Circuit 3: Best of the Decade… So Far

What is contending as your favorites of the 2010’s?


It’s hard to believe, but we are already halfway through the decade. It seems like just yesterday I was naming The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), and There Will Be Blood (2007) my three best films of the aughts.

Obviously, there is a lot to choose from. Looking back at some of the films I have rated as the best of the year, I’m torn between some pretty great films from legends like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick, David Fincher, Kathryn Bigelow, Alfonso Cuaron, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan, and Paul Thomas Anderson. Pretty exciting group of filmmakers, no?

So let’s make this a cornucopia of lists this week. I’m going to list my three best from each year of the decade, as well as a cumulative top three. Feel free to do the same or any variation if you like.

My Circuit 3 for Best Films of 2010:

  1. The Social Network
  2. Black Swan
  3. Inception

My Circuit 3 for Best Films of 2011:

  1. The Tree of Life
  2. Hugo
  3. The Artist

My Circuit 3 for Best Films of 2012:

  1. Lincoln
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Looper (yes, Looper)

My Circuit 3 for Best Films of 2013:

  1. Gravity
  2. 12 Years a Slave
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis

My Circuit 3 for Best Films of 2014:

  1. Birdman
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Selma

My Circuit 3 for Best Films of the Decade… So Far:

  1. The Social Network
  2. The Tree of Life
  3. Hugo

Leave your rankings below. If you want to mention your three best of the previous decade as well, I’d love to hear it.

What do you think?

AC Fan

Written by Mark Johnson

Lover of all things film and Oscar. Fantasy sports’ equivalent of George Steinbrenner. Your very own Han Solo, making friends all over the movie-loving galaxy in spite of himself. When he’s not ranking just about everything or dominating boardgames, Mark is breaking down the Oscar race 24/7 with Rain Man-like stats and knowledge. In his downtime, you can find him commiserating with other Northeast Ohio sports fans because a hero isn’t complete without a little heartbreak. If Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Survivor are your style, then congratulations, you have something in common with this inglourious basterd.


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