Help Me Catch Up – Movies to See Before 2011

As December approaches, the time has come to start compiling the end of year awards and top ten lists. Before I can start figuring out my own favorite films of the year, I have to make sure that I’ve seen a fair amount of films to make a decision. Therefore I am enlisting help from you to make sure I’m actually seeing the best films of the year.

Below I have compiled two lists – one consists of the movies of 2010 that I have seen, the other consists of movies that I hope to see before the year ends. As there are more films on the “to see” list than I will be able to manage in one month, I’m hoping that you can help me prioritize by recommending the films you have seen. Obviously I won’t be able to see all films on the list before the end of the year, but I will try to do as many as I can.

Movies I Have Seen:

  • Youth in Revolt
  • The Book of Eli
  • The Spy Next Door
  • Edge of Darkness
  • From Paris With Love
  • Valentine’s Day
  • The Wolfman
  • Shutter Island
  • The Ghost Writer
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Green Zone
  • Greenberg
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Date Night
  • Kick-Ass
  • Iron Man 2
  • Babies
  • Robin Hood
  • Touching Home
  • Solitary Man
  • Get Him to the Greek
  • Ondine
  • The A-Team
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Jonah Hex
  • Toy Story 3
  • South of the Border
  • Despicable Me
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Inception
  • Salt
  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Dinner for Schmucks
  • The Other Guys
  • The Expendables
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • The American
  • The Town
  • Catfish
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Let Me In
  • The Social Network
  • Secretariat
  • Jackass 3D
  • Hereafter
  • Paranormal Activity 2
  • Due Date
  • Fair Game
  • 127 Hours
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Movies I Need to See:

  • Fish Tank
  • A Prophet
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Please Give
  • Micmacs
  • Cyrus
  • I Am Love
  • The Killer Inside Me
  • Wild Grass
  • Dogtooth
  • Restrepo
  • Predators
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • Get Low
  • Animal Kingdom
  • The Tillman Story
  • Never Let Me Go
  • You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger
  • Buried
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • Carlos
  • Conviction
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • For Colored Girls
  • Four Lions
  • Love and Other Drugs
  • Tangled
  • The King’s Speech
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The Tempest
  • How Do You Know
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Rabbit Hole
  • True Grit
  • Somewhere

In order to find the releases in 2010, I used the list on Wikipedia. Rank the list of “to see” by order of importance and be sure to add any that you think I missed.


  • As far as films that have been released already, the only ones that I can say have really been worth watching were “The King’s Speech” and “Tangled”, although I am somewhat interested in “I Am Love” and “Cyrus”. However, the 8 films that are at the end of your to see list are probably the most important, so those are the ones you should focus on. The one film you forgot was “Another Year”, so good luck finding that one after it’s released on the last day of the year.

  • I think you’re missing “White Material” and “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench”, which both have very high Metacritic ratings. They won’t be out on DVD for a while, though.

  • You are missing Blue Valentine, Flipped, Leaves of Grass, Uncle Boonmee who Can Recall his Past Lives, and The Company Men.

    I think, of the films that are out, A Prophet should be your priority, it is stunning.

  • Andrew R.

    I agree with Davin-add Blue Valentine and Uncle Bounmee.

  • Quinn

    The only movie on the have to see list that I’ve seen is “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and it was good but not a movie you really have to go see. A movie that should definitely be on your ‘To See’ list is “Easy A”. It was fantastic. It was definitely one of the funniest movies I’ve seen all year and Emma Stone was marvelous. I’m predicting her to be nominated for a Golden Globe, and maybe the movie for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Also, “Blue Valentine”, though I haven’t seen it, should probably be on there

  • I didn’t put ‘Another Year’ or ‘Uncle Boonmee’ on there because there is no way I could see them before the end of the year (they don’t open here until the end of January). I’ll definitely add ‘Blue Valentine’, can’t believe I forgot that one.


  • I should also add that I have seen ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’, a phenomenal 2010 release that could definitely crop up on my end of the year top ten.

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