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 Rank
1Arabian Nights, Vol. 1: The Restless One
1Arabian Nights, Vol. 2: The Desolate One
1Arabian Nights, Vol. 3: The Enchanted One

2The Tree of Life


4If Beale Street Could Talk

5Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait


720th Century Women

8At Berkeley

9Sleeping Beauty



12The Act of Killing
12The Look of Silence



15Things to Come

16Life and Nothing More

17Son of Saul



20The Day He Arrives
20Right Now, Wrong Then

21El mar la mar

22Norte, the End of History

23The Cave
23Last Men in Aleppo

24Beasts of the Southern Wild


26The Interrupters

27My Joy

28A Separation

29The Work


31Mysteries of Lisbon


33The Lobster

34Neighboring Sounds

35Graves without a Name
35The Missing Picture

36Edge of Tomorrow

37Birds Are Singing in Kigali

38Toni Erdmann

3912 Years a Slave

40Good Time

41Nostalgia for the Light

42The President



45Toy Story 3

46The Turin Horse

47Summer 1993

48Isle of Dogs

49Holy Motors
49Under the Skin

51The Orphanage

52Dawson City: Frozen Time
52What We Left Unfinished

53Bisbee '17

54Raising Bertie

55The Selfish Giant

56End of the Century

57How to Survive a Plague

58Blue Valentine


60Black Mother

61Happy as Lazzaro
61The Wonders


63Fire at Sea

64Just 6.5

65Black Venus

66National Gallery

67Iraqi Odyssey

68Do Not Resist
68Whose Streets?

69The Last of the Unjust


71Rags and Tatters

72Get Out

73Ghost Tropic

74The Other Side

7524 Weeks


77La Jaula de oro

78Ray & Liz

79Goodbye to Language 3D

80A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

81The Irishman

82Certified Copy
82Like Someone in Love

83Much Loved

84We Come As Friends

85Our People Will Be Healed


87The Diary of a Teenage Girl


89The Tribe


91Mr. Turner

92First Man
92The Wind Rises

93El Bella Vista

94The Wild Goose Lake

95Lady Bird

96Mad Max: Fury Road


98Middle of Nowhere

99The Immigrant


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

Unnumbered titles appeared in the general list of Honorable Mentions.
3 Lean on Pete

4 I Am Not Your Negro

5 For Sama

6 The Fits
6 Kati Kati

7 She's Beautiful When She's Angry

9 Cemetery of Splendor
9 Clip
9 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
9 House of Tolerance
9 Minotaur
9 The Sleeping Beauty

10 Neon Bull

11 Tomcat

12 The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu

14 Pariah
14 Spa Night

15I'll See You in My Dreams
15 Julieta
15 Woman at War

16Free in Deed
16 Waves
16 What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?

18 Call Me By Your Name
18 Dark Waters
18 Lovesong
18 Wonderstruck

19 Jauja

20 The Princess of France

21 Dislocation Blues
21 Good Luck
21 The Iron Ministry
21 Leviathan (2012)
21 Two Years at Sea

22 From What Is Before
22 Ways of the Sea (Halaw)
22 The Woman Who Left

23 Of Fathers and Sons

24 We the Animals

26 America to Me

27 In the Fog
27 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

28 No Date, No Signature

30 Leviathan (2014)
30 Loveless
30 Silent Souls

31 Carlos
31 Little Women

32 The Ornithologist

33 Icebergs

34 The Fever
34 Gloria
34 Waiting for the Carnival

35 First They Killed My Father
35 Marwencol

36Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
36 World War Z

37 War Witch

38 Elle

41Erased,__Ascent of the Invisible
41 The Pearl Button

42 How I Ended This Summer
42 My Sweet Pepper Land
42 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch, Reflecting on Existence
42 Sieranevada

43 3 Faces
43 After the Storm
43 At War
43 Capernaum
43 Our Little Sister

44 La Llorona
44 Song without a Name
44 Temblores (Tremors)

45 Big Hero 6
45 How to Train Your Dragon
45 Moana
45 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
45 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
45 World of Tomorrow
45 Your Name

46 Aniara
46 The Fall
46 Hard to Be a God
46 The Painted Bird

47 Princess Cyd
47 Too Late to Die Young

48 The Grand Budapest Hotel
48 The Master
48 Phantom Thread

49 Antiviral
49 Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You
51 My Life as a Zucchini
51 Starless Dreams

52 Shirkers

53 Casting JonBenet
53 I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
53 Kate Plays Christine

56 Portrait of a Lady on Fire

57 5B
57 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
57 We Were Here

58 Clemency
58 Higher Ground
58 Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
58 The Last Black Man in San Francisco
58 Mother of George
58 Songs My Brothers Taught Me

59 Diane
59 Fatima
59 The Kindergarten Teacher
59 A Simple Life

60 Hale County This Morning, This Evening
60 Shakedown

61 Corpo Celeste

63 A Ciambra
63 Mediterranea
63 Sacro GRA

64 Ma' Rosa
64 A Man of Integrity

66 Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
66 Francofonia
66 In Jackson Heights
66 The Square

68 Dark Money
68 Trapped

71 3000 Nights
71 Ladder to Damascus
71 Story of Judas

72 It Follows
72 Sorry to Bother You

74 The Gospel of Eureka
74 Uncertain

75 A Sort of Family
75 Tully

76 Asako I & II
76 Love Like Poison

77 Heli
77 Miss Bala
77 Una noche

78 45 Years
78 God's Own Country

79 Heart of a Dog
79 The Image Book

80 Can You Ever Forgive Me?

81 Ash Is Purest White
81 Silence

82 The Salesman

83 Horses of God
83 Hustlers
83 Joy
83 On Tour (Tournée)

84 Girls Don't Fly

86 Selma
86 War Horse

87 We Are the Best!

89 American Sniper
89 The Student

90 Black Panther

91 Birdman
91 Peterloo

92 High Life

93 Honeyland

94 Angels Wear White
94 Black Coal, Thin Ice
94 An Elephant Sitting Still
94 A Touch of Sin

95 As I Open My Eyes
95 Girlhood
95 Patti Cake$

96 Victoria

97 The Chambermaid
97 Leap Year

98 Beyond the Lights

99 Ad Astra
99 The Lost City of Z

100 Magic Mike

101 American Factory
000 Babyteeth
000 Dogtooth
000 Eighth Grade
000 Everyone Else
000 Faust
000 Fish Tank
000 The Homesman
000 Li'l Quinquin
000 A Long and Happy Life
000 Only Lovers Left Alive
000 Panamerican Machinery
000 Paradise: Love
000 Spring Breakers
000 White Material