Top 10 Best Movies Of The 2010s You Forgot About

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We’re reaching the end of the decade, so it’s time to get a bit nostalgic about the movies of the last 10 years. The 2010s has been a decade full of brilliant films, but there are some that have unfortunately fallen out of the conversation already. So, here are my picks for the top 10 best movies of the 2010s you forgot about.


10. Nerve (2016)

Nerve wasn’t the best movie of 2016, but it far surpassed expectations upon release, with stunning psychedelic visuals, non-stop thrills and a genuinely thought-provoking look at the unstoppable growth of social media in recent years.

Following the story of a normal teenage girl who finds herself suddenly involved in an online game of increasingly perilous dares, the film is a striking and enthralling account of just how out of control the digital world can get, with the desperation for attention and likes growing to such an extent that people will do just about anything, even if it means risking their own lives.

With that said, the reason Nerve has likely fallen out of the conversation is that, three years on, it’s nothing particularly unusual anymore. Online pranks and dares are becoming ever more dangerous and over-the-top, and although they’re regularly met with disapproval from the wide majority, it’s a reality that’s far more present than it was when this movie came out. So, Nerve proved to be pretty prophetic, and although it’s not quite as talked-about anymore, it remains a visually exhilarating and thoroughly entertaining movie regardless.

Read a full review here.


9. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was a bit of a financial flop upon release in 2016, not even making back half of its budget, but it remains a low-key favourite of many in the film community.

A hilarious parody of music superstar documentaries like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, One Direction: This Is Us and more, the movie is genuinely one of the funniest in recent years, with a brilliant lead performance from Andy Samberg, and a pitch-perfect mockumentary vibe that makes it arguably the best parody movie in well over ten years.

It remains present on streaming platforms, but the movie has likely fallen out of the conversation because those popstars that were making these documentaries at the beginning of the 2010s aren’t really any more, with most celebs taking to social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram to show off their lives in a way they couldn’t 10 years ago, meaning that the movie’s brilliant parody humour isn’t quite as relevant anymore.

Read a full review here.


8. A Simple Favour (2018)

A Simple Favour had all the potential to be a sleeper hit, with a great story, a strong marketing campaign, and two exciting performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, and while it did well at the box office and with critics, it’s not a movie that’s stayed in the conversation as well as many others.

A ludicrous and topsy-turvy crime thriller with more twists than a mountain pass, the movie is an immensely entertaining watch as we see an innocent young mother find herself become deeply engrossed in the mysterious life of her friend when she disappears. With slick directing, great acting, strong comedy and a totally insane plot, it’s an absolute joy from beginning to end, but it still hasn’t quite captured the imagination of the moviegoing public.

Why? Well, it’s perhaps a little too early to tell, but it seems the movie’s gleefully ridiculous thriller vibe kept it out of the conversation towards the beginning of awards season, meaning it just didn’t have the word-of-mouth or presence to remain the hot topic it was during its first week of release.

Read a full review here.


7. The Interview (2014)

For all the massive studio blockbusters this decade, no movie’s release got bigger attention than The Interview, when a media frenzy surrounded the literally world-ending potential of this farcical comedy.

The key target of the Sony Pictures hack in 2014, The Interview caused outrage in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for its comical portrayal of leader Kim Jong-un, with both the country and a hacker group named ‘Guardians Of Peace’ threatening attacks on any cinema that screened the film.

The movie was pulled from general release and premiered online instead after a truly bizarre saga. In all truth, The Interview is a very funny movie, and perhaps Seth Rogen and James Franco’s best of the decade, but nothing could live up to the unbelievable frenzy and controversy that surrounded the movie’s release, and with such feverish hype, many were left a little underwhelmed despite the reality that The Interview is a thoroughly entertaining watch, and one you should definitely go and give a watch again.

Read a full review here.


6. Silence (2016)

Legendary director Martin Scorsese had been working on Silence for nearly three decades before 2016, and despite being released to critical acclaim, the film absolutely tanked at the box office, and has swiftly been forgotten in mainstream circles ever since.

And that’s a real shame, because there’s arguably no film of Scorsese’s that’s quite so passionate and unique, and while it may not be his best, it’s a striking piece of cinema that’s very difficult to match. Telling the story of two Jesuit priests who travel through feudal Japan, the film is a stunningly bold and powerful portrayal of so many enthralling themes, ranging from faith to religious oppression, feudal society and more.

It may be nearly three hours long and move at a snail’s pace throughout, which is very likely the reason that it was never a big hit with mainstream audiences, but Silence is a film that goes the extra mile to provide a unique epiphany of a cinematic experience, and although it has sadly been forgotten in the short term, I’m certain it will be subject to numerous reappraisals decades in the future that will lead it to becoming a true classic of cinema.

Read a full review here.


5. Clouds Of Sils Maria (2014)

Clouds Of Sils Maria was the striking breakout feature from French director Olivier Assayas, featuring a typically brilliant performance from Juliette Binoche, and a career-redefining turn from Kristen Stewart, finally shaking off the undeserved reputation developed during the Twilight years.

Winner of multiple critics’ awards worldwide, as well as a César for Kristen Stewart, the film is a quiet favourite of many in the film community, but it never quite broke into the main awards discussion at the end of the season, and following a less-than-successful follow-up from Assayas in the form of Personal Shopper, the film was unfortunately resigned it to the pages of super film buff streaming sites and forums, rather than receiving the widespread attention it undoubtedly deserves.

A fiercely intelligent film about an aging actress (Binoche) who undergoes a personal crisis as she becomes overwhelmed with jealousy for a younger co-star of hers, as well as frustration with her PA (Stewart), Clouds Of Sils Maria is a pensive, clever and enthralling watch throughout, but sadly not one that has remained long in the conversation through the years.

Read a full review here.


4. The Hate U Give (2018)

With a timely and hard-hitting look at race relations and the lives of those living in deprived areas in the USA, The Hate U Give had all the potential to be a frontrunner for the Academy Awards, but was instead largely ignored upon release, and then quickly forgotten.

Why that is remains a mystery to me, because The Hate U Give is undoubtedly the boldest and most provocative film covering race relations of the decade, with an incredibly intense and heavy-going story that really pushes boundaries when it comes to how a film can put forward a debate about current social crises.

Its screenplay is astonishing, the performances are brilliant across the board, and it hits the perfect balance between being a hard-hitting, provocative drama and one that still puts forward enthralling and worthy points for debate, yet it was barely mentioned in mainstream circles upon release, despite a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and more widespread critical acclaim elsewhere.

The only reason I can think that the film failed to attract attention was that it was marketed as a YA (young adult) movie, with a PG-13 rating and references to the YA novel it’s based on. However, with more depth and meat than most would-be Oscar contenders out there, The Hate U Give is a stunning film, and one that really doesn’t deserve to be forgotten so quickly.

Read a full review here.


3. Blue Jasmine (2013)

Now five decades into his directing career, Blue Jasmine is certainly Woody Allen’s best work of this decade, and possibly even the 21st Century, featuring a powerhouse performance from Cate Blanchett that landed her second Academy Award in 2013.

The story of a New York socialite who moves to San Francisco to stay with her sister after her divorce, Blue Jasmine is a classy and elegant piece that features riveting emotional drama as we follow a woman fall from grace, spiralling into a personal breakdown as she struggles to come to terms with her new situation.

With typically strong humour from Allen’s screenplay, as well as a riveting analysis of the people behind social facades, it’s an undoubtedly enthralling watch, with Cate Blanchett at the height of her powers in a spellbinding performance.

As brilliant as it is, though, the only reason I can think that it’s been forgotten so quickly is that Blanchett’s performance here is often overshadowed by her turn in 2015’s Carol, which continues to receive regular praise and attention in the media, even though her performance in Blue Jasmine is arguably just that little bit better.

Read a full review here.


2. Beasts Of No Nation (2015)

Beasts Of No Nation was a big deal back in 2015, not only because it’s an incredible drama that perhaps stands as the best war film of the 21st Century so far, but because it was the very first Netflix Original Film.

Now, that tag may not sound so special anymore, but four years ago, Netflix’s foray into serious filmmaking was a major point of discussion, and the studio came out with a bang with this stunning film, telling the story of child soldiers being drafted into war at the hands of radical militias fighting in a civil war in sub-Saharan Africa.

An enthralling and profoundly hard-hitting piece, the film is a striking look at the loss of innocence in many countries in the region at the hands of radical militias, and with some of the most powerful scenes of any this decade, it’s a film that’s difficult to forget in a hurry afterwards.

With that said, despite the conversation surrounding the film’s release, Netflix weren’t taken as seriously as a movie studio at their first attempt, leaving Beasts Of No Nation unfairly cut out of awards talk, and obviously with less Netflix subscriptions four years ago than today, not as many people were able to find a way to watch this great film, but it remains on the site now, and I urge you to give it a watch as soon as possible.

Read a full review here.


1. War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

The fate of War For The Planet Of The Apes might just be the biggest tragedy in Hollywood this decade, as despite being met with near-universal acclaim upon release in summer 2017, the film has fallen a little flat in the time since.

That really shouldn’t be the case, as the conclusion to the rebooted Planet Of The Apes trilogy is without a doubt the boldest and most daring piece of blockbuster filmmaking seen in years, turning its head to loud action and messy CGI, and instead featuring a quiet, patient and deeply moving character study that works just as well as a thrilling action piece.

With still-unparalleled visual effects that see Andy Serkis give an incredible performance as Caesar, I remain awestruck to this day when thinking about just how unique and impressive this film was, managing to move me close to tears as it painted an elegant and enthralling portrait of what is in truth a CGI monkey.

It’s an entertaining movie too, and with great action towards the end, it will certainly satisfy big blockbuster fans, but perhaps its slower and more pensive attitude is what has sadly left many mainstream fans to forget it, when it deserves anything but, and with breathtaking visuals that combine with a truly staggering story, there are few films out there that can really match this incredible piece of filmmaking. So, I hope that more will come to appreciate War For The Planet Of The Apes over time, and allow for more and more of this style of blockbuster to grace our screens over the next decade.

Read a full review here.

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The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com