If you’re looking for great movies, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of fantastic films from the past ten years—critical favorites, award winners, and overlooked marvels from across the genres. We think these films are on their way to becoming must-sees for the next generation. If you’re looking for a list of already-recognized classics, check out our list of 50 Classic Movies Everyone Should Watch in Their Lifetime. It’s also full of cinematic treasures. With all of these recommendations, you should be able to fill up your queue for the foreseeable future.
These films will transport you. They’re conversation starters, tour-de-forces, and genre-benders. They’ll surprise, delight, and challenge. Watch these movies, and you’ll wonder—how’d the director do it? We have films from the minds of Paul Thomas Anderson, Greta Gerwig, Barry Jenkins, Richard Ayode, Ava DuVernay, and the Coen brothers. They star Alicia Vikander, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis—we could go on and on. These are movies everyone should see at least once, but they’re so good, so thought provoking, so stirring, you’ll want to re-watch them immediately. Better clear your weekend schedule and pop a bowl of popcorn. You have some viewing to do.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Frances Ha (2012)
The Master (2012)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
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