Sunday, April 19, 2015

Top 50 Films of the 2010s (so far)

The Tree of Life is one of the decade's finest films.

Since the 2010s are over halfway through, here are my top 50 films of the decade so far. Putting the list together was a daunting task, but I'm happy with the results, despite leaving out several great films. Have a look at my picks below.

50. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)

49. Archipelago (Joanna Hogg, 2010)

48. Micmacs (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2010)

47. Starred Up (David Mackenzie, 2014)

46. Animal Kingdom (David Michôd, 2010)

45. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2014)

44. White Material (Claire Denis, 2010)

43. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, 2013)

42. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010)

41. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

40. Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)

39. Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan, 2014)

38. Trance (Danny Boyle, 2013)

37. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)

36. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014)

35. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

34. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)

33. Beginners (Mike Mills, 2011)

32. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2014)

31. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011)

30. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2013)

29. The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet, 2010)

28. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)

27. The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance, 2013)

26. The American (Anton Corbijn, 2010)

25. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)

24. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)

23. Les Misérables (Tom Hooper, 2012)

22. King of Devil's Island (Marius Holst, 2011)

21. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius, 2011)

20. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy, 2010)

19. The Immigrant (James Gray, 2014)

18. The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard, 2013)

17. Calvary (John Michael McDonagh, 2014)

16. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014)

15. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)

14. Somewhere (Sofia Coppola, 2010)

13. The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr, 2012)

12. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)

11. The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2013)

10. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, 2013)

9. Cloud Atlas (Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, 2012)

8. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013)

7. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2010)

6. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2010)

5. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

4. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2011)

3. Hugo (Martin Scorsese, 2011)

2. Mommy (Xavier Dolan, 2014)

1. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)


  1. Wonderful post! So many terrific movies on here I haven't seen yet. I am glad to see Fish Tank ranked so highly.

    1. Thanks! Fish Tank is so great. Hope you find some new ones you like.

  2. Excellent selection! (Though there's a few I actually hated lol)

    You've got me psyched for Starred Up. That's at the top of my Netflix queue.

    1. Thanks so much! (Haha)

      Hope you like Starred Up. O'Connell and Mendelsohn are on fire in that movie.

  3. Wow, haven't even heard of a few of these. Really high praise for Hugo, and Cloud Atlas. I personally loved the latter, but it gor a lot of hate when it came out. Glad to see ypu show it some love. The same can be said about Tha American. Really happy to see Spring Breakers make your list. It's a phenomenal film. Great list...even though you included The Tree of Life (ugh).

    1. Thanks! Oh, glad to hear you're also a fan of Cloud Atlas, The American, and Spring Breakers. I think all three are very underrated. Haha, The Tree of Life is flawed, but I really admire it. I know not everyone does, though.

  4. You know what I'm going to say, but I'll just say it...

    MOMMY!!! #2!!!! Laurence!!!! Tom at the Farm!!!! What kind of amazing Dolan slayage is this!!! I love your list man, so many great films here. I'm also glad that I've seen all but 6...and that Beginners is on here


    1. Thanks man! Dolan had a great showing, somewhat surprisingly. I adore Beginners, so it was always gonna be on here. See the 6 films you haven't seen! ;)

  5. So glad to see Black Swan this high up!

    1. It was actually in my top 5, until I did some last minute rearranging. :/

  6. GREAT list. Your love for Holy Motors reminds me of my love for Shame. Two "different" films that we live by and fight for tirelessly. Also great to see Somewhere ranked so high. I adore that one.

    1. Thanks so much man! Yeah, Holy Motors just feels so bold and brilliant. It really is CINEMA. Shame is a film that continues to grow on me, but I had a lot of films I couldn't fit in. I couldn't even find room for a Nolan flick. Somewhere is so great. Love it!

  7. This is such an awesome idea for a list AND I love a lot of your picks Josh. As always, thanks for the recommendations and reminder that I need to see a lot of these, esp A Separation, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Leviathan, Two Days, One Night and Animal Kingdom!

    1. Thanks Ruth! Oh, those are some great films you mentioned. Hope you get a chance to see them! :)

  8. Lovely list! It's great to see Holy Motors at the top, no one talks about that film enough. Also, LOVE that you have Margaret on there.

    1. Thanks! Love both of those films, especially Holy Motors, which I think is a masterpiece.

  9. Just watched Mommy. Fantasic film and can see why it's your number 2. I'm glad The Hunt and Amour ranked so high!

    1. Glad to hear you're also a fan of those films. Can't wait to see Xavier Dolan's next one!

  10. I'm happy Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret cracked your top 50, it's one of my favorite of the decade so far.
    I liked a few scenes in Holy Motors, and it's quite imaginative, but I wasn't invested in the characters on an emotional level.

    I also did a top 50 recently, we have a few in common

    1. Ranking these was SO hard, but I love Margaret, which I nominate for Actress and Original Screenplay. :)

      Yeah, Holy Motors isn't for everyone. I could understand it being on someone's worst list, to be honest.

      Nice list. Another Year just missed mine, and I still need to see The Intouchables, among a few others.