We have cracked into the Top 50 of the decade 2010-2019. Again, this is my opinion and only my opinion. Disagree? That’s great. I am sure you will.
#50. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is a ballsy film. It is more of a war epic than other Star Wars movies and it gives us a group of cool new character that are doomed from the start. Plus, the film follows through with the finale. I respect that. It would have been easy to not kill them all and make up some excuse about where they were during the original trilogy, but they did not do that.
#49. Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This was an unexpected pleasure. After the failed reboot of the franchise with the Mark Wahlberg film in the 90s, I had very low expectations for this, but James Franco and the rest brought Caesar to life and made me care about them.
#48. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. My favorite of the Mission Impossible series, it featured the always crazy Tom Cruise hanging himself off of a gigantic building. We also had a good use of Jeremy Renner.
#47. Birdman. Michael Keaton playing a washed actor who gave up the role of a super hero, Birdman, years prior. Hm. Sounds familiar. Great acting in this film, not only by Keaton, but by Edward Norton and Emma Stone as well.
#46. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. The only Harry Potter movie to make this list, Deathly Hallows successfully brought the Harry Potter franchise to a close near the beginning of the decade. The kid movie franchise had moved into a full dark and dramatic action movie.
#45. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Everyone was remarkably happy to have Star Wars back again, with another chance after the prequels. Sure The Force Awakens had several similar beats to the original Star Wars: A New Hope, but who cared? It brought that feeling of nostalgia back to a galaxy far, far away.
#44. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. No way this was as entertaining as it was. The sequel came too long after the original and lacked Robin Williams. Still, this film had The Rock and featured a fabulous comedic performance from Jack Black. I was sure this would be a huge failure, and I could not have been more wrong.
#43. John Wick. Don’t mess with John Wick’s dog or his car. My favorite scene in this gun-fu film was when the big bad guy found out that his son had messed with John Wick’s car and the fear was real. That gave us, the audience, the understanding that John Wick was someone not to mess with.
#42. How to Train Your Dragon 2. A great animated trilogy, this one had the guts to have its main hero dragon, Toothless, while under control, kill the father of Hiccup. While that was a ballsy move, I do think that the movie shrugged it off too quickly. However, the fact that it happened showed you how invested this film was in creating something different.
#41. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Yeah, I know there is a lot of hatred for this movie, but I do not agree. Yes, there are some really bad parts of this movie (particularly the Canto Bight sequence), but the parts of The Last Jedi that worked were some of the best Star Wars sequences ever. And I loved the character arc given to Luke Skywalker, despite other opinions online (be nice please).
#40. X-Men: Days of Future Past. The adaption of one of the greatest X-Men stories to ever appear in Marvel Comics, DoFP showed us all kinds of time travel goodness and was able to give us not only the great new Xavier and Magneto (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) but also the great original Xavier and Magneto (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen).
#39. Doctor Strange. A great origin story for the Sorcerer Supreme of the MCU. One of the most original films in the series, too. I loved the ending where Strange uses his mind to defeat Dormammu instead of the typical fight. Benedict Cumberbatch is a perfectly cast Dr. Strange.
#38. Elvis & Nixon. The true story (though much has been imagined) of the day when “The King” Elvis Presley went to the White House to meet with President Richard Nixon. Michael Shannon gave us a fantastic Elvis and Kevin Spacey (though a jerk overall) was an intriguing Tricky Dick.
#37. Searching. Another film that I expected nothing out of only to find that it was brilliant. John Cho plays the father of a missing girl and he is desperate to discover what had happened to her. The gimmick was that the film showed the father only on computer screens and smartphones in his attempt to suss out what happened to his daughter. John Cho was sensational in the role.
#36. A Quiet Place. There has never been a weirder theater going experience. The theater was so enamored with the film that we were being as quiet as we could possibly be. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are amazing as the family living in this horrible future where, if you make any noise, you can wind up alien food.
#35. Skyfall. My favorite James Bond film of the decade, Skyfall featured a smaller story from deep in the past of the character of James Bond. Daniel Craig hit his stride as Bond and the film was helped along by the amazing theme song by Adele. Despite the unlikeliness of the villainous plot, Skyfall is fantastic.
#34. Ant Man. Who thought this would be in the top 50? Especially after the controversy with the departure from the film by director Edgar Wright. However, Peyton Reed stepped in to the film and created a fun, exciting, smaller (avoiding the pun) heist film that was very enjoyable.
#33. Chef. Jon Favreau’s fun food film. After leaving his job as a chef at a prestigious LA restaurant, Favreau started a food truck business with his son and friend. This movie is funny, heart-warming and provides us a wonderful relationship with Favreau and his son, played by Emjay Anthony.
#32. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While it may not have reached the levels of the original, Guardians Vol. 2 has a ton of positives going for it, including some of the most emotional moments in the MCU. The entire arc at the end of the film involving Yondu is simply gorgeous. Plus, Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet is something we never knew we needed.
#31. The Imposter. A documentary about a man who claims to be the long-missing son from a family in Texas. This story is so amazing that you cannot believe that it is true. Heck, if it were a scripted movie, you would have a difficult time stretching reality to accept it. But it happened. The only problem is that there is too much of an open ending and I desperately wanted to know the answer.