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The Top 100 Films of the Half-Decade (2010-2014)
Page 8: The Half-Decade Hundred by the Numbers

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Leonardo DiCaprio got five films into the Half-Decade Hundred, including "The Great Gatsby", more than any other male actor.

Actors with Five or More Films in the Top 100:
Jennifer Lawrence: 8 (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1)
Jessica Chastain: 6 (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar, The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, Lawless)
Amy Adams: 5 (The Muppets, American Hustle, The Fighter, Her, The Master)
Leonardo DiCaprio: 5 (Shutter Island, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street)

Actors with Four Films in the Top 100:
Bradley Cooper: American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Place Beyond the Pines
Ryan Gosling: Drive, The Ides of March, The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine

Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Master, The Ides of March, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Donald Sutherland: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Horrible Bosses, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Elizabeth Banks: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Lego Movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Ben Kingsley: Hugo, Shutter Island, Iron Man 3, The Boxtrolls
Samuel L. Jackson: Django Unchained, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, The Other Guys
Shea Whigham: American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Take Shelter, The Wolf of Wall Street
Kyle Chandler: Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Super 8, The Wolf of Wall Street
Mark Ruffalo: Shutter Island, The Avengers, Foxcatcher, The Kids Are All Right
Josh Hutcherson: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Kids Are All Right
Robert Downey Jr.: Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Due Date
Jason Clarke: Zero Dark Thirty, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Great Gatsby, Lawless
Tom Hardy: The Dark Knight Rises, The Drop, Inception, Lawless
Guy Pearce: Iron Man 3, The King's Speech, Animal Kingdom, Lawless

Actors with Three Films in the Top 100:
Christian Bale: American Hustle, The Dark Knight Rises, The Fighter
John Goodman: The Artist, Argo, Flight
Ben Affleck: Argo, Gone Girl, The Town
Matt Damon: Interstellar, True Grit, Elysium
Chris Pratt: Zero Dark Thirty, The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy
Nicholas Hoult: X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies
George Clooney: The Descendants, The Ides of March, Gravity
Joel Edgerton: Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom
James Franco: 127 Hours, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Green Hornet
Michael Caine: Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception
Marion Cotillard: The Dark Knight Rises, Midnight in Paris, Inception
Jeremy Renner: American Hustle, The Town, The Avengers
Scarlett Johansson: Her, Iron Man 2, The Avengers
Gwyneth Paltrow: Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, The Avengers
Paul Bettany: Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, The Avengers
Matthew McConaughey: Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street
Morgan Freeman: The Dark Knight Rises, The Lego Movie, Oblivion
Tom Hanks: Toy Story 3, Saving Mr. Banks, Captain Phillips
John C. Reilly: Wreck-It Ralph, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cedar Rapids
Melissa Leo: The Fighter, Flight, Prisoners
The three Hunger Games movies alone also qualify Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, and Paula Malcolmson

David O. Russell directed three of the Top 30 films, including two with a transformative Christian Bale. Martin Scorsese is one of two directors who have three films in the Half-Decade Hundred.

Directors with Multiple Films in the Top 100:
3:
David O. Russell: American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter
Christopher Nolan: Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception
Martin Scorsese: Hugo, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street

2:
David Fincher: The Social Network, Gone Girl
Alexander Payne: Nebraska, The Descendants
Jeff Nichols: Mud, Take Shelter
Ben Affleck: Argo, The Town
Edgar Wright: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World's End
Derek Cianfrance: The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine
Richard Linklater: Before Midnight, Boyhood
Noah Baumbach: Frances Ha, Greenberg
Francis Lawrence: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Screenwriters with Multiple Films in the Top 100:
Michael Arndt: 4 (Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Brave, Oblivion)
Christopher Nolan: 3 (Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception)
David O. Russell: 2 (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook)
Jonathan Nolan: 2 (Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises)
Edgar Wright: 2 (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World's End)
Matthew Vaughn: 2 (X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class)
Jane Goldman: 2 (X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class)
Jeff Nichols: 2 (Mud, Take Shelter)
Derek Cianfrance: 2 (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine)
Richard Linklater: 2 (Before Midnight, Boyhood)
Noah Baumbach: 2 (Frances Ha, Greenberg)
Billy Ray: 2 (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips)

Producers with Multiple Films in the Top 100:
Megan Ellison: 7 (American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, Foxcatcher, The Master, True Grit, Lawless)
Scott Rudin: 5 (The Social Network, True Grit, Frances Ha, Moonrise Kingdom, Greenberg)
David Heyman: 2 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Gravity)

Authors with Multiple Films in the Top 100:
Suzanne Collins: 3 (The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1)
Dennis Lehane: 2 (Shutter Island, The Drop)

Jennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games, X-Men, and David O. Russell films, made the greatest contributions of anyone to cinema in the first half of the 2010s.

Most Valuable People in 2010s Film:

Based on these figures, I would pick these ten people as having made the greatest contributions to '10s Cinema so far:

1. Jennifer Lawrence: With seven films in the Top 35, she truly is the girl on fire! It will be interesting to see where her career goes post-Katniss, besides more X-Men.
2. David O. Russell: A resounding three for three this decade. We'll see if this Christmas' Joy can keep his and Lawrence's hot streak going!
3. Megan Ellison: Producers generally don't get recognized by name outside the industry, but this daughter of Oracle Corporation's multi-billionaire CEO has done great things, producing seven in the Top 100 including some challenging dramas and surprising hits. And for one more day, she's only 28 years old.
4. Jessica Chastain: Her breakout 2011 should still be the subject of fascination decades from now, but her top two rated films have come after that.
5. Christopher Nolan: Hopefully, the masterful storyteller who did wonders for Batman will continue to bring his expertise to creative original films.
6. Martin Scorsese: His expansive body of work speaks for itself, but somehow he is as sharp now in his 70s as he's ever been and still willing to try new things.
7. Amy Adams: Though clearly overdue for an Oscar, she doesn't seem to be chasing it, instead just picking mostly winners. At 40, she's in demand enough to join the ranks of Sandra Bullock in blasting through Hollywood's actress age ceiling.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio: Has any other actor ever enjoyed this good a career after being pegged as a heartthrob? Leo uses his clout wisely, collaborating with the best directors in the business and consistently drawing crowds in the process.
9. Bradley Cooper: Having quickly risen the ranks from supporting player to leading man, he too is making good choices and staying in collaboration with Lawrence and Russell, with whom he'll reunite on Joy.
10. Ben Affleck: Remember when he used to be a joke? With multiple triumphs on either side of the camera, his career would be thriving even if he weren't about to take on the biggest superhero role out there.

Honorable Mention:
Michael Arndt: Honestly, I'm a little thrown by him using a different surname on Catching Fire and Oblivion. If he had stuck with The Hunger Games or not been dropped from the upcoming Star Wars, he may have bumped Affleck.

By Runtime:
<80 minutes: 0
80-99 minutes: 20
100-119 minutes: 35
120-139 minutes: 29
149-159 minutes: 11
160-179 minutes: 4
180+ minutes: 1

Average Runtime: 118.06 minutes (1 hour, 58 minutes, 3.6 seconds)
Shortest: 80 minutes (Ernest & Celestine)
Longest: 180 minutes (The Wolf of Wall Street)

By MPAA Rating:
1. R: 46 (one on appeal - originally NC-17)
2. PG-13: 36
3. PG: 14
4. Not Rated: 3
5. G: 3

By Theatrical Distributor:
1. Sony: 16
2. Fox: 13
2. Paramount: 13 (including 1 Marvel and 1 DreamWorks Animation)
4. Disney: 12 (including 3 Marvel)
4. Warner Bros.: 12
6. Weinstein Company: 11
7. Universal: 8
8. Lionsgate: 7
9. IFC: 2
9. Summit: 2
11. FilmDistrict, GKIDS, Indomina, Janus Films (1 each)

By First Viewing:
In Theaters: 45
At Home: 55

By Review Status:
Reviewed only on Home Video: 59
Reviewed only in Theaters: 9
Reviewed both in Theaters and on Home Video: 13

By Review Status:
Reviewed: 81
Not Reviewed: 19 (though I'm hoping this number drops by at least three over the next two months)

By Origin:
Original Screenplays: 50 (including Whiplash)
Based on a Pre-Existing Property (Book, Play, Franchise, Character, etc.): 47
Narrative Films Based on True Stories: 12
Sequels: 10
Of those, five were threequels: Toy Story 3, The Dark Knight Rises, Before Midnight, Iron Man 3, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Prequels: 2 (X-Men: First Class, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Spin-Offs (not counted toward sequel count): 1 (The Avengers)
Remakes: 1 (True Grit)

Title Quirks:
Non-Sequels with Numbers in Their Titles: 3 (127 Hours, Big Hero 6, Super 8)
Movies with Ampersands in Their Titles: 1 (Ernest & Celestine)

Brands with Multiple Films in the Top 100:
Marvel Studios: 4
Disney Animation: 3
Pixar: 2

By Medium:
Primarily Live-Action: 89
Primarily Animated: 11

By Type:
Narrative Films: 97
Documentaries: 3

By Language:
Primarily English: 95
Primarily Foreign: 5

By Month of US Theatrical Release:
January: 1 (The Green Hornet)
February: 5
March: 6
April: 4
May: 11
June: 8
July: 8
August: 9
September: 9
October: 7
November: 20
December: 12

By Year of US Theatrical Release:
2010: 22
2011: 19
2012: 20
2013: 22
2014: 17

Fifteen Upcoming Films Most Likely to Crack the Next Half-Decade Hundred:
(by order of release)

Tomorrowland (May 22, 2015)
The trailer did not bowl me over like the text descriptions of this film, but I do trust writer-director Brad Bird (The Incredibles), star George Clooney and, to a lesser degree, co-writer Damon Lindelof ("Lost", World War Z).

Inside Out (June 19, 2015)
Pixar is due for another hit and this original comedy personifying the emotions inside a little girl's head comes from Pete Docter, who did right by Up and Monsters, Inc.

Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)
With Edgar Wright directing this, my excitement would have been palpable. But the combination of Paul Rudd and Marvel Studios is still enough to give me hope to bring out the best in new director Peyton Reed.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (November 20, 2015)
This would have to be a huge letdown to not entertain and fulfill like a creative franchise's final film should.

Midnight Special (November 25, 2015)
We don't have much to go on about this sci-fi film about a father and son on the run to hide the son's special powers, but it is written and directed by Jeff Nichols, who thoroughly impressed with Take Shelter and Mud.

The Good Dinosaur (November 25, 2015)
If Inside Out doesn't dazzle, maybe this original Pixar film will. Even if this one has reportedly been subjected to some heavy reworking, you typically can't go wrong with dinosaurs. Plus, four of Pixar's best films all opened in November, so it's got that going for it.

Knight of Cups (December 11, 2015)
Directed by Terrence Malick and starring Christian Bale, this film centers on an LA screenwriter.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015)
J.J. Abrams made the list with Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness wasn't far off, so I'll remain cautiously optimistic for this one.

Joy (December 25, 2015)
The story of a Long Island mother who invented the Miracle Mop might not hold promise, but for these names: David O. Russell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), will reunite with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro.

The Revenant (December 25, 2015)
I wasn't as crazy about Birdman as most of my fellow critics, but I liked it enough to want to see what its writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu does next. That would be this western vengeance thriller set in 1820 starring Half-Decade Hundred staples Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The scheduled limited Christmas Day opening suggests that Fox expects Iñárritu to have made back-to-back awards contenders.

X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27, 2016)
Its two predecessors made the cut with ease, so as long as there isn't a steep drop-off, this sequel should like its chances.

Live by Night (October 7, 2016)
A Prohibition crime drama starring Ben Affleck, who directs from a screenplay he adapted from a novel by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island). What's not to love about that?

Silence (TBA 2016)
Martin Scorsese's long-brewing project about Portuguese Jesuit priests experiencing persecution in 17th century Japan will finally see the light of day with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver playing the missionaries.

True American (TBA)
Maintaining her interest in current affairs, Kathryn Bigelow will next direct Tom Hardy in this true story of domestic terrorism in the immediate wake of 9/11.

Untitled Planet of the Apes Sequel (July 14, 2017)
Who needs a title when you've got director Matt Reeves and writer Mark Bomack staying on from Dawn of the POTA?

The End
Thanks for taking this journey with me and for sharing it with your fellow film fans. Hope you've enjoyed it.

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