The best movies of 2010 include many box office blockbusters, Academy Award winners and feel-good movies alike. Though only one could be named Best Picture at the Oscars, each of the best movies of 2010 are notable in their own special ways.
"The Social Network" - Chronicling the early days, and controversy, surrounding the wildly popular social networking site Facebook, "The Social Network" was regarded by many as the best film of 2010. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg and was directed by Bobby Fincher.
"The King's Speech" – Featuring the likes of Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech" swept many awards shows including the Academy Awards. This best film of 2010 follows the true story of King George VI as he interacts with his speech therapist and deals with the Royal Family.
"Exit Through the Gift Shop" - Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" sheds light on the underground world of street artists. Produced by elusive artist Banksy, the film rides a fine line between documentary and brilliant hoax.
"Toy Story 3" – Easily winning the animated category in the best films of 2010, "Toy Story 3" continues the saga of the children's toys as their owner, Andy, heads off to college. Actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their voice roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
"Inception" – Arguably the most thought-proviking of the best films of 2010, Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the sci-fi thriller from Christopher Nolan. "Inception" explores the subconscious as characters attempt to extract information from dreams.
"Black Swan" - Earning Academy Award honors for Natalie Portman, among others, "Black Swan" follows Nina Sayers as she strives to perfect a performance of "Swan Lake." The film shows the dark side of the ballet world in a much-talked about thriller.
"True Grit" – Produced by the Coen Brothers, "True Grit" is a remake of the John Wayne classic. Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfield and Matt Damon carry the film, which is arguably the top western in the best films of 2010.
"The Fighter" – Telling the story of boxer Mickey Ward, "The Fighter" was described as the best sports drama of the year. Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo star in this addition to the best films of 2010.
"127 Hours" – After impressing audiences with "Slumdog Millionaire," director Danny Boyle returned for another Oscar run in 2010 with the drama "127 Hours." The emotional look at the true story of Aron Ralston features James Franco holding down the one-man film.
"The Kids Are All Right" – Rated the top comedy of the best 2010 films by Metacritic, "The Kids Are All Right" stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. The Lisa Cholodenko film examines a same-sex couple with children who attempt to add the birth father into the mix.