Special Report

Highest-Rated American Movies of the 2010s

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14. Blackfish (2013)
> Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
> Starring: Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall
> Domestic box office gross: No data available

This documentary follows the capture and captivity of Tilikum, an orca who is responsible for the deaths of three people. Arguing that captivity is traumatic for the whales and makes them unusually aggressive, the film became the topic of heated controversy and was rebuked by SeaWorld.

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13. Short Term 12 (2013)
> Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
> Starring: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever
> Domestic box office gross: $1.0 million — #1116 out of 1,154 movies released in the 2010’s

This low-budget indie drama is set at a group home for troubled teenagers. It depicts the struggles of the group home’s supervisor, Grace, who oversees the teens with finesse, until her own history of abuse comes back to haunt her.

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12. Zootopia (2016)
> Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
> Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate
> Domestic box office gross: $341.3 million — #43 out of 1,154 movies released in the 2010’s

This animated crime comedy is set in a mammal metropolis where a rookie rabbit police officer must befriend a con artist fox if she is to solve a mysterious case of missing predators. The film received critical acclaim for its timely message about the dangers of prejudice.

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11. Toy Story 3 (2010)
> Director: Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty
> Domestic box office gross: $415.0 million — #25 out of 1,154 movies released in the 2010’s

This animated comedy follows the troubles of a group of toys who are accidentally given to a daycare center as their now-grown owner prepares to leave for college. Feeling abandoned, they nevertheless attempt to find their way home.

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10. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
> Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
> Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson
> Domestic box office gross: $217.6 million — #100 out of 1,154 movies released in the 2010’s

Set in a Viking society, this animated coming-of-age film follows a young teen named Hiccup who dreams of becoming a dragon slayer — until he actually captures one and develops a friendship with the misunderstood creature.