Great movies leave a lasting impression on their viewers long after the screen goes dark. They’re the movies we bring up in conversations and that make an impact, be it in the film industry, the world at large, or even ourselves. These films defined a decade.
1. “Moonlight” (2016)
This movie is a three-part coming-of-age story that follows Chiron from boyhood to adulthood. It showcases all the abuse he endures growing up and takes a deep dive into gender identity and masculinity. It’s genuinely moving and features astounding performances by the three actors playing Chiron.
2. “Whiplash” (2014)
This psychological drama is about an aspiring jazz drummer obsessed with perfection, constantly berated by his abusive instructor. What truly makes this film stand out are the performances of Miles Teller as the student and J.K. Simmons as his teacher. In fact, Simmons won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in this film.
3. “Little Women” (2019)
Greta Gerwig’s take on this Little Women adaptation features a talented A-list cast, each with a great performance. The movie features the March sisters coming of age during the U.S. Civil War. The sisters have ambitions and aspirations for the future as they grow into womanhood.
4. “Birdman” (2014)
Depicting desperation at its best, Birdman shows the struggles of a washed-up actor who tries to stage the best play on Broadway to become relevant again. The problem is he’s famous for being the actor who played the superhero Birdman, and not much else. The interesting thing about this movie is that it uses complex shot setups and editing to make it look like one long shot.
5. “Barbie” (2023)
Barbie was a defining film that sparked a cultural phenomenon. The plot follows the dolls Barbie and Ken, who end up in the real world, where they realize things are much different from Barbie Land. It’s a movie about Barbie’s impact on everyone’s lives, with themes of self-discovery and acceptance.
6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014)
A comedy-drama film set against the backdrop of director Wes Anderson’s pastel world, The Grand Budapest Hotel has a lot to love, from its cast of wacky characters to its clever plotline. A concierge at a magnificent hotel is framed for the murder of one of his guests. He then teams up with his new lobby boy to try and prove his innocence through a series of intelligent ploys.
7. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)
In a desert-like apocalyptic world, a tyrant rules by hoarding water and fuel supplies, making it impossible for anyone to escape or survive. Two rebels team up to take him down, leading to a road battle with giant mechanical vehicles. This film features impressive action sequences and special effects.
8. “Dunkirk” (2017)
Harry Styles’ first official acting job is in this epic historical war movie, which showcases Dunkirk’s tense evacuation during World War II. Viewers see three perspectives of the soldiers from the air, land, and sea, each going through different situations. It offers keen insight into war and the desperate fight for survival.
9. “Interstellar” (2014)
Imagine Earth is plagued by famine, driving humankind to extinction. That’s part of the plot in Interstellar, where a team of astronauts search for a new planet for human habitation by traveling through a wormhole. A physicist consulted on the film during production to give his opinions and make the movie as accurate as possible.
10. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015)
A direct sequel to Return of the Jedi (1983) and set 30 years later, Star Wars: The Force Awakens features a team of new heroes trying to locate Luke Skywalker while fighting with the resistance. This title brought a new wave of fans to the Star Wars franchise.
11. “John Wick” (2014)
If John Wick taught us one thing, it’s not to mess with someone’s dog. This action thriller is about a retired hitman who comes out of retirement for revenge. However, the whole revenge situation gets out of hand as he is drawn deeper into the dark life he escaped from before.
12. “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge is a biographical war drama movie featuring Andrew Garfield as soldier Desmond Doss, a pacifist in the medical corps. The story is drawn from real-life events where he saves countless wounded soldiers by lowering them down one by one using only a rope and his bare hands. His commitment to his beliefs and saving the lives of others earned him a Medal of Honour and tears down viewers’ cheeks.
13. “Boyhood” (2014)
This drama follows a boy’s turbulent life throughout childhood and adolescence. It was filmed from 2002 to 2013. The boy in question is Mason Evans Jr., who grew up with divorced parents in Texas. Boyhood and its commitment to accurately depict a child’s experiences growing up is remarkable.
14. “Get Out” (2017)
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, surprised viewers with its quality. The storyline features an African-American man meeting his Caucasian girlfriend’s family for the first time, and things turn dark. The movie was designed to mess with your mind, and the plot twists left viewers open-mouthed.
15. “Lady Bird” (2017)
Another Greta Gerwig special, Lady Bird, is a film about a high school senior navigating her turbulent relationship with her mother and teenage school life. What will she do after high school? That’s one of the many questions she must answer.
16. “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)
The first part of the end for the original Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, caused quite an uproar upon its release. Not many superhero movies have the good guys lose at the end or kill off some key characters. Infinity War deviated from the norm and caused audiences a lot of stress and tears, making it one of the more memorable movies of the past ten years. Source: Google, specifically CNET, CBR, IMDB and TIME
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