My Top Tens: 2010s

My top ten films for each year of the 2010s. These are always up for revision as I watch more films, revisit ones I’ve seen before, and think about them over time. I don’t really believe in top “ten” lists, despite using the common nomenclature for the title of this page, nor do I hold fast to the order, though it’s generally from films I liked better to films I liked less well. This is going to be my top several films of each year, down to whatever point I feel is right. Might be eight one year, might be twenty-three another.

2018

  • Incredibles 2
  • Bao

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Black Panther
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Annihilation
Ocean’s 8
Life of Dogs

2017

  • Wonder Woman
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Baby Driver
  • Atomic Blonde
  • Car 3
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • The Lego Batman Movie

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Ladybird
The Beguiled
Coco
A Ghost Story
The Florida Project

2016

  • La La Land
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • Arrival
  • Sing Street
  • Finding Dory
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • The Nice Guys
  • Zootopia

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Love and Friendship
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Certain Women
20th Century Women
Deadpool

2015

  • Inside Out
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Martian
  • Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Room
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Avengers: The Age of Ultron

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Mistress America
Carol
Brooklyn
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Ant-Man

2014

  • Whiplash
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Winter Sleep
  • Interstellar
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Big Hero 6
  • Song of the Sea
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Into the Woods
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Ex Machina
  • The Last Five Years

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Birdman
Selma
Life Itself
Two Days, One Night
Mommy

2013

  • Before Midnight
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • Frances Ha
  • Her
  • The World’s End
  • Frozen
  • About Time
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • The Dance of Reality
  • Gravity
  • We Are the Best!
  • The Punk Singer
  • American Hustle
  • Snowpiercer
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Our Sunhi
  • Side Effects
  • Why Don’t You Play In Hell?
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Oculus
  • Ida

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Only Lovers Left Alive
Blue Jasmine
Stoker
Short Term 12
The Immigrant

2012

  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Master
  • Blancanieves
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Avengers
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Anna Karenina
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Wrong
  • The History of Future Folk
  • Haywire
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Looper
  • Premium Rush
  • Prometheus
  • Les Miserables
  • Frankenweenie
  • In Another Country
  • It’s a Disaster
  • ParaNorman
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Chronicle
  • Magic Mike
  • Brave
  • Dredd
  • Dead Man’s Burden
  • Skyfall
  • Wadjda

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Stories We Tell
Rust and Bone
To the Wonder
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

2011

  • The Tree of Life
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Drive
  • The Turin Horse
  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey
  • Melancholia
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Headhunters
  • The Innkeepers
  • This is Not a Film
  • Hanna
  • Rango
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Attack the Block
  • Café de Flore
  • The Dynamiter
  • The Artist
  • The Raid
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Guard
  • Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • A Separation
  • Contagion
  • The Future
  • Jane Eyre
  • Extraterrestrial
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Fast Five
Damsels in Distress
Crazy Stupid Love
The Mill and the Cross

2010

  • The New Year
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • The Social Network
  • Certified Copy
  • Inception
  • Black Swan
  • Blue Valentine
  • True Grit
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Attenberg
  • The Myth of the American Sleepover
  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Shutter Island
  • The American
  • Tangled
  • Julia’s Eyes
  • Toy Story 3
  • Hahaha
  • 13 Assassins
  • Rubber
  • Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  • Monsters
  • Parade
  • Easy A
  • Somewhere
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Animal Kingdom
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele leBlanc
  • Hearbeats
  • The Illusionist
  • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Incendies
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Poetry
Tabloid
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

  • Martin McDonough

    “12 Years a Slave” is easily the best film of 2013. Talk about a glaring omission.

    • It’s an omission in my viewing! My time got way more limited in 2013, and I’ve prioritized classics, so all the lists from 2013 on suffer from far fewer viewings per year.