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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, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Trip, Bernie, Warrior, Attack the Block, Shame, This Is Not A Film

10. Super 8

9. Kill List

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, Take This Waltz, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Amour, Paranorman, Killer Joe, The Grey

 10. Frankenweenie

9. Zero Dark Thirty

8. Skyfall

7. Anna Karenina

6. The Dark Knight Rises

5. Beyond the Black Rainbow

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, Stoker, Blue Jasmine, The Wind Rises, The Way, Way Back, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Upstream Color, Twelve Years A Slave, Drinking Buddies

10. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

9. At Berkeley

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. Whiplash

7. Enemy

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel

5. Gone Girl

4. Under the Skin

1c. Interstellar *

1b. Boyhood *

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, Rogue Nation, The Duke of Burgundy

10. It Follows

9. Brooklyn

8. Magic Mike XXL

7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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, Don’t Breathe, Sing Street, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, O.J.: Made in America

10. Manchester by the Sea

9. Certain Women

8. 20th Century Women

7. Indignation

6. Moonlight

5. The Witch

4. La La Land

3. The Neon Demon

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: A Ghost Story, The Trip to Spain, My Happy Family, IT, The Post, Logan, The Beguiled

10. The Work

9. Blade Runner 2049

8. After the Storm

7. The Florida Project

6. Lady Bird

5. Call Me By Your Name

4. Good Time

3. Personal Shopper

2. Phantom Thread

1. Dunkirk *



What are your favorites of each year?

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