Friday, February 27, 2015

Top 50 Films of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)

I have seen 785 films from the years 2010 through 2014. Here is my attempt at the fifty best, unbiased (if that is even possible), taking into account aesthetic/technical quality, performances, entertainment value, and dramatic depth. I have also included five must-see documentaries and my personal ten favorites.


2010
Black Swan, a character drama/thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky – Trailer
The Fighter, a character/sports drama directed by David O. Russell – Trailer
Fish Tank, a character drama directed by Andrea Arnold – Trailer
Inception, a crime action/adventure directed by Christopher Nolan – Trailer
The King’s Speech, a period character drama directed by Tom Hooper – Trailer
Never Let Me Go, a sci-fi drama directed by Mark Romanek – Trailer
A Prophet, a crime drama directed by Jacques Audiard – Trailer
The Social Network, a character drama directed by David Fincher – Trailer
True Grit, a western directed by the Coen Brothers – Trailer


2011
Beginners, a character/romance drama directed by Mike Mills – Trailer
Drive, a crime drama directed by Nicolas Winding Refn – Trailer
50/50, a dramedy directed by Jonathan Levine – Trailer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a mystery thriller directed by David Fincher – Trailer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, an action/adventure fantasy directed by David Yates – Trailer
Incendies, a mystery drama directed by Denis Villeneuve – Trailer
Jane Eyre, a gothic period romance drama directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga – Trailer
Like Crazy, a romance drama directed by Drake Doremus – Trailer
Martha Marcy May Marlene, a character drama directed by Sean Durkin – Trailer
Melancholia, a character drama directed by Lars von Trier – Trailer
Midnight in Paris, a romantic dramedy directed by Woody Allen – Trailer
Moneyball, a character/sports drama directed by Bennett Miller – Trailer
Shame, a character drama directed by Steve McQueen – Trailer
The Tree of Life, a character drama directed by Terrence Malick – Trailer
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a spy drama directed by Tomas Alfredson – Trailer
Warrior, a sports drama directed by Gavin O’Conner – Trailer


2012
The Dark Knight Rises, an action adventure directed by Christopher Nolan – Trailer
Django Unchained, a western directed by Quentin Tarantino – Trailer
The Intouchables, a character drama directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano – Trailer
Life of Pi, an adventure drama directed by Ang Lee – Trailer
The Master, a period character drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – Trailer
Moonrise Kingdom, a romance comedy directed by Wes Anderson – Trailer
A Royal Affair, a period romance drama directed by Nikolaj Arcel – Trailer
Rust and Bone, a character drama directed by Jacques Audiard – Trailer
Zero Dark Thirty, a mystery thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow – Trailer


2013
Blue is the Warmest Color, a romance/character drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche – Trailer
Her, a romantic drama directed by Spike Jonze – Trailer
The Hunt, a character drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg – Trailer
Inside Llewyn Davis, a period musical drama directed by the Coen Brothers – Trailer
The Past, a mystery drama directed by Asghar Farhadi – Trailer
Rush, a sports drama directed by Ron Howard – Trailer
Short Term 12, a character drama directed by Destin Cretton – Trailer
12 Years a Slave, a period character drama directed by Steve McQueen – Trailer
The Wolf of Wall Street – a crime drama directed by Martin Scorsese – Trailer


2014
Birdman, a character drama directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu – Trailer
Calvary, a character dramedy/mystery directed by John Michael McDonagh – Trailer
Gone Girl, a mystery thriller directed by David Fincher – Trailer
The Grand Budapest Hotel, a mystery comedy directed by Wes Anderson – Trailer
The Imitation Game, a period character drama directed by Morten Tyldum – Trailer
Interstellar, a sci-fi adventure directed by Christopher Nolan – Trailer
Whiplash, a character drama directed by Damien Chazelle – Trailer


Must-See Documentaries
The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer – Trailer
Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy – Trailer
The House I Live In, directed by Eugene Jarecki – Trailer
The Imposter, directed by Bart Layton – Trailer
Inside Job, directed by Charles Ferguson – Trailer


My Favorite 10 Films of the Decade So Far
The Dark Knight Rises
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Gone Girl
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Inception
Interstellar
True Grit
12 Years a Slave
Zero Dark Thirty

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