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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, Animal Kingdom, Winter’s Bone, The Kids Are All Right, Exit Through The Gift Shop, Macgruber, Unstoppable, Poetry

10. Black Swan

9. True Grit

8. Shutter Island

7. Somewhere

6. Another Year

5. Toy Story 3

4. Mother

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: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Kill List, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Trip, Bernie, Warrior, Attack the Block, We Need to Talk About Kevin, This Is Not A Film, The Turin Horse

10. Super 8

9. Shame

8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

7. Take Shelter

6. Hugo

5. Melancholia

4. A Separation

3. Drive *

2. Margaret *

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: 21 Jump Street, Django Unchained,, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Paranorman, Killer Joe, The Grey, Zero Dark Thirty, Beyond the Black Rainbow

 10. Frankenweenie

9. Amour

8. Skyfall

7. Take This Waltz

6. The Dark Knight Rises

5. Anna Karenina

4. Like Someone In Love

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 handful of genuinely great films. Wolf is top 3 Scorsese.

Honorable Mentions: her, At Berkeley, 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. Stoker

8. The World’s End

7. Mud

6. Before Midnight

5.  The Act of Killing

4. Spring Breakers

3. Frances Ha *

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. Arguably the decade’s strongest year.

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

10. Why Don’t You Play In Hell?

9. Calvary

8. Enemy


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 and Todd Haynes’ masterpieces.

Honorable Mentions: Creed, Jauja, Amy, Bridge of Spies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

10. The Duke of Burgundy

9. Brooklyn

8. It Follows

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 *



For a medium that was supposedly murdered, this year had some damn good films.

Honorable Mentions: the nice guys, Hell or High Water, Moonlight, 20th Century Women, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, O.J.: Made in America

10. Don’t Breathe

9. Sing Street

8. Certain Women

7. Indignation

6. Manchester by the Sea

5. The Witch

4. The Neon Demon

3. La La Land

2. Everybody Wants Some!!

1. Silence



Twin Peaks: The Return was the best thing I saw this year — probably the entire decade. Films were good too.

Honorable Mentions: The Trip to Spain, IT, Blade Runner 2049, Logan, The Beguiled, The Work, The Post

10. Starless Dreams

9. After the Storm

8. The Florida Project

7. A Ghost Story

6. Lady Bird

5. Call Me By Your Name

4. Personal Shopper

3. Good Time

2. Phantom Thread

1. Dunkirk *



What are your favorites of each year?

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