The 100 Best Movies Of The Decade – 2010-2019 – Streaming Guide Included

10. Certified Copy

Before Sunrise is often mentioned when discussing Certified Copy, and while there is good reason for that, the two merely resemble each other. Juliette Binoche makes the film here, mostly because she can give you a ten-page report by lifting an eyebrow, but the screenplay is amazing as well.

In a certain sense this is a kind of anti-Her, because instead of trying to help explain or dissect love and relationships, Certified Copy tears it all apart and the fact that it leaves you utterly unsure what you just watched is a rather damning statement about everything you thought you knew. Which is quite an achievement for a film that is virtually nothing but two people talking.

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9. The Imitation Game

It’s hard to fault those who say that The Imitation Game is a bit too heavy-handed in its talk of “codes” and how people apply them, but the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is nevertheless well deserved.

Heavy handed or not, the film delivers people you never thought you’d be interested in and brings them to life so spectacularly that you can’t help but be engrossed in a plot… you probably still aren’t any more interested in.

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8. Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road
courtesy Warner Bros.

In a year with three other Best Picture nominees on this list, and two more that had a lot of people talking, Mad Max: Fury Road only managed to bring home a variety of technical wins, though being nominated for Best Picture was a kind of win in itself.

It’s ultimately a perfection of a genre, and moreover of a broader spectrum of entertainment. It’s pulse-pounding, popcorn fun that is just amazingly engrossing.

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7. Little Women

Though it managed a lot of wins throughout the larger award community, Little Women only won the Oscar for Achievement in Costume Design, though it did get the Critics’ Choice for Adapted Screenplay.

A rare treat when looking at something that already has perhaps too many adaptations, Little Women took a fresh look at how to tell the story and then fought for all it was worth to make a new perspective meaningful.

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6. Anna Karenina

Speaking of telling old stories in new ways, Joe Wright is on the list again, this time with Tom Stoppard’s spin on Anna Karenina. It was the Oscar for Best Costume Design, but in that crazy 2012 that I’ve already discussed, it wasn’t nominated for any of the bigger awards.

Keira Knightley is wonderful in a role that is probably deceptive in its complexity and difficulty, because naive is harder to pull of than I think people realize. But, the majority of the praise has to go to Wright and Stoppard for this whimsical, elegant, provocative ride through a story that has been told more often than we need. The somewhat wild delivery also allows the story to give us somewhat “truer” characters than previous adaptations as this Anna and Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are trying to win you over as much.

The film is also swimming with familiar faces (especially now) – Kelly Macdonald, Jude Law, Olivia Williams, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and more.

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5. Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky was up against it come award season, though Natalie Portman had things pretty well sewn up. She not only won the Oscar, and most other awards, her performance is one for the ages. It’s an utterly eery masterpiece that delivers Aronofsky’s vision so perfectly that the ultimately odd, pulp supernatural events become both magical and irrelevant.

It’s a shame that the film didn’t get more attention, despite the tough year, because Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell are both brilliant as well.

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4. Lady Bird

Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird is a completely bizarre perfection of craft aided by the much on this list, Saoirse Ronan. While it didn’t get any Oscar wins, it didn’t manage The Golden Globe for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Actress.

There aren’t many movies that define and destroy a genre in one move, but Lady Bird, and especially because of Ronan’s performance, does just that. It’s an astute and hilarious tale of adolescence-ish that leaves most other efforts at coming-of-age scrambling through cliche.

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3. About Time

All but completely overlooked, Richard CurtisAbout Time is the decades most conceptually clear perfection of spirit. With ten times the budget, five more years to film, and anyone he wanted, Curtis would have ended up with this exact same film.

Few movies have ever managed to tear into characters the way this episodic romp does and that is ultimately its magic, not the time travel.

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2. La La Land

La La Land Movie - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in LA LA LAND. Photo Credit: Dale Robinette

Damien Chazelle didn’t quite manage to win the fanfare you might have expected with First Man, though it’s a solid film as well, and that may be because there was no way to compare with the lightning strike of La La Land.

Gosling and Stone are masterful, and that one moment is worth the majority of other films put together.

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1. The Favourite

It was a good decade for Emma Stone, and Yorgos Lanthimos. The Favourite delivered all of Lanthimos’ abilities, but translated out of his normal, bizarre worlds and into one that is far more bizarre than his imagination could create.

In what was the biggest robbery of the decade, two movies on this list, including this one, along with two other movies that also deserved a fair amount of praise, lost the Best Picture Oscar to Green Book.

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And finally, The Almosts – in no particular order

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Secret World of Arietty

Calvary

The Cafe Society

Ford vs Ferarri

3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Iceman

Atomic Blonde

Leave No Trace

Prisoners

The Voices

Source Code

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mr. Turner

Oblivion

Despicable Me

Looper

What We Do in the Shadows

The End of the Tour

Sicario

A Ghost Story

Nightcrawler

Ready Player One

Jack Reacher

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Barbara

Tangerine

Edge of Seventeen

Immortals

The Adjustment Bureau

Welcome to Me

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Wind Rises

Love Is Strange

Hostiles

Anomalisa

The Florida Project

Only Lovers Left Alive

Passengers

Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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