6. The Social Network (2010)

Aaron Sorkin’s second film on my list after Moneyball. The Social Network is a truly gripping drama about Mark Zuckerberg and the rise of Facebook, it’s also one of the decades most thrilling and engrossing films. It’s paced superbly and the script is arguably the best of Sorkin’s entire illustrious career. The performances from Jessie Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield (and even Justin Timberlake) are out of this world and it’s all capped off by David Fincher at the absolute top of his game directing. The latter part is pretty crazy to think about considering his resume boasts such classics as Se7en, Fight Club, and Zodiac. The Social Network was released at the top of the decade and now 9 (soon to be 10) years later I can’t stop thinking about how imperative and timely a sequel would be. Aaron Sorkin’s script does a great job of exploring Zuckerberg and Facebook’s darker and far more problematic side and in the decade plus that’s only become more egregious and public facing. This is truly one of the greatest films of the decade and it tackles some of Sorkin’s best established themes like the corruption of power in new and exciting ways. Looking back, it’s also pretty crazy to think that the Academy gave The King’s Speech the Best Picture award instead of The Social Network, especially given this film’s immense influence and staying power.

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