A decade of movies is no easy list to sort through.
The 2010s are coming to a close, and with it comes a close to this decade of cinema.
To me, this era of film has been a mixed bag. There have been films that have blown me away, throwing open my interpretation and understanding of narrative storytelling as a whole. But these masterpieces are few and far between, and over the course of the last ten years, no film has been able to knock my number 1 off of its throne: David Fincher’s Fight Club.
With that being said, here are my top 10 films of the 2010s.
1. Sing Street
John Carney’s musical masterpiece came out of nowhere and took the indie film world by storm. Now, I’m Irish, so given that this film is set in Ireland and casts real Irish school kids playing Irish school kids, it gets extra brownie points from me.
The original soundtrack written for this film was an absolute joy to listen to, and the acting from the amateur cast was spot on. The film follows a young Irish schoolboy who starts a band in an attempt to win his sweetheart over. What follows is an adventure through different genres of music and a beautiful exploration of young love.\
Released March 17th, 2017.
2. John Wick Chapter 3
Parabellum. Prepare for war.
And war we get. Keanu Reeves is once again phenomenal in the reprisal of his best role. John Wick Chapter 3 raises and sets the bar for gun-fu based action films. The directing here is incredible from beginning to end, and each action set piece leaves you in awe at the perfect synergy between actor and director.
Less obscure than Sing Street, I doubt I need to tell you what John Wick is all about. But if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to the carnival of carnage that is this film.
Released May 9, 2019
3. The Wolf Of Wall Street
The Revenant can eat one. This is DiCaprio’s greatest role, and it’s not even close. Stepping into the shoes of notorious Wallstreet broker Jordan Belfort, DiCaprio brings sex, drugs, and rock and roll to the big screen like few actors before him.
With world-class support from a type-cast breaking Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street is messy, glammy, and oh so sexy.
Released December 5, 2013.
Nolan’s box-office masterpiece sent waves through the world of cinema. With a plot that still to this day has people debating, an epic score worthy of a story of this magnitude, and an exceptional, star-studded cast, Inception is one of the all-time greats. And it only came out in 2010.
Released July 16, 2010
Now onto the films on this list that I can confidently consider among my all-time favorite movies. Whiplash is a masterclass in storytelling. Simple in its delivery, pulling no fancy tricks, whiplash is a perfect example of what happens when an exceptional script and director meets exceptional actors.
Released August 5, 2014
6. Baby driver
Edgar Wright may just be my favorite director, and this film exemplifies why. This is an excellent example of audiovisual storytelling and direction. With possibly the best soundtrack in cinematography history, Baby Driver is an adventure start to finish. Wright syncs up every gunshot to every beat, and it makes for gun-based action scenes that rival even those of John Wick.
Released June 28, 2017
7. 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh is an American born, Irish bred writer, director, and screenwriter. He’s written and directed three films: 7 Psychopaths, In Bruges, And 3 Billboards. Each of his movies is better than the last, and three billboards even took home two Oscars and several more nominations. He has only written and directed three films, so there’s no doubt in my mind that he has yet to hit the pinnacle of his career. And that’s a scary thought.
Released November 10, 2017
8. Inside Out
I’m not a big animation film fan. But Inside Out struck a soft spot with me. It serves as a study of emotion, personifying each of sadness, joy, anger, disgust, and fear. It is a beautiful exploration of a young girl’s mind as she goes through a troubling period of her life, and while I’m definitely not a little girl, it is a journey that I like many others can relate to.
Released June 19, 2015
9. Bladerunner 2049
I was apprehensive when this sci-fi blockbuster was set to be released. The original Bladerunner is one of my favorite films of all time. In fact, when I first saw 2049, I hated it. I found that it overused sound, and that detracted a lot from the empty grandeur of the world it’s trying to depict. While I still hold that opinion, the film has aged in my mind like a fine wine. It is a masterwork in world-building and character, and you owe it to yourself to see it.
Released October 6, 2017
10. A Star Is Born
This film destroyed me. I left the cinema in tears. The image of my girlfriend and me walking home in the dead of night, illuminated by nothing but the orange glow of the streetlight, our sobs echoing in the darkness must have been a sight to behold.
It is a remake of a classic, but it stands alone and then some. Lady Gaga’s performance blew me away; she’s as good an actor as she is a singer! If you haven’t had the experience of seeing this film. Please, I beg you, watch it. You’ll see what I mean.
Released October 5, 2018