Ten Great Films from 2017 That You (Probably) Haven’t Seen

Lucky 560x280Every year during the Academy Awards, there are movies that win awards, and are also nominated, that a majority of people have never even heard of. It is a sad truth but Hollywood does not care as much about great writing and amazing acting when marketing a film, it is about the almighty dollar.

So, instead of wasting money on a film that is only going to appeal to a select group of people, they shelve those films until late in the year, or early in the following year, and simply go out and market the ones that will bring them an easy return on their investment. That is the reason why so many summer blockbusters either explode in popularity or become a massive bust for the studios.

But we are not here to talk about the films that earned hundreds of millions of dollars that everyone saw in theaters at some point this year. You already know all about those films. We wanted to go the other way and introduce you to the films you should have seen but likely no one told you about, until now.

Here are the best films of 2017 that you (and judging by Box Office performance, you were far from alone) probably didn’t see this year.

10) Colossal

  • Release Date: April 7th
  • Box Office: $3 Million
  • Directed By: Nacho Vigalondo
  • Written By: Nacho Vigalondo
  • Main Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudekis
  • The premise is crazy and most people turned away after the trailer made it look like a cheesy Godzilla film but if you can suck it up and give this movie the full run time, you will not be disappointed.

9) The Killing of a Sacred Deer

  • Release Date: October 20th
  • Box Office: $2.2 Million
  • Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Written By: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
  • Main Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman
  • Two doctors get married and create the perfect life for their two children in what looks to be the ideal family life until they met Martin and all hell breaks loose.

8) Lady Bird

  • Release Date: November 3rd
  • Box Office: $28.3 Million
  • Directed By: Greta Gerwig
  • Written By: Greta Gerwig
  • Main Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf
  • Of all the films on this list, Lady Bird has earned the most attention and money at the box office with over $28 million since it was released almost two months ago. The film gained a lot of it’s popularity from Saoirse Ronan’s, and also Laurie Metcalf’s, performances.

7) The Little Hours

  • Release Date: June 30th
  • Box Office: $1.6 Million
  • Directed By: Jeff Baena
  • Written By: Jeff Baena
  • Main Cast: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, Aubrey Plaza
  • This movie deserves to be seen. It is shockingly hilarious because it takes something that is rarely, if ever, is made fun of, being a nun, and turned it into one of the funniest films of recent memory. We cannot fail to mention that Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie as nuns works like you never could have imagined. Fred Armisen and John C. Reilly, also notable nun Molly Shannon, turn their roles into something worth watching over and over again. This movie is the funniest on our list, hands down.

6) Personal Shopper

  • Release Date: March 10th
  • Box Office: $1.3 Million
  • Directed By: Olivier Assayas
  • Written By: Olivier Assayas
  • Main Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidenger
  • On the surface, this film seems to be edgy in ways we did not think Kristen Stewart was capable of but then it turns and goes in a different direction than you were thinking causing such an interesting story that you have to watch.

5) Raw

  • Release Date: March 10th
  • Box Office: $510,000
  • Directed By: Julia Ducournau
  • Written By: Julia Ducournau
  • Main Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf
  • Just when you think they thought of every possible Horror movie idea, Raw comes along. It features a woman who is a sworn vegetarian entering veterinarian school. Shortly after entering school, she tastes meat for the first time and instantly grows a crazing for flesh, just like any Horror movie you have seen, right?

4) A Ghost Story

  • Release Date: July 7th
  • Box Office: $1.6 Million
  • Directed By: David Lowery
  • Written By: David Lowery
  • Main Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
  • Films that involve ghosts rarely ever show us the other side of the story. We do not get to focus on the ghosts themselves and follow them through time but A Ghost Story gives us a chance to experience how lonely it can be on the other side.

3) Ingrid Goes West

  • Release Date: August 11th
  • Box Office: $3 Million
  • Directed By: Matt Spicer
  • Written By: David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer
  • Main Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen
  • After her breakout role in Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza has become a big name star in Hollywood but had yet to truly explore her talents on the big screen until now. Ingrid Goes West does more for her career than any other film before it while also bringing a compelling tale of how social media has taken control over too many of our lives.

2) Lucky

  • Release Date: September 29th
  • Box Office: $950,000
  • Directed By: John Carroll Lynch
  • Written By: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja
  • Main Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch
  • For 60 years, Harry Dean Stanton has been starring in films such as Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Godfather Part II (1974), Pretty in Pink (1986), The Green Mile (1999), and, in his final on-screen role, Lucky (2017). He left Hollywood with his best performance of his 60-year career, in epic fashion.

1) The Florida Project

  • Release Date: October 6th
  • Box Office: $4.9 Million
  • Directed By: Sean Baker
  • Written By: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
  • Main Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince
  • It was always going to happen, we just never knew when. Willem Dafoe finally finds himself in a role that changes the way we depict the man. No longer is a creepy stranger lurking under our beds. He is now a hard-working father that is doing everything he can to help those he loves. The Florida Project not only shows off Dafoe’s brilliance but it introduces us to another future star in Brooklynn Prince. This six-year old steals our hearts in a story that shows us the scary truth of life outside of Walt Disney World.