1. Shutter Island Paramount Pictures Released: 2010Director: Martin ScorseseStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Michelle WilliamsWhy 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: 2010Director: Matthew VaughnStarring: Nicolas Cage, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace MoretzWhy 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: 2010Director: Edgar WrightStarring: Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza, Brie LarsonWhy it's great: It combines an experimental comic style with genius comic timing. The results? Hipster gold-dust! 4. Drive FilmDistrict Released: 2011Director: Nicolas Winding RefnStarring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar IsaacWhy 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: 2011Director: Michel HazanaviciusStarring: 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: 2012Director: Wes AndersonStarring: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormandWhy 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: 2012Director: Ang LeeStarring: Suraj Sharma, Rafe Spall, Irfan KhanWhy 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: 2012Director: Stephen ChboskyStarring: Emma Watson, Logan Lerman. Ezra MillerWhy 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 RADiUS-TWC Released: 2014Director: David Robert MitchellStarring: Keir Gilchrist, Maika Monroe, Jake WearyWhy 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: 2014Director: Jennifer KentStarring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinneyWhy 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: 2015Director: Yorgos LanthimosStarring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia ColmanWhy it's great: Rachel Weisz's exquisite narration sets off this absurd and yet hilarious movie perfectly. 12. Room StudioCanal/A24 Released: 2015Director: Lenny AbrahamsonStarring: Brie Larson, William H. Macy, Jacob TremblayWhy 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: 2016Director: Denis VilleneuveStarring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest WhitakerWhy 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: 2016Director: Garth DavisStarring: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole KidmanWhy 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: 2016Director: Byron Howard, Rich MooreStarring: Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris ElbaWhy 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: 2016Director: Tom FordStarring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonWhy 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: 2017Director: David LeitchStarring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia BoutellaWhy 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 Lionsgate Released: 2017Director: Stephen ChboskyStarring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen WilsonWhy 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: 2018Director: Greg BerlantiStarring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer GarnerWhy 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!