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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1

Boyhood 2013 -  Richard Linklater - IMDb

2

Her  -  Spike Jonze - IMDb

3

The Social Network 2010 -  David Fincher - IMDb

4

Certified Copy 2010 -  Abbas Kiarostami - IMDb

5

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin 2011 -  Asghar Farhadi - IMDb

6

Inside Llewyn Davis  -  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - IMDb

7

Under the Skin 2012 -  Jonathan Glazer - IMDb

8

The Grand Budapest Hotel  -  Wes Anderson - IMDb

9

Frances Ha  -  Noah Baumbach - IMDb

10

Holy Motors  -  Léos Carax - IMDb

11

Toy Story 3 2010 -  Lee Unkrich - IMDb

12

12 Years a Slave  -  Steve McQueen - IMDb

13

The Master  -  Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb

14

The Tree of Life 2011 -  Terrence Malick - IMDb

15

The Act of Killing  -  IMDb

16

Margaret 2011 -  Kenneth Lonergan - IMDb

17

Moonrise Kingdom  -  Wes Anderson - IMDb

18

Short Term 12  -  Destin Daniel Cretton - IMDb

19

Selma 2011 -  Lee Daniels - IMDb

20

Meek's Cutoff 2010 -  Kelly Reichardt - IMDb

21

Before Midnight  -  Richard Linklater - IMDb

22

Take Shelter 2011 -  Jeff Nichols - IMDb

23

Winter’s Bone 2010 -  Debra Granik - IMDb

24

Exit Through the Gift Shop 2010 -  Banksy - IMDb

25

Dogtooth 2009 -  Yorgos Lanthimos - IMDb

26

Stories we Tell  -  IMDb

27

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 -  Kathryn Bigelow - IMDb

28

Whiplash  -  IMDb

29

Goodbye to Language  -  IMDb

30

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

31

Force Majeure  -  IMDb

32

Amour 2012 -  Michael Haneke - IMDb

33

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

34

Blue is the Warmest Color  -  IMDb

35

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

36

Leviathan  -  IMDb

37

The Wolf of Wall Street  -  Martin Scorsese - IMDb

38

The Interrupters 2011 -  Steve James - IMDb

39

Bridesmaids 2011 -  Paul Feig - IMDb

40

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

41

Coherence  -  IMDb

42

Only Lovers Left Alive 2012 -  Jim Jarmusch - IMDb

43

Upstream Color  -  IMDb

44

Love is Strange  -  Ira Sachs - IMDb

45

Guardians of the Galaxy  -  James Gunn - IMDb

46

The Turin Horse 2011 -  Béla Tarr - IMDb

47

Melancholia 2011 -  Lars von Trier - IMDb

48

Inherent Vice  -  Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb

49

Wreck-It Ralph  -  IMDb

50

Gravity  -  Alfonso Cuarón - IMDb