Consequence of Sound offers up its Top 100 Films of the 2010s

Home theater news is somewhat thin on the ground in this post-Black Friday lull, but we thought it might be worth a look at this assessment of the top 100 films of the 2010s, as compiled by review site Consequence of Sound. The press release could easily have been overlooked, but closer inspection reveals quite an intelligently-compiled list, even though the criteria for film selection isn’t made clear.

C of S says the Top 100 Films of the 2010s list represents a decade marked by the transition of film to the internet, but also a period delivering “defining” blockbuster hits like Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception and Moonlight. From a personal perspective, I was pleased to see Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure (2014) included in the mix at 57, as well as PTA’s beautifully-crafted Phantom Thread (2017) at 8, and last year’s nerve-jangling horror, Hereditary at 5. It would be good to hear your feedback below after reviewing the complete list here.

“Consequence of Sound picked one hell of a decade to get into film. The evolution of streaming, the rise of A24, horror’s blockbuster renaissance, and Disney playing Pac Mac across intellectual property — there are so many stories there,” shares Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Consequence of Sound Michael Roffman. “I feel this list of 100 films contains threads of all those narratives, if not more, and if you feel obliged to check any of them out, you’re going to experience some essential chapters of pop culture from this past decade. Historical context aside, this list also says everything you need to know about Consequence’s relationship to the film medium. We grew up worshipping genre films, so it’s only natural that we’d find ways to write about ’em. Well, we did, and the collection here is by hands down the best of the bunch released in the 2010s.”

Consequence of Sound also delves into specific genres and other media, with further lists on their website featuring Top 100 Songs, Top 25 Horror Movies, Top 100 Albums and Top 25 Film Scores.

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19 Comments

  1. Here's the list:

    1. Mad Max: Fury Road
    2. The Social Network
    3. Moonlight
    4. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    5. Hereditary
    6. The Act of Killing
    7. Under the Skin
    8. Phantom Thread
    9. The Handmaiden
    10. Inception
    11. Inside Out
    12. Blade Runner 2049
    13. Bridesmaids
    14. Get Out
    15. The Tree of Life
    16. Boyhood
    17. 12 Years a Slave
    18. Tangerine
    19. Green Room
    20. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    21. Dunkirk
    22. The Invitation
    23. Call Me By Your Name
    24. Son of Saul
    25. Logan
    26. The Wolf of Wall Street
    27. France Ha
    28. OJ: Made in America
    29. 45 Years
    30. Zero Dark Thirty
    31. A Separation
    32. Her
    33. Inside Llewyn Davis
    34. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
    35. Carol
    36. Fruitvale Station
    37. Before Midnight
    38. Looper
    39. The Babadook
    40. BlackkKlansman
    41. Silver Linings Playbook
    42. Melancholia
    43. Shirkers
    44. The Revenant
    45. Inherent Vice
    46. Jackie
    47. Exit Through the Gift Shop
    48. Amour
    49. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    50. Nightcrawler
    51. Cold War
    52. Moneyball
    53. Roma
    54. Leviathan
    55. Young Adult
    56. First Reformed
    57. Force Majeure
    58. American Honey
    59. Baby Driver
    60. Amy
    61. La La Land
    62. Spring Breakers
    63. Annihilation
    64. Drive
    65. 13th
    66. Toni Erdmann
    67. Shoplifters
    68. What We Do in the Shadows
    69. Paterson
    70. Midsommar
    71. Nocturama
    72. Good Time
    73. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    74. Phoenix
    75. Blue Valentine
    76. The Interrupters
    77. The Master
    78. The Tale
    79. Your Name
    80. Burning
    81. Manchester by the Sea
    82. Eighth Grade
    83. Parasite
    84. Sing Street
    85. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
    86. The Trip
    87. Columbus
    88. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
    89. Attack the Block
    90. Lady Bird
    91. Elle
    92. The Wind Rises
    93. A Ghost Story
    94. Krisha
    95. The Favorite
    96. Kubo and the Two Strings
    97. Her Smell
    98. The Raid 2
    99. Gone Girl
    100. mother!
  2. My top 5 or more for each year of the decade to make a top 50+ list for the decade….

    2010: Shutter Island, The King's Speech, Robin Hood, Toy Story 3, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I, True Grit
    2011: War Horse, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II, Hugo, The Tree of Life, Samsara, Super *

    2012: Lincoln, Life of Pi, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Anna Karenina, Looper
    2013: The Great Gatsby, 42, Gravity, Frozen, Belle, Counsellor
    2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Unbroken, Boyhood, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Theory of Everything, The Fault in Our Stars
    2015: Inside Out, Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Force Awakens, The Danish Girl, The Martian, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Hateful Eight
    2016: Rogue One, Kubo and the Two Strings, Silence, Fences, Hidden Figures, Sully, Hacksaw Ridge
    2017: The Last Jedi, The Man Who Invented Christmas, The Shape of Water, Call me By Your Name, Marhsall, Goodbye Christopher Robin, The Post, It
    2018: Blackkklansman, Incredibles 2, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Papillion, Welcome to Marwen, Winchester, Spiderverse
    2019 so far: Us, Tolkien, Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Dumbo, The Goldfinch, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, It: Chapter 2, Midsommar,

  3. French Creek

    Looking over this list, it wasn't a very good decade for movies.

    I disagree. Going over that list I would easily rate more than 30 of them as excellent.

    And I agree with #1

  4. Tino

    I disagree. Going over that list I would easily rate more than 30 of them as excellent.

    And I agree with #1

    Tino

    I disagree. Going over that list I would easily rate more than 30 of them as excellent.

    And I agree with #1

    If you believe that many of the films listed are excellent, you are surely entitled to that observation. My point is that the top movies of many previous decades are far better.

  5. I think you are very much right, TravisR, because they are the product of their generation and it's movies, the contemporaneous criticism of those films, and the limitations of their expectations. But people who love film will watch as many movies from 9 decades ago as those made today – as well as those made in the decades between. It all comes down to why one watches movies, I guess. If anyone thinks the movies from the decade under discussion are tops, more power to them.

  6. Tino

    Although where the hell is my number 2 Gravity?

    Agree, I was surprised not to see Gravity in there at all – an easy top 10 pick for me. I also thought Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation has proven to be the best of the series so far, and I particularly liked Under the Shadow and Thomas Vinterberg's often overlooked Far from the Madding Crowd.

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