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The 2010s—Top Directorial Debuts

The 50 highest-rated narrative feature film directorial debuts of the 2010s (as at 1 January 2020).

To be included, films had to be narrative, i.e. no documentaries, although we have included narrative feature debuts by documentary directors. They had to be 60 minutes or longer, have a 1,000-view minimum, and a U.S. theatrical release between 1/1/2010 and 12/31/2019 (with exceptions for films that had no U.S. distribution).

We have included animated films, and allowed TV and direct-to-streaming movies, but excluded direct-to-video/DVD movies.

We have include co-directors, where one director has made a narrative film before but the other hasn’t (so, for example, Jemaine Clement is not disqualified for co-directing What We Do in the Shadows with Taika Waititi). On the…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    1

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    2

  • Get Out

    3

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    4

  • Extraordinary Stories

    5

  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

    6

  • Blindspotting

    7

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    8

  • Kumbalangi Nights

    9

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    10

  • Nightcrawler

    11

  • Ex Machina

    12

  • Mustang

    13

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    14

  • Klaus

    15

  • Eighth Grade

    16

  • The Way He Looks

    17

  • Hereditary

    18

  • Booksmart

    19

  • Son of Saul

    20

  • God's Own Country

    21

  • A Wolf at the Door

    22

  • Sidewalls

    23

  • Pariah

    24

  • The Breadwinner

    25

  • Bingo: The King of the Mornings

    26

  • Udaan

    27

  • Honey Boy

    28

  • Güeros

    29

  • Masaan

    30

  • Tattoo

    31

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    32

  • Steven Universe: The Movie

    33

  • Columbus

    34

  • The Tale

    35

  • Toy Story 4

    36

  • The World of Us

    37

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    38

  • Bleak Night

    39

  • Dou kyu sei – Classmates

    40

  • Tyrannosaur

    41

  • Neighboring Sounds

    42

  • The Witch

    43

  • Thunder Road

    44

  • The Wolf House

    45

  • Loving Vincent

    46

  • Araby

    47

  • Lion

    48

  • Fruitvale Station

    49

  • K-On! The Movie

    50