The Dissolve - The 50 best films of the decade so far

The middle of a decade isn’t often a cause for reflection, but maybe it should be. We tend to break time down into whatever segments make sense, especially within art, fashion, and culture, where things move quickly and change significantly: The teen world of 1982's Fast Times At Ridgemont High, for instance, is markedly different from the teen world of 1989's Say Anything... Inspired by our friends at Pitchfork, The Dissolve polled its regular contributors and some friends of the site about the best films released since January 1, 2010. We compiled the results in an effort to help give shape to the decade in progress, as the cinematic landscape keeps evolving around us. When the math was done, we found the results surprising, with a No. 1 none of us predicted. (Though we probably should have.)

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Boyhood 2013 -  Richard Linklater - IMDb

2

Her 2013 -  Spike Jonze - IMDb

3

The Social Network 2010 -  David Fincher - IMDb

4

Certified Copy 2010 -  Abbas Kiarostami - IMDb

5

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation) 2011 -  Asghar Farhadi - IMDb

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Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 -  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - IMDb

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Under the Skin 2012 -  Jonathan Glazer - IMDb

8

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 -  Wes Anderson - IMDb

9

Frances Ha 2012 -  Noah Baumbach - IMDb

10

Holy Motors 2012 -  Léos Carax - IMDb

11

Toy Story 3 2010 -  Lee Unkrich - IMDb

12

12 Years a Slave 2013 -  Steve McQueen - IMDb

13

The Master 2012 -  Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb

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The Tree of Life 2011 -  Terrence Malick - IMDb

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The Act of Killing 2012 -  IMDb

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Margaret 2011 -  Kenneth Lonergan - IMDb

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Moonrise Kingdom 2012 -  Wes Anderson - IMDb

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Short Term 12 2013 -  Destin Daniel Cretton - IMDb

19

Selma 2011 -  Lee Daniels - IMDb

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Meek's Cutoff 2010 -  Kelly Reichardt - IMDb

21

Before Midnight 2013 -  Richard Linklater - IMDb

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Take Shelter 2011 -  Jeff Nichols - IMDb

23

Winter’s Bone 2010 -  Debra Granik - IMDb

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Exit Through the Gift Shop 2010 -  Banksy - IMDb

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Dogtooth 2009 -  Yorgos Lanthimos - IMDb

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Stories we Tell 2012 -  IMDb

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Zero Dark Thirty 2012 -  Kathryn Bigelow - IMDb

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Whiplash 2014 -  IMDb

29

Goodbye to Language 2014 -  IMDb

30

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010 -  Edgar Wright - IMDb

31

Force Majeure 2014 -  IMDb

32

Amour 2012 -  Michael Haneke - IMDb

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2010 -  Apichatpong Weerasethakul - IMDb

34

Blue is the Warmest Color 2013 -  IMDb

35

This Is Not a Film 2011 -  Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi - IMDb

36

Leviathan 2012 -  IMDb

37

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 -  Martin Scorsese - IMDb

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The Interrupters 2011 -  Steve James - IMDb

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Bridesmaids 2011 -  Paul Feig - IMDb

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Martha Marcy May Marlene 2011 -  T. Sean Durkin - IMDb

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Coherence 2013 -  IMDb

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Only Lovers Left Alive 2012 -  Jim Jarmusch - IMDb

43

Upstream Color 2013 -  IMDb

44

Love is Strange 2014 -  Ira Sachs - IMDb

45

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 -  James Gunn - IMDb

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The Turin Horse 2011 -  Béla Tarr - IMDb

47

Melancholia 2011 -  Lars von Trier - IMDb

48

Inherent Vice 2014 -  Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb

49

Wreck-It Ralph 2012 -  IMDb

50

Gravity 2013 -  Alfonso Cuarón - IMDb