My favourite 20 films of the decade 2010 to 2019

A roundup of the decade appears to be compulsory for anyone who’s so much as commented on a film in the last few years, so here’s my contribution! This is not a list of the ‘best’ films I’ve seen – some aren’t regarded as ‘great films’ at all. It’s a list of those which have stayed as firm favourites up to 10 years down the line. The ones I’d willingly go and watch again, if my local cinema randomly decided to screen them. The ones that when they come up in conversation, make me say: “I love that film!”

That’s what this list is, no more and no less.

My favourite 20 films of the decade

20. Boyhood

19. Dunkirk

18. Early Man

17. Hunt for The Wilderpeople

16. The Martian

15. One Day

14. Scott Pilgrim vs The World

13. Sharknado

12. Attack The Block

11. Arrival

10. Baby Driver

Just watch either of these two scenes. Hell, watch both.


9. Edge Of Tomorrow

“You said to find me at the beach. You do know what’s happening to me”

8. Toy Story 3

“So long, partner”. Lump. Throat.

7. Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager

“I think they are wonderful guidelines”. Makes me cry every time.

6. Blade Runner 2049

You didn’t have to watch much to know that all would be well. Thank you Denis.

5. The Death of Stalin

“How can you run and plot at the same time?”. Funniest film of the decade. End of discussion.

4. About Time

A love letter to Dads, by Richard Curtis, about what you’d do if you had your time again. Released straight after I lost my own father. Almost unbearable to watch. A film which will stay with me forever.

3. The Big Short

“Here’s Margo Robbie in a bubble bath to explain.” Funny and educational. And pretty scary too. I’ve loved this film every time I watch it.

2. La La Land

Yeah, the opening scene is the best bit. But the rest of the film is pretty damned brilliant too.

1. Sing Street

Trust me, nobody is as surprised as me that my top two films are musicals. Somehow, they both just did it for me. Without being a comedy, Sing Street makes me smile almost as much as the classic out-and-out comedies which dominate my all-time top films list.

I lifted the contenders from my top ten films of each year, so that means 80 films managed to make their year’s top ten but didn’t get through to the overall top twenty. Some years weren’t great, by the looks of what managed to get into the top ten for that year!

A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born
A United Kingdom
The Adjustment Bureau
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Amy
Another Year
Apollo 11
Argo
Belle
Blue Jasmine
Bohemian Rhapsody
Bridge Of Spies
Captain Fantastic
Captain Phillips
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Colossal
The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson
The Edge Of Seventeen
Eight Days A Week
Finding Dory
Florence Foster Jenkins
Four Lions
Frank
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gravity
Green Book
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hidden Figures
The Hunger Games
The Imitation Game
Inception
The Infidel
Inside Out
Interstellar
Iron Man 3
Isle of Dogs
The Kings Speech
Knives Out
The Lego Movie
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Looper
Mad Max: Fury Road
Man Up
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Molly’s Game
Official Secrets
On The Basis of Sex
Paddington
Paddington 2
Paul
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Pride
Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure (Otway The Movie)
Rocketman
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Selma
Senna
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Skyfall
The Social Network
Source Code
Spy
Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Wars: Force Awakens
Star Wars: Last Jedi
The Theory of Everything
They Shall Not Grow Old
Toni Erdmann
Toy Story 4
Vice
Wild Rose
The World’s End
Yesterday
Youth
Zoolander 2

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