The Best Films of the 2010s

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The Best Films of the 2010s

The movie industry of the 2010s broke records with the release of some of the highest- grossing films.

The movie industry of the 2010s broke records with the release of some of the highest- grossing films.

The movie industry of the 2010s broke records with the release of some of the highest- grossing films.

The movie industry of the 2010s broke records with the release of some of the highest- grossing films.

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As the 2010s wrap up, these are the top 20 movies of the decade that will be viewed as iconic for years to come.

20. Despicable Me (2010)

“When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.” (IMDb)

19. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

“THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen returns home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. (c) Lionsgate.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

18. Fast Five (2011)

“Ever since ex-cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) broke her brother Dom (Vin Diesel) out of custody, they’ve traveled border to border to evade authorities. In Rio de Janeiro, they must do one final job before they can gain their freedom for good. Assembling their elite team of car racers, Brian and Dom know they must confront the corrupt businessman who wants them dead, before the federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) on their trail finds them.” (Fandango)

17. A Star Is Born (2018)

“A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.” (IMDb)

16. Life of Pi (2012)

“Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor…a fearsome Bengal tiger. — (C) Official Site”

15. Toy Story 3 (2010)

“Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the TOY STORY gang return for an all-new adventure, along with a few new faces — some plastic, some plush — including Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a strawberry-scented bear named Lots-O-Huggin’ Bear.” (Disney.com)

14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

“Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) search for Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.” (IMDb)

13. Frozen (2013)

“Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. (c) Disney” (Rotten Tomatoes)

12. Spectre (2015)

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.” (Amazon.com)

11. IT (2017)

“When children in town begin to disappear, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears as they square off against evil clown, Pennywise. Based on the Stephen King novel.” (Amazon.com)

10. The Revenant (2015)

“While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains life-threatening injuries from a brutal bear attack. When a member (Tom Hardy) of his hunting team kills his young son (Forrest Goodluck) and leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back to civilization. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, the legendary fur trapper treks through the snowy terrain to track down the man who betrayed him.” (Rochester City Newspaper)

9. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

“Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Steve McQueen (Hunger) directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi” (Rotten Tomatoes)

8. Black Panther (2018)

After his father was killed at a United Nations conference, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is crowned the new king of the African land of Wakanda as he defends it from unexpected family when they pursue its prized possession: vibranium.

7. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

“Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.” (IMDb)

6. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The mighty Thanos succeeds his goal as half of all life in the universe is eliminated leaving the 6 original Avengers as some of Earth’s only surviving heroes.

5. Get Out (2017)

A young black man is invited to his girlfriend’s parents’ house, but he soon realizes that he is not as welcomed as they made it seem.

4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.. — (C) Warner Bros.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

3. Inception (2010)

“Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.” (Atlantic Broadband) 

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

From left, Andy Serkis, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for the film ‘The Avengers Age of Ultron’ in London, Tuesday, 21 April, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

 

It is 30 years after the Empire is defeated, but a new threat arises: The First Order. A scavenger and a stormtrooper cross paths as the join the Resistance as they search for Luke Skywalker.

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Robert Downey Jr. arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.” (IMDb)

 

 

Actor of the Decade: Robert Downey Jr. 

(Robert Downey Jr. arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.)

The Iron Man actor is the Actor of the Decade as his performances in movies such as Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame have become critically acclaimed. Forbes listed Downey Jr. as the highest paid actor from 2013-2015 as his films have grossed over $14.4 billion worldwide. He has an upcoming movie called Dolittle set to release on January 17, 2020.

Actress of the Decade: Emma Stone

Stone has received numerous accolades including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for performance in La La Land (2016) as well as a People’s Choice Award for her role in The Help (2011). She also became the highest paid actress in 2017. Her next film is Cruella projected to release in 2021.