Some may call it “The Best of the Decade”

The community has spoken… This is our list. There are many like it, but this one is ours! And yours.

Sourced from a group of active participants on the ZekeFilm Facebook Discussion Group, as well as our own current site contributors, we have narrowed down our own definitive list of the Best Films of the years 2010 through 2019. Our poll was open to anyone who cared to participate, allowing for up to fifty titles, as long as they were feature films released in the last ten years. All submissions have been tallied with equal weight.

Agree or disagree? Take it to our Discussion Group, and let the world know. Wherever possible, we’ve linked to our own reviews of said films. (Even when the review in question might not be in agreement with any such “best of the decade” status). Dig in, discuss, update your own to-see list, and enjoy!

And be sure not to miss some Fun Facts about this list, immediately following our #1 film.

Every list has a beginning…

100. Spotlight

99. A Quiet Place

98. 1917

97. We Need to Talk About Kevin

96. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

95. The Turin Horse

94. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

93. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

92. The Mule

91. The Kid with a Bike

90. The Avengers

89. The Act of Killing

88. Take Shelter

87. Steve Jobs

86. Selma

85. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

84. Restrepo

83. Prisoners

82. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

81. Melancholia 

80. Kubo and the Two Strings

79. Inside Out

78. Hacksaw Ridge

77. Dogtooth

76. Clouds of Sils Maria

75. Anomalisa

All of these movies appeared on more than one submitted list.

74. Toy Story 3

73. Zero Dark Thirty

72. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

71. Winter’s Bone

70. Train to Busan

69. The Babadook

68. Mustang

67. The Witch

66. The Big Short

65. Paddington 2

64. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

63. Logan Lucky

62. Inside Llewyn Davis

61. Darkest Hour

60. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

59. The Shape of Water

58. Lincoln

57. Interstellar

56. Us

55. Django Unchained

54. Blade Runner 2049

53. The Lobster

52. Life of Pi

51. Hereditary

Individual top-ten rankers and other assorted strong placers…

50. Brooklyn

49. Before Midnight

48. A Star is Born

47. Green Room

46. Moonrise Kingdom

45. Jojo Rabbit

44. Gone Girl

43. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

42. The Lego Movie

41. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

40. Call Me By Your Name

39. Drive

38. Dunkirk

37. The Lighthouse

36. Silence

35. Shutter Island

34. Holy Motors

33. Beasts of the Southern Wild

32. Silver Linings Playbook

31. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

30. If Beale Street Could Talk

29. Ex Machina

28. Paterson

27. The Grand Budapest Hotel

26. Inception

The must-see, decade-defining, rarely-disputed greats.

25. Black Swan

24. The Florida Project

23. First Reformed

22. Lady Bird

21. Boyhood

20. Calvary

19. BlacKkKlansman

18. Under the Skin

17. A Ghost Story

16. Baby Driver

15. The Master

14. Parasite

13. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

12. Arrival

11. Phantom Thread

10. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

9. Her

8. Get Out

7. 12 Years a Slave

6. The Tree of Life

5. The Social Network

4. Moonlight

3. Whiplash

2. La La Land

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

  • 238 films submitted in total.
  • All Academy Award Best Picture winners were submitted; 5 of 9 appear on the list (The King’s Speech, The Artist, Argo, and Green Book didn’t make the cut).
  • The #100 movie on this list, Spotlight, beat the #1 movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, for the Best Picture Oscar that year. (Thanks, Tom Stockman for pointing this out!)
  • 13 directors have two films on the list; Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve each have three.
  • Damien Chazelle directed our second and third place films, La La Land and Whiplash.
  • 9 female directors are represented.
  • 2 movies written by Aaron Sorkin are represented.
  • 2017 was our favorite year, with 16 films.
  • 2 yearly box office champions made the cut, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Avengers.
  • 14 writers and community members contributed to the list.
  • 2 movies about Mr. Rogers are on list, Won’t You be my Neighbor? and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
  • 2 Mission: Impossible movies are included, Ghost Protocol and Fallout.
  • 7 action films
  • 6 animated films
  • 5 comedies
  • 3 documentaries
  • 4 foreign language films
  • 10 horror films
  • 2 superhero films, both of which feature Marvel characters (not counting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which is based on a graphic novel)
  • 2 musicals
  • Adam Driver is our most represented actor, with 6 films.
  • Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Chastain are our most represented actresses, with 4 films each.