Listomania: My Top 25 Films of The Decade

The 00’s were a decade that started out with the handicap of having to follow 1999, probably the most exciting year for film in my lifetime.  Magnolia, Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Eyes Wide Shut, Three Kings, American Beauty, The Matrix, among others were all released within the span of a few months.  It seemed like every time I went to the theatre I was witnessing something new and exciting.  The 00’s by contrast, seemed to be slow going, and how could I not compare them to the films I had seen the previous Fall?

In retrospect I can now see that the 00’s were indeed an exciting time for film as I loved more films than I had a place for on this list.  I saw every one of these films in theatres and while some hold up better than others, I can appreciate each for the impact they had on me at the time.  It may be impossible for me to rank these in preferential order, it was hard enough narrowing down the last decade to only 25 films, so they are presented alphabetically.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to see hundreds of films a year, this is probably a good place to start.

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But if I had to pick just one, my favorite film of the decade would be There Will Be Blood.

TOP 25 FILMS OF THE DECADE (ALPHABETICALLY)

  1. Almost Famous(2000) Cameron Crowe
  2. Amélie (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  3. Children of Men(2006) Alfonso Cuaron
  4. City Of God(2003) Fernando Meirelles
  5. The Dark Knight(2008) Christopher Nolan
  6. The Departed (2006) Martin Scorsese
  7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(2004) Michel Gondry
  8. The Fountain (2006) Darren Aronofsky
  9. The Incredibles(2004) Brad Bird
  10. Kill Bill: Vol. 1(2003) Quentin Tarantino
  11. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Shane Black
  12. Knocked Up (2007) Judd Apatow
  13. Let The Right One In (2008) Tomas Alfredson
  14. Lost In Translation (2003) Sofia Coppola
  15. Memento (2001) Christopher Nolan
  16. Minority Report (2002) Steven Spielberg
  17. Moulin Rouge! (2001) Baz Luhrman
  18. Mulholland Drive (2001) David Lynch
  19. Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Paul Thomas Anderson
  20. Rachel Getting Married (2008) Jonathan Demme
  21. Ratatouille (2007) Brad Bird
  22. Requiem For A Dream (2000) Darren Aronofsky
  23. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Wes Anderson
  24. Shaun of the Dead (2004) Edgar Wright
  25. There Will Be Blood(2007) Paul Thomas Anderson