My Top Ten Movies of the Decade

Movies are important to me. I love getting immersed in a story for a couple hours. These are my ten favorite movies of the decade. It should be noted that, while I have seen a lot of movies, I have definitely not seen everything that came out in this time period. This list is not meant to be scientific or even definitive. But I will share why I love each movie.

Some questions I tried to answer when comparing movies were:

Which movie would I rather watch again right now?

Did I think about this movie a lot after I had seen it?

How much of an impact did it make on me?

Was there anything about the movie (acting, animation, music, cinematography, screenplay) that wowed me?

The 2010s were really the decade I grew up. I started it as a sophomore in high school, and end it at 26 years old, a couple of years out of college. Looking back at these movies, I can’t help but remember where I was when I watched them, and who I watched them with. I went out to the theaters a lot in high school; I stayed in and watched a lot in my dorm room in college and in my apartments out of college. I think my tastes have been influenced by where I was in life while watching these. Coming-of-age and college movies figure prominently in my list.

1. The Social Network (2010)

One of my favorite scenes is the opening scene with Rooney Mara. It drops you right into the action with some classic snappy Sorkin dialogue. It’s also amazing that Rooney Mara is so memorable in this movie when this is her only scene.

Another one I love is the regatta scene. With sweeping aerial shots of the regatta zooming into close-ups of the rowers, it looks so cool on the screen. I love the music over it. It is an exciting scene.

2. Interstellar (2014)

3. Coco (2017)

4. Inception (2010)

My favorite scene is the chase scene with Eames in Mombasa. There is a lot I love about it. It’s chaotic, exciting, the scenery is beautiful, and the music is is thrilling.

5. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

My favorite scene is the scene where Gosling and Carrell go shopping. It is a lot of fun.

6. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom has fun and quirky characters, and looks beautiful on the screen. The scenery is gorgeous, and the camera shots are beautiful. This is the movie that made me like Wes Anderson. My favorite thing about the movie was the whimsicality of the world. The maps and settings were all fun and brightly colored and looked great on the screen.

7. Warrior (2011)

I remember crying the first time I saw this movie. The acting is great all around, but Nick Nolte gives one of my favorite performances of the decade. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, though he did not win. The National did a couple songs on the soundtrack, and I like that too.

8. A Star Is Born (2018)

9. Spotlight (2015)

10. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Honorable Mentions: La La Land (2016), Hell or High Water (2016), Dunkirk (2017), Knives Out (2019), Lady Bird (2017), Little Women (2019), Rogue One (2016), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), The Martian (2015), Frozen (2013), Pitch Perfect (2012), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)