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100 most critically acclaimed movies from the last decade you can catch up on

  • #60. Her (2013)

    - Director: Spike Jonze
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Runtime: 126 min

    Director Spike Jonze made his solo screenwriting debut with “Her,” a colorful and moody unconventional love story. In the future, Theo (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes romantically involved with an AI named Samantha (the voice of Scarlett Johansson), and the pair go through all the traditional trials and tribulations of any traditional couple. The gamble worked out for Jonze, who received critical praise for his work and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

  • #59. Minding the Gap (2018)

    - Director: Bing Liu
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 93 min

    Chinese-American filmmaker Bing Liu brought the story of three young men to Sundance Film Festival in 2018 before Hulu distributed the film to the masses. “Minding the Gap” is a documentary set in the city of Rockford, Ill., following three men who bonded with their shared love at skateboarding. Reviews characterized the film as poignant and intimate.

  • #58. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    - Director: George Miller
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - Runtime: 120 min

    Three decades after “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” director George Miller returned to the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max to deliver what is considered to be one of the greatest action movies of all-time. Tom Hardy replaces Mel Gibson in the main role, with Max being captured by a cult who worships the tyrannical leader known as Immortan Joe; Joe’s lieutenant Furiosa (Charlize Theron) defects, and she and Max help each other every step of the way. The film received 10 Academy Award nominations, ultimately winning six; however, production on any potential sequels has been delayed due to legal disputes between Miller and studio Warner Bros.

  • #57. The Act of Killing (2012)

    - Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - Runtime: 117 min

    “The Act of Killing” tackled a serious and heinous act, telling the stories of individuals who were involved in mass killings that took place during 1965 and 1966 in Indonesia. Director Joshua Oppenheimer, along with co-director Christine Cynn and an anonymous Indonesian filmmaker, retold the history that led to these atrocities, with nearly 1 million people killed for belonging to a local communist community. The film was described as raw, powerful, and unsettling, and several critics listed the film as one of their top favorites in 2013.

  • #56. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

    - Director: Don Hertzfeldt
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Runtime: 62 min

    Surrealist animator Don Hertzfeldt made yet another experimental film with “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” which focused on a forgetful man named Bill. This stick figure of a man goes through his daily routines, all while experiencing absurd visions and apparently suffering from a neurological illness. Like with Hertzfeldt’s other films, “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” captured the minds of critics who were affected by these characters, even with their relatively simple designs and style.

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  • #55. For Sama (2019)

    - Directors: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
    - Metascore: 90
    - IMDb user rating: 8.7
    - Runtime: 100 min

    “For Sama” still remains a difficult film to watch, as it documents events still ongoing in Syria. This film sees the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, through the eyes of one woman, who amidst the conflict falls in love and gives birth to a child named Sama. The film is highly personal, with many calling it heartbreaking and powerful.

  • #54. Gavagai (2016)

    - Director: Rob Tregenza
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.0
    - Runtime: 90 min

    In “Gavagai,” a German businessman travels to Norway to finish the seemingly impossible translations of Norwegian poems into Chinese, a project started by his deceased wife. The businessman hires an assistant, and the film focuses on the two separate emotional journeys that they go through. The film is considered to be powerful and challenging in depicting these human hardships.

  • #53. A Bread Factory, Part One & Part Two (2018)

    - Director: Patrick Wang
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.0
    - Runtime: 122 min

    A community center in a small town must fight for its survival in this two-part comedy-drama. The abandoned bread factory turned arts center is challenged by the nearby “FEEL Institute,” which was brought on by two newcomers, a celebrity couple of Chinese performance artists. The film was a “minimalist epic” that brought humor and intrigue.

  • #52. Taxi (2015)

    - Director: Jafar Panahi
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.3
    - Runtime: 82 min

    “Taxi” from Iranian director Jafar Panahi is an unusual film, combining elements of documentary and fiction. The film follows Panahi himself, as he acts as a rideshare taxi driver and drives them not for compensation but to hear the stories of passengers. It is hailed as a love letter to cinema, but as the Iranian government banned Panahi from leaving the country back in 2010—accusing him of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”—the director was unable to attend screenings or festivals for the film outside of Iran.

  • #51. Ida (2013)

    - Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
    - Metascore: 91
    - IMDb user rating: 7.4
    - Runtime: 82 min

    Oscar-winning Polish film “Ida” is the story of a young woman on her way to becoming a Catholic nun, but learns more about her family history beforehand. The protagonist learns that her parents were Jewish, both killed during the German occupation of Poland. The relatively short black-and-white film received several honors after its release.

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