Year-End Lists

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The Independent: The 40 Best Films of the Decade

26 November 2019

The Independent: The 40 Best Films of the Decade, curated by Clarisse Loughrey, Geoffrey Macnab and Adam White

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. Get OutJordan Peele
  4. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  6. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  7. Paddington 2Paul King
  8. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  9. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  10. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  11. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  12. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  13. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  14. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  15. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  16. The Selfish GiantClio Barnard
  17. StokerPark Chan-wook
  18. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  19. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  20. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  21. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  22. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  23. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  24. HerSpike Jonze
  25. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  26. BoyTaika Waititi
  27. SelmaAva DuVernay
  28. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  29. HereditaryAri Aster
  30. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  31. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  32. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  33. A Quiet PassionTerence Davies
  34. The Edge of SeventeenKelly Fremon Craig
  35. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  36. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  37. Inside OutPete Docter
  38. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  39. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  40. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino