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Readers’ Poll: The 20 Best Movies of the 2010s So Far

See what managed to beat ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘The Social Network’

Jamie Foxx and Ralph Fiennes

'Django Unchained' and 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Andrew Cooper/The Weinstein Company; Martin Scali/Fox Searchlight

It's only the first week of April, but the release of Furious 7 means that summer movie season is pretty much here. Over the next few months, blockbusters like Jurassic WorldAvengers: Age of Ultron and Terminator Genisys will appear — and its all just building to the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in December. So with much on the horizon, what were the best movies of the half-decade that has already passed? We asked our readers to select their favorites, and here are the results. 


‘Drive’ (2011)

We never learn the name of Ryan Gosling's characters name in Drive, but during the course of the movie we see him work as a Hollywood stunt performer, a criminal that specializes in getaways and a mechanic. Whatever his name, he knows his way around a car. He also gets tangled up with the mafia and also sorts of other sordid characters in this masterful film by director Nicolas Winding Refn. 

Worldwide Box Office$76,175,166

Rotten Tomatoes Rating93%. 

Academy Awards: 0.


‘Boyhood’ (2014)

Shot over 12 years, Boyhood examines the life of a boy and his family as he ages from 6 to 18. It's a crazily ambitious project, and it could have easily been a complete disaster had director Richard Linklater assembled the wrong cast. But it paid off better than nearly anyone could have predicted. 

Worldwide Box Office$44,515,195

Rotten Tomatoes Rating98%

Academy Awards: 1. Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Patricia Arquette).


‘Her’ (2013)

Spike Jonze movies don't come around very often, but they're always wildly original and well worth the wait. His sole movie of the 2010s (and only his fourth ever) takes place in the not-too-distant future when computers have become incredibly intelligent. Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely divorced man that falls madly in love with his operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. It's even weirder and more amazing than it sounds. 

Worldwide Box Office$47,351,251

Rotten Tomatoes Rating94%

Academy Awards: 1. Best Original Screenplay.

Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Fox Searchlight


‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ (2014)

Wes Anderson has been making brilliantly quirky movies for nearly two decades. Last year's The Grand Budapest Hotel centers around a hotel in the fictional European country of Zubrowka. The timeline stretches from 1932 to the present, though the bulk of the film takes place during a World War II-type conflict as a hotel employee tries to prove that he didn't murder a wealthy guest. The best thing about the fact it made so much money is that it means Anderson will have an easier time getting his unique projects made. 

Worldwide Box Office$174,600,318

Rotten Tomatoes Rating92%

Academy Awards: 4. Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score and Best Production Design.


Michael Keaton as ìRigganî and Edward Norton as ìMikeî in BIRDMAN. Photo by Alison Rosa. Copyright © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox.

Alison Rosa


‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ (2014)

Two decades ago Michael Keaton refused to star in a third Batman movie. His career went on a solid downward trajectory after that fateful decision, but it also inspired director Alejandro G. Iñárritu to cast him as the lead role in this surreal film that appears to unfold over a single shot. Keaton plays an actor best known for portraying the superhero Birdman, though his career took a dive when he refused to make a fourth movie in the series. The parallels to Keaton's life were impossible to ignore, and it re-jumpstarted his career in a huge way.

Worldwide Box Office$99,563,958

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

Academy Awards: 4. Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.  


INC-01957 (L-r) Director CHRISTOPHER NOLAN with LEONARDO DI CAPRIO on the set of Warner Bros. PicturesÕ and Legendary PicturesÕ sci-fi action film "Inception," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Stephen Vaughan


‘Inception’ (2010)

Some directors are skilled at creating billion dollar blockbusters and others are skilled at making movies beloved by critics and movie buffs alike. Only a handful of people can do both, and Christopher Nolan is certainly among them. His 2010 film Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page, centers around an elite crew that knows how to infiltrate the dreams of other people and steal their secrets. The plot gets insanely convoluted and confusing, but it's endless fun trying to figure the whole thing out. 

Worldwide Box Office$825,532,764

Rotten Tomatoes Rating86%

Academy Awards: 4. Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects

Django Unchained

JAMIE FOXX stars in DJANGO UNCHAINED Credit: Andrew Cooper/The Weinstein Company

Django Unchained


‘Django Unchained’ (2012)

Will Smith has made some bad decisions in his life, but turning down the lead role in Django Unchained must be one of the biggest. Imagine if he'd made this instead of After Earth? He didn't think the role was juicy enough since the central figure in the movie was Dr. King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz. Schultz is a 19th century bounty hunter that teams up with a former slave (played by Jamie Foxx) that is trying to rescue his wife from a plantation. Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed the movie, which takes on slavery just as Inglourious Basterds took on the Holocaust. 

Worldwide Box Office$425,368,238

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

Academy Awards: 2. Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Christoph Waltz), Best Original Screenplay.

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