The Best Movies of the Decade (2010-2019)


There are some movies that just find a way
to latch on to you. You can’t help but revisit them like you would
an old friend. Either as a sure-fire cure for boredom or
to relive a specific emotion you don’t want to soon forget…A type of visual comfort
food. But there are also movies you prefer to only
see once…you decide to admire them from a distance… but remain thankful for the
experience they brought you. Even after several years and several life
changes ago, you’ve realized that these movies still follow you…at least the good ones… As we find ourselves starting a new decade,
I felt like taking a look back at the movies that have left an impression on me and that
I plan to keep carrying in this new decade. An assortment of movies I know I will re-watch
and will always find a chance to recommend to the people around me. Here is my list of my ten favorite movies
of the decade. Some light spoilers may follow. As anyone who grew up watching Toy Story,
the third installment brought us an important lesson in closure. This was one of the first times going into
a movie that I was already very invested in the characters, so when we reached the ending,
I was not really ready for it. -My cowboy! -Woody…what’s he doing in there? For a split second I was conflicted with what
I wanted Andy to do and what I knew he should do. I could hear my 8-year-old inner monologue
resisting Andy’s decision to give Woody away but, in that moment, my 20-year-old self interceded
and accepted that it was time to move on. It was the first time I ever felt that inner
conflict so vividly coming from a film. I was surprised by how the movies managed
to play with my emotions so effectively that it even allowed me to have a small realisation…
the little boy that wished for a Woody toy each Christmas long ago had grown-up. -Was I rushing or was I dragging? -I don’t know… -Count again. -One, two, three, f–
[Slap] -One, two, three, f–
[Slap] -One, two, three, four
-Rushing or dragging?! -Rushing. -So, you do know the difference! There are some parts in this movie that are
so tense that I even forgot to breathe. Andrew is a determined drummer in a very sought
out position in his school’s jazz group. He aspires to be the best, but he first has
to go through the trial by fire approach of his abusive teacher Fletcher. -Look up here, look at me. -Do you think you’re out of tune? Whiplash is such a captivating movie that
you feel you are in the same room as the main character getting berated by Fletcher… he
has such a strong presence in the frame that you as an audience member fear for the characters
making a mistake or playing the wrong note. The movie succeeds in doing what a lot of
bigger films wish they could, albeit with a small cast and smaller stakes. -There are no two words in the English language
more harmful than “good job”. It has a great villain, with a gripping story
that makes the tension in a room palpable and a mesmerizing ebb and flow. It all builds towards one of the best finales
of any movie and once it reaches its climax it doesn’t overstay its welcome, leaving us
wanting an encore. -Well dreams…they feel real while we’re
in them, right? It’s only when we wake up that we realize
something was actually strange. Off the heels of the Dark Night, Christopher
Nolan quickly became my favorite director of the early 2010’s and Inception further
cemented that. It’s a movie that puts Nolan’s best qualities
to use, bringing us an imaginative large-scale art-house feature. An incredibly hard movie to make not just
because of the grand scope of the project but for the simple reason that the subject
matter is difficult to put on the screen. Think about it… how do you portray dreams
in a realistic matter? He had clear inspiration from Satoshi Kon’s
Paprika but even at that, it’s animation, where the abstract is easier to bring to life. Nolan manages to grab the elusive, malleable
nature of dreams and makes it almost tangible by giving it rules and a structure. It’s a very cartesian take on dreams. The rules act as guard rails (not restrictions)
so the movies stays in a science fiction world and doesn’t go the extra step into fantasy
or veer into surrealism so our suspension of disbelief remains in check. Nolan is a great director with a great technical
vision, but I must admit someone else has come along and dethroned him… [Alien sounds]
[Breathing heavily] -Doctor Banks? You can start. If there is a director that has truly proven
himself this decade, it’s Denis Villeneuve. He has been consistent since his first internationally
praised movie Incendies and has kept pushing forward making a solid filmography that would
be the envy of any director. From the surreal Enemy, to the dramatic Prisoners,
the brutal Sicario and the contemplative Blade Runner 2049…he’s been only honing his craft. He doesn’t get lost in the scope of his movies
and opts to let the characters take center stage and not the inhuman events they are
facing. Which brings us to Arrival. -There are days that define your story beyond
your life…like the day they arrived. There are many ways Arrival could have been
just another alien invasion movie…either by focusing on the invasion part or the intricate
narrative the movie has. It could have easily overwhelmed itself by
its own plot but here, all the sci-fi elements are meant to enhance the character’s emotional
realisations. Even if it’s a movie about aliens, what’s
in the foreground is the much more relatable human decisions and the emotional bonds that
can connect us across the unknown. Another movie that does something similar
with its science fiction elements is Her. -I think I’ve felt everything I’m ever gonna
feel… and from here on out I’m not going to feel anything new. In a distant future, Theodore is struggling
with a divorce and has withdrawn himself to the bitter comfort of loneliness until Samantha
comes into his life…an operating system. -Hello I’m here. -…Hi
-Hi! How are-ya doing? Theodore and Samantha’s mutual curiosity evolve
into an emotion based relationship that somehow feels genuine and never turns into a joke. Samantha actually feels real, even if she’s
just a voice over. -I want to learn everything about everything. I want to eat it all up! I want to discover myself! -Yeah I want that for you too! The science fiction aspect is not intrusive
but complimentary to what the movie is trying to examine with romance. Her is a tender introspective meditation on
relationships…what we live during the highs and lows and how we are left to process them
when they’ve expired. Spike Jonze’s most personal movie comforts
us with its shared sting of heartache and invites you to cherish what once was… and
not to wallow in it. If there is one actor that keeps impressing
me with his work, it’s definitely Joaquin Pheonix. He thrives in character studies of the broken
and forgotten. From the PTSD riddled hitman Joe in You Were
Never Really Here, to the unpredictable and repressed Arthur Fleck in Joker, to the unyielding
spirit of Freddie Quell in The Master. He is in a league of his own, but one can
also appreciate the vulnerable quietness of Theodore in his admirable near solo act in
Her. -Now the fact that you will turn into an animal
if you fail to fall in love with someone during your stay here, is not something that should
upset you or get you down. Just think as an animal you’ll have a second
chance to find a companion. If you’ve been a fan of this channel, then
you know that we have a sweet spot for weird movies and The Lobster definitely fits that
bill. It has an original premise that would spark
the curiosity of anyone that would read its synopsis. In a world were being single is illegal, a
recently divorced man is taken to a hotel, where he has to find a new partner in less
than 40 days. If he fails to do so, he will be turned into
an animal. -Now have you thought of what animal you would
like to be if you end up alone? -Yes, a Lobster. -Why a Lobster? It’s a funny, dark, clever and disturbing
allegory that magnifies the urgency society creates around modern relationships. If you haven’t fallen for Yorgos Lanthimos’
dark charm yet…this might be a good start, but I have to admit his morose quirkiness
might put some people off… If you welcome that sort of thing, then this
bizarre outlook will feel refreshingly unique. There’s been revival in the American horror
movie genre. It’s an answer to the lack luster and mediocre
state the genre found itself in the early 2000’s, moving away from slashers and gore-centric
kills. This new batch seems to be more thought out
and actually has something to say, giving them a longer lasting shelf life beyond a
cheap scare. Some of my favorite examples are The Witch,
It Follows and Get Out. All coming from very inspired mostly first-time
directors that prove they know what they’re doing. Though, my favorite American horror movie
has to be Hereditary. [tongue noise] Writer/director Ari Aster shows that he understands how to tap into our primal fears and to exploit
them to his whim. He knows how to scare you when you least expect
it and create lasting images that will haunt you for weeks. Watching this movie in the theater was quite
an experience… Once the car scene hits, you could’ve heard
a pin drop… followed by the shared acknowledgement of the present audience that we were in for
a ride we didn’t sign up for. It’s a relentless atmosphere that doesn’t
let you go. A new standard in horror movies and one that
will inspire many filmmakers. Now when it comes to Korean Horror movies,
my favorite is The Wailing. A clumsy police officer is investigating a
series of odd murders in the small town of Goksung. Mild mannered townspeople seem to have become
infected with some unknown illness that makes them go violent and kill their loved ones. This supernatural occurrence seems to stem
from the arrival of an old Japanese man… It’s a movie that grabs different genres puts
them in a blender and serves us something new. I laughed, I got weirded out, laughed again
then felt like I should sit in silence nursing my recently received gut punch. At the end of the movie you will feel very
confused, but that’s what it’s trying to do. We are presented with a mystery that once
it reveals itself to us… will still remain obscured. It shows that when faced with something you
don’t understand certainty becomes elusive. Segwaying onto another Korean movie. The recently released and much praised Parasite
has bounced off my Best of 2019 list and has found prime real estate in this video. I won’t repeat what I’ve already so I will
simply add that I’m very glad to see this movie get so much love and attention. This movie seems to have become an entry point
to Korean movies to many people much like how Old Boy was in the early 2000’s although I feel
this is much more accessible. I’m glad that a lot of people are starting
to discover Korean cinema. I really hope to make a video essay diving
into this movie sometime this year. So, (again) just watch this film. Now for a lateral move to another Cannes Palme
d’Or recipient. There
is so much I want to say about this film but I fear my explanation would just ruin someone’s
experience so for those who haven’t seen it, just look at the poster, read the synopsis
and don’t listen to what I’m about to say because trust me this movie is much better
if you go in cold. Shoplifters is indirectly deceptive. You feel the story is going to be about poor
hard-luck family overcoming the struggles of their social class, kind of like a lot
of feel good triumphs of the human condition but then it takes a hard-left turn that rivals
the likes of Parasite. Here the filmmaker uses your own assumptions
so you can fool yourself into seeing something that’s not there. And it’s so subtle that I am in awe of the
simplicity of the slight of hand and the effectiveness of the magic trick. We are used twists to hit us with the same
finesse of a dump truck but this one unravels as a slow burning realization. It’s heartwarming until it becomes soul crushing…and
it’s inspiring until it wrecks you. Just as how the family are experts at conning,
so will the movie beautifully mislead you. What movies will follow you into the next
decade? Thank you for taking the time to watch our
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100 thoughts on “The Best Movies of the Decade (2010-2019)

  1. What are your favorite movies of the past decade?

    Here's our list on Letterboxd : https://letterboxd.com/screenedchannel/list/best-of-the-2010s/

  2. this whas a amazing video, i love movies and this was like i was going down a scrapbook. and some movies i have never seen and going to watch now, thank you

  3. The Wailing was the most unexpected. it has stuck with me for days now and i wanna see that again. have seen most of them here, but also to get some recommendations of the movies i haven't seen. there are so many movies i've seen from 2010 to 2019 which are masterpieces and i can't wait to find more!

  4. Great list, I also like a lot of the Korean cinema and im glad that its getting the deserved attention, but as a brazilian I would like to see our cinema getting the same attention bacause it have a lot to offer as well, a perfect exemple is City of God (cidade de deus), a movie that I alweys wanted to see in this chanel.

  5. Mine are:

    Whiplash
    Call Me By Your Name
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Paddington
    1917
    Gone Girl
    La La Land
    Blade Runner 2049
    Handsome Devil
    The Big Short
    Arrival
    X-Men: Days of the Future Past
    Cold War
    Spotlight
    Mary Poppins Returns
    Atomic Blonde

    I guess it’s all about the cinematography in the end. It’s the first thing I remember.

  6. Shame Under the Skin got no mention in this video, personally I think it's easily the greatest film of the last decade (which I've seen).

  7. I agree with you for all of them… just one thing it was Nolan to Denis and then I re-watched gravity after seeing Roma and realized it was always Alfonso…he’s masterclass.

  8. I feel so special to seen it all, including The Lobster which was very hard to see in my country. Thank you for the great list.

  9. I agree with almost all of your list. I would punt "Her", though. I found that one to be quite tiresome – pretentious trite. I would replace it with "Twelve Years a Slave".

  10. The Social Network
    Blade Runner 2049
    The Master
    Her
    Nightcrawler
    The Lighthouse
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    Whiplash
    Good Time
    Drive
    Inception

    There are more I can't think of atm.

  11. i don't know why but for some reason into the wild (2007) is the movie that has stuck to me the most last decade. It's just something about it man.

  12. My own top 10:
    1. Blade Runner 2049
    2. Bacurau
    3. Widows
    4. When Marnie Was There
    5.Her
    6. Parasite
    7. Annihilation
    8.The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    9. Lady Bird
    10. Spiderman: into the spider-verse

  13. 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
    2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    2012: Life Of Pi
    2013: 12 Years A Slave
    2014: Boyhood
    2015: Mad Max: Fury Road
    2016: Arrival
    2017: Dunkirk
    2018: Roma
    2019: Parasite

  14. My personal top 10 of the decade:
    1) Moonlight
    2) Under the Skin
    3) Mad Max: Fury Road
    4) Your Name
    5) Dunkirk
    6) The Social Network
    7) Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    8) The Handmaiden
    9) The Florida Project
    10) Room/Parasite

  15. I appreciate this a lot. I understand that this is your list base on your own preference. But i just notice that most or every single film on this list are either critically or financially acclaimed. Im just hoping that your not just a movie goer who likes to be entertain but instead a cinephile who appreciate the art.

  16. 10 best movies of 2010s: Mad Max Fury Road, The Handmaiden, Moonlight, The Tribe, Drive, The Social Network, Climax, Parasite, Searching, & Shoplifters.

  17. List of most underrated films of this decade
    Embrace of the Serpent
    Turin Horse
    The Master
    Burning
    Cold War
    Leviathan
    Under The Skin
    The Tree of Life
    Anomalisa

  18. Great list! I loved everything mentioned. Shoplifters is the only one I haven't seen, and at first I'm sure it'll be quite the treat. I'll be sure to check it out. My favorites of the decade are:

    1. Her
    2. Blade Runner 2049
    3. The Lighthouse
    4. Parasite
    5. Mommy
    6. The Hunt
    7. Boyhood
    8. Whiplash
    9. Blue Valentine
    10. Good Time

    About to watch the Before Trilogy! (It's been on the chopping block for a while)

  19. My list without order because they fit in different categories:

    drive

    baby driver

    whiplash

    bladerunner 2049

    1917

    the revenant
    wolf of wallstreet
    hereditary

    I still feel that something is missing.

  20. Ah I totally forgot about The Wailing, that's one you often don't hear about. I agree 💯 on Korean cinema, they gave put out some of the most progressive films in my collection, some that are my absolute favorites.
    I have to admit that I did not enjoy The Lobster. I really wanted to based on the reviews and usually I am up for quirky. But I just couldn't seem to get into its flat and awkward dialogue where all the characters acted and spoke exactly the same.

    Another one that I just wanted to be better was The Master. Although the acting was incredible and powerful, I felt the story meandered in a unsatisfying way. It was a character driven film but given such a fascinating subject, I expected more from the story.

  21. In so happy to see "Shoplifters" getting love. It's one of the most underrated films of the last decade in my opinion.

  22. I already left a list on your post so I'll just put the films that haven't been mentioned yet that I thought were entertaining or worthy of a watch.

    The Rider
    Manchester by the Sea
    Ash is the Purest White
    Leave no Trace
    The Farewell
    Ghost Story
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Ida
    The Shape of Water
    Django Unchained
    Phantom Thread
    Uncut Gems
    In the Mood for Love

  23. Unpopular opinion: Arrival is one of my top ten most hated films. Having characters not revealing information that is known to them for no reason in the plot, but only for the meta narrative of having a twist ending. And then the ending being pure sentimental shlock and the cliched scientist that needs to be shamed into accepting some deepak chopkraesque baloney. I found it so insulting to the audience. I said out loud to everyone in the theater, "It's called Arrival because it's her baby. Get it??? Wow."

  24. I watched Shoplifters last night after seeing you mention just watching it and meant to come back and talk about it but honestly? I just went to bed afterwards. I was emotionally drained.

    Vague spoilers but…

    I sat there having never been so invested in the happiness of a family and yet feeling a sense of unease that only grew the more I picked up on their subtle behaviour and context clues. I never felt more betrayed and yet felt a sense of clarity at the same time.

    You're left feeling like an idiot after watching it because…. Of course? Of course that's what will happen. No matter what you think /should/ happen it couldn't be any other way. However you're like… 'but they love each other. They seem like they genuinely care. They're doing what's right here!' you think as you watch Juri/Yuri/Lin get happier and happier. Then it becomes harder and harder to justify as you realise that something feels wrong and Shota picks up on it too.

    Yes it's strange that she doesn't really react to the grandmother's death and… Uh… Yeah they're dealing with it in a weird way but they /have too/, right? They're poor.

    Then you're left at the end with the hollow realisation that they all did care on some level… But that won't change anything. You can only hope that the kids and the only actual 'innocent' person in the family (barring the accessory to kidnapping) will… be ok somehow.

    Amazing movie. Fantastic actors playing realistic feeling people.

    I have to go to college feeling like this. Goddamn it.

  25. Great to see some recognition for The Lobster. My favourite films of the past decade would be:

    The Lobster
    Django unchained
    Get out
    Blade runner 2049
    Boyhood
    Marriage story
    The Lighthouse
    Roma
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Her
    La la land
    Moonlight

    I couldn’t make up an order nor leave out two of them so there are twelve films.

  26. H.E.R has stuck with me, the movie invoked so many feelings after I watched it and found myself in Theodore's shoes when my wife left. Now even hearing any part of the OST or remembering it wrecks me. I still recommend it to my friends. Have a good day or night wherever you are today.

  27. Great list! Loved the video..
    Since everyone's dropping their own list, let me drop mine
    Django unchained
    Whiplash
    Sing street
    Shoplifters
    Interstellar
    Manchester by the sea
    Scott pilgrim vs the world
    Marriage story
    The edge of seventeen

  28. It feels gud to have scene every movie mentioned in the video also what he said about movie Shoplifters is true . You have to watch it.truly a masterpiece from the great director Hirokazu koreeda

  29. Great list, there are a couple I still need to see, so thank you for reminding me of them. Love your channel and the exceptional content. Really looking forward to what you have in store for 2020.

  30. My list:
    Prisoners (2013)
    Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    Incendies (2010)
    Arrival (2016)
    Her (2013)
    Dunkirk (2017)
    The Social Network (2010)
    Parasite (2019)
    Whiplash (2014)
    Roma (2018)

  31. My list:
    Jojo Rabbit (my current favorite, and schafrillas productions, so don't judge)
    Lady Bird
    1917
    Her
    Inception
    Marriage Story
    Sicario
    Parasite
    Edge of Tomorrow
    The Winter soldier
    Into the spiderverse
    Wonder woman
    Alita battle angel
    Thats all I can think of now, ik I'm missing stuff but ya

  32. Being an semi-professional musician and actor, Birdman was my movie of the decade. I know it wasn't the best movie by any means but it's examination of the psychology of an artist was incredibly close to home. The artist being consumed by his/her work and the thin line from becoming the art and leaving personality was a topic that I was really invested in. Regarldess, the list was phenomenal. Just wanted to share my own opinion aswell 🙂

  33. why does everyone think that it’s the end of the decade? like the decade starts from 2011 to 2020 and the next one is from 2021 to 2030?¿?¿?¿

  34. Honest to god I'm just getting into film and as a way of getting started I love your channel. You shed light on many movies that I can't find recommendations for elsewhere and yet they are all in their own right masterpieces.

  35. Great video. Like many folks, I agree with many of your picks and disagree. I did 3 videos earlier in the month about my 'Favorite Films of the Decade' and my picks for the 'Most Overrated Films of the Decade.' Check them out if you have any interest.
    Favorite Films of Decade, Part. 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28r2vsYnEvI&t=334s
    Favorite Films of Decade, Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTN47eat6tg
    Most Overrated Films of Decade – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgmQUl2t5-s&t=31s

  36. For all who are interested.

    – Top 10
    12 Years a Slave
    Anomalisa
    Birdman
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Lobster
    Loveless
    Manchester by the Sea
    The Master
    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
    The Revenant

    – 20 Honorable Mentions
    Arrival
    Call Me by Your Name
    Climax
    The Favourite
    Gone Girl
    Good Time
    Her
    Ida
    It's Such a Beautiful Day
    The Hunt
    Leviathan
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Marriage Story
    Parasite
    Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    Shame
    Son of Saul
    The Turin Horse
    Whiplash
    Winter Sleep

  37. Some of the movies of the decade form me are in this list, other not like Roma by Alfonso Cuaron, Birdman by Alejandro Iñárritu or Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

  38. Great, great list!

    My list in no particular order:

    Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) (one of the best cinematic experiences I've ever had)
    Gone Girl (2013)
    Spider-man Into the Spider-verse (2018)
    Hereditary (2018)
    Big Hero 6 (2014)
    Sicario (2015)
    Wolf Children (2012)
    The Skin I Live In (2011) (shockingly beautiful and shockingly disturbing)
    Social Network (2010)
    John Wick (2014)
    The Phantom Thread (2017)
    Inception (2011)
    Her (2014)
    What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
    Birdman (2014)
    Django Unchained (2012)
    Drive (2011) (one of the coolest film I've seen on the big screen)
    Ex-Machina (2014)
    Shame (2011)
    Snowpiercer (2013)
    Looper (2012)
    Prisoners (2013)
    Blade Runner 2049 (2018)
    1917 (2019) (seen it several times now it has to be on the list)
    The Revenant (2015)
    The Handmaiden (2016)
    We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
    Mississippi Grind (2015) (one of my favorite films)
    Hanna (2011) (underrated)
    Baby Driver (2017)

    There's way, way more but this is just off the top of my head.

  39. This is surprisingly a really good list but I would add the handmaiden by park chan wook….inside llewyn davis…nocturnal animals…silence…reply if you know others I might have forgotten

  40. I appreciate all those choices' who know how beautiful, surreal, exhilrating and aesthetic Arrival is. Its elegant and a masterpiece.

  41. I don't want to play the smart ass, but you screwed up the time frame. Western civilization still counts 1-10 and not 0-9. It is a common and therefore understandable mistake. Nevertheless, it is wrong …

  42. I just wanted to say that we should thank the 2010s for giving us Taika Waititi, Greta Gerwig, Mike Flanagan, Damien Chazelle, Denis Villeneuve, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Kent and so many other great directors.
    I know some didn’t have their debut this decade but surely reached recognition.

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