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The Best Movies of the Decade

Here’s my top 10 movies of the past few years since I’ve become an obsessive cinephile. Of course I didn’t see every movie each year, but I saw most notable ones and as many lesser known ones that I could get my hands on. Hopefully you’ll get a few ideas for movies to watch from this list.

* can be found in my top 200 favorite films of all time.


Honorable Mentions: Hot Tub Time Machine, Blue Valentine, Animal Kingdom, Winter’s Bone, The Kids Are All Right, Exit Through The Gift Shop, Macgruber, Unstoppable

10. Black Swan

9. True Grit

8. Shutter Island

7. Poetry

6. Another Year

5. Toy Story 3

4. Somewhere

3. Certified Copy

2. The Social Network *

1. Inception *



This is the best year I’ve experienced in terms of overall quality while also boasting some truly mesmerizing films and a few masterpieces. Absolutely loaded year…. yet the Oscars completely got it all wrong, of course.

 Honorable Mentions: Shame, Kill List, Super 8, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Trip, Bernie, Take Shelter, Attack the Block, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

10. Martha Marcy May Marlene

9. Warrior

8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

7. Hugo

6. This Is Not A Film

5. Melancholia

4. A Separation

3. Margaret *

2. Drive *

1. The Tree of Life *



Bond’s return, Batman in A Tale of Two Cities, Bin Laden, Hoffman vs. Phoenix, and The Video killed the Radio Star. #1 is a stone cold masterpiece and in the running for best film of the decade.

Honorable Mentions: Looper, 21 Jump Street, Argo, The Grey, Take This Waltz, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Killer Joe, Paranormal, Zero Dark Thirty



8. The Dark Knight Rises

7. Django Unchained

6. Anna Karenina

5. Like Someone In Love

4. Amour

3. Holy Motors

2. Moonrise Kingdom

1. The Master *



My first year where I was fully plugged in as a cinephile. I saw everything and it was like being initiated into a cult. A few genuinely great films. Wolf is top 5 Scorsese.

Honorable Mentions: her, Stoker, Blue Jasmine, The Wind Rises, The Way, Way Back, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Upstream Color, Twelve Years A Slave

10. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

9. At Berkeley

8. Mud

7. The World’s End

6. Frances Ha

5. Spring Breakers

4. The Act of Killing

3. Before Midnight

2. Inside Llewyn Davis

1. The Wolf of Wall Street *



A mix of art house and pop entertainment ruled the year, and in some cases became intertwined. Top 3 are among my top 150 favorite films of all time.

Honorable Mentions: Godzilla, The Babadook, Wild, Leviathan, The Trip to Italy, Horse Money, Enemy, God Help the Girl

10. Why Don’t You Play In Hell?

9. Force Majeure

8. Whiplash

7. Calvary

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel

5. Gone Girl

4. Under The Skin

1c. Boyhood *

1b. Interstellar *

1a. Inherent Vice *



2015 had loads of surprises (see 7) but in the end it was all about George Miller, Quentin Tarantino and Todd Haynes’ masterpieces.

Honorable Mentions: Creed, Jauja, Amy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, It Follows, Rogue Nation

10. Bridge of Spies

9. The Duke of Burgundy

8. Brooklyn

7. Magic Mike XXL

6. Anomalisa

5. Steve Jobs

4. The Look of Silence

3. The Hateful Eight *

2. Mad Max: Fury Road *

1. Carol *



My least favorite year of the decade for film, but for a medium that was supposedly murdered, it had some damn good films.

Honorable Mentions: Moonlight, the nice guys, Hell or High Water, The Edge of Seventeen, Don’t Breathe, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, O.J.: Made in America

10. Sing Street

9. 20th Century Women

8. Indignation

7. Certain Women

6. The Witch

5. La La Land

4. Manchester by the Sea

3. The Neon Demon

2. Everybody Wants Some!!

1. Silence



What are your favorites of each year?

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