Desiree Ranks the Best Films of the Decade

This decade has given us some true gems and showed us the true growth of the film industry. Mixing new and old cinema standards, new technologies, and the debut of media output and distribution, the world has been granted a new air of movie making.

Taking on a majority of the bulk by releasing the bulk of Marvel Avengers movies (including their predecessors), as well as other key superhero films and franchises, this last decade was CGI-crazy.

And with the expansion of of digital output platforms and medias (like the juggernaut that is Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Apple TV,) the criteria and opportunity for new and creative media has skyrocketed the desire for more as far as the film industry is concerned. Audiences are gripping onto these networks for dear life and asking for content quicker and more frequently. And the studios delivered.

Let’s look back chronologically at my favorite movies (and some solid contenders) from the last decade:


We say goodbye to the Jackass and started closing the book on children’s iconic franchises like Harry Potter and Toy Story…. (Or so we thought). 2010 brought the world of cinema to its knees by bringing us masterpieces like:

Inception (2010)

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Other honorable mentions:

  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Social Network
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World


Evident as the rest of the decade’s need to create outrageous stories out of everyday life and bring superheroes into our world by beginning the first few Avengers Origin films.

Friends With Benefits (2011)

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Honorable mentions:

  • Captain America: the First Avenger
  • Thor
  • The Artist
  • Moneyball
  • The Help


In this year, it’s more cinematic consistency from top studios yet gave us much more intriguing storylines.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012; dir. by Wes Anderson)

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Honorable mentions:

  • Django: Unchained
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Pitch Perfect 
  • Zero Dark Thirty


2013 paved a new wave of innovative filmmaking and gave us the most memorable and quotable movies from the first half of the 2010s.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was probably in the top three movies of my decade if I really needed to pick. Burgeoning on a life that’s safe and a life in the unknown, this film explores what happens when you peak in your life when you least expect it.

Honorable mentions:

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Now You See Me
  • Fruitvale Station


We have to give the best film of 2014 to the greatest horror creature and LGBTQ+ icon, the Babadook. From the independent and foreign standpoint, the Babadook does an amazing job capturing fictional horror in a whole, new way.

The Babadook (2014; dir. by Jennifer Kent)

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Honorable mentions:

  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Whiplash
  • Inherent Vice
  • John Wick


There were a ton of big players this year (like The Revenant which gave Leonardo DiCaprio his long-awaited Oscar), but nothing intrigued me more than The Stanford Prison Experiment.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

Honorable mentions:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The VVitch
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • Tangerine


I don’t have to preface this for you film lovers. We know Moonlight has and had always deserved the Oscar.

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Honorable mentions:

  • The Nice Guys
  • La La Land
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Now You See Me 2


Jordan Peele changed the game for me and my relationship with the horror genre. This was also the year that created a new door for independent film and had the world believe in independent filmmaking once more.

Get Out (2017; dir. by Jordan Peele)

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Honorable mentions:

  • Logan Lucky
  • Lady Bird
  • The Big Sick
  • Baby Driver
  • The Shape of Water


Arguably one of the most controversial years for award-winners, 2018 was the year for self-aware, relevant films that impacted the depths of soul in the entire world.

BlacKkKlansman (2018; dir. by Spike Lee)

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Honorable mentions:

  • Sorry To Bother You
  • A Quiet Place
  • Hereditary
  • Eighth Grade
  • Crazy Rich Asians


Doing its best to end the decade on a high note, this year was arguably hitting high notes independently as well as closing the doors to notable series and franchises. Ari Aster and Take Waititi really captured my heart.

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Honorable mentions:

  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…
  • Marriage Story
  • Us
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Knives Out

We can only imagine what kind of amazing films come out in the upcoming decade!

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