Time to Smash Down! 2000s decade Top Thirty Lists

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  1. Adam_S

    Adam_S Producer

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    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.

    thanks! and have fun. [​IMG]

    Previous year lists:
    2007 2008 2009
  2. Adam_S

    Adam_S Producer

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    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
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    note, I haven't really incorporated 2009 into this list yet.
  3. Chuck Mayer

    Chuck Mayer Lead Actor

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    The List (as of 1/4/2010)
    1) The New World2) The Incredibles3) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring4) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind5) Kingdom of Heaven: DC6)The Fountain7) Almost Famous8) Moulin Rouge!9) Black Hawk Down10) Avatar11) Master and Commander12) The Matrix Reloaded13) Finding Nemo14) Zodiac15) The Dark Knight16) Spider-Man 217) Speed Racer18) Miami Vice19) City of God20) The Departed21) Man on Fire22) Pan's Labyrinth23) United 9324) Monster's Inc25) The 25th Hour26) Gladiator27) The Constant Gardner28) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford29) Requiem for a Dream30) Ratatouille r/u Sunshiner/u King Kongr/u The Bourne Identityr/u Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanr/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.
  4. JonZ

    JonZ Lead Actor

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    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. Travis_S

    Travis_S Supporting Actor

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    Placeholder while I determine the order of my top 30.
  6. Michael Costa

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    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 Avatar
    r/u Iron Man

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

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    Director: Christopher Nolan
    Year: 2001

    Edit: Fixed a duplicate entry
  7. Kirk Tsai

    Kirk Tsai Screenwriter

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    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. PatW

    PatW Screenwriter

    Dec 25, 2003
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    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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    r/u Donnie Darko
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  9. Jose Martinez

    Jose Martinez Screenwriter

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    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
  10. Cory S.

    Cory S. Supporting Actor

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    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
  11. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member

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    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
  12. Mario Bartel

    Mario Bartel Stunt Coordinator

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    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
  13. Tarkin The Ewok

    Tarkin The Ewok Supporting Actor

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    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. Claire Panke

    Claire Panke Second Unit

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    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 change1. Children Of Men (2006)
    2. Mulholland Drive (2001)
    The Return (2006) 4. After The Wedding (2006)
    5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)6. Yi Yi (2000)7. The Lives Of Others (2006)
    8. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)9. Amores Perros (2000)
    10. In 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)
    18. Gosford Park (2001)
    19. The Diving Bell & The Butterfly (2007)
    20. No Country For Old Men (2007
    21. The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)22. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
    23. 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
    Secretary Cache 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 Zodiac
    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. Eric Peterson

    Eric Peterson Cinematographer

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    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.

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. There Will Be Blood
    3. Wall-E
    4. Pan's Labrynth
    5. City of God
    6. Lost in Translation
    7. Wonder Boys
    8. Ghost World
    9. Chicago
    10. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
    11. Children of Men
    12. Almost Famous
    13. Memento
    14. Good Night & Good Luck
    15. Zodiac
    16. In Bruges
    17. The Incredibles
    18. Gangs of New York
    19. O Brother Where Art Thou
    20. In Her Shoes
    21. Napoleon Dynamite
    22. A Serious Man
    23. Inglorious Basterds
    24. Batman Begins
    25. The Royal Tennenbaums
    26. Kill Bill: Part 1
    27. Sin City
    28. The Road
    29. Up in the Air
    30. Sideways
    Since Documentaries are hard to mix-in, I'm going to give my 5 honorable mentions to my favorite documentaries of the decade!
    1. Grizzly Man
    2. Murderball
    3. Bowling for Columbine
    4. King of Kong
    5. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

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