When looking back at the 2010s, it can be hard to pinpoint what the best films were. After all, everyone’s taste in movies is subjective.

The 2010s brought a lot of amazing films over the decade. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the resurrection of the Star Wars franchise to the end of the Harry Potter franchise and the rise of Pixar’s golden age, there really was no shortage of content.

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When looking back at the 2010s, it can be hard to pinpoint what the best films were. After all, everyone’s taste in movies is subjective. There are some films that moviegoers can agree on that stand out amongst the rest.

10 Inception (2010) – 8.8

Kicking off the list is the 2010 action thriller Inception which currently holds an 8.5 rating on IMDb. The film was directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Leonardo Dicaprio as Domb Cobb a thief who can enter the dreams of anyone he wants.

The film ranked in an incredible $825 million dollars during its initial box office run and the second-highest-grossing premiere for a science-fiction film. The film went on to win several Academy Awards and became a pop culture icon. In fact, several shows have parodied the film including Rick and Morty and The Simpsons

9 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) – 8.1

In 2011 the Harry Potter franchise came to an end when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hit theaters.  The film concluded with an epic battle between Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) that left fans extremely satisfied since the film boasts a 8.1 rating on IMDb.

The film went to accumulate 1.3 billion dollars at the global box office and also broke several records. The film became the highest-grossing film of 2011 and the highest-grossing of the franchise. In addition, its the highest-grossing film of any Warner Bros. film.

8 Django Unchained (2012) – 8.4

According to IMDb, Django Unchained is the top film of 2012. The film which stars an A list cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Kerry Washington currently holds an 8.4 rating.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film follows Django, an enslaved man, who ends up helping a German bounty hunter capture the South’s most-wanted criminals. The film won the Academy Award for best screenplay and was nominated for the Best Picture category but did not win.

7 The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) – 8.2

The Wolf of Wall Street is yet another one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film to make the list of best films of the 2010s. The biographical black comedy tells the story of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street hopeful who manages to work his way up the ladder to open his own firm.

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In addition to earning 392 million dollars at the box office, the film went on to receive 5 nominations at the Academy Awards. It also has the privilege of being Margot Robbie’s breakout role.

6 Interstellar (2014) – 8.6

2014 had some pretty amazing films but on the top of the list is Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar. In the film, a NASA physicist is attempting to save human life by transporting humans through a wormhole. Before he can save the world, he must first test his theory out which is where Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway’s characters come in.

Despite being the best film of 2014, Interstellar was only the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2014. It went on to be nominated five Academy Awards, winning the Oscar for Best Visual Effects only.

5 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – 8.1

This might come as a surprise to many considering Star Wars: The Force Awakens released in 2015, but according to voters on IMDb, Mad Max: Fury Road was the best film of 2015. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the film follows Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she leads a group of women to freedom cross the desert.

Directed by George Miller, the film was a true labor of love having spent years in development. In fact, the film was supposed to shoot in 2001 but was delayed because of the September 11th attacks. The waiting paid off though and the film went on to earn $375.2 million dollars at the box office and brought home six Oscars.

4 Deadpool (2016) – 8.0

While several superhero films have failed to make the list of best movies of the 2010s, 20th Century Fox and Marvel‘s antihero Deadpool has one best film of 2016. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces operative who turns into antihero Deadpool after becoming a victim of Ajax, an evil scientist.

Deadpool went on to break several records during its initial run including becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film until 2019. It also holds the record for the biggest opening weekend for an R-rated film and biggest opening weekend for any film released in February.

3 Coco (2017) – 8.4

Surpinsgly the only animated film to make the list of best films of the 2010s is the Disney and Pixar Animation Studio’s film CocoReleased in 2017, the film follows Miguel, a young boy who finds himself in the Land of the Dead after he ran away to prove to his family that music runs in their blood.

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Coco is Pixar’s first-ever film that centers on a Mexican family and even includes Spanish dialogue and songs in the film. Coco went on to earn $807.1 million at the box office and won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

2 Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018) – 8.4

This time it’s Disney’s MCU that came out on with Avengers: Infinity Wars taking home the prize of the best film of 2018. The second to last film of the Avengers’s franchise follows the Avengers as they attempt to collect all six Infinity Stones before Thanos can get them.

The superhero film certainly earned the best film title in addition to being the highest-grossing film of 2018, racking in a massive $2.048 billion at the box office. The film is also one of the most expensive films ever made.

1 Joker (2019) – 8.5

Rounding out the best films of the 2010s is the 2019 psychological thriller JokerThis time around, Joaquin Phoenix plays the iconic villain in his origin story. The film released in October of 2019 and still earned the title of the best film of the year.

Joker earned $1.074 billion at the box office and was a hit amongst fans and critics alike. The film dethroned Deadpool for the title of being the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. In addition, the film received 11 Oscar nominations.

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