The Best Films of the 2010s


The way in which we experience cinema has changed significantly since 2010. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ are all fighting for the same pool of consumers that used to have no problem shelling out cash on a Saturday night at the theater.Now, the joy of being in a dark room with complete strangers has been replaced by the isolated ritual of watching the latest masterpiece in the comfort of one’s living room.

While nothing will ever supersede the big screen for me, I must admit that the option to catch Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” at home is appealing given that I have a four-year-old son who doesn’t allow me to watch anything other than Disney’s “Descendants” that often.

A lot of people have complained about the ubiquity of streaming, but, as long as the competition leads to an increase in quality, what’s the problem?

What follows is a list of the 30 best films I either reviewed or simply sought out on my own time during the past decade. If you have time off coming up this holiday season, consider this a starting point for what to catch up on during your vacation.

“Black Swan” – Dir. Darren Aronofsky (2010)

“Dogtooth” – Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos (2010)

“The Social Network” – Dir. David Fincher (2010)

“The Tree of Life” – Dir. Terence Malick (2011)

“We Need to Talk About Kevin” – Dir. Lynne Ramsay (2011)

“Bridesmaids” – Dir. Paul Feig (2011)

“Zero Dark Thirty” – Dir. Kathryn Bigelow (2012)

“The Master” – Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson (2012)

“Life of Pi” – Dir. Ang Lee (2012)

“The Act of Killing” – Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer (2012)

“12 Years a Slave” – Dir. Steve McQueen (2013)

“Spring Breakers” – Dir. Harmony Korine (2013)

“Captain Phillips” – Dir. Paul Greengrass (2013)

“Boyhood” – Dir. Richard Linklater (2014)

“Birdman” – Dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (2014)

“Under the Skin” – Dir. Jonathan Glazer (2014)

“Whiplash” – Dir. Damien Chazelle (2014)

“Room” – Dir. Lenny Abrahamson (2015)

“Inside Out” – Dir. Pete Docter (2015)

“O.J.: Made in America” – Dir. Ezra Edelman (2016)

“Nocturnal Animals” – Dir. Tom Ford (2016)

“Fences” – Dir. Denzel Washington (2016)

“Moonlight” – Dir. Barry Jenkins (2016)

“Get Out” – Dir. Jordan Peele (2017)

“mother!” – Dir. Darren Aronofsky (2017)

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – Dir. Martin McDonagh (2017)

“If Beale Street Could Talk” – Dir. Barry Jenkins (2018)

“Sorry to Bother You” – Dir. Boots Riley (2018)

“Widows” – Dir. Steve McQueen (2018)

“Parasite” – Dir. Bong Joon-Ho (2019)










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