Best Films of the Decade : 2000-2009

I started this two years ago, but forgot about it and only recently found it. I tinkered with it a touch, but I’ve decided to release my Best of the Decade List with warts and all.

The fun thing about lists is that everyone has their own criteria. Much of it is intuitive, but I’ve tried to make choices according to a few guidelines. The following films are not necessarily my favorite films of the decade (though many are) but films that seem to me to be both artistic and influential. I’ve also approached this list as though it were a  meal, it is balanced with a smattering of genre films, bread and veggies, meat and pudding. I’ve been fiddling with the same films in different order for a while now and I’m tired enough to grant pretty much any argument placing one film over another outside of the top ten. I’ve also cheated with regards to “ties”, wanting to pair certain films due either to a flaw or its similarity to another film, or because I felt like it didn’t warrant its own slot.

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. Yi Yi
  3. The New World
  4. Junebug
  5. Children of Men
  6. Punchdrunk Love
  7. Elephant
  8. 4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)
  9. Nobody Knows
  10. Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow
  11. Sunshine
  12. All the Real Girls
  13. The Darjeeling Limited
  14. Cast Away
  15. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  16. Spirited Away
  17. Eastern Promises
  18. Where the Wild Things Are
  19. No Country for Old Men
  20. Unbreakable
  21. Hable con Ella (Talk To Her)
  22. The Incredibles
  23. Rachel Getting Married
  24. La Science des Reves (The Science of Sleep)
  25. Marie Antoinette
  26. Once
  27. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring
  28. The Royal Tenenbaums
  29. Happy-Go-Lucky
  30. 28 Days Later
  31. Lars and the Real Girl
  32. Synechdoche, New York
  33. The Squid and the Whale / Margot at the Wedding
  34. The Wrestler
  35. Cache
  36. Howl’s Moving Castle
  37. A.I.
  38. Nacho Libre
  39. Wall-E / Finding Nemo
  40. The Assassination of Jesse James by that Coward Robert Ford
  41. Gosford Park
  42. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  43. El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)
  44. Inglorious Basterds
  45. Memento
  46. Dogville / Manderlay
  47. King Kong
  48. Sideways/ About Schmidt
  49. Big Fish
  50. Moulin Rouge!

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