Ranking the 25 best and 10 worst movies from 2010

TOKYO - MARCH 11: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the "Shutter Island" Press Conference at Tokyo Midtown on March 11, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The film opens April 9 in Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
TOKYO - MARCH 11: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the "Shutter Island" Press Conference at Tokyo Midtown on March 11, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The film opens April 9 in Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage) /

If you look back at the last 20 years, 2010 is my favorite one when it comes to movies. The movies from 2010, are loaded from top to bottom. From a great year at the box office to some incredibly made films that took home awards and multiple nominations.

At Hidden Remote, we’re all movie fanatics! So what better way to show films some love than to getting our expert panel together to put a ranking for the best and worst movies of the year 2010. First, we’ll give you a sneak peek at our list and also share some 2010 movie facts.

The best 25 movies from 2010

Some of the movies from 2010 that made our Top 25 list, include:

  • The Other Guys
  • Toy Story 3
  • Due Date
  • 127 Hours
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Get Him to the Greek
  • True Grit
  • Takers
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Love & Other Drugs
  • Kick Ass
  • Salt
  • Blue Valentine
  • I’m Still Here
  • Biutiful

Here are the films that lead the box office in 2010:

  • Toy Story 3 – $1,066,969,703
  • Alice in Wonderland – $1,025,467,110
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – $976,536,918
  • Inception – $826,137,137
  • Shrek Forever After – $757,600,867

These movies took home the big awards at the Oscars:

  • Best Picture: The King’s Speech
  • Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
  • Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
  • Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

No. 25: Biutiful

Cast: Javier Bardem and Marviel Alvarez
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Box Office: $25 Million
Oscars: Two Nominations (Best Foreign Film and Best Actor)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%
Metacritic Rating: 58%
Overall Score: 62%

Iñárritu and Bardem’s combination delivered one of the most heartfelt, moving stories of 2010. Bardem played a man who was dying of cancer and decided he wanted to leave the world on his own terms. Bardem was nominated for an Oscar for a reason, he was downright brilliant in this film.

No. 24: I’m Still Here

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix
Director: Casey Affleck
Box Office: $626,396
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58%
Metacritic Rating: 48%
Overall Score: 53%

An original, crazy, wild, and perfect film on so many levels. A brilliant idea for this documentary-mockumentary style film that follows Phoenix who is “quitting” acting to become a rapper. Phoenix is an incredible actor but how he was able to deliver in this type of environment only elevated how good he really is.

No. 23: Blue Valentine

Cast: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Box Office: $2.82 Million
Oscars: One Nomination (Best Actress)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%
Metacritic Rating: 81%
Overall Score: 83.5%

Ryan Gosling doesn’t get enough credit for how good of an actor he really is. Sure he is this good-looking guy that is easy on the eyes, but he delivers time and time again in every single one of his films. The chemistry that he shared with Michelle Williams made this film as good as it is. This was Derek Cianfrance’s feature film debut and you would’ve thought this film was made by a veteran. Brilliant all-around film.

No. 22: Salt

Cast: Angelina Jolie,  Liev Schreivber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director: Kurt Wimmer
Box Office: $361 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 61%
Metacritic Rating: 65%
Overall Score: 63%

One of my first crushes was Angelina Jolie and watching her kickass and take names was always amazing to watch. I know this film wasn’t universally loved and the film’s script wasn’t exactly innovative, but Jolie brought a presence to the film that made it great.

No. 21: Kick-Ass

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Evan Peters
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Box Office: $96 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%
Metacritic Rating: 66%
Overall Score: 71%

An R-rated comic book movie is something that so many yearned for a long time. We finally got it with Kick-Ass with a star-studded cast that everyone brought their A-game. It was ruthless and over-the-top and this was the birth of Matthew Vaughn who has gone on to write some of the best action films over the last decade.

No. 20: Love & Other Drugs

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer
Director: Edward Zwick
Box Office: $2.82 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 49%
Metacritic Rating: 55%
Overall Score: 52%

Does Love & Other Drugs reinvent the wheel in rom-coms? No, but does the relationship between Maggie Murdock and Jamie Randall make you fall in love with this film? Yes. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are match made in heaven on the big screen.

No. 19: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, and Carey Mulligan
Director: Oliver Stone
Box Office: $134 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55%
Metacritic Rating: 59%
Overall Score: 57%

If I had to pick one movie on this list that I saw more than any other film from this year, it would 100% be Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. The beats in this film is where we see Oliver Stone at his best. I never understood the hate this film received and while I understand people loved the original, I thought this sequel was much better in its writing and performances.

No. 18: Takers

Cast: Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy, Paul Walker, T.I., Idris Elba
Director: John Luessenhop
Box Office: $80 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 28%
Metacritic Rating: 45%
Overall Score: 36.5%

Talk about one of the most underrated films of this year. Takers has one of the most STACKED but oddly ensembles of a cast we have ever seen. On paper, this film shouldn’t work at all or even be good for that matter, but boy does it deliver. If you haven’t watched this film or didn’t like it when you first saw it, I highly recommend revisiting it.

No. 17: True Grit

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld
Director: The Coen Brothers
Box Office: $252 Million
Oscars: Ten Nomination (including Best Picture, Director, and Actor)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%
Metacritic Rating: 80%
Overall Score: 87.5%

We all know that remakes don’t always work, but in the case of True Grit, not only did it work, the Coen Brothers knocked it out of the ballpark. The film is actually rated higher than the original which was well received. It’s kind of crazy to think this film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and didn’t win one.

No. 16: Get Him to the Greek

Cast: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Box Office: $91 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%
Metacritic Rating: 65%
Overall Score: 69%

We had a heck of a year for comedy, including this hilarious movie by Nicholas Stoller. Jonah Hill plays a record label intern put in charge of bringing Aldus Snow (Brand) to the states for a LA concert. I LOVED this Get Him to the Greek. The movie was heavy on the side of R-Rated, which can either work or be overbearing, and this landed on the former.

No. 15: Winter’s Bone

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes
Director: Debra Granik
Box Office: $13 Million
Oscars: Four Nomination (including Best Picture, Actress, Screenplay, and Supporting Actor)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%
Metacritic Rating: 90%
Overall Score: 92%

Winter’s Bone introduced us to Jennifer Lawrence, the soon-to-be movie star. She received the first of her (now four) Academy Award nominations. Granik adapted the story from a book that she also directed. The film followed Ree (Lawrence) who was on the hunt to find her drug addict father. The film had some of the best cinematography of any film that year. I loved this movie.

No. 14: 127 Hours


Cast: James Franco
Director: Danny Boyle
Box Office: $60 Million
Oscars: Six Nomination (including Best Picture, Actor, and Screenplay)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%
Metacritic Rating: 82%
Overall Score: 87.5%

Very few actors are capable of acting in a film where it is them and them alone. James Franco not only did that, but gave one of the best performances we have seen. A gruesome, gory, haunting film that played on so many things that scare the heck out of you. That scene, and you know what I am talking about, was BRUTAL to watch.

No. 13: Due Date

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, and Michelle Monaghan
Director: Todd Phillips
Box Office: $211 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 39%
Metacritic Rating: 51%
Overall Score: 45.5%

The run on comedy continues with Due Date. We have two uncharacteristic actors side-by-side that only work because of the men who are in the roles. Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis are hilarious together in this film. It was fun to see RDJ in a role like this. Let’s be honest, the script is way better than it should’ve been too.

No. 12: The Other Guys

Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, The Rock, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Adam McKay
Box Office: $170 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%
Metacritic Rating: 64%
Overall Score: 71%

I am not a Will Ferrell guy, but this is the first of two films you will see from him on my list. Adam McKay wrote and directed this gem of a film that had yet another pairing that had no reason to work with Wahlberg and Ferrell. The entire film is a funny good cop, bad cop with some fun supporting cast. I am still waiting on The Rock and Samuel L. Jackson’s spinoff film.

No. 11: Toy Story 3

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Micheal Keaton
Director: Lee Unkrich
Box Office: $1.06 Billion
Oscars: FiveNomination (Two Wins, Best Animated Film and Original Song)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%
Metacritic Rating: 92%
Overall Score: 95%

Arguably not only the best movie of this franchise but one of the best-animated films of all time. I know people have their issues with Toy Story 4, and maybe rightfully so, because the third installment was so perfect, that they could’ve left the franchise alone. I loved this movie, the story, the impact, and boy did it bring you to tears.

No. 10: Everything Must Go

Cast: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Pena, Laura Dern, Glenn Howerton
Director: Dan Rush
Box Office: $2.82 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%
Metacritic Rating: 65%
Overall Score: 69%

If you are looking for Will Ferrell’s best career performance, look no further than Everything Must Go. I LOVED his performance and how, within this character, we saw a vulnerable side of Ferrell that we had yet to see on the big screen. Dan Rush’s brilliant script made this film so relatable that it pulls on every heartstring.

No. 9: Buried

Cast: Ryan Reynolds
Director: Rodrigo Cortes
Box Office: $19.43 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%
Metacritic Rating: 65%
Overall Score: 76%

Far too often anymore, I see Ryan Reynolds play Deadpool in every single movie. I usually go back in time, watch Buried, and remind myself that he can be an incredible actor. Reynolds plays Paul, a U.S. truck driver that gets buried alive inside a coffin. It’s Reynolds, and the camera for an hour and a half gives one of the more underrated performances of that year. Seriously, watch this movie.

No. 8: The Bang Bang Club

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch
Director: Steven Silver
Box Office: $221,292
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48%
Metacritic Rating: 48%
Overall Score: 48%

I wanted to fill this list with some hidden gems you might not have heard of, and I hope you check out. Next is, The Bang Bang Club, which follows four combat photographers that capture the final days of apartheid in South Africa. As you can see, this film didn’t do well at the box office, but I truly loved this film. It is so intense at times and a crazy look at how these photographers get these shots. Our trio of leads are spectacular.

No. 7: Easy A

Cast: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow
Director: Will Gluck
Box Office: $75.26 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
Metacritic Rating: 48%
Overall Score: 66.5%

We all fell in love with Emma Stone with her role in Zombieland. However, her fantastic performance in Easy A ripped our hearts into shreds. We all know that the Academy hates nominating comedy performances, and they did Stone SO wrong here. Bert V. Royal’s script, along with Stone and a solid supporting cast, Easy A is a great comedy.

No. 6: The Fighter

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Director: David O. Russell
Box Office: $129.19 Million
Oscars: Eight Nominations with Two Wins (Best Actor & Best Supporting Actress)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%
Metacritic Rating: 79%
Overall Score: 85%

Christian Bale is one incredible actor, but seeing what he did to transform into the role of Dicky Eklund was insane and impressive. Of course, the entire film is on the back of Bale, who won his first Academy Award, but he does get some substantial help from the ensemble cast. Honestly, from top to bottom one of the best sports movies ever made.

No. 5: Shutter Island

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley
Director: Martin Scorsese
Box Office: $294 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68%
Metacritic Rating: 63%
Overall Score: 65.5%

You can never go wrong with the duo of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio but toss in some elements of horror blended with an edge-of-your-seat thriller, and you have a match made in heaven. I believe this one is an underrated film from both of these man’s filmography. It’s haunting and creepy, and the story within the story is truly mind-blowing.

No. 4: Black Swan

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Box Office: $329 Million
Oscars: Five Nominations with One Win (Best Actress)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
Metacritic Rating: 79%
Overall Score: 82%

The year is truly stacked with films because this film could be number one on this list, and I wouldn’t be mad. Natalie Portman won an Academy Award for a reason, folks, as this performance is so emotionally layered that it knocks your socks off. Darren Aronofsky is one of the best directors at getting the best performances out of his actors. I love this film.

No. 3: Inception

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy
Director: Christopher Nolan
Box Office: $836 Million
Oscars: Eight Nominations with Four Wins (Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Editing and VFX)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%
Metacritic Rating: 74%
Overall Score: 76%

If Inception comes out any other year than 2010, I think this film wins around 6-8 Academy Awards. The film won 4 overall, but it deserved way more than that. Inception is one of the most mind-bending, creative, and unique films. The performances are incredible, but Christopher Nolan’s work behind the camera was seriously perfection.

No. 2: The Town

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively
Director: Ben Affleck
Box Office: $154 Million
Oscars: One Nomination (Best Supporting Actor)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
Metacritic Rating: 74%
Overall Score: 83%

The Town has one of my all-time favorite shootout scenes and one of my all-time favorite bank robbery scenes. Ben Affleck is great on the screen, but Affleck is even better behind the camera. I am still in awe of his work on this film. Some might see this as a homer pick, but The Town is one of my all-time favorite films.

No. 1: The Social Network

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara
Director: David Fincher
Box Office: $224 Million
Oscars: Eight Nominations with Three Wins (Best Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Original Score)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%
Metacritic Rating: 95%
Overall Score: 95.5%

The Social Network is hands down not just the best film of 2010 but one of the greatest films that have ever been made. From Aaron Sorkin’s perfect script to David Fincher’s incredible direction and an ensemble cast that knocks it out of the ballpark. I am still blown away that this movie didn’t win every award it was nominated for at the Oscars. It’s a true masterpiece.

Well, folks, it is time to move on to the worst movies of 2010. Although, I will be honest, it wasn’t a hard list to make after looking through all of the releases of 2010. So, here are the ten worst movies of 2010.

The 10 worst movies from 2010

Here’s a sneak peek of the movies you’ll find on this list:

  • Robin Hood
  • Tron Legacy
  • Grown Ups
  • Jonah Hex
  • The Last Airbender

No. 10: The Last Airbender

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicol Peltz, Dev Patel
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Box Office: $319 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5%
Metacritic Rating: 20%
Overall Score: 12.5%

M. Night Shyamalan either delivers an amazing film or a lackluster one, and this one easily falls under the lackluster section. Whoever greenlit this and said here is $150 million, should have been fired on the spot. The movie was so bad and uninteresting, I forgot this movie even existed until I was making this list.

No. 9: Tron Legacy

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Box Office: $400 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 51%
Metacritic Rating: 49%
Overall Score: 50%

The original Tron from 1982 was innovative for its time. Fast forward over 25 years later and they tried to recreate that magic again, and failed to do so. The film barely broke even at the box office because the word of mouth was not strong for it. I loathed this film.

No. 8: Robin Hood

Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen
Director: Ridley Scott
Box Office: $321 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%
Metacritic Rating: 53%
Overall Score: 48%

Every great director, actor, and actress has a glaring hole in their filmography that you look back and think, why did they do this? Robin Hood, on paper, should have been great. You have the amazing Ridley Scott, Academy Award winners in Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett along with the story of Robin Hood. Boy did this one really stinks.

No. 7: Jonah Hex

Cast: Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Josh Brolin
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Box Office: $10 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%
Metacritic Rating: 33%
Overall Score: 22.5%

For every great comic book movie, we have Jonah Hex’s of the world. An uninspiring, lackluster film with some truly bad acting from some good actors. An overall terrible movie.

No. 6: Grown Ups

Cast: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James, Rob Schneider
Director: Dennis Dugan
Box Office: $271 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 11%
Metacritic Rating: 30%
Overall Score: 20.5%

One of the worst ensemble comedies ever. It is filled with unfunny dad jokes that never land. I know these films are loved by the mass audience but Sandler and his gang schtick are dull and boring.

No. 5: Paranormal Activity 2

Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Molly Ephraim
Director: Tod Williams
Box Office: $177 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58%
Metacritic Rating: 53%
Overall Score: 55.5%

If I could turn back time and kill one franchise from ever existing, it would 100% be the Paranormal Activity franchise. The movies aren’t good, and they only get worse every single time another one is made. I will never understand the hype around the first one, let alone any other one.

No. 4: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza
Director: Edgar Wright
Box Office: $49 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%
Metacritic Rating: 69%
Overall Score: 75.5%

Is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World one of the worst movies of 2010? Maybe not, but it is seriously one of the most overrated. I can’t stand this film and how everyone talks about how great it is. It is a dumb story, with mediocre acting and an overall lackluster feel to the film.

No. 3: Iron Man 2

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow
Director: Jon Favreau
Box Office: $623 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%
Metacritic Rating: 57%
Overall Score: 64.5%

Outside of the very cool scene where we see Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) slice a car in half, Iron Man 2 is DREADFUL. The villain is bad, the story is terrible, and EVERYTHING is bad. My goodness, it’s crazy to think we even got more films from Marvel (thankfully, we did). An easy bottom-dweller in the MCU filmography.

No. 2: The Karate Kid

Cast: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson
Director: Harald Zwart
Box Office: $359 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%
Metacritic Rating: 61%
Overall Score: 63.5%

The remake we didn’t want, need or have existed in this universe. The original Karate Kid is a film that needed to stand alone for the rest of film history. I understand the need to reboot everything, but this film was terrible and I feel bad that Jackie Chan is associated with this film.

No. 1: The King’s Speech

Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Director: Tom Hooper
Box Office: $427 Million
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%
Metacritic Rating: 88%
Overall Score: 91%

Now, you are probably looking at this and thinking, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS GUY THINKING?! And you’d be right, because The King’s Speech is a good movie. However, the film took every single award that The Social Network should have won, which is why it is on this list. You can’t watch this and The Social Network and think it’s a better movie. The Academy will forever be on my bad side for this travesty.

And that was my list of the 25 best and 10 worst movies of 2010. What did I get wrong? or right? What did I miss? Comment below with your favorite or least favorite movies of 2010. 

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