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19 Movies You Completely Forgot About From This Decade That Are Actually Incredible

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1. Shutter Island

Paramount Pictures

Released: 2010

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams

Why it's great: Honestly, the twist is superb, and every performance is as thrilling as the narrative itself. Plus, the post-war America backdrop is totally fascinating.

2. Kick-Ass

Universal Pictures

Released: 2010

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz

Why it's great: It's just a funny, farcical take on the superhero movie with a killer soundtrack. IMHO, miles better than Deadpool.

3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Universal Pictures

Released: 2010

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson

Why it's great: It combines an experimental comic style with genius comic timing. The results? Hipster gold-dust!

4. Drive


Released: 2011

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac

Why it's great: Everyone here is acting their ass off in a sexy and striking take on the typical action movie.

5. The Artist

Warner Bros.

Released: 2011

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Uggie (the dog)

Why it's great: A fun and upbeat throwback to the early days of film, this movie is as charming as it is silent – which is very.

6. Moonrise Kingdom

Focus Features

Released: 2012

Director: Wes Anderson

Starring: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand

Why it's great: An underrated Anderson piece, this film takes childhood innocence and combines it with enduring humour and arthouse precision.

7. Life of Pi

20th Century Fox

Released: 2012

Director: Ang Lee

Starring: Suraj Sharma, Rafe Spall, Irfan Khan

Why it's great: As jaw-droppingly beautiful as it is powerful, this movie is way more than just a man and a tiger in a boat!

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Summit Entertainment

Released: 2012

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Emma Watson, Logan Lerman. Ezra Miller

Why it's great: This movie is YA done right – the perfect amount of sentimental cliché, cultural references flying about, and hard-hitting drama.

9. It Follows


Released: 2014

Director: David Robert Mitchell

Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Maika Monroe, Jake Weary

Why it's great: An actually scary horror, with an actually compelling plot, and some masterfully understated acting... *Italian Chef Kiss*

10. The Babadook

Entertainment One

Released: 2014

Director: Jennifer Kent

Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney

Why it's great: With its compelling macabre aesthetic and intense style of acting, this movie keeps you hooked and leaves you asking – WTF just happened, but in a good way.

11. The Lobster

Picturehouse Entertainment/A24

Released: 2015

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman

Why it's great: Rachel Weisz's exquisite narration sets off this absurd and yet hilarious movie perfectly.

12. Room


Released: 2015

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Starring: Brie Larson, William H. Macy, Jacob Tremblay

Why it's great: Everything about this movie will make your heart race and then swell three sizes. It's harrowing but incredible.

13. Arrival

Paramount Pictures

Released: 2016

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Why it's great: A genius take on the classic alien invasion story, this movie keeps your brain ticking and is consistently brilliant from beginning to end.

14. Lion

The Weinstein Company

Released: 2016

Director: Garth Davis

Starring: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman

Why it's great: Even if you don't have a sibling, this movie is astonishingly touching. It's equal parts heart-breaking and life-affirming.

15. Zootopia / Zootropolis

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Released: 2016

Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Starring: Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba

Why it's great: More than just your average fun-filled animal animation, this movie tells a thoughtful story using three-dimensional characters.

16. Nocturnal Animals

Focus Features

Released: 2016

Director: Tom Ford

Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Why it's great: This movie is as sleek as it is suspenseful – the acting is pitch perfect and the story is some maniacal shit that will leave you googling the film for days afterwards!

17. Atomic Blonde

Focus Features

Released: 2017

Director: David Leitch

Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella

Why it's great: Featuring sex and death in equal measures, this movie is a glorious spy thriller with much more up its sleeve than gratituous action scenes.

18. Wonder


Released: 2017

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson

Why it's great: Totally heart-wrenching and yet super empowering, this movie features some awesome performances and is definitely good for a deep, soul-cleansing cry.

19. Love, Simon

20th Century Fox

Released: 2018

Director: Greg Berlanti

Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner

Why it's great: Again, this is YA at its best. The story is tender, enjoyable, and most importantly, believable.

How many of these did you remember? Did I forget any absolute gems? Let me know in the comments!

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