The Best Films of the 2010s Decade

1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick, 2011
2. RomaAlfonso Cuarón, 2018
3. DunkirkChristopher Nolan, 2017
4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson, 2012
5. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr, 2011
6. BirdmanAlejandro Iñárritu, 2014
7. La La LandDamien Chazelle, 2016
8. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller, 2015
9. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson, 2014
10. Cold War    Paweł Pawlikowski, 2018
Cold War (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2018)
11. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher, 2010
12. The RevenantAlejandro Iñárritu, 2015
13. MoonlightBarry Jenkins, 2016
14. InceptionChristopher Nolan, 2010
15. ParasiteBong Joon-ho, 2019
16. IdaPaweł Pawlikowski, 2013
17. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos, 2018
18. Inside Llewyn DavisThe Coen Brothers, 2013
19. Once Upon a Time in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino, 2019
20. Columbus  Kogonada, 2017
Columbus (Kogonada, 2017)
21. MidsommarAri Aster, 2019
22. MelancholiaLars von Trier, 2011
23. About EndlessnessRoy Andersson, 2019
24. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky, 2010
25. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson, 2012
26. Ad AstraJames Gray, 2019
27. ShameSteve McQueen, 2011
28. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese, 2019
29. Blade Runner 2049Denis Villeneuve, 2017
30. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick, 2019
A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)
31. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson, 2017
32. BurningLee Chang-dong, 2018
33. WhiplashDamien Chazelle, 2014
34. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach, 2019
35. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson, 2014
36. GravityAlfonso Cuarón, 2013
37. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen, 2012
38. 1917Sam Mendes, 2019
39. PatersonJim Jarmusch, 2016
40. Little WomenGreta Gerwig, 2019
Little Women (Greta Gerwig, 2019)
41. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay, 2011
42. First ReformedPaul Schrader, 2017
43. HereditaryAri Aster, 2018
44. Call Me By Your NameLuca Guadagnino, 2017
45. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino, 2013
46. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino, 2012
47. Good TimeThe Safdie Brothers, 2017
48. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer, 2013
49. DriveNicolas Winding Refn, 2011
50. Son of SaulLászló Nemes, 2015
Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
51. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, 2018
52. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010
53. VictoriaSebastian Schipper, 2015
54. Only God ForgivesNicolas Winding Refn, 2013
55. The AssassinHou Hsiao-hsien, 2015
56. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro, 2018
57. Holy MotorsLeos Carax, 2012
58. The Neon DemonNicolas Winding Refn, 2016
59. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine, 2012
60. Blue ValentineDerek Cianfrance, 2010
Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010)
61. MommyXavier Dolan, 2014
62. ClimaxGasper Noé, 2018
63. BoyhoodRichard Linklater, 2014
64. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma, 2019
65. Gone GirlDavid Fincher, 2014
66. CarolTodd Haynes, 2015
67. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
68. Before MidnightRichard Linklater, 2013
69. Get OutJordan Peele, 2017
70. InterstellarChristopher Nolan, 2014
Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014)
71. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi, 2011
72. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy, 2014
73. SicarioDenis Villeneuve, 2015
74. Shutter IslandMartin Scorsese, 2010
75. The LighthouseRobert Eggers, 2018
76. SkyfallSam Mendes, 2012
77. The Dark Knight RisesChristopher Nolan, 2014
78. A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightAna Lily Amirpour, 2014
79. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins, 2018
80. Frances HaNoah Baumbach, 2012
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2012)
81. HerSpike Jonze, 2013
82. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay, 2017
83. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese, 2013
84. SubmarineRichard Ayoade, 2010
85. Sunset SongTerence Davies, 2015
86. SilenceMartin Scorsese, 2016
87. The Big ShortAdam McKay, 2015
88. The ImmigrantJames Gray, 2013
89. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhangke, 2018
90. Uncut GemsThe Safdie Brothers, 2019
Uncut Gems (The Safdie Brothers, 2019)
91. The Killing of a Sacred DeerYorgos Lanthimos, 2017
92. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies, 2011
93. Two Days, One NightThe Dardenne Brothers, 2014
94. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve, 2016
95. The Florida ProjectSean Baker, 2017
96. Ex MachinaAlex Garland, 2014
97. First CowKelly Reichardt, 2019
98. Hell or High WaterDavid Mackenzie, 2016
99. AnnihilationAlex Garland, 2018
100. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan, 2016
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan, 2016)

4 Films

  • Christopher Nolan
  • Martin Scorsese

3 Films

  • Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Denis Villeneuve
  • Nicolas Winding Refn

2 Films

  • Terrence Malick
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Alejandro Iñárritu
  • Paweł Pawlikowski
  • Alfonso Cuarón 
  • Damien Chazelle
  • Wes Anderson
  • Ari Aster
  • David Fincher
  • Barry Jenkins
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Steve McQueen
  • Roy Andersson
  • James Gray
  • Noah Baumbach
  • Sam Mendes
  • Lynne Ramsay
  • Richard Linklater
  • The Safdie Brothers
  • Terence Davies
  • Richard Linklater
  • Alex Garland

The Best Films of 2019

Bong Joon-ho takes a scalpel to South Korea’s class system, Martin Scorsese’s epic gangster film wrestles with his long-time fascinations of sin and guilt, and Terrence Malick is back on form in foregrounding a conscientious objector in Nazi-occupied Austria.

The Best Films of 2018

Alfonso Cuarón cements his status as an all-time great director with a black-and-white memory piece, Ari Aster takes the horror genre to a new level with fresh artistic sensibilities, and the best animation in years arrives in a deconstruction of superhero stories.

The Best Films of 2017

Christopher Nolan shakes up the war genre in delivering a landmark of film editing, Denis Villeneuve astoundingly builds on a decades-old classic with a phenomenal sequel, and Paul Schrader’s cerebral, theological character study features Ethan Hawke in an intensely internal performance.

The Best Films of 2016

Damien Chazelle’s ode to Hollywood musicals becomes one of the genre’s best, Jim Jarmusch’s impressively formal work celebrates the beauty of routine, and Denis Villeneuve finds a new linguistic spin on the alien science-fiction film.

The Best Films of 2015

George Miller makes a high-octane, career comeback, Leonardo DiCaprio transforms into a spirit animal in Alejandro Iñárritu’s awe-inspiring revisionist western, and Adam McKay turns the Global Financial Crisis into an audacious, exciting piece of cinema.

The Best Films of 2014

Alejandro Iñárritu’s exceedingly sharp script drives his one-take wonder, Wes Anderson constructs an immaculate piece of pastel artistry, and Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age epic breaks new ground in realist cinema.

The Best Films of 2013

Polish filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski delivers a haunting meditation on the long-lasting effects of the Holocaust, Richard Linklater ties off his Before trilogy with a marital sparring drama, and Nicolas Winding Refn’s violent, visual atom bomb heavily polarises audiences.

The Best Films of 2012

Paul Thomas Anderson creates an ambitiously formal and enigmatic work in his study of polar opposite characters, Wes Anderson perfectly merges style and form in a story of childhood love, and Sam Mendes delivers the most inspired James Bond film to date.

The Best Films of 2011

A landmark of transcendental cinema emerges in Terrence Malick’s most dazzling film of his career, while Béla Tarr and Lars von Trier both impress with heavy, philosophical films contemplating two different apocalypses.

The Best Films of 2010

Aaron Sorkin pens the greatest screenplay of his career in collaboration with David Fincher, Christopher Nolan blows minds with his most visually inventive film to date, and Darren Aronofsky crafts a horrifying character study of ambition and obsession.

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