. Read the full review


Marjorie Prime

Thought-provoking, melancholy sci-fi based on Jordan Harrisons play, in which Lois Smiths Marjorie acquires a hologram of her late husband at a much younger age. Read the full review



Jake Gyllenhaal pulls out all the stops for a moving drama directed by David Gordon Green, based around the aftermath of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing. Read the full review

Poker princess Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in Mollys Game. Photograph: TIFF


Mollys Game

The West Wings Aaron Sorkin turns director for this character study of poker princess Molly Bloom, played by Jessica Chastain, with Idris Elba alongside as her lawyer. Read the full review

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