10/10: Jonathan Franzen

For our final post of the year, Jonathan Franzen, the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections, shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years, along with a brief introduction:

“This seems like a weird list even to me. There are two works of genius, by Lars von Trier and Jordan Peele, and then a more idiosyncratic motley of films that have stayed with me because of a mood, or a performance (I love Christian Bale and, obviously, Steve Carell), or a particular sociological prescience, or a single moment (Flight), or for reasons too personal to explain.”

— in chronological order —

1. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, 2008)

2. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

3. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)

4. Flight (Robert Zemeckis, 2012)

5. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014)

6. Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014)

7. The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015)

8. Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia, 2016)

9. Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)

10. The Florida Project (Sean Baker, 2017)


Jonathan Franzen’s latest essay collection, The End of the End of the Earth, is now available.

10/10 is an ongoing series in which we ask cinephiles to name their ten favorite films from the last ten years (currently, between 2008 and 2018).