Greatest Films of the 2010s
Greatest Films of the 2010s

Greatest Films of the 2010s
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014


Title Screen Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description

All is Lost (2013), 106 minutes, D: J.C. Chandor

American Hustle (2013), 138 minutes, D: David O. Russell

August: Osage County (2013), 121 minutes, D: John Wells

Before Midnight (2013), 109 minutes, D. David Linklater

Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013, Fr.) (aka La Vie D'Adèle), 179 minutes, D: Abdellatif Kechiche

Blue Jasmine (2013), 98 minutes, D. Woody Allen

(Lee Daniels') The Butler (2013), 132 minutes, D: Lee Daniels

Captain Phillips (2013), 134 minutes, D: Paul Greengrass

The Conjuring (2013), 112 minutes, D: James Wan

Dallas Buyers Club (2013), 117 minutes, D: Jean-Marc Vallée

Despicable Me 2 (2013), 98 minutes, D: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

Enough Said (2013), 93 minutes, D: Nicole Holofcener

Fast & Furious 6 (2013), 130 minutes, D: Justin Lin

Fruitvale Station (2013), 85 minutes, D. Ryan Coogler

Gravity (2013), 91 minutes, D: Alfonso Cuaron

Her (2013), 120 minutes, D. Spike Jonze

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013, NZ/US), 161 minutes, D: Peter Jackson
See The Lord of the Rings - The Hobbit series.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), 146 minutes, D: Francis Lawrence

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), 105 minutes, D: Ethan & Joel Coen

Iron Man Three (2013), 130 minutes, D: Shane Black

Man of Steel (2013), 143 minutes, D: Zack Snyder
See Superman series.

Monsters University (2013), 104 minutes, D: Dan Scanlon

Nebraska (2013), 115 minutes, D: Alexander Payne

Philomena (2013, US/UK), 98 minutes, D: Stephen Frears

Spring Breakers (2013), 94 minutes, D: Harmony Korine

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), 132 minutes, D: J.J. Abrams
See Star Trek series.

Thor: The Dark World (2013), 112 minutes, D: Alan Taylor

12 Years a Slave (2013), 134 minutes, D: Steve McQueen
This modestly-budgeted drama was a gripping survival tale (and true story with a harrowing depiction of slavery) of freed black man/musician Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) from Sarasota, NY, who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in 1841 (recounted in his 1853 memoir) during a trip to Washington, DC. He soon found himself as an emotionally-tormented and physically-abused slave for a dozen years. Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o portrayed the spirited field slave Patsey, mercilessly-abused, mistreated, and trapped by her angry and lustful slave master Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). This marked the first time a film directed by a black filmmaker had won Best Picture, although British helmer Steve McQueen did not win Best Director. After John Singleton and Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen became only the third black filmmaker to receive a Best Director nomination - and the first of non-US origin.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), 180 minutes, D: Martin Scorsese

World War Z (2013), 116 minutes (or 123 minutes unrated), D: Marc Forster
It was set in a time of many global zombie uprisings and outbreaks over a period of years, caused by a highly-contagious, infectious disease-virus. The highest-grossing (domestic) zombie film to date. The story opened in a Philadelphia traffic jam, experienced by ex-UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) - with his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) and their two daughters. Suddenly, chaos, explosions, and an attack of zombies signaled a growing zombie pandemic-plague. Bitten individuals were suddenly reanimated in just a few seconds to join the hordes of fast-moving, infected, rampaging undead maniacs. Gerry was sent on a worldwide mission, in a race against time, to discover the source of the rapidly-spreading, threatening disease. While his family were evacuated and protected on a UN-sponsored US Navy fleet stationed offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, Gerry studied the problem to try to determine the root cause or origin - and realized he must locate its patient zero. His travels took him to South Korea, and then to Jerusalem (where a safe zone wall protected the uninfected until the zombies scaled the wall and overtook the city). He witnessed that zombies avoided attacking the sick, injured, terminally-ill, and elderly people (unsuitable hosts for viral reproduction). His next stop was a World Health Organization (WHO) outpost in Cardiff - during the plane ride, zombies infected almost all the passengers and Gerry was forced to use a hand-grenade and crash the plane. After suffering a blackout and coma, Gerry was feared dead and his family were returned to the mainland at Nova Scotia. As an antidote to the virus, he suggested inoculating the uninfected with pathogens which would be curable, to disguise them from the ravaging zombies. In the WHO lab, swarming with zombies, Gerry took a desperate chance and injected himself with one of the vials of unidentified pathogens - and realized that the zombies ignored him. His theory was a success. He collected more samples of the effective pathogen, retreated, and was soon cured of the disease - hopefully saving the world from annihilation with the masking 'vaccine' agent that was delivered to troops battling the zombies.

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