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The Best Movies Of The 2010s


The beauty of this list is that you may truly hate it. You may think I’m crazy for picking “Bridesmaids” over “War Horse.” Or “Moneyball.” Or any of the more critically acclaimed films 2011 had to offer. But that’s okay. The fun is in the conversation. (Yes, I went with “Brooklyn” over “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Be glad it wasn’t “Trainwreck.”)

Most all of these films landed “Best Picture” nominations, save for the two comedies I went with in 2011 and 2018. In retrospect, the 2010s really were the decade of David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, who absolutely dominated the Oscars with everything from “The Fighter” to “Winter’s Bone” to “American Hustle” to “American Sniper” to “Silver Linings Playbook” to “A Star is Born.” (Amy Adams was everywhere, too.) If there’s one film I regret not making the list, it’s “Phantom Thread,” but 2017 was a particularly competitive year, like a lot of years this decade.

When it comes time to count down the best movies of the 2020s, you can bet a good chunk of them will come from streaming companies. So for now, let’s enjoy what Hollywood produced the decade before streaming giants really disrupted the landscape.

2010: ‘The Fighter’

2011: ‘Bridesmaids’

2012: ‘Django Unchained’

2013: ‘American Hustle’

2014: ‘American Sniper’

2015: ‘Brooklyn’

2016: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

2017: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

2018: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

2019: ‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’