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The Best Films of the 2010s Decade

Veteran filmmakers Terrence Malick and George Miller deliver career-defining masterpieces, Christopher Nolan’s films reach mind-bending new heights, and the wave of New Mexican Cinema hits its peak under the three amigos Cuarón, Iñárritu, and del Toro.

Recent Rankings

The Best Films of 2021

Joel Coen goes solo for the first time in adapting Shakespeare with starkly expressionistic sensibilities, Denis Villeneuve delivers on scope and scale in a monumental science-fiction blockbuster, and Jane Campion conducts a delicate study of sensitive masculinity through the western genre.

The Best Films of 2020

Charlie Kaufman confounds viewers with his eerie, metaphysical study of depression, Steve McQueen’s anthology binds together several stories of Black empowerment in twentieth century London, and Emerald Fennell delivers a thrilling, feminist tale of vengeance.

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.

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