The 2010s saw a handful of new directors pop up out of nowhere that had a distinct knack for making films about characters who dwelled in rural, countryside, middle-of-nowhere places. Often downbeat and purposefully paced stories about loners and hard men. A 1970s mindset, but usefully updated and perfect for the new decade. A group of directors from 3 different continents showing the effects of an inevitable globalization and economic fragility.

David Mackenzie
David Lowery
David Michod
Andrew Dominik
Scott Cooper
Jeff Nichols
Fleck & Boden

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  • Out of the Furnace
  • Crazy Heart
  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints
  • The Old Man & the Gun
  • Killing Them Softly
  • The Rover
  • Hell or High Water
  • Take Shelter
  • Mud
  • Mississippi Grind