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Best of the 2010s: Runner-ups and Individual Lists

Click below to read more of the titles listed as the Best of the 2010s.

 

The Runner-ups:

26. Habemus Papam
habemus papam screenshot pope francis

 

= The Brand New Testament
brand new testament catherine deneuve gorilla group

 

= Hard to Be a God
hard to be a god screenshot

 

= The Master
the master screenshot joaquin phoenix philip seymour hoffman smoking

 

= The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
night is short walk on girl screenshot masaaki yuasa

 

= The Nothing Factory
nothing factory dance number

 

= O.J.: Made in America
oj made in america screenshot

 

33. Inside Llewyn Davis
inside llewyn davis oscar isaac cat coen bros

 

= No Home Movie

no home movie screenshot chantal akerman
 

35. La Flor
La Flor screenshot mariano llinas

 

= I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians

i do not care if we go down in history as barbarians radu jude ioana iacob
 

= I, Tonya

i tonya margot robbie
 

= Long Day’s Journey into Night
long days journey into night screenshot

 

= Nocturama

nocturama screenshot
 

= A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

a pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence screenshot monkey roy andersson
 

= Reason

reason screenshot anand patwardhan
 

= A Story of Yonosuke

a story of yonosuke screenshot shûichi okita
 

43. Drive

drive screenshot ryan gosling carey mulligan nicolas winding refn
 

= The Social Network

social network screenshot jesse eisenberg david fincher
 

45. Before Midnight

before midnight screenshot ethan hawke julie delpy richard linklater
 

= Behemoth

behemoth screenshot zhao liang
 

= Hors Satan (Outside Satan)

hors satan david dewaele alexandra lemâtre bruno dumont
 

= The Flowers Of War

flowers of war screenshot with christian bale and ni ni sharing a cigarette
 

= Moonlight

moonlight screenshot trevante rhodes andré holland barry jenkins
 

= The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

tale of the princess kaguya screenshot isao takahata
 

The Lists

Isobel Harrop:

1. Faces, Places (Visages, Villages) (2017, dir. Agnès Varda)
2. Lady Bird (2017, dir. Greta Gerwig)
3. The Night is Short, Walk On Girl (2017, dir. Masaaki Yuasa)
4. I, Tonya (2017, dir. Craig Gillespie)
5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, dir. Isao Takahata)
6. My Life as a Courgette (2016, dir. Claude Barras)
7. 20th Century Women (2016, dir. Mike Mills)
8. Paddington 2 (2017, dir. Paul King)
9. Tomboy (2011, dir. Céline Sciamma)
10. Our Little Sister (2015, Hirokazu Kore-eda)
11. Ghost Tropic (2019, dir. Bas Devos)
12. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016, dir. Juho Kuosmanen)
13. The Fits (2015, dir. Anna Rose Holmer)
14. We Are the Best (2013, dir. Lukas Moodysson)
15. Submarine (2010, dir. Richard Ayoade)

Joel Whitaker:

1. Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (2013, dir. Jodie Mack)
2. Meteors (2017, dir. Gürcan Keltek)
3. The Nothing Factory (2017, dir. Pedro Pinho)
4. Nocturama (2016, dir. Bertrand Bonello)
5. Behemoth (2015, dir. Zhao Liang)
6. 13th (2016, dir. Ava DuVernay)
7. Hanagatami (2017, dir. Nobuhiko Ōbayashi)
8. No Home Movie (2015, dir. Chantal Akerman)
9. Welcome to Leith (2015, dir. Michael B. Nichols and Christopher K. Walker)
10. Certified Copy (2010, dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
11. Holy Motors (2012, dir. Leos Carax)
12. The Chambermaid (2018, dir. Lila Avilés)
13. Jauja (2014, dir. Lisandro Alonso)
14. The Forbidden Room (2015, dir. Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson)
15. Hale County, This Morning This Evening (2018, dir. RaMell Ross)

Kinyua Kamau:

1. The Tree of Life (2011, dir. Terrence Malick)
2. A Separation (2011, dir. Asghar Farhadi)
3. The Master (2012, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
4. Under the Skin (2013, dir. Jonathan Glazer)
5. Holy Motors (2012, dir. Leos Carax)
6. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011, dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
7. Shame (2011, dir. Steve McQueen)
8. The Turin Horse (2011, dir. Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky)
9. The Social Network (2010, dir. David Fincher)
10. Silent Souls (2010, dir. Aleksei Fedorchenko)
11. Son of Saul (2015, dir. László Nemes)
12. Drive (2011, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
13. Margaret (2011, dir. Kenneth Lonergan)
14. Burning (2018, dir. Lee Chang-dong)
15. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011, dir. Tomas Alfredson)

Maria Popova:

1. I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018, dir. Radu Jude)
2. The Flowers Of War (2011, dir. Zhang Yimou)
3. W imie… (In the Name of) (2012, dir. Małgorzata Szumowska)
4. On Body and Soul (2017, dir. Ildikó Enyedi)
5. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013, dir. Jim Jarmusch)
6. The Misplaced World (2014, dir. Margarethe von Trotta)
7. Winter’s Bone (2010, dir. Debra Granik)
8. The Wound (2016, dir. John Trengove)
9. Daughter of Mine (2018, dir. Laura Bispuri)
10. Guest of Honour (2019, dir. Atom Egoyan)
11. Under Electric Clouds (2015, dir. Aleksei German, Jr.)
12. Güeros (2014, dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios)

Monica Gyamlani:

1. A Separation (2011, dir. Asghar Farhadi)
2. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
3. The Brand New Testament (2015, dir. Jaco Van Dormael)
4. Reason (2018, dir. Anand Patwardhan)
5. Before Midnight (2013, dir. Richard Linklater)
6. Le Quattro Volte (2010, dir. Michelangelo Frammartino)
7. About a Mother (2015, dir. Dina Velikovskaya)
8. Kahaani (2012, dir. Sujoy Ghosh)
9. On Body and Soul (2017, dir. Ildikó Enyedi)
10. Udaan (2010, dir. Vikramaditya Motwane)
11. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013, dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
12. Anima (2019, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
13. Melancholia (2011, dir. Lars von Trier)
14. The Lobster (2015, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
15. Tamasha (2015, dir. Imtiaz Ali)

Nicholas Kouhi:

1. The Tree of Life (2011, dir. Terrence Malick)
2. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012, dir. Don Hertfeldt)
3. O.J: Made in America (2016, dir. Ezra Edelman)
4. La Flor (2018, dir. Mariano Llinás)
5. Moonlight (2016, dir. Barry Jenkins)
6. A Separation (2011, dir. Asghar Farhadi)
7. Burning (2018, dir. Lee Chang-dong)
8. Phantom Thread (2017, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
9. Certified Copy (2010, dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
10. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013, dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
11. Holy Motors (2012, dir. Leos Carax)
12. Boyhood (2014, dir. Richard Linklater)
13. The Florida Project (2017, dir. Sean Baker)
14. First Reformed (2017, dir. Paul Schrader)
15. Margaret (Director’s Cut) (2011, dir. Kenneth Lonergan)

Nicola Passarotto:

1. The Turin Horse (2011, dir. Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky)
2. Burning (2018, dir. Lee Chang-dong)
3. Hard to be a God (2013, dir. Aleksei German)
4. Under the Skin (2013, dir. Jonathan Glazer)
5. Phantom Thread (2017, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
6. Son of Saul (2015, dir. László Nemes)
7. Faust (2011, dir. Alexander Sokurov)
8. From What is Before (2014, dir. Lav Diaz)
9. Til Madness Do Us Part (2013, dir. Wang Bing)
10. Le Quattro Volte (2010, dir. Michelangelo Frammartino)
11. High Life (2018, dir. Claire Denis)
12. Adieu au Langage (2014, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
13. Holy Motors (2012, dir. Leos Carax)
14. Carol (2015, dir. Todd Haynes)
15. The Great Beauty (2013, dir. Paolo Sorrentino)

Octavian Dancila:

1. Jinpa (2018, dir. Pema Tseden)
2. Embrace of the Serpent (2015, dir. Ciro Guerra)
3. On Body and Soul (2017, dir. Ildikó Enyedi)
4. Long Day’s Journey into Night (2018, dir. Bi Gan) .
5. Hors Satan (Outside Satan – 2011, dir. Bruno Dumont)
6. Post Tenebras Lux (2012, dir. Carlos Reygadas)
7. On the Beach at Night Alone (2017, dir. Hong Sang-soo)
8. Falling (2017, dir. Marina Stepanska)
9. Thursday till Sunday (2012, dir. Dominga Sotomayor Castillo)
10. Foxtrot (2017, dir. Samuel Maoz)
11. Of Skin and Men (2017, dir. Mehdi Ben Attia)
12. Upstream Color (2013, dir. Shane Carruth)
13. Burning (2018, dir. Lee Chang-dong)
14. 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute – 2017, dir. Robin Campillo)
15. Disobedience (2017, dir. Sebastián Lelio)

Sergio Martinez Esqueda:

1. Toni Erdmann (2016, dir. Maren Ade)
2. Zama (2017, dir. Lucrecia Martel)
3. Habemus Papam (2011, dir. Nanni Moretti)
4. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014, dir. Roy Andersson)
5. La Grande Bellezza (2013, dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
6. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018, dir. Hu Bo)
7. Ixcanul (2015, dir. Jayro Bustamante)
8. Le Havre (2011, dir. Aki Kaurismäki)
9. Güeros (2014, dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios)
10. Leviathan (2014, dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev)
11. (tie) The Club (2015) and No (2012) (dir. Pablo Larraín)
12. The Turin Horse (2011, dir. Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky)
13. No Home Movie (2015, dir. Chantal Akerman)
14. Post Tenebras Lux (2012, dir. Carlos Reygadas)
15. Agua Fría del Mar (2010, dir. Paz Fábrega)

Xiao Gu:

1. Twin Peaks: The Return (2017, dir. David Lynch)
2. Asako I & II (2018, dir. Ryūsuke Hamaguchi)
3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
4. A Story of Yonosuke (2013, dir. Shūichi Okita)
5. Holy Motors (2012, dir. Leos Carax)
6. Burning (2018, dir. Lee Chang-dong)
7. The Great Beauty (2013, dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
8. Happy Hour (2015, dir. Ryūsuke Hamaguchi)
9. Gravity (2013, dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
10. Drive (2011, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
11. Mommy (2014, dir. Xavier Dolan)
12. The Assassin (2015, dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien)
13. The Social Network (2010, dir. David Fincher)
14. A Touch of Sin (2010, dir. Jia Zhangke)
15. Knife + Heart (2018, dir. Yann Gonzalez)

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