Best Movies (2000-2010) By Decade! (Part Deux)

So, I realized how bad I messed up my last list because I was just listing some that I had never seen (House of Sand & Fog, for example, which sucked, now that I saw it). This list is not only more correct in representing my feelings on the decade and this year's movies, but it is very informative, and may get someone to see the movies that didn't initially plan on it. So, without further ado, here are my films, the best of the decade and this year, by year (part deux). 2000: 1. Requiem for a Dream 2. Memento 3. Gladiator 4. American Psycho 5. The Patriot 2001: 1. Vanilla Sky 2. Donnie Darko 3. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring 4. Training Day 5. Frailty 2002: 1. 25th Hour 2. Signs 3. LOTR: The Two Towers 4. Road to Perdition 5. Minority Report 2003: 1. City of God 2. LOTR: Return of the King 3. Mystic River 4. Kill Bill Vol. 1/ The Last Samurai 5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2004: 1. Million Dollar Baby 2. District B-13 3. The Sea Inside 4. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban 5. Mean Creek 2005: 1. Crash/ Batman Begins 2. The Jacker 3. Tsotsi 4. Capote 5. The Constant Gardner 2006: 1. The Departed 2. Brick 3. Children of Men 4. Babel/ Little Miss Sunshine 5. Apocalypto/ Pan's Labrynth 2007: 1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2. The Orphanage 3. Sunshine/ 3:10 to Yuma 4. Hot Fuzz/ Michael Clayton 5. Diving Bell & the Butterfly/ No Country for Old Men 2008: 1. The Wrestler 2. Slumdog Millionaire/ Revolutionary Road 3. Miracle at St. Anna 4. Passengers/ Doubt 5. JCVD/ In Bruges 2009: 1. Moon 2. Inglourious Basterds 3. District 9 4. Up/ World's Greatest Dad 5. The Messenger/ The White Ribbon/ A Prophet 2010: 1. Inception 2. The Town 3. Brooklyn's Finest 4. Case 39 5. The Ghost Writer/ Harry Brown So there you have it. Comment if you agree or think differently.


  1. I thought it was a pretty good list, until I failed to see The Dark Knight in the 2008 column, and Toy Story 3 in the 2010 column.

  2. Valid points. Even now, I disagree with this list. I just wont make any more like this for the sake of changing my mind every week.

  3. I wouldn’t give the House of Fog 5 stars (probably 3 or 3 1/2), but you hated it? Out of curiosity, why? I kind of liked how there were no clear cut and obvious good guy/bad guy labels, which is something I grow tired of. I also dug the “if everyone looks out for their own interests, everyone loses” scenario (which we could credit to the book), as well as Ben Kingsley. I do think that the fact that the director lacked experience showed a bit.

  4. The direction showed to be novice, and the pace was too slow. In the book, Andre Dubus III, who is an amazing author, made the events, however timely, bearable, whereas in this film, Kingsley and Connelly soared while the script and film’s timeliness plummeted. The events and scenarios were good, but you can credit those to the book.

  5. Huh. I think those 2 performances are enough reason to give it 3 stars. I’d probably feel the same way about the movie as you did if I read the book first. It’s always hard to separate objectively how good a movie is stand alone when the story has been done before. I didn’t find the pacing to be a problem at all, although I don’t tend to mind slower films if there is some mood to it. One movie that I thought was highly overrated, was incredibly slow and with a few holes in the storyline was “The Conversation.” That to me was uneventful, slow and boring until the best parts were too little too late, but I won’t open up another can of worms.

  6. No, opening up another can is the only way to fish. And I wanna fish. The Conversation was alright, but I completely agree with why you thought it was overrated. I thought that one of if not the slowest movies ever that pissed me off was Munich. It could have been great, but the lack of events throughout most of the movie really aggravated.

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