Over the past ten years (aka the 2010s), some of the best movies of all time have flooded into our local theaters. We have seen record breaking box office results coming from huge blockbuster franchises like Marvel’s Avengers and The Hunger Games. Here are the best movies of the last decade that have left their mark and won’t be forgotten in the years to come.
The Social Network (2010)
This film sets the tone for the 2010s as it was the first millennial biopic. It was the film that exposed the foundation on which 21-century social media was built. The film is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires, about how Harvard undergrad and computer wizard Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) worked on the concept that we all know now as Facebook. You can see the history of Facebook and how it came to be. The film is a perfect blend of David Fincher’s direction and Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue, which made it the classic greed, betrayal, and regret story.
This movie was like nothing anyone has seen before! You have to pay close attention to this eye-catching movie. With almost every scene in the film being a dream, it continues to leave many viewers confused. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) assembles a team to set up a maze in a billionaire’s dream. He has the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and view their deepest secrets. The entire movie viewers are fighting their way to determine what is real and what is a dream. The film was shot by Christopher Nolan, catapulting him into the upper echelons of filmmaking with his unforgettable aerial shots and key sequences.
A classic movie that touches on a crazy bridesmaids journey to matrimony that just about everyone has seen. This movie impacted viewers all around the world and even left some bridesmaids adopting the movie’s signature pose. We cannot forget the classic one-liners throughout the film that are used all the time by fans. Such as when Annie says, “I am ready to parrrtyyy.” The movie was not expected to do well initially, having an all-female principal cast. With everything that director Paul Feig put together, his work with Kristen Wiig, Terry Cruz, Maya Rudolph, and many others made this film one you will not forget.
The Hunger Games (2012 – 2015)
The Hunger Games movie franchise was based on a series of books written by Suzanne Collins. Although many people who have read the books believe the films are much different, that didn’t stop viewers from watching it on repeat. These movies made billions of dollars worldwide with the release of four individual screening: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The plot centers around a world where kids are selected to enter the “Hunger Games,” a televised event where kids fight to survive or get killed. The main character, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), volunteers to join the games when her little sister Prim is chosen. Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson round out this amazing cast.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The film is about Jordan Belfort’s involvement on Wall Street and the corruption that came along with it. Belfort was played by none other than legendary actor Leonardo DiCaprio. His right-hand man Donnie Azoff was played by Jonah Hill in a supporting role. The movie became so popular that it was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor. The exceptional cast made this movie an undeniable hit, even becoming Scorese’s highest-grossing film worldwide in 2014.
American Sniper (2014)
Bradley Cooper plays U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, one of the most lethal snipers in history. The film came about when director Clint Eastwood transformed the memoir American Sniper into 2014’s AFI Movie of The Year. The film itself covers the real life struggles and realities that veterans experience, such as adjusting to normal life after serving. The movie received six Oscar nominations and won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Taking place thirty years later, after the events of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the latest release Fury Road had people excited for another film packed with epic stunts, fights, and chases. Max (Tom Hardy) teams up with Imperator Furiosa played by Charlize Theron on a wild journey across the desert. They team up to help the five wives of Immortan Joe escape his wrath. The film received ten Oscar nominations and won six of them, setting a record for most by the same movie in 2016.
The touching story about a man growing up in Miami who evolves from a shy child into a sophisticated yet troubled adult. Writer-director Barry Jenkins created the film in a way many directors do not. Instead of the viewer anticipating what is going to happen next, Jenkins lets viewers spend time with the main character and has them focusing on the character himself instead of what is going to happen next.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi definitely kept their enormous fanbase satisfied, and left wanting more. The film follows the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where we are introduced to Rey. In this movie, Rey learns more about her abilities and the ways of the Jedi with the guidance of Luke Skywalker. While this is happening, the resistance is preparing for a massive battle with the First Order. The movie made almost a billion dollars worldwide, and got approval from many of the original Star Wars fans, especially after The Force Awakens flopped in the fans’ eyes.
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
This classic love story is about a loving and erotic relationship between two men. The film was written by James Ivory and directed by Luca Guadagnino. Their outstanding film about an intense first love hooked its viewers from the very beginning. The love story begins when a graduate student, Oliver (Armie Hammer) is invited to spend the summer with a professor to help with his research. Oliver and Elio (Timothée Chalamet), the professor’s son, begin to spend many hours together and form an unexpected bond. As the summer progresses, the relationship that Oliver and Elio develop becomes stronger and more intimate as emotions of first love begin to boil over. It’s based on the novel, Call Me By Your Name, by Andre Aciman. The director has even confirmed that they will be releasing a sequel to the film with a new tone and different direction.
Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele was not always a horror movie master. But with the masterpiece Get Out, Peele was able to create a horror film that touched on a topic that many people think, but do not say out loud. White people are crazy. This movie at face value is a simple love story, and when invited to a family get together, things take a turn for the worst. Now, there’s a new type of horror in the film industry, making this movie the social thriller of the decade.
Lady Bird (2017)
This film was written and directed by Greta Gerwig in her first-ever solo directorial debut. This is a rare movie that is hilarious, witty, entertaining, and affectionate. The story is about an 18-year-old girl who dreams of moving to the city and hates her mother. It is almost hard to believe that it is a fictional story with all the scenes viewers can relate to. The movie was so liked by viewers, it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and the AFI Movie of The Year in 2018. It received a total of 41 nominations and won 13 awards.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
This animated movie was based on the 2014-2015 Marvel Comic Spider-Verse event. The film combines a unique variety of animation, comprised of both computer and traditional hand-drawn techniques and adapts them to the big screen. In this Spiderman tale, Miles Morales of Brooklyn is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes the only Spiderman, or so he thinks. Due to the actions of Kingpin, other realities are opened, sending several other Spidermans’ to Miles’ universe.
The film was nominated for many awards, winning some of the biggest ones to date for a title based on Marvel characters. The film is also known for its fantastic soundtrack featuring some of the decade’s top artists including; Post Malone, Juice WRLD, Lil Wayne, and many others.
The Avengers (2012-2019)
This classic superhero franchise has Marvel lovers hooked. The superhero dream team comes together to stop some of Marvel’s biggest villains. The main characters include classic comic book stars such as Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, and a few others. There have been four main releases in this franchise, with the latest release Avengers: Endgame blowing away all expectations. On the first weekend of the latest released, the film grossed over one billion dollars globally. From memes to reaction videos, we have seen fans on the internet go crazy about these movies.
The Irishman (2019)
Martin Scorsese marks an end to an era with this unforgettable tale about a hitman. The main character Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), explains his earlier life and relationships he developed with Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), Russel Bufalino (Joe Pesci), and others. The film has been nominated for many awards and was not released in theaters. It was only released on Netflix and has become one of the most-watched movies on the platform. Through the incredible soundtrack and directing, this film is definitely a masterpiece.