With movies constantly being released in theaters and on various streaming services, it is sometimes hard to remember the films that were released ten years ago. Countless movies were released in 2011—some including the legendary final movie to the “Harry Potter” series, and the well known comedy film “Bridesmaids.” Once in a while, though, it’s nice to watch a throwback movie or experience an old movie for the very first time. Here are ten movies turning ten years old in 2021.
1. “Bridesmaids” (April 28, 2011)
“Bridesmaids” tells the story of five bridesmaids and one bride preparing for a wedding while faced with unimaginable situations. The hilarious cast consists of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper. The movie received dozens of awards and nominations from reputable award shows like the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards. This film will always be a must-watch comedy, even a decade later.
2. “Fast Five” (April 29, 2011)
“Fast Five” is just one of the many sequels in the “Fast and Furious” series. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, and Gal Gadot, the characters are on a mission to clear their name after questionable previous actions. The action series continued to produce four more movies after “Fast Five” and are hoping to release two more films to add to the series in upcoming years.
3. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (July 15, 2011)
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the eighth and final movie of the iconic
“Harry Potter” series. The film portrays the thrilling ending to the Hogwarts world and the final battle between Harry Potter and Voldemort. With a movie franchise beginning in 2001, this movie marks the end of a ten year-long journey and became one of the highest-grossing films to ever be released. These movies can be rewatched countless times and the “Harry Potter” series lives on to be a staple in many households.
4. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (July 19, 2011)
Released in July of 2011, “Captain America: The First Avenger” is just one of the dozens of films from the Marvel realm and the first film of the “Captain America” trilogy. Set during World War II, the movie centers around Steve Rogers, otherwise known as super soldier Captain America, as he fights against opposing forces in the army.
5. “The Help” (August 10, 2011)
“The Help” follows a young writer as she interviews and shares the stories of various Black women who worked for wealthy white families. Although the film is most famous for receiving many prestigious awards such as an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, its problematic white-savior narrative can add to discussions about diversity and storytelling in movie industries today.
6. “Contagion” (September 9, 2011)
The thrilling film “Contagion” tells the story of the world facing an outbreak of an unknown virus which quickly turns into a global pandemic. Ironically, a decade after the movie was released, the world is in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nominated for various awards, “Contagion” has never been more timely than today.
7. “The Descendants” (November 16, 2011)
Released late in 2011, “The Descendants” attracted many awards, including winning “Best Motion Picture” at the Golden Globe Awards. Starring George Clooney, the movie follows a family as they navigate through a tricky situation when the mother gets in an unforeseen accident. The film received a total of three wins and ten nominations between the Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards.
8. “The Artist” (November 23, 2011)
“The Artist” is best known for taking home the desired prize of “Best Picture” at the 2012 Academy Awards and coming in second for the most nominations that year. Set in the 1920s and starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, this critically acclaimed film tells the love story of two actors — one a rising young actress and one an older silent film actor — in a black-and-white semi-silent film style.
9. “Hugo” (November 23, 2011)
Released at the end of 2011, “Hugo” made a splash in the movie industry. The film follows the charming story of an orphan boy on a journey to solve mysteries left to him by his father. This compelling movie earned 11 Academy Award nominations, the most that year, and garnered five wins. The film also received one win and three nominations at the Golden Globe Awards.
10. “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (December 15, 2011)
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is the fourth movie of the Mission Impossible series. Lead character Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, and his team, the Impossible Missions Force, are sent on a risky mission to stop a nuclear extremist with no resources or backup from the U.S. government. The film franchise started in 1996 and is looking to release two more action-packed films in the next two years.