Top ten lists are strange. It seems futile to sort and order films so different in scope and subject into a single list, and yet here we are. But while the films listed below may vary in terms of story and scale, there was a running narrative of cultural and class connections, character-devoted storytelling, and timely reflections of past and present that largely defined the films that affected me the most this past year. While there are a number of releases I have yet to see, namely the Safdies’ Uncut Gems and Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, as well as a few others which I suspect may replace a few spots on my list, below is my top ten as it currently stands. As the final year of this decade draws to a close, these are the films that, for me, in the essence of the words Adam Driver sings in my number five slot, cinematically best defined and explored being alive.