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Saturday, June 8, 2019

100 Greatest Films of the 2010's

Trying to create a list of the 100 best films within a 10 year span is a daunting task. I have been working on this post for the past 8 months, and I will continue to tweak it as the year goes along (as I consider your feedback as well as to include more films from 2019 on the list). However, it is not the inherent time it takes to think and rank and write about 100+ films, it's knowing that you're going to be inherently wrong. Even when I floated my top 10 to my friends, people with similar movie tastes to me, I couldn't get a consensus. Yet despite this, I persevered, and moved forward. Every year I create my own personal Best Of lists, but that's not what I wanted this list to be. I wanted this list to be as objective as possible. I wanted to rank films solely on their quality and how well they've pierced our pop culture. I included my own biases of course, but I looked at many outside factors as well. How well received and talked about is the film on Twitter? Are YouTube videos or podcasts made to discuss the film? How often is it a cable rewatch? What did critics think of the film? What did the Academy Awards think of it? My friends? My parents? All of this went into consideration in trying to determine the absolute best films of the decade. Although I know you think I'm wrong, we're going to give it a shot anyways.

1) The Social Network (2010)
Directed By: David Fincher
Written By: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, & Armie Hammer
RT Score: 95%

Why It's Great: The Social Network is the culmination of the greatest writer of our time collaborating with one of the best filmmakers of our time to create the best film of a decade about the defining technological achievement of our time. This film not only has Aaron Sorkin's snappy dialogue (we get it right out of the gate with Eisenberg's Mark Zuckerberg discussing life at college with his then girlfriend Erica played by Rooney Mara) but Sorkin seamlessly interweaves the origin story of Facebook as being told through the lens of two different legal depositions. It's a bold storytelling device that is brilliantly executed. This incredible script combined with David Fincher, a man who makes a regatta race one of stand out scenes of the movie, and indelible performances, and you're left with the unequivocal best film of the past ten years.

2) Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Co-Written & Directed By: George Miller
Starring: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, & Nicholas Hoult
RT Score: 97%

Why It's Great: I have only seen this film once, and I was not the biggest fan of it, even I can marvel at its technical brilliance and realize how Mad Max: Fury Road has cemented this film as probably the best film of this generation. The film is basically one giant car chase scene, but it's so much more than that. Miller is able to introduce us and immerse us in this patriarchal world. The film is a feminist anthem about destroying a system and starting anew. We know so much about this world system without any overt exposition dialogue or clunky narratives. Miller shows us bits and pieces and nuances together to create something fully formed yet brief. It just is, and then we're thrust into action. It's no surprise this film took home 6 Oscars, because it is a technical sensation. Just a treat all around.

3) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Written By: Terence Winter
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, & Margot Robbie
RT Score: 78%

Why It's Great: Whether it's the excess run time of the film, or the excess, abhorrent lifestyle of the real life of the main character (played by DiCaprio in the film) and how he's portrayed in The Wolf of Wall Street, you can't say that Jordan Belfort isn't at least interesting. I understand the criticisms, and truthfully they are all pretty much valid, but Martin Scorsese has created such a brilliant work of art that the film he gifted to us that we need to treat it like the bona fide masterpiece that it is. There have been so many films that have tried to be Scorsese (like Todd Phillips' War Dogs or Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya) or many films that would have been improved had Scorsese been behind the wheel (like Scott Cooper's Black Mass) that we need to reward Scorsese when he creates a quintessential classic for his oeuvre.

4) Whiplash (2014)
Written & Directed By: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller & J.K. Simmons
RT Score: 93%

Why It's Great: Even though Whiplash is a film about the relationship between a jazz drummer (Teller) and his conservatory professor (Simmons), very few films are relatable as this one. Whiplash explores the notion of greatness and the sacrifices it takes to get there. While neither main character is likable, Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons give brilliant performances, the latter of which rightfully earned an Oscar win to become more than "that guy from Oz", and carried this film over the finish line. Despite the success of Chazelle's follow-up film, La La Land, and the fact that this was a barely-watched film that earned 5 Oscar nominations and won 3 of them, Whiplash hasn't pierced the zeitgeist or been talked about since. That doesn't take away from the quality of the film and how near-perfect it is, but it did drop it from #2 to #4 on this list.

5) Get Out (2017)
Written & Directed By: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Alison Williams, & Bradley Whitford
RT Score: 98%

Why It's Great: I have seen Get Out three times now, and the film gets better and better upon each re-watch. Always a good sign of a quality film. Another good sign for it's legacy is that it will forever be remembered as, "wait, The Shape of Water won Best Picture over this?!"- a take people were already having during the 2018 Oscar season. Get Out is not only incredibly original - a horror film attacking the racism of the White Liberal - but would have marked an incredibly perfect moment in American culture. A film written during the Obama administration, but released during Trump's, it's a film that has already left a lasting legacy on our culture- through both the memes and Vines it helped create and the message it sent. So while Get Out may not have won the Oscar for Best Picture, it has earned the #5 spot on this list.

6) Inception (2010)
Written & Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, & Joseph Gordon-Levitt
RT Score: 86%

Why It's Great: Love Christopher Nolan (and there's a vocal number of them) or hate him, it's hard to deny that Nolan's masterpiece Inception isn't at least interesting. By exploring the nature of dreams, Nolan explores the notion to storytelling and movie-making as whole. Who cares why you're beginning this dream/scene at a small cafe in Paris, flip this fucker onto itself! Most filmmakers don't get the huge budget to explore such weighty themes, then again, most filmmakers aren't Christopher Nolan. We can sit here and wonder if Cobb's top totem ever falls or if any of this is actually real or just dream, but in the end, it doesn't even matter. We get to enjoy the ride that is Inception.

7) Drive (2011)
Directed By: Nicholas Winding Refn
Written By: Hossein Amini
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, & Albert Brooks
RT Score: 93%

Why It's Great: Drive is a mood. You could describe the plot of this film to someone and it make it sound like a generic action-adventure flick (which is what this film was advertised as), but it is so much more than that. There's an aesthetic to the film; a vibe. Drive is the pink lettering on the movie poster. Drive is the synth soundtrack led by "A Real Hero" by College & Electric Youth. Drive is Ryan Gosling as the nameless Driver sitting Cool as a Cucumber driving around Los Angeles at night with a car full of bank robbers. Drive is just awesome. Plus, it has Albert Brooks playing against type as the menacing Big Bad which will make any movie better.

8) Moonlight (2016)
Written & Directed By: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, & Trevante Rhodes
RT Score: 98%

Why It's Great: Thanks to the Oscars Best Picture snafu, Moonlight will always be interlinked with La La Land, but picture this. La La Land was the perennial favorite throughout Awards Season. The film was a box office smash making almost $450 million worldwide, it was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, and it was an ode to classic Hollywood (and Hollywood and The Academy *love* to show how great it is). Yet it was Moonlight that ultimately took home the Best Picture Oscar. This Indie, low-budget film about a homosexual relationship between two Black kids as told through 3 vignettes was the best picture. THAT is a testament to quality of Moonlight. A film almost universally adored (ironically expect by myself and my friends) and why it earned a spot in the decade's Top Ten.

9) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Co-Written & Directed By: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, & Lee Pace
RT Score: 91%

Why It's Great: Despite the many great and artful films, this decade will  most notably be defined by Marvel's dominance. I know a good many movie snobs who look down on Marvel films (to some extent I can get on board with the hate as Marvel success is killing a brand and type of films I love),  but sometimes you gotta respect The Playa when they make a film as good as Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is a charming and fun Space Opera led the charming and fun Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord- a role that also cemented the actor as a dominant movie star this past decade. Guardians is still generations Star Wars and shows that even our Corporate Overlords can produce great films.

10) Bridesmaids (2011)
Directed By: Paul Fieg
Written By: Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, & Melissa McCarthy
RT Score: 89%

Why It's Great: The short-lived television show Freaks and Geeks is one of the many projects associated with comedy Uber-Producer Judd Apatow. However, in reality, it was the brain child of Paul Feig, the show's creator (although Apatow was a producer on the show). A decade later, the same feels true about the film Bridesmaids. The film comes off of the heels of such modern comedy classics such as The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, films that were either directed by or clearly produced by Apatow, but the truth is Apatow helped put runners on the bases and it's Paul Feig who stepped up to the plate to hit a grand slam. Bridesmaids certainly has Apatow's fingerprints all over it, but the literally laugh-out-loud script created by Wiig and Mumolo, the breakout performance of Melissa McCarthy (who rightfully was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the film), and the ship-steering done by Feig is why Bridesmaids has stood the test of time and is a modern comedy classic in its own right.

11) The Queen of Versailles (2012)
Directed By: Lauren Greenfield
Starring: Jackie & David Siegel
RT Score: 95%

Why It's Great: Generally speaking, in order to make a great documentary, you need to have access and an incredible amount of luck. That's what happened when Lauren Greenfield went to make a documentary about David Siegel, a Florida timeshare Billionaire, and his model wife Jackie building the largest residential home in America. A topic that could have been interesting on its own that became an instant classic when Greenfield began filming the family just as the world's economy was falling apart thanks to the housing crisis. As David Siegel took out mortgages on most of his own timeshares, because, as he put it, "it was free money', you see a riches-to-rags story unfurl in front of your eyes. The housing crisis and the economy will always be lingering in back of our minds when we discuss this decade, and few films have displayed the disaster so eloquently than this documentary.

12) Dunkirk (2017)
Written & Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy & Kenneth Branagh
RT Score: 92%

Why It's Great: Undeniably, Christopher Nolan is one of, if not THE, greatest directors of our generation. Therefore, it's only fitting that he has two films in the top 11. Dunkirk is probably the most Nolan-y of all of his films: it has spectacular non-CGI action and set pieces, it messes with our notion of time, and its cold with characters that are not terribly warm or inviting. And its perfect. The film captures the bleakness of English soldiers stranded on the beach of Dunkirk, France as Hitler's invasion looms closer and closer. Nolan creates such an immersive experience that the films immediately forced itself into the conversation with Saving Private Ryan as the greatest war film of all time.

13) Inside Out (2015)
Co-Written & Co-Directed By: Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen
Voices Of: Amy Poehler & Phyllis Smith
RT Score: 98%

Why It's Great: Pixar Studios have created some of the iconic and best animated films of all time. Toy Story (1995) is so good and revolutionary that it made the top 100 American films ever from the American Film Institute (AFI). Wall-E (2008), a film with no dialogue for about half of its run time, is probably the most brilliant animated work ever. Pixar's 15th film, 2015's Inside Out is another example of the studios pure genius. When Pixar films hit, and they haven't done so too many times this decade, they present you with the perfect blend of creativity, morality, and pathos. Inside Out is not just the buddy comedy of Happiness (Poehler) and Sadness (Smith) but uses the adventure to tell the story of a young girl going through puberty after her family moves across the country.

14) Django Unchained (2012)
Written & Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, & Leonardo DiCaprio
RT Score: 86%

Why It's Great: Django is one of those films where I'm not personally the biggest fan, but I respect the people that love it. My cousin, who is probably a generation younger than me, fucking LOVES this movie. It felt like his generation's Inglorious Basterds. But then the Wisecrack Show Me The Meaning podcast, guys who are MY generation, also discussed how much they love this movie, so I'll give it it's due respects. Django Unchained feels like the middle film in QT's historical revenge-porn drama (in-between Basterds and The Hateful Eight). It uses all of Tarantino's quippy dialogue and flare for the violent theatrics while re-writing the slavery narrative. For all of the criticism Tarantino received for the use of the N-word in this film, the cisgender white male managed to turn the hypocrisy of slavery on its head through use biblical metaphors and the contrast between Christoph Waltz's King Schultz, a foreigner who is anti-slavery and the embodiment of sophistication and posh versus Leo's Calvin Candie, a man pretending to be other-worthy but is just a Neanderthal in fancy clothing.

15) Moneyball (2011)
Directed By: Bennett Miller
Written By: Aaron Sorkin & Steve Zaillian
Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, & Philip Seymour Hoffman
RT Score: 94%

Why It's Great: Moneyball is great because it's the greatest baseball movie ever made. No film has been able to truly capture what it's like to be IN baseball like this one. The reality of being an actual sports underdog without really winning in the end. What it's like to actually compete as an underdog. The book, written by Michael Lewis, is probably the most influential sports book of the past 30 years, and after years of trying, Bennett Miller and genius Oscar winning screen writers Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian were able to take the essence of the book and distill into a cinema-verite-esque picture by following a year in the life of Oakland A's GM Billy Beane (Pitt). Being such a huge fan of the book, my first (and probably second, third, and fourth) viewing of the film left me a bit empty. But once I allowed myself to see what story Bennett Miller was telling, and not what story Michael Lewis previously told, I became a fan. Moneyball is the film I have to watch before every MLB post-season and easily one of the best films in a super weak year, 2011, for films.

16) Black Panther (2018)
Co-Written & Directed By: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Bosemen & Michael B. Jordan
RT Score: 97%

Why It's Great: Black Panther is not the best Ryan Coogler film to have come out this decade (don't worry, his best coming shortly), but it is the one to have the most powerful effect on the zeitgeist. Not only did Coogler help break the superhero and MArvel glass ceiling with its predominantly Black cast, but it also helped change the cookie-cutter mold of Marvel by exploring themes of leadership and national identity. Even if Black Panther did what The Dark Knight couldn't do by earning an Academy Award for Best Picture, the film would still have forced itself to the annals of some of the greatest superhero films of all time thanks to Ryan Coogler smarts by adding his themes and worldview into a movie that ends with a large battle involving giant rhinos. Plus, Michael B. Jordan can do no wrong.

17) Gravity (2013)
Co-Written & Directed By: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Sandra Bullock & George Clooney
RT Score: 96%

Why It's Great: Gravity's brilliance comes from its simplicity in its storytelling and the magnitude of this world. After space debris destroys their mission and their spaceship, astronaut Ryan Stone (Bullock) must find her way back home to her daughter. Much like Dunkirk above,  Gravity wastes no time pulling you in and beginning the journey by having things go wrong within the opening minutes of the film. It's a breathtaking spectacle to behold akin to the beach storming scene at the beginning of Saving Private Ryan. We already knew Alfonso Cuaron was an incredible filmmaker, but Gravity helped cement his status as one of the best working directors today and earning himself his first Best Director Academy Award.

18) Looper (2012)
Written & Directed By: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Bruce Willis
RT Score: 93%

Why It's Great: Very rarely do I personally give a film 4 out of 4 stars, but Looper is one of those films and topped my list of the best films of 2012. Very rarely do we get smart, science fiction/action films that are both thought- provoking and entertaining. In fact, Looper might be the last non Star Wars/Marvel version of this, as Hollywood veers harder and faster into proven IP than ever before. Despite its brilliance, Looper as lost is luster in the zeitgeist as time has gone on. JGL isn't the star he probably should have been at this point in his career, the film doesn't have the cable second wind like it should have had (partially because it's somewhat hard to jump right in due the length of time it takes to set up the rules and exposition), and even director Rian Johnson just took a beating after his work on the Star Wars franchise. Nevertheless, Looper stands up on its own and proudly earns a spot as one of the best films of the decade.

19) Toy Story 3 (2010)
Directed By: Lee Unkrich
Written By: Michael Arndt
Voices Of: Tom Hanks, Woody Allen, & Ned Beatty
RT Score: 98%

Why It's Great: There are a handful of films that legitimately have a claim to being called the best animated film of the 2000's, and I admit there is large minority, if in fact it's not actually the majority, that would claim that film to be Toy Story 3 and place it ahead of Inside Out. Those people would be wrong and I will gladly fight you in the comments, but to split the baby in half and recognize the power this film has, I placed it as the second best animated film and solidly in the decade's best top 20. It is very uncommon for the second film in a series to be good, nevertheless the third film, but the Toy Story franchise never stops being amazing. The franchise not only allows us to spend time with characters we have grown to love, but evolves forwards thematically. Toy Story 3 manages to the take the themes of death and moving on and pack it into an enjoyable two-hour romp that you and your kids can enjoy. Not an easy feat to accomplish, yet Pixar manages to do it again.

20) Boyhood (2014)
Written & Directed By: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, & Ethan Hawke
RT Score: 97%

Why It's Great: On its own, the story of Boyhood is solid. It's a slice of life picture about growing up in the late 90's, early 2000's told only the way Richard Linklater can. But the fact that he actually shot the film over the span of 12 years so we actually see Ellar Coltrane's Mason grow up in front of our eyes is pretty damn spectacular. Making an actual movie is so damn hard, even for an experienced and well-lauded director like Linklater, so the fact that he was able to spent 12 years making the film he wanted to make is just an incredible cinematic feat that deserves to be praised. What's even better is that this is more than just a gimmick, it's a way for Richard Linklater to tell an authentic and heart-warming story. Plus, as a kid who had a similar childhood to Mason, I might be too unnecessarily attached to this film.

21) Creed (2015)
Co-Written & Directed By: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, & Sylvester Stallone
RT Score: 95%

Why It's Great: Ryan Coogler shows up again on this list for reinvigorating the Rocky franchise. Personally, I think Creed is by-far-and-away Coogler's best film, but I just can't deny the impact Black Panther has had. Creed came out in a time where sequels were basically a remake of their first movie. In many ways, Creed is just a remake of Rocky, just like J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is basically a remake of A New Hope. Yet despite hitting many of the same beats as Rocky, Creed is very much its own thing. Coogler envelops the city of Philadelphia in his tale (I now dream of running being surrounded by three-wheelers while Meek Mill blasts) and thematically adds Black Culture into the recipe. I've seen this film at least five times now and love it more and more.

22) La La Land (2016)
Written & Directed By: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
RT Score: 91%

Why It's Great: La La Land is going to be one of the most divisive films in the top 20. I had many people in my life tell me they HATED this film when it first came out and started winning awards. I get it. It's not everybody's Cup of Tea, but there is a reason it was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, wining 6 including Best Actress and Best Director, and made over $400 million dollars overseas on a $30 million dollar budget. I truly believe La La Land  is this generation's Singin' In The Rain, but with a more negative ending. Or the right ending when you realize the film is actually about two dreamers trying to live out their dream, and ultimately succeeding. The film has catchy songs including "Another Day of Sun" and "City of Stars" and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone get to prove why their A-list stats selling the shit out of this script and carrying the film.

23) Frozen (2013)
Directed By: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Written By: Jennifer Lee
Voices Of: Kristen Bell, Idina Manzel, & Jonathan Groff
RT Score: 90%

Why It's Great: Disney's animated renaissance was from 1989 through 1994. After a series of duds like The Black Cauldron, The Rescuers Down Under, and The Great Mouse Detective, Disney went back to its break-and-butter: princesses. Thanks to hits like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast,and Aladdin princesses helped bolster Disney's brand. However, in 1995, a little film called Toy Story came out and Pixar and their brand have dominated the animation film market ever since. Even though Pixar is now owned by Disney, the mothership still wanted to retain it's own identity, albeit while incorporating some of Pixar's charm. Disney tried to re-up with princesses again this decade (basically) with The Princess and the Frog (a film I till maintain is better than its place within the zeitgeist) and Tangled, but really hit the mother load with Frozen. Despite Honest Trailers calling the film "the live action music video of "Let It Go" (and they're not entirely wrong) I do think the film has had the impact that it did but centering the story on the platonic love of two princess sisters.

24) Spotlight (2015)
Co-Written & Directed By: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, & Michael Keaton
RT Score: 97%

Why It's Great: If La La Land is today's Singin' In The Rain, then Spotlight is today's All The President's Men. Investigative journalism is pretty dull and tedious work IRL, but boy do the movies sure make it exhilarating. Spotlight follows the Spotlight team, a group of investigative journalists at the Boston Globe in the late 90's, early 2000's as it tells the story about how they brought the Catholic Church scandal of priests abusing children into the limelight. The film starts off strong, chugs along to the finish line, and leaves you captivated and enthralled the entire time. It helps when you have an incredible script originally penned by Josh Signer and Tom McCarthy doesn't do anything flashy and lets the script and actors do the heavy lifting (no shots at McCarthy who I thought really did a marvelous job and deserved all of the directing nominations he got for his work here).

25) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
Directed By: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman
Written By: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman
Voices Of: Shamiek Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, & Jake Johnson
RT Score: 97%

Why It's Great: There's a podcast that I love called Unspooled where comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson break down the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest Films of All Time. In the middle of their run, they had separate podcasts breaking down the 25 highest grossing films of 2018, 25 most critically acclaimed movies of the year, and a listener themed episode - all to determine which 2018 film is most likely to make a future AFI list. And shockingly / non-shockingly, the film they seemed to determined was 2018's best was Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Plus, this movie is absolutely adored by my friends, The Ringer's Sean Fennessy and The Film Vault's Anderson Cowan, and it's a brilliant breakthrough in animation in general, and you realize this film hits every objective box to be one of the best films of the decade.

26) Hell or High Water (2016)
Directed By: David Mackenzie
Starring: Chris Pratt, Jeff Bridges, & Ben Foster

27) The Fighter (2010)
Directed By: David O. Russell
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, & Christian Bale


10) 30 for 30: The Two Escobars (2010)
9) Win/Win (2011)
8) Warrior (2011)
7) 30 for 30: Catching Hell (2011)
6) Goon (2011)
5) Rush (2013)
4) Battle of the Sexes (2017)
3) The Fighter (2010)
2) Creed (2015)
1) Moneyball (2011)

28) Roma (2018)
Directed By: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio & Marina de Tavira

29) Argo (2012)
Directed By: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, & John Goodman

30) Her (2013)
Directed By: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, & Scarlett Johansson

31) Black Swan (2010)
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Natalie Portman & Mila Kunis

32) Zootopia (2016)
Directed By: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush
Voices Of: Gennifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, & Jenny Slate

33) Minding The Gap (2018)
Directed By: Bing Lui
Starring: Zack Mulligan, Keire Johnson, & Bing Lui

34) Arrival (2016)
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams & Jeremy Rennere

35) Baby Driver (2017)
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, & Jon Hamm

36) Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Directed By: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt

37) Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn'
Starring: Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, & Colin Firth

38) Skyfall (2012)
Directed By: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, & Javier Bardem

39) Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014)
Directed By: The Russo Brothers
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, & Robert Redford

40) Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Directed By: The Russo Brothers
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, & Josh Brolin

41) The LEGO Movie (2014)
Directed By: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Voices Of: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, & Will Ferrell


10) Anomolisa (2015)
9) How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
8) Moana (2016)
7) Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
6) The LEGO Movie (2014)
5) Zootopia (2016)
4) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
3) Frozen (2013)
2) Toy Story 3 (2010)
1) Inside Out (2015)

42) Young Adult (2011)
Directed By: Jason Reitman
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, & Patton Oswalt

43) The Shape of Water (2017)
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, & Michael Shannon

44) A Star Is Born (2018)
Directed By: Bradley Cooper
Starring: Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga


10) Selma (2014)
Dir: Ava DuVernay

9) The Babadook (2014)
Dir: Jennifer Kent

8) Winter's Bone (2010)
Dir: Debra Granik

7) The Kids Are Alright (2010)
Dir: Lisa Cholodenko

6) Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Dir: Valerie Fares & Jonathan Dayton

47) Lady Bird (2017)
Directed By: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Lucas Hedges, & Laurie Metcalf

46) Wonder Woman (2017)
Directed By: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot & Chris Pine

45) Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jessica Chastain

2) Frozen (2013)
Dir: Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck

1) The Queen of Versailles (2012)
Dir: Lauren Greenfield

48) Nightcrawler (2014)
Directed By: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, & Riz Ahmed

49) The Big Short (2015)
Directed By: Adam McKay
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, & Christian Bale

50) Vice (2018)
Directed By: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, & Steve Carell

51) Nebraska (2013)
Directed By: Alexander Payne
Starring: Will Forte, Bruce Dern, & June Squibb

52) The Favourite (2018)
Directed By: Yorgan Langhimos
Starring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, & Emma Stone


10) Green Book (2018)

56) The King's Speech (2010)
Directed By:  Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, & Geoffrey Rush

55) 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Directed By: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, & Michael Fassbender

54) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Directed By: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, & Emma Stone

53) The Artist (2011)
Directed By: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bernice Bejo, & John Goodman

4) The Shape of Water (2017)
3) Argo (2012)
2) Spotlight (2015)
1) Moonlight (2016)

57) The Master (2012)
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, & Philip Seymour Hoffman

58) Phantom Thread (2017)
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, & Lesley Manville

59) Lincoln (2012)
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, & Tommy Lee Jones

60) Logan (2017)
Directed By: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman & Patrick Stewart

61) Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Directed By: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, & Tom Hiddleston

62) Kick Ass (2010)
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, & Mark Strong

63) X-Men: First Class (2011)
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, & Jennifer Lawrence


10) Iron Man 3 (2013)

9) Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

66) Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Directed By: The Russo Brothers
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, & Sebastian Stan

65) Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Directed By: The Russo Brothers
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, & Paul Rudd

64) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Directed By: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, & Michael Keaton

5) Marvel's The Avengers
4) Avengers: Infinity War
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2) Black Panther
1) Guardians of the Galaxy

67) Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Directed By: Rich Moore
Voices Of: John C Reilly, Jane Lynch, & Sarah Silverman

68) Moana (2016)
Directed By: Ron Clements and John Musker & Don Hall and Chris Williams
Voiced Of: Auli'i Cravalho, Jemaine Clements, & The Rock

69) Life of Pi (2012)
Directed By: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma & Irrfan Khan

70) The Martian (2015)
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon

71) The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Directed By: Drew Goddard
Starring: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, & Chris Hemsworth

72) Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Directed By: David O. Russell
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, & Robert De Niro

73) How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Directed By: Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders
Voices Of: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, & Gerald Butler

74) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Directed By: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, & Sam Rockwell

75) This Is The End (2013)
Directed By: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Starring: Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel


10) Neighbors (2014)
9) Deadpool (2016)
8) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
7) The Other Guys (2010)
6) 21 Jump Street (2012)
5) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
4) Trainwreck (2015)
3) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
2) This Is The End (2013)
1) Bridesmaids (2011)

76) Brooklyn (2015)
Directed By: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, & Emory Cohen

77) Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Directed By: Rupert Wyatt
Starring: James Franco, John Lithgow, & Andy Serkis

78) War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Directed By: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Steve Zahn, & Woody Harrelson

79) Anomalisa (2015)
Directed By: Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
Voices Of: David Thewlis, Tom Noonan, & Jennifer Jason Leigh

80) The Florida Project (2017)
Directed By: Sean Baker
Starring: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, & Willem Dafoe

81) 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead & John Goodman

82) The Jungle Book (2016)
Directed By: Jon Favreau
Starring: Neel Sethi
Voices Of: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, & Idris Elba

83) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, & Kieran Culkin

84) Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Directed By: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, & Tessa Thompson

85) Iron Man 3 (2013)
Directed By: Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, & Ben Kingsley

86) Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Directed By: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Starring: Emma Stone & Steve Carell

87) The Kids Are Alright (2010)
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, & Mark Ruffalo

88) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Directed By: Jake Szymanski
Starring: Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, & Aubrey Plaza

89) The Imitation Game (2014)
Directed By: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightly

90) Snowpiercer (2013)
Directed By: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, & Tilda Swinton

91) Winter's Bone (2010)
Directed By: Debra Granik
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence & John Hawkes

92) Trainwreck (2015)
Directed By: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, & LeBron James

93) The Babadook (2014)
Directed By: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis & Noah Wiseman

94) Chronicle (2012)
Directed By: Josh Trank
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B Jordan

95) Premium Rush (2012)
Directed By: David Koepp
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Michael Shannon

96) The Descendants (2011)
Directed By: Alexander Payne
Starring: George Clooney, Beau Bridges, & Shailene Woodley

97) Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Directed By: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, & Sam Rockwell

98) 21 Jump Street (2012)
Directed By: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, & Brie Larson

99) A Quiet Place (2018)
Directed By: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt & John Krasinski

100) Coco (2017)
Directed By: Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina
Voices Of: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, & Benjamin Bratt