25 Films That Made The 2010s

As we stand at the dawn of a new decade, it’s time I reflect on my favorite movies of the last ten years. Through introspection, collaboration, and an unhealthy amount of coffee, a list came to fruition. My criteria was simple: did this make an impact on me, and was it a banger? I believe I held true to these principles throughout the ranking process. Personal favorite quotes included. Let’s dive right in. 

25. The Town – 2010

Director: Ben Affleck 

“Whose car we gonna take?” – Jem Coughlin as played by Jeremy Renner

24. Prisoners – 2013

Director: Denis Villeneuve 

“Where’s my daughter? WHERE’S MY DAUGHTER?!” – Keller Dover as played by Hugh Jackman

23. Jackie – 2016

Director: Pablo Larrain

“There won’t be another Camelot. Not another Camelot.” – Jackie Kennedy as played by Natalie Portman
22. Sicario – 2015

Director: Denis Villeneuve 

“And this is the land of wolves now” – Alejandro as played by Benicio Del Toro

21. Fences – 2016

Director: Denzel Washington 

“Well, I’ve been standing with you! I gave eighteen years of my life to stand in the same spot as you!” – Rose Maxson as played by Viola Davis

20. The Raid: Redemption – 2011 

Director: Gareth Evans 

“Go to work and have fun” – Tama as played by Ray Sahetapy

19. Creed – 2015

Director: Ryan Coogler 

“This guy right here, that’s the toughest opponent your ever going to face……” – Rocky Balboa as played by Sylvester Stallone

18. Mad Max: Fury Road 

Director: George Miller 

“Oh what a day. What a lovely day!” – Nux as played by Nicholas Hoult 

17. Ex Machina – 2015

Director: Alex Garland 

“Isn’t it strange, to create something that hates you?” – Ava as played by Alicia Vikander

16. Logan – 2017

Director: James Mangold 

“Fuck off, Logan” – Charles Xavier as played by Sir Patrick Stewart

15. Dunkirk – 2017

Director: Christopher Nolan 

“We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.” – Tommy reading Winston Churchill as played by Fionn Whitehead 

14. Fruitvale Station – 2013

Director: Ryan Coogler 

“I got a daughter” – Oscar Grant as played by Michael B. Jordan

13. Get Out – 2017

Director: Jordan Peele 

“All I know is sometimes, if there’s too many white folks, I get nervous, you know.” – Chris Washington as played by Daniel Kaaluya

12. The Social Network – 2010

Director: David Fincher 

“If you were the inventors of Facebook. you would’ve invented Facebook” – Mark Zuckerberg as played by Jesse Eisenberg

11. Hereditary – 2018 

Director: Ari Aster

“It’s heartening to see so many strange, new faces here today. I know my mom would be very touched, and probably a little suspicious.” – Annie as played by Toni Collette

10. Drive – 2011 

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

“I don’t carry a gun. I drive.” – Driver as played by Ryan Gosling

9. Hostiles – 2017

Director: Scott Cooper

“Understand this: When we lay our heads down here, we’re all prisoners.” – Captain Joseph J. Blocker as played by Christian Bale

8. Parasite – 2019

Director: Bong Joon Ho

“Ki-woo, you know what kind of plan never fails? No plan at all.” – Kim Ki-taek as played by Kang-ho Song

7. Hell or High Water – 2016

Director: David Mackenzie 

“I’ve been poor my whole life, like a disease passing from generation to generation. But not my boys, not anymore.” – Toby Howard as played by Chris Pine

6. Gone Girl – 2014

Director: David Fincher

“I’m so much happier now that I’m dead.” – Amy Dunne as played by Rosamund Pike

5. Spotlight – 2015

Director: Tom McCarthy

“I wanna keep digging.” – Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson as played by Michael Keaton

4. Moonlight – 2016

Director: Barry Jenkins 

“Who is you, Chiron?” – Kevin as played by Andre Holland

3. Phantom Thread – 2017

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

“For the hungry boy” – Alma as played by Vickie Krieps

2. Annihilation – 2018

Director: Alex Garland

“You said nothing comes back. But something has…” – Lena as played by Natalie Portman

1. Arrival – 2016

Director: Denis Villeneuve 

“But now I’m not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived.” Louise Banks as played by Amy Adams

What a decade of cinema, there’s so many incredible films I left off the list. Rest assured, the unlisted films are still near and dear to my heart. If you vehemently disagree with my rankings, please tell me in the comments. My final list was a surprise to me too but ultimately it felt right. Now, a toast to the upcoming ten years at the movies. 

Author: Mario Posada

Originally from Washington D.C I graduated from George Mason University in 2013. I relocated to Austin, TX and currently work for a Non-Profit in the city. My different passions inspired me to start this blog.

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