Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 2010

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2010.

In order to understand the color-coding, the purpose, and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision.


  1. The Secret of Kells* (two-part review: Pt. 1Pt. 2)
  2. Toy Story 3 (review)True Grit* (review)
  3. Winter’s Bone (review)
  4. The Social Network (review)
  5. Another Year* (some comments)
  6. Four Lions (a brief review)
  7. Waste Land (review)
  8. Lourdes*
  9. Please Give
  10. Somewhere*
  11. Babies (review)
  12. Mary and Max*
  13. The King’s Speech (review)
  14. Dogtooth*
  15. Never Let Me Go (a brief review)
  16. Summer Wars*
  17. The Oath
  18. Carlos*
  19. Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (2-part review)
  20. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
  21. Cave of Forgotten Dreams* (review)
  22. How to Train Your Dragon
  23. Shutter Island
  24. L’Illusioniste*
  25. I Am Love*
  26. The Exploding Girl
  27. Micmacs
  • Inception (2-part review: Pt. 1, Pt. 2)
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop*
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Ondine
  • The Way Back*
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Blue Valentine
  • The Ghost Writer
  • Let Me In
  • The Town
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Everything Must Go*
  • 127 Hours (review)
  • Tangled
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Iron Man 2
  • Black Swan (review)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader (review)
  • The Fighter (review)
  • Morning Glory
  • The Wolfman (review)
  • Incendies*
  • Greenberg
  • Stone (review)
  • The American
  • Rubber*
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 2010:
13 Assassins (Takashi Miike)
A Letter to Elia (Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones)
A Sad Trumpet Ballad
A Small Act
All Good Things
Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari)
Audrey the Trainwreck (Frank V. Ross)
Aurora (Cristi Puiu)
Bach & Friends
Barney’s Version
Baseball: The Tenth Inning
Beautiful Boy
Bill Cunningham New York
Black Venus
Boxing Gym (Frederick Wiseman)
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Cold Weather (Aaron Katz)
Coyote Falls
Curling (Denis Côté)
Cyrus (Jay and Mark Duplass)
Daddy Longlegs, or Go Get Some Rosemary (Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie)
Date Night
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Easy A
Edge of Darkness
El Sicario Room 164 (Gianfranco Rosi)
Essential Killing
Exporting Raymond
Fair Game
Fur of Flying
Get Him to the Greek (Nicholas Stoller)
Green Zone
Happy Few
Happy, Happy
Hereafter (Clint Eastwood)
Holy Rollers
How Do You Know (James L. Brooks)
I Saw the Devil (Kim Jee-woon)
I Wish I Knew (Jia Zhang-Ke)
In a Better World
Inside Job
I’m Still Here
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Kaboom (Gregg Araki)
Knight and Day
L’amour fou
La pecora nera
Life, Above All
Little Fockers
Louder Than a Bomb
Made in Dagenham
Mighty Uke
Noi credevamo
Norwegian Wood
Oki’s Movie (Hong Sang-soo)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Open Five (Kentucker Audley)
Outside the Law (Rachid Bouchareb)
Piranha (Alexander Aja)
Post Mortem
Predators (Nimród Antal)
Promises Written in Water
Putty Hill (Matthew Porterfield)
Rabid Rider
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Rejoice and Shout
Resident Evil: Afterlife (Paul W.S. Anderson)
Robin Hood
Shrek Forever After
Silent Souls (Aleksei Fedorchenko)
Sons of the Pioneers 75th Anniversary Show, Volume 1
Step Up 3D
Stop-Motion Marvels!
Tamara Drewe
The Company Men (John Wells)Easy A (Will Gluck)
The Conspirator
The Crazies (Breck Eisner)
The Ditch
The Edge
The Extra Man
The First Grader
The Killer Inside Me
The Losers
The Other Guys (Adam McKay)
The Passion
The Princess of Montpensier
The Runaways
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
The Strange Case of Angelica (Manoel de Oliveira)
The Tillman Story
The Tourist
Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham)
Tuesday After Christmas (Radu Muntean)
Un homme qui crie
Unstoppable (Tony Scott)
Waiting for ‘Superman’
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Welcome to the Rileys
Winter Vacation (Li Hongqi)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen)