My Top Movies of the Last Decade

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1.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ A young Hobbit is tasked with bringing the One Ring to the Mount Doom where is was originally created. ” - mprenevost
 
2.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
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While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The armies of free people defend themselves against Mordor's forces while the Hobbits make their way towards the enemy's doorstep. ” - mprenevost
 
3.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
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Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The Hobbits attempt to destroy the One Ring while the last remnants of the free people defend themselves against an overwhelming army of orcs and trolls. ” - mprenevost
 
4.
District 9 (2009)
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An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
5.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
6.
True Grit (2010)
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A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
 
7.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
 
8.
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
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A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. (119 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Aliens attack and old west town in persuite of gold. ” - mprenevost
 
9.
Taken (2008)
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A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ An ex-special agent's daughter is kidnapped by foreign terrorists where he uses his skills to kill those responsible and get her back. ” - mprenevost
 
10.
The Grey (2011)
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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ After a violent plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a small band of survivors must defend themselves from an angry pack of wolves. ” - mprenevost
 
11.
Unknown (2011)
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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. (113 mins.)
“ An assassins looses his memory and is replaced by a double. ” - mprenevost
 
12.
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ A small army of Spartan Warriors must defend their city from an overwhelming army of invading Persians. ” - mprenevost
 
13.
Watchmen (2009)
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In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ The Watchmen turn against each other and struggle with their very existence in a world that doesn't seem to want them anymore. ” - mprenevost
 
14.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
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A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ 13 Dwarves and one Hobbit set out on a quest lead by Gandalf to recover their gold and their kingdom stolen from them by a dragon. ” - mprenevost
 
15.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
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Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius. (127 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Peter Parker struggles with living a normal life and fulfilling his life as the crime fighting superhero. ” - mprenevost
 
16.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge. (139 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ A mysterious entity from space makes its way into Peter Parker's life and temporarily turns him into a bad guy. ” - mprenevost
 
17.
Iron Man (2008)
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After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ The genius inventor Tony Stark must escape captivity from terrorists by putting together a suit of armor that he can fight his way out with. ” - mprenevost
 
18.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
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Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he emerges whenever he loses his temper. However, Banner then must fight a soldier who unleashes himself as a threat stronger than he. (112 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ Bruce Banner seeks a cure for his other identity while the military is trying to utilize it as a weapon. ” - mprenevost
 
19.
Thor (2011)
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The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Thor betrays his Father and is banished to Earth until he can learn what it takes to be a true hero. ” - mprenevost
 
20.
X-Men (2000)
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Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers. (104 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Rogue joins the X-Men at Professor Xavier's school "for the gifted." ” - mprenevost
 
21.
X2 (2003)
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The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Professor Xavier and the X-Men must stop evil forces from destroying all of humanity. ” - mprenevost
 
22.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
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When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ Wolverine, Storm, Beast, and the rest of the X-Men are united in battle against Magneeto's forces of mutants who want to destroy humanity. ” - mprenevost
 
23.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
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In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III. (132 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ The X-Men are split on if mutants and humans can coexist with normal humans or if they should fight for their independence. ” - mprenevost
 
24.
Minority Report (2002)
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In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ In the future, special cops attempt to stop crimes before they actually happen utilizing three special psychics. ” - mprenevost
 
25.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
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When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it. (108 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ Ting, a master of the art of Muay Thai, is forced into a fighting tournament. ” - mprenevost
 
26.
The Protector (2005)
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A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards. (111 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ A skilled Thai martial artist sets out on a quest to retrieve his family's stolen elephants from greedy poachers from Sydney. ” - mprenevost
 
27.
Ip Man (2008)
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During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ Ip Man teaches Chinese citizens the art of Wing Chun to defend themselves from the invading evil Japanese army. ” - mprenevost
 
28.
Ip Man 2 (2010)
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Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts. (108 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ Ip Man tries to start a martial arts school in the middle of a depression but is challenged by a brutish British boxer. ” - mprenevost
 
29.
Chocolate (2008)
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An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money. (110 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ An autistic girl learns martial arts and shakes down drug lords who owe her money so she can pay for her mother's medical expenses. ” - mprenevost
 
30.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
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After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ Peter Parker gains super human powers when bitten by an experimental species of spider and defends the city from a monstrous threat. ” - mprenevost
 
31.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
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Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Captain Jack Sparrow fights to reclaim his ship from cursed pirates who once overthrew him. ” - mprenevost
 
32.
Rango (2011)
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Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ A lizard wanders into town and is thought to be a legendary gunslinger who can protect the townspeople from dusty outlaws. ” - mprenevost
 
33.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
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The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ The toys are given away to a daycare that isn't as pleasant as it initially appears to be. ” - mprenevost
 
34.
Frankenweenie (2012)
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Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ When Vincent's dog dies in a car accident, he manages to bring him back from the dead. ” - mprenevost
 
35.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Rich Moore
“ A video game villain wants to be seen as an equal in his arcade game community. ” - mprenevost
 
36.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
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A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher. (122 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ A notorious criminal is escorted by a posse and a farmer to a train station where he will be transported to prison. ” - mprenevost
 
37.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ Two brothers are forced to join the Korean war while one them takes on every dangerous assignment possible to send his brother home early. ” - mprenevost
 
38.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
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A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. (119 mins.)
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
“ A mysterious pawn shop owner uses his skills from his former life to rescue a little girl from kidnappers. ” - mprenevost
 
39.
13 Assassins (2010)
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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ When an evil lord is about to inherit control of the land, 13 samurai team up to assassinate him and his personal army. ” - mprenevost
 
40.
The Last Samurai (2003)
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An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ A civil war era general learns the ancient way of the Samurai and joins them in their fight against the West. ” - mprenevost
 
41.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Pvt. Jake Sully learns the way of the Na'vi on the planet of Pandora where he then has to defend them from occupying human military forces. ” - mprenevost
 
42.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Batman meets his match when a new villain 'The Joker' emerges in Gotham. ” - mprenevost
 
43.
Batman Begins (2005)
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After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ Bruce Wayne becomes Batman to defend Gotham City from its crime filled streets and underground. ” - mprenevost
 
44.
Big Fish (2003)
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A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ The aging Edward Bloom retells his life story to his skeptical son. ” - mprenevost
 
45.
9 (2009)
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A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation. (79 mins.)
Director: Shane Acker
“ Little burlap sack people team up to try to survive the apocalypse and discover the purpose of their origins. ” - mprenevost
 
46.
Coraline (2009)
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An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ An adventurous girl moves into a new home and finds a portal to a parallel world. ” - mprenevost
 
47.
The Avengers (2012)
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Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ The most powerful beings on Earth join forces to fight off invading forces from another dimension. ” - mprenevost
 
48.
Kick-Ass (2010)
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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Wanna be kids get into trouble when they try to become real life super heroes. ” - mprenevost