Our top 10 Movies of the Decade

Can you believe we’re coming to the end of yet another decade? We’ve all been on so many different adventures over the past ten years, and we’re looking back at some of the best! The world of film has come a long way since 2010, becoming more spectacular, magical and bold than ever. Which got us thinking; what were our favourite films of the past ten years? Well, the results are in, and here’s our pick of the top ten movies of the decade! Read on to see if you agree!

Top movies of the decade - Inception
  1. Inception (2010)

Did anybody ever actually work out what was going on in Christopher Nolan’s Inception? At this point in time we’re not sure it matters anymore. What does matter is the impact the film has had since its release. Even people who haven’t seen the movie can recognise references to it in popular culture. And the references are everywhere. We’ll never look at a spinning top in the same way again!

2. 12 Years a Slave (2014)

12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s third feature film, is an uncomfortable watch. But then it’s supposed to be. Through his unflinching camera work, including the long single-shot scenes he’s famous for, McQueen managed to draw his audience into the terrible world of slavery. It tells an important story pretty near perfectly, with feeling, poise and grit.  

3. Boyhood (2014)

The effort that went into shooting one film over a 12-year period is just one reason Richard Linklater’s film Boyhood made it onto this list! There are no dramatic moments, rather the movie unfolds over a series of vignettes charting a child, Mason’s, journey from boyhood to adulthood. The film reminds us of the fleetingness of youth, but does so while refusing to pass judgment on its less-than-perfect characters. 

Top movies of the decade - Inside Llewyn Davis

4. Inside Llewyn Davis (2014)

A story about failure isn’t the obvious choice for a successful film in Hollywood! But the Coen Brothers managed to win people over with their character Llewyn Davis, who, no matter what, just can’t succeed. They even managed to make Davis likeable, despite his many questionable decisions. And everyone fell in love with Ulysses the cat!

5. Her (2014)

In Her, Spike Jonze envisaged a future that seems both not too far away, as well as completely possible. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a lonely man in the middle of a messy divorce, who falls in love with his computer operating system, with unhappy results. In a world where we’re increasingly connected to our devices, Her serves as a cautionary tale of our evolving relationship with technology.

6. Star Wars – the Force Awakens (2015)

After three disappointing prequels, JJ Abrams took the Star Wars mantle from George Lucas, and in the process gave fans the film they were looking for. Taking place after the original trilogy, The Force Awakens brought the franchise back to its roots. With the final film of the latest trilogy being released and hotly anticipated this December, there seems to be lots more life in the old dog yet!

7. Moonlight (2016)

2016’s winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, Moonlight, made waves with its superbly-acted, coming-of-age tale of protagonist, Chiron. With an atmospheric and tender take on identity politics and African-American life, it’s hard to believe that this was only Barry Jenkins’ second directorial feature.

8. Get Out (2017)

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut made a lasting impression on its release two years ago. His scary, humorous and deeply unsettling story of a black man going to visit his white girlfriend’s rich neuroscientist parents, brought home an uncomfortable truth to audiences that racism can sometimes hide behind a liberal veneer.  

Top movies of the decade - Star Wars

9. La La Land (2017)

It’s not perfect by any means, but La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle, allowed audiences to take a couple of hours out from their everyday lives in order to dream. Harking back to a golden age of musicals, the film mixes grand musical scores and sweeping cinematography with a very relatable story about love, ambition and compromise.

10. Avengers Endgame (2019)

This instalment was always going to be huge for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Avengers Endgame didn’t disappoint. Some of the set pieces may have been clunky, but it wrapped up eleven years of movies with a fantastic balance of drama and humour. Plus, in case you weren’t aware, it became the highest-grossing film of all time. Not a small achievement!

It was a tough job, but those are our pick of the top films of the past decade, and we’re all really excited here to see what the 2020s have to offer! Whatever your passion in life, you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of it, which is why you might like to consider insurance for your adventures. At The Insurance Emporium we offer flexible specialist insurance for cats, horses, cameras and much more! Visit The Insurance Emporium today to find out more!    

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