Watchworthy

The Best Movies of 2010 

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
Updated June 14, 2019 9.9k votes 780 voters 24.8k views 132 items

List Rules Upvote or re-rank your favorite movies from 2010

A list of the best movies of 2010, from Westerns like True Grit to animated films like Toy Story 3. Some the best films of 2010 are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies, and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years aft they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best dramas movies of the decade were released in 2010. Who could forget The Fighter with Christian Bale, Black Swan with Natalie Portman, or Oscar winner The King's Speech with Colin Firth? Action films from that year were gripping and tense, which are signs of a great enduring movie. Examples from this year include Inception and The A-Team.The best movies of 2010 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the up-and-comers featured in The Social Network or Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, and Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 2, and Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 2010. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 2010. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Inception is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more

More Inception 

List of Movies Like Inception #9 of 240 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #29 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

2
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

More Toy Story 3 

The Best Toy Story Characters in the Whole Series, Ranked #125 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #307 of 481 The Greatest Movies for Guys

3
The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Fincher

The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more

More The Social Network 

#126 of 358 The Best Movies Based On Books #927 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #17 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books

4
Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

More Shutter Island 

#5 of 240 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #73 of 358 The Best Movies Based On Books #244 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies

5
How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

More How to Train Your Dragon 

All the How to Train Your Dragon Books, Ranked Best to Worst #48 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #82 of 358 The Best Movies Based On Books

6
Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more

More Black Swan 

#19 of 240 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #669 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #13 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

7
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand

Released: 2010

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand ...more

More Despicable Me 

The Best Despicable Me Characters in the Whole Franchise, Ranked #2 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #218 of 481 The Greatest Movies for Guys

8
The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: David O. Russell

The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell. Fledgling boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled ...more

More The Fighter 

#1,364 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #46 of 172 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #32 of 235 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

9
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

Released: 2010

Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more

More Tangled 

Every Song in Tangled, Ranked by Singability #62 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #691 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

10
True Grit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. A stubborn teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a tough ...more

More True Grit 

Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Both Classic Versions Of 'True Grit' #42 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #178 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

11
Harry Potter and the Dea... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel ...more

More Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I 

#117 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #68 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #10 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies

12
Scott Pilgrim vs. the Wo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
bojanthebest added Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Released: 2010

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It stars Michael Cera ...more

More Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 

Small But Epic Details Fans Noticed In 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' #548 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #522 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

13
The Town is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
bojanthebest added Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ben Affleck

The Town is a 2010 American drama film starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck. The film opened in theaters in the United States on September 17, 2010, at number one with more than $23 ...more

More The Town 

#1,366 of 1,698 The Most Rewatchable Movies #43 of 65 Every Movie Coming To Netflix In July 2020 #19 of 102 The Best Movies Directed by the Star

14
Easy A is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

Released: 2010

Directed by: Will Gluck

Easy A is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck. A clean-cut high school student (Emma Stone) relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

More Easy A 

There's A Rumor That These Are Easily The Best 'Easy A' Quotes #96 of 358 The Best Movies Based On Books #237 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

15
Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
bojanthebest added Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

Released: 2010

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who ...more

More Kick-Ass 

#61 of 172 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made #297 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #261 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

16
Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more

More Iron Man 2 

#416 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #54 of 158 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #52 of 172 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

17
Winter’s Bone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt

Released: 2010

Directed by: Debra Granik

"Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly's father skips bail and goes missing, ...more
18
The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom Hooper

The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an ...more

More The King's Speech 

#281 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #80 of 214 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #1,050 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

19
The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman

Released: 2010

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by the Hughes brothers. A lone man sets off to fight his way across America in order to protect a sacred ...more

More The Book of Eli 

#95 of 240 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #472 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #69 of 405 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

20
Red is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more

More Red 

#421 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #448 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #70 of 92 The Very Best DC Comics Movies

21
The Other Guys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
bojanthebest added Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: Adam McKay

The Other Guys is a 2010 action comedy film directed and co-written by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and featuring Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, ...more

More The Other Guys 

The Funniest Quotes From 'The Other Guys' #321 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #185 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

22
127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
bojanthebest added James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

Released: 2010

Directed by: Danny Boyle

127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and produced by Danny Boyle. The film stars James Franco as real-life canyoneer Aron Ralston, who ...more

More 127 Hours 

The True Story Of '127 Hours' Where A Man Cut Off His Own Arm To Survive #383 of 481 The Greatest Movies for Guys #143 of 203 The Best Adventure Movies

23
MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom McGrath

Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered ...more

More MegaMind 

#77 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #59 of 172 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made #89 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

24
Salt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Released: 2010

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

Salt is a 2010 American action thriller spy film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl and Chiwetel ...more

More Salt 

#611 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #14 of 32 Blockbusters With No Cultural Impact Whatsoever, Ranked #35 of 92 The Most Rewatchable Action Movies

25
Blue Valentine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel

Released: 2010

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

"Blue Valentine is the story of love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and ...more

More Blue Valentine 

#85 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again #9 of 14 The Best Movies Where The Main Characters Don't Live Happily Ever After #8 of 18 The Saddest Movies In Which No One Actually Dies