Since there were a few trilogies and a series I have decided to average them out and place them on the list together respectively. What I did with the Pixar films was the same thing. I did that because they are all good and some are better than others, but I did not want them littering my list when I could just put them together and have room for others to be mentioned.
There are a lot of movies that are going to become classics that came from this decade. I’m sure of it.
I know some are going to wonder why Gladiator is so low on the list. I am going to say that I didn’t really like that film and that the only reason it is on the list is because of Joaquin Phoenix. He made that movie worth seeing.
Movie count by years:
2000 - 7
2001 - 9
2002 - 7
2003 - 8
2004 - 10
2005 - 5
2006 - 10
2007 - 10
2008 - 7
2009 - 8
Movie Count by Rating:
G - 7
PG - 7
PG-13 - 32
R - 29
Here is the top list of decade.
2000 - 2009
60. Gladiator (2000) [R]
59. 17 Again (2009) [PG-13]
58. Napoleon Dynamite (2004) [PG]
57. Miss Congeniality (2000) [PG-13]
56. Children of Men (2006) [R]
55. Tropic Thunder (2008) [R]
54. Billy Elliot (2000) [R]
53. Up in the Air (2009) [R]
52. A Beautiful Mind (2001) [PG-13]
51. Big Fish (2003) [PG-13]
50. Catch Me if You Can (2002) [PG-13]
49. Sunshine (2007) [R]
48. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) [PG-13]
47. Minority Report (2002) [PG-13]
46. The Princess and the Frog (2009) [G]
45. The Pirates of the Caribbean (Trilogy) (2003, 2006, 2007) [PG-13]
44. Crash (2004) [R]
43. Harry Potter (ALL) (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009) [(4)PG and (2)PG-13]
42. Life as a House (2001) [R]
41. The Village (2004) [PG-13]
40. Casino Royal (2006) [PG-13]
39. Passion of the Christ (2004) [R]
38. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) [PG-13]
37. Hairspray (2007) [PG]
36. The Pianist (2002) [R]
35. Cast Away (2000) [PG-13]
34. Juno (2007) [PG-13]
33. Shaun of the Dead (2004) [R]
32. 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) [R]
31. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) [R]
30. Waitress (2007) [R]
29. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) [R]
28. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) [R]
27. The Prestige (2006) [PG-13]
26. The Departed (2006) [R]
25. Spider-Man (Trilogy) (2002, 2004, 2007) [PG-13]
24. Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) (2001, 2002, 2003) [PG-13]
23. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (2003, 2004) [R]
22. Moulin Rouge (2001) [PG-13]
21. Death at a Funeral (2007) [R]
20. Batman Begins/The Dark Knight (2005, 2008) [PG-13]
Everyone fawns over these movies. I don’t fawn. I was entertained by both. Thought they were very well made. I was not more entertained by The Dark Knight because there was a death in the movie. To me I dislike that darkness equals reality or better. I think they are very good comic book movies. I think the Joker was awesome. But the Joker doesn’t carry these two films higher than 20. Heath Ledger had always been a great actor to me since 10 Things I Hate About You. His Joker didn’t prove anything more than what I had already known.
19. Sin City (2005) [R]
With the unique look, dangerous characters, fantastic story telling Sin City showed visual grandness does matter and movies can obtain such an awesome look and totally outshine the source even if it’s a book.
18. The Hangover (2009) [R]
A comedy that gift laughter to any guy that watched it. Pictures that would make one shake their head at the craziness that had transpired the night before. And thoughts that make one wonder if the next Hangover will be as good as this one.
17. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) [R]
Dark comedy that makes one laugh on subjects such as divorce, family issues and suicide. A family that looks like it needs psychological help wiggles wittedly into the hearts of many. It had to be put on the list because the film was a comedy like no other no matter how many more Wes Anderson created in its wake, none would ever match their royal greatness.
16. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) [PG-13]
It’s a dark tale about innocence and the loss of such. The score to the film itself makes it a winner and a must on this list. It charms the heart with the boys who want nothing but to be friends and play even though there’s a Nazi fence that keeps them apart. Their differences are only skin deep and they look beyond it and have fun despite their two separate locations. The amazing mind of children.
15. Good Bye Lenin (2003) [R]
This is a 3 of 3 film that has subtitles on my list. I am not one to love subtitled movies because I think it distracts me from the action of the people when I have to read below. Good Bye Lenin had such a clever premise I had to watch it, and when I did I fell in love and laughed a lot. Heart warming tale about a boy who loved his mother so much he changed history as it was, itself, changing around them.
14. X-Men (Trilogy) (2000, 2003, 2006) [PG-13]
Flawed in every way possible X-Men (Trilogy) made my imagination remember when I would pretend with all my friends we had powers. Every movie I wished they’d make Cyclops as he was in the comics and every movie I was a little disappointed, but it was so awesome to see the X-Men in action I forgave them. From the moment Wizard put a cast together for an X-Men movie (their first ever casting suggestions) to the cartoons that forced me to want to be up early on a Saturday I had wanted them to be on the big screen. And though I didn’t get all of what I would want from an X-Men movie, I did get enough to make me love all three no more than any other. THE MAIN reason these films sit so high is because of Professor X’s and Mangeto’s relationship and especially their conversation at the end of the first film as well as the battle at the Mansion in the second. The third’s creative Phoenix worked for me. I loved how she looked like death. X-Men is rich in story. Should they touch it again they better make Cyclops as he is in the comics and they’ll have a great hero.
13. Iron Man (2008) [PG-13]
Iron Man is one of the best superhero films in a long time. I think that Marvel has the market cornered on great comic movies since they have taken over deciding things. Who knows a Marvel superhero like Marvel? Iron Man was witty, fun, powerful and had Robert Downey Jr. as the lead. Iron Man had to be the right level of cocky and charming or else he’d just be annoying…and they found it and it worked. Marvel Aced it without having to be so dark one might as well have glorified a serial killer.
12. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) [R]
2 of 3…I fell upon this movie on accident. I already have an affinity for films that deal with brothers, so it had one thing going for it. The other thing was the different aspect…as in being different in what appears to be a realm of same. If you read a synopsis it seems generic, but if you watch it you’ll feel realistic angst and love from this film and maybe it’ll charm you into liking it as it did me…even though I had to read subtitles. Oh and it just might make you LOL a few times.
11. The Kite Runner (2007) [PG-13]
All these stories about Afghanistan at war and no stories about Afghanistan when it was a place like any other. Though The Kite Runner deals with Afghanistan when the Russians invaded it showed Afghanistan when it was at its best. Again it’s a story that is about brothers (in a friend sense) who go through everything together until fear grips one while another suffers. It is not as great as the book (and that goes without saying), it is one of the best adaptations I’ve seen and the emotions that the book delivered (though far more painful and more in depth) The Kite Runner also delivers, but at a fraction. Even though it's a fraction it’s still a powerful.
10. Elephant (2003) [R]
It's boring, it's mundane, it's everything a life is from time to time. Calm and average the film trots along. It's an abrupt end when the guns go off. These characters, that seem to be real in a documentary kind of way, start to fall. What was mundane from the get go turns into a dark bloodbath that screams 1998. There have been more shootings and yet the problem, that haunts every situation, sits like an elephant in the room (my interpretation) and blame is all that can be done when fixing why it occurs gets ignored. Elephant is remarkable in so many ways and it is filmed in such an intricate manner. I love every nuance no matter how many times I admit to it being boring.
9. Amelie (2001) [R]
3 of 3. It's weird in every glorious meaning that exists. It is charming, enchanting, engrossing and funny. A girl goes about to help others and then stumbles upon love. With colorful visuals and a great script Amelie will steal your American heart and make you wonder why more movies are not as magical as this one is and always will be.
8. Star Trek (2009) [PG-13]
I was going to say the best Sci-Fi film of the decade, but then I realized that I placed A.I. higher on the list, so I couldn’t. It is remarkable that a film that could have been a disaster was beyond what anyone had thought possible. All the characters with different actors embodied what all the fans have loved for years. The action was suburb and rivaled that of who it borrowed from: Star Wars. It had one of the most emotional moments of the entire movie season at the beginning, and it only had mere minutes to set it all up. It was almost perfection.
7. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) [R]
Offensive as it is dark, funny as it is dramatic and heartwarming as it is distant, Little Miss Sunshine took different and made it a badge of honor for a family that decided to stand up for their own. It is similar to the idea that I can make fun of them because they are my family, but you are not allowed to. It is a classic as is most of these movies I’ve listed. It made people laugh this generation as it will for generations to come.
6. WALL.E, UP!, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc, Cars (2008, 2009, 2004, 2007, 2003, 2001, 2006) [(6) G, (1)PG]
Pixar (the films are in order of greatness) hit a homerun every single time they created an animated film. Some homeruns were further (WALL.E, UP! The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo) than others (Monsters, Inc, and Cars) but they were still all homeruns. Every film had characters that were instantly loveable. Pixar even made a cockroach and a rat adorable. Who can do better than that? Classics the moment they were off the presses and loved the moment they were viewed, Pixar films were the staple animation of the decade and so were those little shorts before each one. They not only cornered the market they held the attention of children who had short attention spans due to the rapidly expanding technology that catered to their now-now attitudes, and the parents appreciated the smart viewing with clever jokes and clean fun that didn’t center around cynical attitudes and sarcasm.
5. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) [PG-13]
What is it to be human or to be loved? That is the question asked by this film that was every bit as visually grand as Avatar except it was created 8 years ago. Going against my grave dislike of long movies it held my attention, made me wonder, made feel and made me shed tears at the end when a faux happy ending waltz onto the screen. A technologically advanced Pinocchio story that failed to have a Disney ending had everything else going for it. A classic in its own right A.I. was under-appreciated for how much it offered and how much it's actually worth. Steven Spielberg did good and though at the time it wasn’t recognized as awesome as it is and always will be…a new generation will look back and ask the same question this one asks about A Princess Bride: What the hell were audiences thinking?
4. 28 Days Later (2002) [R]
Is one of those movies I wonder why wasn’t this on people’s list? 28 Days Later (not to be confused with 28 Days with Sandra Bullock—I know who confuses the two…) is a zombie movie that rules all zombie movies. Zombieland might make zombie killing funny and fun, 28 Days Later makes them freaky and scary. Filmed in gritty fashion with confusion on what is going on and the reason why this film is a horror film for the ages. If the premise is something you like then the ending will totally flip you. One of the best reveals in any movie of this decade…oh sorry….the second best reveal of any movie of this decade.
3. Memento (2000) [R]
Two years earlier Memento took anyone who saw this film on a backwards track through a confused and forgetful man’s journey to find out who killed his wife. Starting from the beginning of the story and working backwards the audience was just as confused and bewildered as the main character. Who to trust, who not to trust and what the hell is actually going on? Maybe people got what was going on, but for the most part when the end of the film (beginning technically) came around the stunning reveal would totally make those who gasped at The Sixth Sense’s ending forget it and totally replace the awesome shocker ending with Momento’s .
2. (500) Days of Summer (2009) [PG-13]
Though it is not a romantic comedy because it is not a love story, it very well could be cauterized as a dark romantic comedy. Since the closest thing to a romantic comedy on this list is Waitress I thought I could put this in the top ten even though it came out this year. I know that I have a huge connection to this film, but it‘s also so well done. It has a great balance of comedy and drama and truth and it blends them all together so awe inspiringly. (500) Days of Summer is not a love story but it is a story to love.
1. Doubt (2008) [PG-13]
I believe that Doubt was the best film of 2008, and as one can see I also believe it to be the best film of the decade. It was unfairly ignored (like Hairspray was in 2007) for the likes of the stolid No Country for Old Men and the monotonous There will be Blood (though its music was fantastic and should have been nominated and was not). It had the best acting of any film and the best cast. Every single scene was important to the story, along with every hand gesture, every voice inflection, every seat taken, shade drawn, every glare, snare and breath. This film showed that sans special effects, bright colors, dancing, singing, superheroes, overblown budgets that a movie could stand on acting merit alone. With powerhouse like Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman who could stand and not be overshadowed? Viola Davis. Two scenes and she fought hard to be remembered, and boy was she. But it is John Patrick Shanley I shall give a standing ovation to for ages. He made the transition from stage to screen look effortless and puts Nine to more shame than the Giants (7) vs. The Vikings (44) this past weekend. The layers that are in Doubt are breathtaking. I have never witness such remarkable work. Usually a work that does steal my breath is hand-drawn and not on film. To put it in simple terms: Doubt is freakin’ frackin’ awesome!
Honorable Mentions List
*Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward (2007)
*Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons (2008)
*Nick and Norah’s Infinite Play list (2008)
*The Hurt Locker (2009)
*The Kingdom (2007)
*District 9 (2009)
*V for Vendetta (2005)
I have seen a few list and was shocked that 28 Days Later and Doubt were not on them. Doubt was too awesome not to be on people’s list somewhere. That is my list. I’m sure there’s a lot to disagree with. I am not one of those people interested in foreign films enough to have them pretentiously listed. This is America and I’m going to mainly list American films or films that were prominently played in America. I’m not going to flood my list with movies that many people have not heard or seen. I’m sure there are a few that people have not heard of, but I had to list those because I saw them and I was pleasantly surprised by how great they were. I have to share those kinds of movies because maybe someone will see them and be surprised by them as well.
If you have a list that you’d like to share, then by all means leave it in the comments and I’ll check it out. I’m almost certain I won’t agree, but that’s the fun of a list.