Ten years! Ten whole stinkin’ years of wonderful movies to choose from and this list took me forever to settle on! It has been a great decade of movies across the board and narrowing this list to ten was painful. I have to be clear and say that these are MY 10 FAVORITES, not the best, not the most entertaining, not the most groundbreaking. These are Dan Moran’s 10 FAVORITES. Your list may differ and that is awesome because we all have different opinions! Enjoy my list.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
An adrenaline shot to the heart for 2 solid hours. I have never been more relentlessly in awe of a movie during the entire runtime. It just never quits. It is a non-stop chase across the desert with amazing special effects and action sequences that put all others to shame.
An incredible performance by J.K. Simmons is the highlight of Damien Chazelle’s screwed up look into what some people will do to themselves as they seek perfection.
This is the best Bond movie by a mile. It explores Bond’s actual impact on the World around him and grounds the character in an honest way making the lackluster sequel Spectre all the more disappointing.
The Big Short (2015)
Adam McKay’s great dramedy that allows anybody with a brain to understand how the 2008 financial crisis occurred in a funny, scary, and honest way.
Inside Out (2014)
Pixar has a way of manipulating me to my core and this one was so emotionally moving and resonating that I have absolutely no shame admitting I cry every time I see it.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Arrival (2016)
Two of the best sci-fi movies I have ever seen. Both with incredible performances, cinematography, and themes. I want him to make a movie every single year. I have discussed and re-watched these movies as much as any other.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)
The initial backlash to this movie aside, I think the time has shown that it is Scorsese’s most comedic film, DiCaprio’s best performance, and not a celebration of what is depicted but a car crash of horror that we can’t look away from.
Parasite is a profound movie that is tough to describe to anyone who hasn’t seen it. It touches on so many genres and explores themes and political ideas in such a smart way that it will stick with you for weeks. I have seen it twice in theaters and I am still thinking about it.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Who would’ve thought that an animated movie would be the best superhero movie of the decade for me? Well, here we are. I can’t say enough nice things about everything this movie did so I won’t. I’ll just tell you to go watch it.