Raising Bertie – Edge of Tomorrow – The Day He Arrives – Zama – Pina – Tabu – Get Out

Among the nearly 2,000 new films I saw this past decade, I found these the freshest in concept, richest in ambition, craftiest in execution, or plain hardest to forget. Joint citations are for movies that share artists or themes, and for which I feel nearly equal awe. Honorable mentions, scattered throughout, are for films that would miss this list on their own but merit a warm shout. I hope you hunt down titles new to you, or rewatch those you know, and share your reactions.

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Best of the 2010s by Title
3912 Years a Slave
720th Century Women
7524 Weeks

12The Act of Killing
11Amour
65Angelo
34Aquarius
25Araby
8At Berkeley
6Atlantics
95Ava

24Beasts of the Southern Wild
80A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
80Beginners
93El Bella Vista
37Birds Are Singing in Kigali
53Bisbee '17
60Black Mother
65Black Venus
58Blue Valentine

18Carol
23The Cave
82Certified Copy
28Court
90Creed

52Dawson City: Frozen Time
20The Day He Arrives
89Dheepan
87The Diary of a Teenage Girl
68Do Not Resist
42Donbass

36Edge of Tomorrow
30Elena
56End of the Century

50Félicité
63Fire at Sea
92First Man

72Get Out
73Ghost Tropic
40Good Time
79Goodbye to Language 3D
35Graves without a Name
62Gravity

61Happy as Lazzaro
49Holy Motors
57How to Survive a Plague

4If Beale Street Could Talk
99The Immigrant
26The Interrupters
67Iraqi Odyssey
81The Irishman
48Isle of Dogs
98Israfil
44Ixcanul

77La Jaula de oro
64Just 6.5

95Lady Bird
23Last Men in Aleppo
69The Last of the Unjust
16Life and Nothing More
82Like Someone in Love
86Lincoln
33The Lobster
12The Look of Silence
96Mad Max: Fury Road
21El mar la mar
13Margaret
46Melancholia
98Middle of Nowhere
35The Missing Picture
14Moonlight
70mother!
91Mr. Turner
83Much Loved
27My Joy
31Mysteries of Lisbon

66National Gallery
34Neighboring Sounds
22Norte, the End of History
41Nostalgia for the Light

51The Orphanage
74The Other Side
85Our People Will Be Healed

70Parasite
88Pina
59Poetry
42The President

78Radiator
71Rags and Tatters
54Raising Bertie
78Ray & Liz
20Right Now, Wrong Then
97Roma

55The Selfish Giant
28A Separation
43Shoplifters
5Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
9Sleeping Beauty
17Son of Saul
32Southwest
100Starlet
47Summer 1993
76Suzanne

10Tabu
15Things to Come
84Timbuktu
38Toni Erdmann
45Toy Story 3
2The Tree of Life
89The Tribe
46The Turin Horse

49Under the Skin

87Valencia

84We Come As Friends
56Weekend
3Western
52What We Left Unfinished
68Whose Streets?
94The Wild Goose Lake
92The Wind Rises
61The Wonders
29The Work

19Zama


Honorable Mentions
Numbers refer to where on the main list each mention appeared.

Unnumbered titles appeared in the general list of Honorable Mentions.
43 3 Faces
713000 Nights
7845 Years
575B

63A Ciambra
99Ad Astra
43After the Storm
26 America to Me
000American Factory
89American Sniper
94Angels Wear White
46 Aniara
49 Antiviral
95As I Open My Eyes
76Asako I & II
81Ash Is Purest White
43 At War
12 The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu

000Babyteeth
98Beyond the Lights
45 Big Hero 6
91Birdman
94Black Coal, Thin Ice
90Black Panther
57BPM (Beats Per Minute)

18 Call Me By Your Name
80Can You Ever Forgive Me?
43 Capernaum
31 Carlos
53Casting JonBenet
9 Cemetery of Splendor
97The Chambermaid
58Clemency
9 Clip
61Corpo Celeste

68Dark Money
18 Dark Waters
59Diane
21 Dislocation Blues
000Dogtooth

000Eighth Grade
94An Elephant Sitting Still
38 Elle
41Erased,__Ascent of the Invisible
000Everyone Else
66Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

46 The Fall
59Fatima
000Faust
34 The Fever
35 First They Killed My Father
000Fish Tank
6 The Fits
5 For Sama
66Francofonia
16Free in Deed
22 From What Is Before

9 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
95Girlhood
84Girls Don't Fly
34 Gloria
78God's Own Country
21 Good Luck
74The Gospel of Eureka
48 The Grand Budapest Hotel

60Hale County This Morning, This Evening
46 Hard to Be a God
79Heart of a Dog
77Heli
92High Life
58Higher Ground
000The Homesman
93Honeyland
83Horses of God
9 House of Tolerance
42 How I Ended This Summer
45 How to Train Your Dragon
83Hustlers

4 I Am Not Your Negro
53I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
33 Icebergs
37Ida
15I'll See You in My Dreams
79The Image Book
66In Jackson Heights
27 In the Fog
21 The Iron Ministry
72It Follows

19 Jauja
83Joy
15 Julieta

53Kate Plays Christine
6 Kati Kati
59The Kindergarten Teacher
58Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
71Ladder to Damascus
58The Last Black Man in San Francisco
3 Lean on Pete
97Leap Year
21 Leviathan (2012)
30 Leviathan (2014)
000Li'l Quinquin
31 Little Women
44 La Llorona
000A Long and Happy Life
36Looper
99The Lost City of Z
76Love Like Poison
30 Loveless
18 Lovesong

64Ma' Rosa
100Magic Mike
64A Man of Integrity
35 Marwencol
48 The Master
63Mediterranea
9 Minotaur
77Miss Bala
36Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
45 Moana
58Mother of George
51My Life as a Zucchini
42 My Sweet Pepper Land

10 Neon Bull
28 No Date, No Signature

23 Of Fathers and Sons
83On Tour (Tournée)
27 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
000Only Lovers Left Alive
32 The Ornithologist
43Our Little Sister

46 The Painted Bird
000Panamerican Machinery
000Paradise: Love
14 Pariah
95Patti Cake$
41 The Pearl Button
91Peterloo
48 Phantom Thread
42 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch, Reflecting on Existence
49 Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You
56Portrait of a Lady on Fire
47 Princess Cyd
20 The Princess of France

63Sacro GRA
82The Salesman
86Selma
60Shakedown
7 She's Beautiful When She's Angry
52Shirkers
42 Sieranevada
81Silence
30 Silent Souls
59A Simple Life
9 The Sleeping Beauty
44 Song without a Name
58Songs My Brothers Taught Me
72Sorry to Bother You
75A Sort of Family
14 Spa Night
000Spring Breakers
45 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
66The Square
51Starless Dreams
71Story of Judas

45 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
44 Temblores (Tremors)
11 Tomcat
47 Too Late to Die Young
94A Touch of Sin
68Trapped
75Tully
21 Two Years at Sea

77Una noche
74Uncertain

96Victoria

34 Waiting for the Carnival
86War Horse
37 War Witch
16 Waves
22 Ways of the Sea (Halaw)
87We Are the Best!
24 We the Animals
57We Were Here
16 What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?
000White Material
15 Woman at War
22 The Woman Who Left
18 Wonderstruck
45 World of Tomorrow
36 World War Z

45 Your Name