The Best Films of the 2010s Decade

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

Top 10 Directors of the Decade

  1. Christopher Nolan
  2. Denis Villeneuve
  3. Steve McQueen
  4. Wes Anderson
  5. Alejandro Iñárritu
  6. Martin Scorsese
  7. Paweł Pawlikowski
  8. Terrence Malick
  9. Paul Thomas Anderson
  10. Nicolas Winding Refn
Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)

Top 10 Male Performances of the Decade

  1. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  2. Michael Fassbender (Shame)
  3. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  4. Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  5. Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
  6. Leonardo Di Caprio (The Revenant)
  7. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  8. Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049)
  9. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  10. Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Top 10 Female Performances of the Decade

  1. Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
  2. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
  3. Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
  4. Florence Pugh (Midsommar)
  5. Emma Stone (La La Land)
  6. Joanna Kulig (Cold War)
  7. Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
  8. Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
  9. Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
  10. Juliette Binoche (Certified Copy)
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)

The Best Films of 2019

Pedro Costa’s meditative camera lingers in the decaying home and troubled mind of a recent widow, Bong Joon-ho takes a scalpel to South Korea’s class system, and Martin Scorsese’s epic gangster film wrestles with his long-time fascinations of sin and guilt.

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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