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Added by Kankku on 9 Jan 2020 12:15
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The Best Films of 2010s

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People who added this item 1746 Average listal rating (972 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8




The Tree of Life is definitely something massive. The way that film handles death, the existentialism, the family relationships, hallow importance of religions, nature and the modern society is something that only director like Terrence Malick can put up together. And as it's typical for Malick's films, the cinematography is once again on its own level. One of the most personal films by Malick, but also one of his films that touches me personally the most. Malick has a unique talent of shooting universal pictures, something that touches a universal viewer. These are pictures of everybodys cultural memory. Pictures of 1950's United States are equilavent to my recollections of 1990's Finnish landscape, the yard games and plays in the forrest with my brother and sister. And not just the pictures, but the themes, the relationships also. Brilliant, absolutely flawless film. All the superlatives.
People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (407 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.3



Jonathan Glazer has done it. I believe no other filmmaker has ever handled the theme of otherness as perfectly as Glazer in Under the Skin. Faber's novel gives the perfect premise, but Glazer is the visionary master in this medium. The horrors of nothingness, the search of the meaning of oneself: How is it to see people from the eyes of the Other? How does the other see itself? Here starts the journey for acceptance and self-discovery. From the foggy Lowlands to the dampest void, this film also looks absolutely brilliant. And there couldn't be better Other than Scarlett Johansson.
People who added this item 305 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.8




The torment, the repetition, the perdition. Luckily the rumour (or news, actually) about this being Tarr's last film turned out to be false. There are few as exestential auteurs as Tarr, Tarr being one of the brightest and The Turin Horse being one of his greatest without a shadow of a doubt. Black and white imagery and its long takes take this film to whole new level. I was lucky enough to see this film in the cinema. To this date, this and the #2 on this list must be the two most beautiful and the most mesmerizing films that I've ever witnessed on the white canvas. It's not exaggerating to call the silver screen a canvas, or at least on these two cases.
People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Phoenix (2014)




The structure of oneself, and how to surpass trauma. Tough topics are handled in the most beautiful way in this hearthbreaking film. The ruins of Germany after the war are reflected on the people that are more or less ruins themselves. Technically speaking the structure of the whole narrative is pure brilliance.
People who added this item 1572 Average listal rating (1135 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1




This film is an absolute ode the the action cinema. First of all, the action looks brilliant with all of its postapocalyptic wibes and its fantastic setting. The most epic chase (isn't the whole film basically a long chase scene?) puts the characters in a life-threatning situation and no one's life can be taken for granted. The basic themes of the postapocalyptic environment, like what do people do to survive, and what, if anything, is of value a represented in the most peculiar way. All this while also looking visually just stunning. One could actually feel the taste of gasoline in its mouth after this film.




Well isn't this film grand. The most complete Dostoyevskyan piece of cinema. It might be a cliché but Crime and Punishment is one of my favourite novels ever and seeing adaptation this well done is, I guess, rather rare. At least for me. The slow narrative, painful themes and incredibly real character studies, it's all here.
People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (136 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.8




A portrayt of a serial killer is rather diffucult subject to execute. Well, I mean, at least to execute well. Most often films tend to just portray the horrifid things that serial killers do, and look for some tedious motifs from the killer's past what has driven them to this point. The House That Jack Built goes above and beyond. The film is portayt of the mind, the wrongdoings, the thought process, a wink of an eye, and then a succer-punch for all of us. Pure brilliance. Might be Lars von Trier's masterpiece.
People who added this item 299 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3




James Miller (William Shimell) has come Tuscany to give a lecture about his latest book, Certified Copy. One woman is especially interested about the man and the book and they end up spending a day together. The more time they spent together, more the film relieves about their life. Or does it? This relationship is the most interesting one, like it is between art and its observer. What is actually happening to these people? The dialogue of artists and critics - him and her - plays through beautifully, making the viewer question everything.
People who added this item 1003 Average listal rating (612 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Master (2012)




May well be my favourite film from Paul Thomas Anderson. The Master is a perfect study of a man and an instutute, and Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) stands out brilliantly as a character. The traumas, the developement, everything. Exquisite film in every way possible.
People who added this item 276 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Margaret (2012)




I can only adore and love how well Kenneth Lonergan handles trauma in this film. The subjects are close to the everyday life, people are relatable and Anna Paquin is remarkalbe as the main character. One could call Margaret a minimalistic masterpiece without being wrong. Heartbreaking, very underappriciated film.
People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Burning (2018)


In the most marvelous way this film plays with an idea of how people recieve the world and reality, how people create their own senses of the reality. How strong are our beliefs? How certain are we of our memories? Can we ever take anything for granted? There are quite a few films on my list that are quite perfect portraits of loneliness, but Burning might as well be one of the greatest ones ever.
People who added this item 186 Average listal rating (114 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5
People who added this item 1601 Average listal rating (1078 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Her (2014)


I absolutely adore this film. Playing with science fiction elements is often very difficult but this film absolutely nails it. How this plays with human condition and the basic needs that each and every one of us have that is to love and be loved. This is about going and letting go.
People who added this item 308 Average listal rating (181 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2


Recreation of a genocide is not a bad idea. It's a horrible idea. But former Indonesian death-squad leaders and other members are thrilled of an idea of making a feature film of their actions. The Act of Killing is a documentary of the mass murderers' ambition of making that film come true and of the people who lived through the terrors. The craziest thing is that these death-squad leaders are thrilled to tell about their actions, and show no remorse.
People who added this item 276 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
A Ghost Story (2017)
People who added this item 1594 Average listal rating (926 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
Melancholia (2011)


Oh how I love family drama, and how Lars von Trier is the master of it in this spectacular film. But it's not only about family drama, it's about world's end. Melancholia's dreamlike pictures and nightmarish setting are one of the kind.
People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7


The film is dedicated to Petzold's co-writer, film essayist Harun Farocki. And what a love letter this is. The WWII is brought into this day in the most flawless and smartes ways possible, which works as a great monument for a palimpsestic memory. The horrors of the past are also horrors of world of today. Rogowski and Beer are brilliant in their roles, and Petzold surely showcases that he is one of the most interesting directors of this decade and for the decades to come.
People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.3


People who added this item 246 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Good Time (2017)


I very much believe that Safdie brothers are the greatest thing that has happened to American cinema for a while. Good Time is really thrilling section through the whole American class system, and everybody involved in this film really seem to give all they've got. I really love this film.
People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (98 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Climax (2018)
People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.3


Jerzy Kosiński's The Painted Bird is one of the most distressing novels I've ever read. So it's no wonder that the film is also one of the most distressing ones I've ever seen. But what Marhoul does here with the adaptation is something remarkable: Much of the violence of the film is happening off-screen, camera just hinting that something has just happened. Telling untold stories from the horrors of WWII from a rather rarer point of view characters this film is remarkable, scary but breathtakingly beautiful piece of cinema.
People who added this item 155 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7


People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1


2019 was a great year for cinema, and Portrait of a Lady of Fire quite possibly is one of the greatest ones. Stunning, tender, and full of discreet passion and emotions. The film of gazes and sighs. The writing is near flawless, the leading duo - or almost trio - is simply brilliant.
People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 6.7


With its hot mess in a mud, Aleksei German's (sadly) last film is an absolute masterpiece. There is a rather unfamiliar setting of a scifi film in Hard to Be a God but absolutely brilliant one. The exploration of human condition, in this case that's what's between culture and barbarism, is something that always speaks deeply to me in cinema. Therefore Hard to Be God is such an easy film to fall in love with.
People who added this item 801 Average listal rating (448 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3


Unique, innovative visual style and storytelling. Noé is a mastermind.
People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
People who added this item 2515 Average listal rating (1764 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)


Drive should earn its place in this list solely from its OST. But Drive is so much more than its soundtrack. It is its characters, storyline, horrifid violence and huge performances from its actors. And it's its Los Angeles, which rarely looks anything it does in Drive.
People who added this item 584 Average listal rating (345 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.1


A Serbian Film is a crippling film. The images burn in one's eyes after seeing this. But behind all the shocking events and shocking images there is a great film. And possibly, not even behind them, but because of them. Conventions of cinema are being rearranged, the body horror reaches all new levels. I think the case is similar to film like Irréversible and Cannibal Holocaust, when the camera is a window for the unseen, for the events that we'd prefer not to see. The window for the harsh reality. In the harsh there is both shame and disgust.
People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7


Horse Money is a dreamlike picture. It's a fever dream, and it's a daydream. Mostly a fever dream. Voices from Ventura's, and Portugal's, past come alive in the most beautiful chiaroscuro images, haunting long after the curtain closes.
People who added this item 329 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.7


As Carruth's earlier film, Primer (2004), the film likes to play with its audience a bit. And the film with its characters. Really unique film.
People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Detachment (2012)
People who added this item 328 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
People who added this item 380 Average listal rating (171 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2


I'm Still Here is a case of its own. The whole 'nature' of the film is just unrivalled.
People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
No Home Movie (2015)


Seeing No Home Movie in its full context, after Akerman's death, is rather painful experience. This film is the life, the testament, the portrait of adoration. The wind shreding the tree in the wind, the emptyness in one's life.
People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
A Hidden Life (2019)


I've always been interested how memory works, and of memory-works. A Hidden Life tells a great story about a great man, whose story was long forgotten or untold. Like Transit (listed below), A Hidden Life works also as a palimpsestic memory piece as well. A Hidden Life might be the most straight forward film from Terrence Malick for a while. But there is also so much from his latter visual storytelling as well. Being one of the most straight forward ones, A Hidden Life is also one of Malick's most beautiful ones as well.
People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Columbus (2017)
People who added this item 439 Average listal rating (276 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Holy Motors (2012)


This film is a journey. Motor march through hell. Splendid in all its weirdness, fantastic all in all.
People who added this item 899 Average listal rating (539 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7


Well isn't this just a lovely film. The absolute joy and passion of love, the euphoria for life. This film has it all.
People who added this item 1658 Average listal rating (1144 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1


The Grand Budapest Hotel was the first film I ever saw twice in the cinema. And since then there aren't that many of them. Lovely piece of a story, lovely characters, lovely humour. Everything that I've ever wanted from Wes Anderson film, if not from film in general.
People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Winter Sleep (2014)
People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.7
Oca (2010)


One of the most heart-warming films on this list. Technically exciting, shamefully under-looked film.
People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5


Bruno Dumont is one of the most interesting directors of the decade. Best known from his films from the New French Extremety films, Camille Claudel 1915 differs from his earlier filmography quite a lot. Movie starts with a shot of Camille Claudel taking a bath in an asylum. From that moment, it is clear that the character is fragile, and not in the right place at all. She is given certain liberties in the weekday routines and the nurses seem to handle her differently from the other patients. Her rather repetitive everyday routines get a sudden change, when she hears that her beloved brother is going to pay a visit to her in a couple of days. Windy French countryside provides gorgeous milieu, and quite a lot of the beauty of the film comes from its long and heavy close-up takes, mostly from Binoche's face.
People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.3


The anxiety of the film, what is says on the violent nature of the humankind, and Kate Lyn Sheil's metamorphosis into Christine Chubbuck's tragic character is cinema at its best. I'd like to describe Sheil's performance subtle, delicate or discreet, because that's how she gets describred way too rarely.
People who added this item 92 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
People who added this item 171 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Square (2017)
People who added this item 746 Average listal rating (465 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1


Laurie Anderson's personal film essay is nothing short of remarkable. Although, like The Tree of Life, the film is a personal piece for its maker, the emotions in this as well are all universal. The map of the memories of the director herself blends with the memories of her a dog, and her late husband (Lou Reed) as well in the midst of the post 9/11 United States. All this can only left the viewer in an emotional turmoil.

I think I'm a little bit late on this trend of listing top films of the last decade. But I just love lists and listing

I think I should be counting these movies from 50 to 1, but after a rather long tinkering I decided that the list is more appealing this way. So there you go: from the best to not-quite-best-but-still-best. For quite some time I was thinking if I should include only one film per director, but I think that sort of decisions wouldn't give my honest opinion, which movies are the best from the decade. After all, this list is a list of films, not directors.

It wasn't an easy task to only include 50 films, and even that number seems to me a bit high. But it's a number that gives a room for wider variation, giving me some voice of my own as a list maker. I believe that this list would be quite different, let's say 2 to 5 years from now, but this is how I feel about rankings now.

I feel a bit bad that I haven't involved any Finnish films on this list, and therefore I would like to lighten my heart and give a special mentions for a few: Steam of Life (2010), The Other Side of Hope (2017), The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016), Dogs Don't Wear Pants (2019), and Concrete Night (2013). Since I'm allowed to give special mentions, I believe that Elle (2016), The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015), 45 Years (2015), Another Year (2010) The Hunt (2012), Paddington 2 (2017), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), and 24 Frames (2017) deserve theirs too.

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