10. "Funny People"
Director: Judd Apatow; Cast: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann
Apatow’s third film could have simply been a fascinating folly—a naval-gazing exploration of the neuroses specific to middle-aged comedians. Instead it’s one of the richest and most ambitious Hollywood films of the year. A human comedy that takes its characters seriously and follows an unpredictable narrative path, the movie was criticized for its excesses—but that’s exactly what makes it special.