If you love to make movie lists yourself, then there's no better time than the end of the year. If you hate ranking movies, however, it can be a painful time of year. Unless you've found certain critics with whom your tastes tend to align, it can be tough to find a Top 10 list that you're going to agree with. So, instead of doing a rigid Cinematical's Top 10 of 2010, we decided to do things a little differently.

We asked our staff - which, at over 20 strong, collectively represents members from various film critics' organizations around the country - to give us their picks for the three best films of the year and then made a compilation of the results. This way clear favorites would emerge, but we'd also be able to spotlight individual favorites outside of the realm of the same familiar gang of films campaigning for ballot space this awards season.