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50. ‘It’

Stephen King said it best to us earlier this year: “Clowns are scary. There’s just no way around that.” And, apologies to Tim Curry, Bill Skarsgård’s take on It‘s demon clown elevates the scary to a whole new level with his twitchy-dancing, children-chomping, nightmare-inducing Pennywise. (Just ask poor Georgie.) He meets his match in the Losers Club, a terrific collection of kids who bring surprising humor and emotional depth to the summer chiller that became the highest-grossing horror movie ever. — Marcus Errico (Photo: New Line Cinema)

2017's 50 best movies: A tough year to choose

This was such a stellar year for movies that narrowing down our annual list of the 50 best proved extraordinarily more difficult than in years past. There were superhero movies in top form (Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok), highly anticipated sequels that exceeded expectations (Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and, as it currently stands, several films so beloved that they have a reasonable shot at winning Best Picture at next year’s Academy Awards ceremony (including The Post, Get Out, Lady Bird, Dunkirk, Call Me by Your Name, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Click through to see how Yahoo Entertainment scored 2017’s best cinematic achievements.