My 52 Favourite Films of the Decade 2010-2019: The Complete List
52 movies chosen directed by a total of 57 directors. 5 directing duos, 4 of which consisted of a woman-man directing duo. Only 1 directing duo was made up of 2 women.
American cinema dominated with 28 films. I went with the country listings as provided by IMDB which leads to some strange results like how 2 Days in New York, filmed and set entirely in NYC is not a U.S. production but Wadjda, filmed entirely in Saudi Arabia is (it’s something to do with who gives money, don’t ask me how it’s calculated). This was followed by French cinema with 10 films and Israeli cinema (4 films) and then a smattering of other countries.
15 directorial debuts. The high number didn’t surprise me so much. Studies have been done and it’s often much harder for women directors to make a second film than make their debut. Actually when it comes to the debut directors on my list about half have had runaway success and put out at least one or more films already, a handful have moved into TV work and a handful seem to have disappeared which is depressing.
What did please me is how many films were 3rd, 4th, 10th or more films proving that there are women directors with long careers who just keep getting better.
5 documentaries. I always think of myself as someone who doesn’t like documentaries so this seemed surprisingly high for me.
2 sequels both of which I liked better than their predecessors and both of which I think stand completely on their own.
2 films by directors who are no longer with us. Thank you Agnès Varda and Ronit Elkabetz.
0 repeat directors. This mostly worked out that way naturally. The directors who came the closest to having 2 films on the list were Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone missed out) and Céline Sciamma (for Girlhood), both of which were ultimately fairly easy to cut.
2 Days in New York dir. Julie Delpy (2012)
Amour Fou dir. Jessica Hausner (2014)
The Babadook dir. Jennifer Kent (2014)
Beach Rats dir. Eliza Hittman (2017)
Cameraperson dir. Kirsten Johnson (2016)
Clip dir. Maja Milos (2012)
Declaration of War dir. Valérie Donzelli (2011)
Divines dir. Houda Benyamina (2016)
The Edge of Democracy dir. Petra Costa (2019)
The Edge of Seventeen dir. Kelly Fremon Craig (2016)
Enough Said dir. Nicole Holofcener (2013)
Faces, Places dir. Agnès Varda & JR (2017)
The Farewell dir. Lulu Wang (2019)
A Film Unfinished dir. Yael Hersonski (2010)`
Fill the Void dir. Rama Burshtein (2012)
The Fits dir. Anna Rose Holmer (2015)
Fort Tilden dir. Sarah Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers (2014)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem dir. Shlomi Elkabetz & Ronit Elkabetz (2014)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night dir. Ana Lily Amirpour (2014)
Hustlers dir. Lorene Scafaria (2019)
I Think We’re Alone Now dir. Reed Morano (2018)
The Kindergarten Teacher dir. Sara Colangelo (2018)
Last Night dir. Massy Tadjedin (2010)
Leave No Trace dir. Debra Granik (2018)
Little Forest dir. Yim Soon-rye (2018)
The Loneliest Planet dir. Julia Loktev (2011)
Lore dir. Cate Shortland (2012)
Lost in Paris dir. Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon (2016)
The Love Witch dir. Anna Biller (2016)
Meek’s Cutoff dir. Kelly Reichardt (2010)
Middle of Nowhere dir. Ava DuVernay (2012)
Mudbound dir. Dee Rees (2017)
Obvious Child dir. Gillian Robespierre (2014)
On Body and Soul dir. Ildikó Enyedi (2017)
Palo Alto dir. Gia Coppola (2013)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire dir. Céline Sciamma (2019)
Private Life dir. Tamara Jenkins (2018)
Raw dir. Julia Ducournau (2016)
Songs My Brothers Taught Me dir. Chloé Zhao (2015)
Stories We Tell dir. Sarah Polley (2012)
Their Finest dir. Lone Scherfig (2016)
Things to Come dir. Mia Hansen-Løve (2016)
Toni Erdmann dir. Maren Ade (2016)
Vamps dir. Amy Heckerling (2012)
Vazante dir. Daniela Thomas (2017)
Wadjda dir. Haifaa al-Mansour (2012)
Wonder Woman dir. Patty Jenkins (2017)
The Wonders dir. Alice Rohrwacher (2014)
Woodshock dir. Laura & Kate Mulleavy (2017)
You Were Never Really Here dir. Lynne Ramsay (2017)
Zero Dark Thirty dir. Kathryn Bigelow (2012)
Zero Motivation dir. Talya Lavie (2014)
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