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The Best Movies of 2010

Updated September 4, 2020 9.4k votes 799 voters 25.2k views132 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 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.
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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy... more on Wikipedia
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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    The Social Network

    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by... more on Wikipedia

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by... more on Wikipedia
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    Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky... more on Wikipedia

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Tangled

    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman

    Released2010

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

    Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt... more on Wikipedia
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    Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Despicable Me

    Steve Carell, Jason Segel

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

    Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin... more on Wikipedia

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    The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell.... more on Wikipedia

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    True Grit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    True Grit

    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon

    Released2010

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on... more on Wikipedia

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates... more on Wikipedia
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    Easy A is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Easy A

    Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes

    Released2010

    Directed byWill Gluck

    Easy A is a 2010 American teen comedy film directed by Will Gluck. A clean-cut high school... more on Wikipedia
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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans

    Released2010

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar... more on Wikipedia

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    The Town is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    The Town

    Blake Lively, Ben Affleck

    Released2010

    Directed byBen Affleck

    The Town is a 2010 American drama film starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Kick-Ass

    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2010

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of... more on Wikipedia

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    Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel... more on Wikipedia
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    The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    The Book of Eli

    Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Winter’s Bone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Winter’s Bone

    Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes

    Released2010

    Directed byDebra Granik

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    The Other Guys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    The Other Guys

    Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2010

    Directed byAdam McKay

    The Other Guys is a 2010 action comedy film directed and co-written by Adam McKay, starring... more on Wikipedia
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    127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    127 Hours

    James Franco, Kate Mara

    Released2010

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and... more on Wikipedia

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    Red is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic... more on Wikipedia

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    MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    MegaMind

    Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

    Released2010

    Directed byTom McGrath

    Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom... more on Wikipedia

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    The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    The King's Speech

    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth

    Released2010

    Directed byTom Hooper

    The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written... more on Wikipedia
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    Hot Tub Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Hot Tub Time Machine

    Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca

    Released2010

    Directed bySteve Pink

    Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction adventure comedy film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Salt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2010
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    Salt

    Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

    Released2010

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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