Top 50 Films of the 2010s

The past decade has seen the very state of cinema change in so many ways. With ticket prices constantly seeming on the rise, streaming services have gotten into the film-making business, and made themselves known as a viable alternative. Their promises of creative control are attracting to filmmakers, especially when the mid-budget film has all but disappeared, but this comes at the cost of a full theatrical release. While the House of Mouse assimilates further IPs to strengthen their brand, original voices still persevere, making themselves vitally known in a changing landscape.

The horrific and the heroic grew in stature, to become among the decade’s most influential of genres, and even succeeding at the Academy Awards. As opportunities arrive for stories about characters who aren’t predominately straight white males, studios may finally be taking a hint, and realising that diversity matters.

It was a difficult list to craft, as evidenced by the fact that I've put this list out in July. It doesn't help that the decade gave us so many films of superb quality, and there’s also too many films I haven’t even had the chance to see yet. This is just a personal list, so it’s alright if you disagree with my choices, but I hope you come away with something new you're interested in watching. So, if you’re still curious, let’s see what I consider the 50 best films of the 2010s.


50. The Florida Project (2017)

A film guided through a child’s point of view, Sean Baker does wonderfully to capture the innocence of youth, while balancing the darker realities of life. Powering it are stunning portrayals from newfound talents, and familiar veterans, impressing equally here. Within view for their characters lies a magical place full of hopes and dreams, but remains out of reach, in this beautifully shot piece of cinema.

49. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Taking it upon himself, Stephen Chbosky translates his own book for the big screen, and retains what made it so wonderful in the first place. The result is a teen movie which balances heartfelt friendships, with darker and more mature issues than they should be dealing with, to make something so emotionally affecting, which finds time for genuine humour. It helps that the three leads are well-rounded characters, each magnificently played by the talented cast members, and a brilliant use of David Bowie’s Heroes doesn’t hurt, either.

48. Black Panther (2018)

No matter how big a budget or scope he’s working with, Ryan Coogler can deliver a story which considers character and performances as key a focus, even inside one of the most commercially profitable studios out there. The first solo film for Wakanda’s hero mixes engaging superheroics, Bond style inspirations, and pertinent social commentary into the narrative. Between this long-hidden world untouched by colonialism, and the outstanding antagonist that is Erik Killmonger, Coogler pushed the boundaries of blockbuster films, while never forgetting what drives each character.

47. You Were Never Really Here (2018)

Lynne Ramsay takes a more thoughtful approach to what could’ve passed for a Taken film, for instead of the violence, the focus lies upon the fractured psyche of the lead character. Joaquin Phoenix recently got praise and awards adulation for his Joker performance, but just a year before, he delivered the best role of his career. Joe is a man scarred by the past actions of his father, working through his inner turmoil by saving children from abusive figures, and Phoenix is utterly haunting in the role. Between Ramsay’s direction, and Johnny Greenwood’s stunner of a score, this brutal and unflinching thriller is worth 85 minutes of your time.

46. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Back in 2013, many films tackled what the American Dream truly meant, and through the real-life (and potentially exaggerated) tale of Jordan Belfort, Martin Scorsese did the best job in depicting this. A compelling film about the lengths Wall Street bankers go to, so they can realise their version of said Dream, complete with disgusting extravagance and excess. Belfort remains an utterly despicable figure, and Scorsese pairs with writer Terrence Winter to show why people get swept up in such a toxic atmosphere, without glorifying the guy. It’s also worth mentioning this is a damn funny film, with the Lemmons scene being one of the most consistently hilarious scenes of the decade.

45. Boyhood (2014)

As anybody invested in the Harry Potter films or the Before Trilogy will tell you, it’s an emotional thing to see characters grow before our very eyes over a series, but what about in the same film? Shot in secret over 12 years, Richard Linklater captured the life of young Mason from age six to eighteen, and the various changes occurring all throughout. Drama and conflict naturally occur, the performances grow with the characters, and by the end of it, we ask where the time has gone. A fantastically poignant representation of life.

44. Frozen (2013)

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It’s difficult to remember a time when Frozen wasn’t a household commodity, Olaf wasn’t a recognisable character, and Let It Go wasn’t a tune endlessly played, to the annoyance of countless parents. There’s a reason it endured, the film itself is a wonderful story of sibling relationships and self-acceptance, told in ways that are utterly charming, lovable and ironically, warm. Plus, Let It Go is a banger of a tune.

43. Get Out (2017)

Many directors make their debut in the horror genre, but few others made such a large splash across the board, with critics, audiences, and even with the Academy Awards. Jordan Peele’s witty script and powerful direction effectively blended relevant satire, effective humour, and skin-crawling tension, while uncovering layers upon repeat viewings. By launching the Sunken Place instantly into pop-culture, and searing the fear-stricken face of our lead into viewers minds, this is a horror film you’ll want to have watched a third time.

42. The Shape of Water (2017)

Siren Song: 'The Shape of Water' (2017)

Set in an early 1960’s aesthetic, Guillermo Del Toro crafts a romance unlike any other, feeling like a cross between The Creature From The Black Lagoon, and Splash, while serving as a wonderful film in its own right. After forming a bond with an amphibian man, a mute cleaner seeks a way to save his life, while falling for him. Considering Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones have to rely on physicality and facial expressions, the pair exceptionally sell their romance, and manage to say a lot more than other speaking romances can dream to do.

41. Phantom Thread (2017)

If this is indeed the farewell performance of Daniel Day Lewis, then he certainly went out on a high note. He portrays Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker who lives a routine orientated lifestyle, and his coiling anger is sensed at even the slightest alteration, no matter how well meaning the actions. He falls into an unconventional romance with Alma, his muse that’s phenomenally played by Vicky Krieps. As the two exchange words, one feels in the presence of expert swordwielders, parrying one another’s blows with the utmost precision, and this twisted pairing allows us into this gripping view at London fashion.

40. Creed (2015)

With only his second feature film, Ryan Coogler showed how to reinvigorate a tired franchise, as Rocky Balboa returns to train a new protégé in Donnie, the son of Apollo Creed. An exceptional Michael B. Jordan plays the lead role, as he perfectly captures the rage which comes from living in the shadow of a famous father he never knew, while being fearful of failing to live up to the Creed surname. An examination of the weight of legacy, which ensures the emotional moments hit as powerfully as the character’s fists.

39. Girlhood (2015)

Born out of an intent to provide some needed representation, Céline Sciamma wanted to capture the stories of black teenagers, due to such faces rarely being seen on French TV. Through that, a tale about friendships is touchingly captured, woven into the lifestyles of poor residents, residing in a Paris suburb. Living in a household ruled by her abusive brother, while societal pressures weigh heavily on her life, Marieme finds solace in a gang of girls. An engrossing story which delivers one of the decades most perfect scenes, as we witness the friends dancing to Rhianna’s “Diamonds”, where the issues of their realities fade away, and they get lost within the perfect moment of utter happiness.

38. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

From an unexpected pregnancy to a hellish ride, each instance within this film is yet another unfortunate occurrence, heaped onto the miserable life of Llewyn Davis. Oscar Isaac perfectly portrays this musician’s deep sadness, which manifests into a bitter and volatile nature. He’s struggling to cope with the suicide of his dear friend, who was also his musical partner, and hinders his attempt at a musical career. Captured through smoky cinematography, with a soundtrack that’s ripe for being replayed ad nauseum, this Coen Brothers flick is one of their more underrated.

37. Into the Abyss (2011)

Achieving what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul”, Werner Herzog delivers intimate conversations, including one with 28-year old death row inmate Michael Perry. A thought-provoking documentary tackling the death penalty, as well as what drives people to kill, and the effect it leaves upon others. This isn’t an easy watch, but it’s certainly a rewarding one which’ll leave you appreciating life a little bit more.

36. Son of Saul (2016)

For his directorial debut, László Nemes delivers a harrowing picture that won’t easily be forgotten. The horrors of working in a concentration camp are hauntingly captured, as the atrocities are unthinkably an everyday occurrence, where Saul’s facial expression remain unchanged. The camera mirrors the story in how it's focused on our lead, while the sounds of screams and ghastly actions occur just off the screen, they leave a scar on your memory. An important watch, but not an easy one.

35. Kill List (2011)

Kill List (2011)

Ben Wheatley’s first foray into horror is one of the most exemplary examples of the 2010s. Two hitmen take a new assignment, expecting a big payoff for completing three killings, but what begins as an easy task doesn’t remain that way. From the word go, you can feel the tension simmering at every turn, as this slow-burn grows more unnerving as it continues onwards. Don’t read anything else about this film, just bear witness to this job from hell, and prepare to have it stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

34. Roma (2018)

A personal tale told with great patience, Alfonso Cuarón brings a real sense of authenticity in this story about a domestic worker named Cleo, helping a mother of four care for her children. Viewers are made to soak in the sumptuously shot visuals within this emotionally resonant tale, grasping your attention with the smallest of moments, ready to leave you tearful over the simplest of scenes.

33. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

The film which finally got Spike Lee an Oscar, he adapts the story of a black detective infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan, which becomes more than its comedic sketch sounding premise. There may be entertaining and humorous moments, but the real-life story of Ron Stallworth is turned into something so hard-hitting, with clear relevance to this day. Racism isn’t highlighted as a horrendous thing we’ve gotten past, but a piece of human horror which remains prominent today, and Lee captures it so compellingly.

32. Fruitvale Station (2013)

Based on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant, Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan make their first collaboration, which also may be their best one. Jordan captures Grant as a man trying to leave behind his troubled past, in order to provide for both his girlfriend and his daughter. The film doesn’t try to hide how this story will end, as a sense of dread plays throughout, while scenes underline a lost future for this man, shared with those he loves, full of hopes, promises, and dreams. A heartbreaking and moving piece which deserves to be seen widely.

31. Before Midnight (2013)

The closure to a trilogy, separated between instalments by 9 years, Richard Linklater reunites audiences with Jesse and Celeste as more mature adults. They aren’t hindered by other halves or deadlines, but are finally together, and with twin daughters to boot. But the pairing are their own worst enemies, as discussions and tender moments turn into arguments, where long-simmering topics burst forth, to add fuel to the fire. It all feels so achingly real, as this pairing we’ve long rooted for getting together have naturally progressed, and their long romance is compelling enough to hold an entire film together. Bring on a fourth instalment.

30. Incendies (2010)

Before he came to work on English language films, Denis Villeneuve was making just as exemplary films for France, and this one ranks among his very best. A mother’s last wishes sends her twins on a journey to the middle east, to discover their family history among their mothers tangled past. Adapted from an acclaimed play, this powerful tale is a masterfully crafted tragedy, spellbinding in how the plot unfolds. A stunning journey is taken which shall leave you staggering, and unable to shake this tale for quite some time.

29. The LEGO Movie (2014)

A feature film centred around LEGO? Has Hollywood run out of ideas? Not when you hire such a talented pair as Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who take a concept which could’ve just been “Product Placement: The Movie”, and craft it with such wit and emotion which appeals to all ages. The story of Emmett, an ordinary mini-figure mistaken for the Chosen One, joins a quest to stop an evil tyrant, and it makes for a strong story about how anyone of us can reach beyond our aspirations, and the sheer power of pure imagination. A modern animated classic, which can be enjoyed by everybody.

28. 12 Years A Slave (2013)

Steve McQueen holds back no punches in depicting the story of Solomon Northup, a free man who’s separated from his family, when he’s kidnapped and forced into slavery. Between Chiwetel Ejiofor’s masterful portrayal, an unpredictably frightening Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o making herself known through an exceptional performance, the horrors of slavery are captured in a manner both powerful and draining.

27. Shoplifters (2018)

A story of a financially poor family, whose struggles to get by sees them resorting to shoplifting, just to have access to the bare necessities. After one such session, the father and son come by a little girl in the freezing cold, and after learning of the hardships she faces, the family agrees to take care of her. Hirokazu Kore-eda wonderfully captures a film about family not being limited to blood relatives, positively bursting with emotion, and being emotional and humanistic, in the most masterful of ways.

26. Your Name (2016)

As two high schoolers wake up, they find themselves inhabiting each other’s bodies at regular occurrences. But Makoto Shinkai has crafted more than just an anime try on Freaky Friday, as when the film unveils its hand, the story goes to some wonderful places, all told in such a masterful manner. The exceptional balance of science-fiction storytelling, and a character focus, will keep you thoroughly gripped until the credits roll, and hope everything turns out for the characters on their personal journeys.

25. Bait (2019)

It may be presented in black and white, and shot on a vintage camera, but that didn’t stop this film by Mark Jenkin from becoming the most successful Cornish film ever made. Set in a Cornish fishing village, Gentrification is the enemy to the long-term residents who’ve made their livings on the local surroundings. Tensions rise all throughout while commenting on class divides, feeling unbearably white-knuckled, and ready to pop at any time. Audiences turned out for this experimental labour of love, and that’s just proof people are still willing to try something different.

24. Paddington 2 (2017)

As the world seems to get more bleak, the power of something so kind-hearted as Paddington 2 should not be underestimated. A loving bear hug of a film which improves on its predecessor, packed with equal parts hilarity, joy, and pure emotion. Inhabited by the spirit of It’s A Wonderful Life, Paul King reminds us to never underestimate the importance of a kind deed, however small. For anybody who dismisses empathy, this is a hard stare in their direction.

23. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Paul Warren, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, and Gary the Dog in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

Whatever decisions were made in The Rise of Skywalker, they don’t negate the power of what Rian Johnson delivered just two years prior. This wasn’t what audiences expected from the middle chapter of this trilogy, as archetypes were confronted, expected story beats were subverted, and we saw who truly profits from these many wars. Between the stellar character work and the stunning visuals brought alive through visionary eyes, this was something fresh which was necessary for the franchise.

22. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Of all the long-gestating sequels to beloved films (of which, many have been released), Denis Villeneuve has possibly crafted the very best one, made with the utmost care and respect. The unearthing of a long-buried secret begins an investigation led by Ryan Gosling’s Officer K, which leads him to the missing figure that is Rick Deckard, embodied once more by Harrison Ford. A slow-burn, it may be, but every one of the 164 minutes are utterly engrossing, as thought-provoking musings are set to stunning visuals, and a score that’s a treat for the ears.

21. Whiplash (2014)

Before winning Best Director for his love-letter to Hollywood, Damien Chazelle delivered one of the most emotionally exhausting, and intense, experiences in recent cinema. Wishing to become one of the world’s greatest drummers, Miles Teller’s Andrew has his aspirations pushed by his teacher, who believes his sadistic methods to be greater motivation than the words “good job” could ever be. Is being considered “one of the greats” worth sacrificing essentially everything else in your life? There is no definitive answer left, but what Chazelle has left us with, is just my tempo.

20. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)/Avengers: Endgame (2019)

 Confusing moments in Avengers: Endgame explained

Yes, putting these two films together is a bit of a cheat, but now they’re both out, it felt wrong to separate them. The culmination of a saga which began in 2008, this cinematic universe experiment reaches its real test, as franchises and characters collide, in efforts to stop Thanos exacting his horrific plan for the universe, and decimating half of all living creatures. A brave and affecting conclusion to a decade’s worth of cinematic storytelling, balancing tones, characters, and locations so very well, while wonderfully serving each one in their moments. It’s emotional, pulse-pounding, ambitious, and there’ll be nothing else like it.

19. The Social Network (2010)

Considering how big a part of everyday conversation it is, it’s easy to forget the smaller beginnings of Facebook. Adapted from the 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, David Fincher crafts an engrossing story from one man’s quest to see his vision realised, no matter what it costs him. Between the exceptional cast (led by a never better Jesse Eisenberg), Aaron Sorkin’s smart script, and the powerful score, Fincher gifted viewers with one of his best films. A Citizen Kane for the social media age.

18. Dreams of a Life (2011)

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In January 2006, Joyce Vincent’s remains were discovered in her flat, having died while wrapping Christmas presents, 3 years prior. Director Carol Morley speaks to those who knew Joyce, to shed light onto who she was, and left us with an utterly heartbreaking documentary. It taps into the very human fears of dying alone, looking back on the little things of life, and how the memories we make are more important than we realise. Give it a watch, and let those you’re close to know how much they mean to you.

17. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Closing off a trilogy is hard, especially when the third film is often infamous for being the weakest entry. The worry was there leading up to this film, and Pixar thankfully knocked it out of the park. Building off Toy Story 2, the toys face inevitable abandonment as Andy grows up, leading to them finding solace in Sunnyside Daycare, run by a vicious teddy bear who smells of Strawberries. What occurs may contain one of the most saddening scenes ever put into a family film, but it’s also full of joy and humour, and is a masterful close to these toys’ adventures in the life of Andy.

16. Confessions (2010)

Opening in a classroom, Tetsuya Nakashima begins his tale with a teacher speaking to her class. Her daughter was murdered by two of her students, and through Takako Matsu’s commanding performance, we see a grieving mother’s determination to get her revenge. That’s just the opening 20 minutes. What follows that is a gripping piece of psychological warfare, as the layers unfold right until the end credits roll.

15. Drive (2011)

The film made Ryan Gosling into a named star, Nicolas Winding-Refn delivers an artistic tale, captured so wonderfully between the stylised visuals, and the electronic score. A getaway driver performs a job for mobsters, so they will leave a woman and her son alone, but the job doesn’t go as planned. A subtle tale which says so much, while dialogue is kept to a minimum, and the exceptional performances go a long way to depicting this. Despite holding off on constantly showing car chases and violence, when they’re executed, the film really goes for broke. One elevator set scene remains a litmus test for how much you’ll be able to take.

14. Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019)

If you could only use one film to explain why Céline Sciamma is one of the best filmmakers working today, this would be it. Set in the eighteenth century, Marianne has been commissioned to paint a portrait of Héloïse, an aristocrat who's to be married to a Milanese nobleman. Neither woman counted on falling in love with each other, and what unfolds is an affecting romance about longing, powerfully brought alive by a pair of masterful performances. Their every interaction, each glance, it makes for a compelling love story which leaves your heart hammering away, before it gets completely and utterly shattered.

13. Parasite (2019)

As the decade closed out, more films seemed interested in highlighting the struggle with class, and this was one of the very best examples of that issue. The plot sees a financially struggling family granted with an opportunity, and each manage to position themselves into the employment of a wealthy family. What Bong Joon-Ho delivers is a biting piece of satire, full of heart and humour, which is phenomenally acted by the cast. The journey you’re taken on is completely extraordinary, and makes for one hell of an experience. Go in blind, and come ready to recommend it to your friends.

12. Short Term 12 (2013)

Written from his own experiences, Destin Daniel Cretton brings to screen a heart-wrenching story set at a foster care facility, where our characters help at-risk teens. Each character are wonderfully shaded, fully rounded human beings, brought alive with thanks to an all-star “before they were famous” line-up of cast-members. Most exemplary is Brie Larson, who gives one of the best performances of the entire decade. Told with complete sincerity, empathy, and humanity, this is a masterpiece which will make you laugh, break your heart, and leaving you feeling warm inside.

11. The Farewell (2019)

Based on an actual lie, the next feature by Lulu Wang is a personal story, about the lies we tell to those we love. A Chinese-American woman discovers her beloved Grandmother has been given a terminal diagnosis, and her family want to keep her in the dark about her own illness. They fly out to visit her, rapidly staging a wedding as a cover-up. The premise could’ve just been a novelty, but it’s a heartfelt depiction about cultural differences, with the intent on making a beloved family member as comfortable as possible. A resonant piece of cinema, this is a masterclass in both humour and emotion.

10. Inside Out (2015)

Over the past decade, Pixar’s output was dominated by sequels and prequels to their already popular films, and nestled within was this stunning depiction of a young girl’s inner emotions. As they’re separated from their work-station, Joy and Sadness take a road-trip to return, to try and ensure their girl is alright. Full of imagination and likeability, this impactful story depicts how no emotion is useless, and especially captures the importance of sadness. Somehow, Pixar delivered one of their very best films 20 years after their very first one.

9. Boy (2010)

Taika Waititi may be better known for his stories about vampires, Asgardians, and Wilderpeople, but his best story happens to be smaller and more personal, about a boy who tells tales. When his long-absent father returns, he has to contend with how he’s mistaken fantasy for reality, and realise his personal hero isn’t the man he remembers him as. A humorous and heartwarming tale which connects emotionally, conveying so much when words are not necessary, and even keeping hope alive by the end of it all.

8. The Handmaiden (2016)

Adapting Sarah Waters’ Victorian London set novel, Park Chan-Wook relocates it to 1930's Korea, and the change of location compliments the story very well. A young pickpocket is hired as handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, living a secluded life with her domineering uncle. The pickpocket has been recruited as part of a plot to rob her of her fortune, but she didn’t expect to catch feelings for the heiress. What’s been composed is a multi-layered and duplicitous tale which would make Hitchcock proud, as the 145-minute runtime flies by. But at its heart, this is a wonderful romance about two souls helping each other through a rotten scenario, and will have you ready to re-watch it immediately afterwards.

7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

As one of the most popular superheroes over decades, you’d think there’s few ways left to depict Spider-Man, but we were thankfully proven wrong. Through a gorgeous visual style which recalls the comic-book medium, we’ve been gifted with this fantastic love-letter to the character, as various webslingers are transported across dimensions, to team up and stop a threat to all reality. In their own way, each wallcrawler is wonderfully depicted, where there’s no wrong answer as to which is your favourite. But at its heart, this is Miles Morales’ story, who feels the pressure to discover who he is, and do justice to the mantle of Spider-Man. What a beautifully realised triumph, bursting with heart and humour.

6. Blindspotting (2018)

Many films over this decade captured racial politics in exceptional ways, but for me, none felt more powerful than this directorial debut by Carlos López Estrada. Collin has three more days of his probation left, before he has a chance at a new start in life, but he's left haunted upon witnessing a police shooting. This absolutely fierce piece of filmmaking tackles numerous timely topics, centred by a long-enduring friendship, captured with nuance, care, and the most captivating use of freestyle rap. Powerful and absorbing, this is something utterly unforgettable.

5. The Cabin in The Woods (2012)

It begins with a familiar premise, as five friends take a journey to a remote cabin within the woods. Where it goes is all but typical, as Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon have taken a clear adoration for the horror genre, and utilised it to craft a wicked smart take on the genre. An experience that’s equal parts unsettling and hilarious, you’ll be hard pressed to see what’s done here elsewhere, or at least in such an inventive manner. Go into this as blind as possible, and reap the benefits, for the experience will give you such a husband’s bulge.

4. Arrival (2016)

What would happen if alien life-forms appeared on Earth? We’ve gotten many depictions of this scenario, ranging from heartfelt family films like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and entertaining actioners in the vein of Independence Day. Denis Villeneuve approaches this situation in a more thoughtful manner, as an expert linguist tries to communicate with them, to discover their intentions. What we’re left with is an intelligent piece of science-fiction, relevantly capturing the necessity of communication, in a gripping manner. We’re also left with a masterful performance from Amy Adams, who deserved to be recognised by The Academy.

3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

After 30 years, George Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic world of the Mad Max series, and time has done nothing to calm his style. Tom Hardy’s Max helps Imperator Furisoa as she drives a tyrannical ruler’s wives to a new future, to a promised life which doesn’t include slavery. But what’s most important to the plot is the forward motion, driven by what’s essentially one long chase scene. The cinematic equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the heart, the exceptional vehicular carnage drives the plot in the most vital and necessary moments, building a world in the most maddening, and engrossing, of ways. What a lovely day.

2. Hereditary (2018)

Has coping with grief ever been depicted in such horrific way? Through a number of exceptional performances (including a career-best Toni Collette), Ari Aster captures the unravelling of a family in this unnerving slow-burn, ready to burrow itself under your skin. Throughout the 127-minute runtime, the tension keeps building upon itself to leave you on edge, while what’s witnessed on the screen is mightily effective way of making your blood run cold. Prepare to have images burned into your mind, for a long time after initial viewing.

1. Moonlight (2016)

In my mind, no film was more worthy of the top spot than Barry Jenkins’ tender story about a young man finding who he is, and coming to terms with his sexuality. Told across three key chapters in his life, each of the actors who portray Chiron are exceptional finds, bringing alive the inner struggles of self-acceptance, while coping with the various obstacles throughout this life. A touching realisation of identity, and the need to connect, told through gorgeous visuals in a timeless manner, this is my choice for the best film of the 2010s.