The 50 best films of the decade (so far) – personal lists

Check out the full list of our contributors’ top 10 films of the decade and leave yours in the comments below.

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Mark Asch @therealmarkasch

1. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
2. L for Leisure (Lev Kalman, Whitney Horn)
3. Carlos (Olivier Assayas)
4. Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)
5. Drei (Tom Tykwer)
6. I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhang-ke)
7. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr)
8. Listen Up, Philip (Alex Ross Perry)
9. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
10. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Anton Bitel @AntBit

1. Enemy (Denis Villeneuve)
2. The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet)
3. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
4. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin)
5. The Yellow Sea (Na Hong-jin)
6. Mars Et Avril (Martin Villeneuve)
7. The King of Pigs (Yeon Sang-ho)
8. Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy (Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit)
9. Moebius (Kim Ki-Duk)
10. Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn)

Catherine Bray @catherinebray

1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
2. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes)
3. Carol (Todd Haynes)
4. Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre)
5. I’m Still Here (Casey Affleck)
6. Snowtown (Justin Kurzel)
7. The Trip to Italy (Michael Winterbottom)
8. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
9. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
10. Aaaaaaaah! (Steve Oram)

Forrest Cardamenis @FCardamenis

1. Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi)
2. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
3. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
4. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
5. The Social Network (David Fincher)
6. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
8. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (Spike Lee)
9. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
10. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)

Ashley Clark @_Ash_Clark

1. Locke (Steven Knight)
2. Poetry (Lee Chang Dong)
3. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
4. The Stuart Hall Project (John Akomfrah)
5. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
6. We Are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson)
7. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
8. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance)
9. London: The Modern Babylon (Julien Temple)
10. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Declan Lowney)

Phil Concannon @Phil_on_Film

1. The Tree of Life (Terence Malick)
2. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr)
3. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
4. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
5. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt)
6. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
7. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
8. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
9. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance)
10. Tomboy (Céline Sciamma)

Adam Cook @AdamCook

1. The Immigrant (James Gray)
2. Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang)
3. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
4. Blackhat (Michael Mann)
5. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
6. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To)
7. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
8. Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
9. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
10. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)

Jordan Cronk @JordanCronk

1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
2. Once Upon a Time In Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
3. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
4. Story of My Death (Albert Serra)
5. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
6. The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira)
7. House of Tolerance (Bertrand Bonello)
8. Autrement, la Molussie (Nicolas Rey)
9. Hard to Be a God (Aleksei German)
10. Mysteries of Lisbon (Raoul Ruiz)

Rebecca Ellis @missbeckyellis

1. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
2. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
3. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)
4. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
5. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
6. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)
7. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
8. Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour)
9. Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley)
10. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)

Greg Evans @gregzeene

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
2. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
3. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
4. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
5. Carol (Todd Haynes)
6. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
7. Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)
8. Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
9. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
10. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)

Simran Hans @heavier_things

1. The Social Network (David Fincher)
2. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
3. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
4. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
5. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
6. Carol (Todd Haynes)
7. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)
8. Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)
9. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
10 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

Glenn Heath Jr @MatchCuts

1. This is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi)
2. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
3. Mysteries of Lisbon (Raoul Ruiz)
4. Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi)
5. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
6. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
8. Drug War (Johnnie To)
9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
10. In the Family (Patrick Wang)

David Jenkins @daveyjenkins

1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
2. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
3. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
4. Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve)
5. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang)
6. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
7. Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro)
8. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
9. Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
10. Girl Walk//All Day (Jacob Krupnick)

Sophie Monks Kaufman @sopharsogood

1. It’s Such A Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt)
2. Carol (Todd Haynes)
3. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
4. The Look of Silence/The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
6. Her (Spike Jonze)
7. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
8. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
9. We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)
10. Dreams of a Life (Carol Morley)

Peter Labuza @labuzamovies

1. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
2. Mysteries of Lisbon (Raoul Ruiz)
3. Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski)
4. Louie, “Elevator (Part 1-6)” (Louis CK)
5. Let Your Light Shine (Jodie Mack)
6. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
7. Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
8. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo)
9. At Berekely (Frederick Wiseman)
10. Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen–MUST WATCH END!! (Mia Munselle)

Elena Lazic @elazic

1. The Social Network (David Fincher)
2. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
3. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
4. Inside Out (Pete Docter)
5. Blue is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche)
6. Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve)
7. The Canyons (Paul Schrader)
8. Out of the Furnace (Scott Cooper)
9. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Martin Scorsese)
10. Rust & Bone (Jacques Audiard)

Manuela Lazic @ManiLazic

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
2. Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
3. Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu)
4. The Spectacular Now (James Ponsoldt)
5. Tangerine (Sean Baker)
6. Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki)
7. Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman)
8. Senna (Asif Kapadia)
9. Blue is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche)
10. Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)

Michael Leader @Nevskyp

1. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
2. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)
3. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)
4. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
5. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
6. I Wish (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
7. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
8. Tomboy (Céline Sciamma)
9. We Are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson)
10. World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt)

Clarisse Loughrey @clarisselou

1. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
2. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
3. Stoker (Park Chan-wook)
4. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
5. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
6. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
7. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
8. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
9. Boy (Taika Waititi)
10. Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

Chiara Marañón @chiarastami

1. The Second Game (Corneliu Porumboiu)
2. The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira)
3. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
4. Maidan (Sergei Loznitsa)
5. Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalksi)
6. The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years Without Images (Eric Baudelaire)
7. Another Year (Mike Leigh)
8. The Academy of the Muses (José Luis Guerín)
9. Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
10. No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)

Ian Mantgani @mant_a_tangi

1. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
3. In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman)
4. Ship of Theseus (Anand Ghandi)
5. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)
6. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
7. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
8. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
9. Son of Saul (László Nemes)
10 Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)

Katherine McLaughlin @Coconutboots

1. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
2. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller)
3. Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
4. Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)
5. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
6. Animal Kingdom (David Michôd)
7. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
8. Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)
9. Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan)
10. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)

Adam Nayman @brofromanother

1. Viola (Matías Piñeiro)
2. Kill List (Ben Wheatley)
3. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
4. This is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi)
5. Everyone Else (Maren Ade)
6. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
7. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
8. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
9. Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari)
10. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)

Nick Newman @Nick_Newman

1. The Day He Arrives (Hong Sang-soo)
2. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
3. Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi)
4. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
5. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
6. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
7. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
8. Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang)
9. Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
10. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)

Vadim Rizov @vrizov

1. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
2. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
3. Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski)
4. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
5. The Iron Ministry (JP Sniadecki)
6. Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang)
7. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
8. Night Without Distance (Lois Patiño)
9. The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu)
10. Greenberg (Noah Baumbach)

Josh Slater-Williams @jslaterwilliams

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
2. Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve)
3. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
4. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
5. The Immigrant (James Gray)
6. I Wish (Hirokazu Koreeda)
7. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
8. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
9. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
10. Drug War (Johnnie To)

Justine Smith @redroomrantings

1. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
2. Amour (Michael Haneke)
3. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen)
4. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
5. Mr Turner (Mike Leigh)
6. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
7. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
8. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
9. Love is Strange (Ira Sachs)
10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)

Matt Thrift @Matt_Cinephile

1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
2. The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet)
3. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
4. To the Wonder (Terrence Malick)
5. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming Liang)
6. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
7. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)
8. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
9. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
10. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)

Craig Williams @craigfilm

1. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
2. Amour (Michael Haneke)
3. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
4. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow)
5. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
6. 4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara)
7. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
8. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
9. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)
10. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)

Ethan Vestby 

1. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
2. A Burning Hot Summer (Philippe Garrel)
3. The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira)
4. This is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi)
5. 88:88 (Isiah Medina)
6. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg)
7. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
8. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
9. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming Liang)
10. The Immigrant (James Gray)

Adam Woodward @AWLies

1. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt)
3. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
4. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)
5. Carol (Todd Haynes)
6. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
7. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
8. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
9. Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)
10. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)

Catch up with both parts of our best of the decade so far countdown below and share your personal list with us @LWLies

Published 5 Jan 2016

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