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Time to Smash Down! 2000s decade Top Thirty Lists

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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Adam_S



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Posted December 30 2009 - 07:02 PM

It's that time of decade again...

This is the place to post your top thirty films from the years 2000-2009

I will compile, periodically, a master list of HTF's top films of the decade and post the results to this thread through the first three or four months of 2010.

Since we’ve used a thirty films per year limit or higher in previous years, it would make sense that most of us have seen at least 300 films from 2000-2009 before posting a list.


You’re welcome to append a list of every film you’ve seen from this decade’s new releases at the end of your post (if you’ve tracked such viewings), in fact, such a list may be very helpful to those trying to remember further back than last year (like me, ancient 26 year old that I am).

Please order your list and include thirty films. I will not tally a list with less than thirty films.

if your list is not ordered, all thirty films will be awarded an equal point value while tabulating the master list.

You have thirty film slots to fill.  No ties. I will accept up to five Honorable mentions (unranked) that will receive ½ a point for each film, if you wish to avail yourself of the option.

Most of HTF, american and international members, use academy qualification (one week theatrical run in LA or NYC) to determine if a film is 2000-2009 or not, though you are free to use another qualification (first global release, which IMDB uses, is most common second choice), general release in your city is another common option.

If you update your list please make a post stating your list has changed, otherwise I won't change it in my excel sheet.

when compiling the master list, I'll award points based on ranking: for example, a number one film will receive 30 points, and a number 30 film will receive one point

Franchises have Different possible entries: I will count a vote for Fellowship of the Ring separately from a vote for Lord of the Rings.  If you don't list what entry in a franchise a film is in, and just list a franchise title, I will tally that as a vote for the Franchise.  A franchise must have a complete cycle in the decade in question.  You need to vote for the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, not the Star Wars Saga, and Indiana Jones is NOT a valid franchise vote, since only one entry was released in this decade.  Don't refer to the Batman franchise, refer to either "The Nolan Batman" or "Batman Reboot"  (if someone has something better to call them, I'm all ears). 

If, unlike me, you have not been around HTF since 1999/2000, I strongly suggest you browse through the extensive best of year threads linked below, many fabulous films are mentioned and you will probably realize you’ve forgotten about some gem or another while scanning through the pages.

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Previous year lists:







#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Adam_S



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Posted December 30 2009 - 07:12 PM

1. Almost Famous
2. Spirited Away
3. The Lord of the Rings (if pressed I select Fellowship as the best of the series, but this is a vote for the whole franchise)
4. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
5. Love Actually
6. In America
7. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
8. The Incredibles
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
10. 800 Balas
11. Slumdog Millionaire
12. Joyeux Noel
13. Battle Royale
14. Monsters Inc
15. A History of Violence
16. Good Night and Good Luck
17. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
18. Sweetland
19. Juno
20. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
21. Serenity
22. The Devils Backbone
23. City of God
24. The Dark Knight
25. Munich
26. Brokeback Mountain
27. Man on Wire
28. Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
29. Gladiator
30. bridge to Terabithia

r/u Los Lunes Al Sol
r/u Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
r/u Whale Rider
r/u Unbreakable
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note, I haven't really incorporated 2009 into this list yet.


#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Chuck Mayer

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Posted December 31 2009 - 01:13 AM

The List (as of 1/4/2010)
1) The New World
2) The Incredibles
3) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
4) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
5) Kingdom of Heaven: DC
6)The Fountain
7) Almost Famous
8) Moulin Rouge!
9) Black Hawk Down
10) Avatar
11) Master and Commander
12) The Matrix Reloaded
13) Finding Nemo
14) Zodiac
15) The Dark Knight
16) Spider-Man 2
17) Speed Racer
18) Miami Vice
19) City of God
20) The Departed
21) Man on Fire
22) Pan's Labyrinth
23) United 93
24) Monster's Inc
25) The 25th Hour
26) Gladiator
27) The Constant Gardner
28) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
29) Requiem for a Dream
30) Ratatouille
r/u Sunshine
r/u King Kong
r/u The Bourne Identity
r/u Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
r/u Casino Royale

Studio of the Decade: Pixar consistently made spectacular films, filled with depth, emotion, excitement, and humor.  This decade, they made Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL*E, and Up.  And their shorts were brilliant as well.  Several of those films (a majority) will make my list.  This is the easiest selection.  No one else even came close.

Performance of the Decade: Daniel Day Lewis, Gangs of New York.  An incredible performance in a movie that couldn't quite support it enough to make the film great.  But DDL was mesmerizing, and I watch the movie now just to savor what he does (and how good Scorcese made it look).

Actor of the Decade: Kate Winslet.  What needs to be said?  So much more to look forward to.

Year: 2005.  An incredibly diverse offering.

Hey buddy...did you just see a real bright light?

#4 of 15 OFFLINE   JonZ


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Posted December 31 2009 - 03:31 AM

What the hell, here's my attempt.

1.   Requiem For A Dream
2.   Memento
3.   The Dark Knight
4.   Pans Labyrinth
5.   Downfall
6.   Zodiac
7.   No Country For Old Men
8.   The Incredibles
9.   There Will Be Blood
10. The New World
11. Black Hawk Down
12. Castaway
13. The Pianist
14. Million Dollar Baby
15. Far From Heaven
16. Batman Begins
17. Children Of Men
18. Munich
19. Wall E
20. Maria Full Of Grace
21. The Departed
22. Kingdom Of Heaven Dir Cut
23. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
24. United 93
25. Match Point
26. Lost In Translation
27. The Road
28. Brokeback Mountain
29. Gangs Of New York
30. Chopper

Male performance: Daniel Day Lewis for both Bill The Butcher and Daniel Plainview. Easily actor of the decade.
Female Performance: Ellen Burstyn for RFAD

#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Travis_S


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Posted December 31 2009 - 05:32 AM

Placeholder while I determine the order of my top 30.

#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Michael Costa

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Posted December 31 2009 - 05:50 AM

1. Amelie
2. The Dark Knight
3. Memento
4. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
5. Before Sunset
6. Sin City
7. Pan's Labyrinth
8. Children of Men
9. Talk To Her
10. Minority Report
11. Irreversible
12. Bloody Sunday
13. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
14. Ghost World
15. Once
16. Spirited Away
17. Mulholland Drive
18. Casino Royale
19. The Incredibles
20. The Departed
21. Garden State
22. Good Bye, Lenin
23. Requiem For A Dream
24. Finding Nemo
25. Whale Rider
26. Spider-Man 2
27. Donnie Darko
28. Secretary
29. Finding Neverland
30. Brick

r/u Croupier
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r/u City of God
r/u Avatar
r/u Iron Man

Haven't seen many 2009 films yet, I am always about 9 months behind in watching movies.

Male Actor:
Female Actor:
Director: Christopher Nolan
Year: 2001

Edit: Fixed a duplicate entry

My Movie Ratings
Movies: 25 left - Last Seen The Grapes of Wrath
Laughs: 54 left - Last Seen The Producers
Thrills: 18 left - Last Seen High Noon
Passions: 61 left - Last Seen The ApartmentSight & Sound 221 left - Last Seen The Grapes of Wrath

#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Kirk Tsai

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Posted December 31 2009 - 02:34 PM

My list could probably only be based off of my memory and rethinking
of the movies.  I have not rewatched most of these movies in the past
year.  It's entirely possible, for example, that I would once again
prefer Batman Begins to The Dark Knight if I saw them back to back
now, as I did when I came out of the theater for TDK; but it's also
true that I have thought about TDK much more than BB, and it has
loomed much larger in my head now, so it pushes ahead.

1.  Memento
2.  The Lives of Others
3.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4.  Talk to Her
5.  Yi Yi
6.  Kill Bill, Volume 1
7.  Capturing the Friedmans
8.  Chop Shop
9.  The Matrix Reloaded (Chuck, don't let me be the only one!)
10. The New World
11. Oldboy
12. The Incredibles
13. City of God
14. Hero
15. Punch Drunk Love
16. Billy Elliot
17. Goodbye Solo
18. Match Point
19. The 25th Hour
20. Collateral
21. Ratatouille
22. The Dark Knight
23. Almost Famous
24. Signs
25. The Prestige
26. Little Miss Sunshine
27. Capote
28. Twilight Samurai
29. LOTR: The Two Towers
30. Gangs of New York

Per Adam's allowance, my five honorable mentions:
Inglorious Basterds, Rachel Getting Married, Minority Report, High Fidelity, and In the Bedroom

Christopher Nolan comes out as the big winner on this list.  Second place would be Ramin Bahrani, who tops both my 08 and 09 year end lists.

#8 of 15 OFFLINE   PatW



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Posted December 31 2009 - 03:47 PM

God this is harder than I thought and I'll probably amend it a few times.

1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2. Atonement
3. Love Actually
4. Children of Men
5. Dear Frankie
6. Thankyou for Smoking
7. In America
8. Avatar
9. History of Violence
10. Akeelah and the Bee
11. The Prestige
12. The Station Agent
13. Death at a Funeral
14. Pride and Prejudice
15. Vera Drake
16. The Kite Runner
17. In Her Shoes
18. Chocolat
19. A Beautiful Mind
20. Thirteen Days
21. The Hours

22. The Contender

23. The Upside of Anger

24. In Bruges

25. The Snow Walker

26. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

27. Signs

28. Minority Report

29. V for Vendetta
30. Sideways

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#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Jose Martinez

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Posted January 01 2010 - 08:43 AM

01. The Lord of the Rings
02. Children of Men
03. Million Dollar Baby
04. Avatar
05. The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
06. Once
07. The Incredibles
08. Kill Bill The Complete Film
09. City of God
10. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
11. No Country for Old Men
12. Unbreakable
13. Bridge to Terabithia
14. King Kong
15. Crash
16. Almost Famous
17. Mulholland Drive
18. Spider-Man 2
19. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
20. Letters from Iwo Jima
21. Star Trek
22. Black Hawk Down
23. Maelström
24. Atonement
25. Ratatouille
26. Gran Torino
27. The 40 Year Old Virgin
28. Slumdog Millionaire
29. Serenity
30. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy

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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   Cory S.

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Posted January 01 2010 - 09:44 AM

The Top Ten:

Requiem for a Dream
Zodiac Director's Cut
The Fountain
The New World
The Dark Knight
United 93
The Passion of the Christ
Minority Report
The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition

The Rest:

Pan's Labyrinth
Pixar's The Incredibles
Pixar's Up
Pixar's Wall E
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
There Will Be Blood
Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut
Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Revolutionary Road
Kill Bill
Thirteen Days
My Blueberry Nights
The Mist
Mystic River
Letters from Iwo Jima/Flags of our Fathers
Who Killed The Electric Car?
Walk The Line Extended Cut
Open Range
Inglourious Basterds

"Because he's the hero Gotham deserves.  But, not the one it needs right now.  So, we'll hunt.  Because he can take.  Because, he's not a hero.  He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector.  A DARK KNIGHT."

#11 of 15 OFFLINE   dpippel



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Posted January 01 2010 - 01:17 PM

FWIW, here's my top 30 in more or less chronological order by year of release:

1) O Brother, Where Art Thou?2) Memento3) Moulin Rouge4) Jeepers Creepers5) Mulholland Drive6) Donnie Darko7) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring8) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers9) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl10) American Splendor11) Lost in Translation12) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King13) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind14) Let The Right One In
15) The Incredibles16) Born Into Brothels17) Good Night, and Good Luck18) V for Vendetta19) Children of Men20) Pan's Labyrinth21) Michael Clayton22) No Country For Old Men23) Juno24) There Will Be Blood25) Iron Man26) The Dark Knight27) Frozen River28) Coraline29) Watchmen30) Avatar

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#12 of 15 OFFLINE   Mario Bartel

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Posted January 03 2010 - 05:05 PM

 Here is my list:

Movies seen in the last decade: 1,071 (give or take a few)

1. City of God
2. The Edge of Heaven
3. The Lives of Others
4. All the Real Girls
5. Downfall
6. Amelie
7. Gladiator
8. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
9. The 25th Hour
10. Boy A
11. United 93
12. The Hurt Locker
13. Gomorrah
14. This Is England
15. Sexy Beast
16. The Sea Inside
17. Amores Perros
18. Almost Famous
19. Maria Full of Grace
20. Children of Men
21. Babel
22. Munich
23. The Quiet American
24. Inglorious Basterds
25. The Matador
26. Touching the Void
27. Black Hawk Down
28. High Fidelity
29. Moulin Rouge
30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Best Actor: Javier Bardem
Best Actress: Kate Winslet
Best Director: Paul Greengrass

Worst Movies: Driven, I Heart Huckabees, Whatever Works

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#13 of 15 OFFLINE   Tarkin The Ewok

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Posted January 04 2010 - 04:12 PM

Decade Picks:

1) Fantasia 2000

2) Finding Nemo

3) Avatar

4) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

5) Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

6) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

7) The Incredibles

8) Spider-Man

9) X2: X-Men United

10) Ratatouille

11) The Matrix Reloaded

12) The Princess and the Frog

13) Cars

14) Minority Report

15) Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

16) Star Trek

17) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

18) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

19) A Beautiful Mind

20) I, Robot

21) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

22) Fantastic Four

23) Gladiator

24) The Matrix Revolutions

25) Batman Begins

26) The Emperor's New Groove

27) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

28) Moulin Rouge!

29) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

30) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Honorable Mention:

31) A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

The contents of the list were pretty easy to choose because these 31 films are the only five-star films I've seen from the 2000-2009 crop. Ordering them was a real bear, though.

My memory puts Fantasia 2000 as a 1/1/2000 movie since that's how it was advertised. I know it had limited engagements in 1999, but it's much more of a 2000 film in my book.

#14 of 15 OFFLINE   Claire Panke

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Posted January 05 2010 - 11:29 AM

Man this is hard! A very good decade for film.

I have yet to see several notable year end films including Summer Hours and the Last Station so this list may change/img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif">. And I need to see a couple '09 films again.

OTOH, when you look at my top 30, even though I have at least one movie from every year of the decade, you can easily see why I think 2006 was an astonishing year for films.

1.      Children Of Men (2006)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
    The Return (2006)

4.      After The Wedding (2006)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
6.      Yi Yi (2000)
7.      The Lives Of Others (2006)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
9.      Amores Perros (2000)
10.    I
n The Mood For Love (2000)
11.    4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (2007)
12.    24 Hour Party People (2002)
13.    Master & Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
14.   Talk To Her (2002)
15.   Moolaade (2004)
16.   The Piano Teacher (2004)
17.   Spirited Away (2001)
Gosford Park (2001)
The Diving Bell & The Butterfly (2007)
No Country For Old Men (2007
The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
22.   The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
24.   Lilya 4-ever (2002)

25.   Pride & Prejudice (2005)
26.   This Is England (2006)
27.   The Incredibles (2004)
28.   Let The Right One In (2008)
29.   Inside Man (2006)
30.   High Fidelity (2000) 


Honorable Mention:

Open Hearts



25th Hour
Kitchen Stories

The Road To Perdition
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story

Y Tu Mama Tambien

A History Of Violence
In My Father's Den

Best Documentary: When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts

Best Year in Decade for Film: 2006

Also Memorable:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
An Education
Maria Full Of Grace
Brokeback Mountain

Bloody Sunday
The Constant Gardener
Morvern Callar
Requiem For A Dream 

Howl’s Moving Castle

United 93

The Departed

Almost Famous
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou

Finding Nemo
Sexy Beast
Code 46
Lost In Translation
Last Orders
The Quiet American
Innocence (2001)
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
The Aviator
Star Trek
LOTR: Fellowship Of The Ring
Death At A Funeral
Hot Fuzz

Shaun Of The Dead

#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted January 06 2010 - 01:09 AM

This is going to be tough!  I tried to stick with the films that have stuck in my mind the most and found it odd that much of this list flies in the face of my yearly top ten lists.

I'm sure that some tweaks are yet to come and I had to cut some tremendous films to pare this list down.

    [*]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[*]There Will Be Blood[*]Wall-E[*]Pan's Labrynth[*]City of God[*]Lost in Translation[*]Wonder Boys[*]Ghost World[*]Chicago[*]Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring[*]Children of Men[*]Almost Famous[*]Memento[*]Good Night & Good Luck[*]Zodiac[*]In Bruges[*]The Incredibles[*]Gangs of New York[*]O Brother Where Art Thou[*]In Her Shoes[*]Napoleon Dynamite[*]A Serious Man[*]Inglorious Basterds[*]Batman Begins[*]The Royal Tennenbaums[*]Kill Bill: Part 1[*]Sin City[*]The Road[*]Up in the Air[*]Sideways

Since Documentaries are hard to mix-in, I'm going to give my 5 honorable mentions to my favorite documentaries of the decade!
    [*]Grizzly Man[*]Murderball[*]Bowling for Columbine[*]King of Kong[*]Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price