The Top 25 Films of the Decade

And here we are. Ten more years have dropped behind us and what have we got to show for it but a thousand forgotten dreams and a million misplaced memories. Blah blah blah. Sure, we’re nowhere near as advanced as we’d hoped to be by now, and so much we had hoped to have accomplished remains left undone; lying incomplete and nearly forgotten.

But who cares!? We gots film! We have movies that we watched throughout the past ten years over and over and over and over, and these flicks weren’t so much a part of us as we were a part our couches while we watched them. Seriously…we didn’t move, at all. We’d watch them three times on a Tuesday and not blink an eye. And who cared? Respectable art deserves respect, right? And we laid it on….thick.

But why not?! There was enough good stuff released over the past ten years that we could go on living our decent lives filled with carefully beautiful art – the kind you can set your drink on; the kind you could set your clock by. And thanks be to Jeebus, ’cause I freakin LOVE movies. Especially good ones.

That said, and without further whathaveyou, here is my Top 25 Films of the Past Decade:

25. Memento (2000)
24. Snatch (2000)
23. The Dark Knight (2008)
22. A History of Violence (2005)
21. The Bourne Identity (2002)
20. Casino Royale (2006)
19. In Bruges (2008)
18. Finding Nemo (2003)
17. City of God (2002)
16. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
15. No Country for Old Men (2007)
14. Almost Famous (2000)
13. O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
12. Amélie (2001)
11. Traffic (2000)
10. Sideways (2004)
9. The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
8. The Departed (2006)
7. Children of Men (2006)
6. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
4. Wall-E (2008)
3. Munich (2005)
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
1. Adaptation (2002)

The following were all respectable…and just missed the cut.
Honorable mentions, they be:

  • 21 Grams
  • 28 Days Later
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • About Schmidt
  • American Psycho
  • American Splendor
  • Batman Begins
  • Best in Show
  • Brick
  • Capote
  • Castaway
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Donnie Darko
  • Downfall
  • Garden State
  • Ghost World
  • Gran Torino
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Kill Bill 1 & 2
  • Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
  • Last King of Scotland
  • Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Little Children
  • Master and Commander
  • Match Point
  • Matchstick Men
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Ocean’s 11
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Sin City
  • Slither
  • Super Troopers
  • Syriana
  • Thank You for Smoking
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Descent
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Triplets of Bellville
  • V For Vendetta
  • Wallace and Gromit and the Were-rabbit
  • So there ya have it – the movies of the decade according to me. Please, please, please…tell me what you think; tell me what I missed; tell me why I’m wrong. I can take it. Everything else, IMH(umble)O, was either a-okay or total crap.

    Had to add these glaring omissions:

  • Doubt
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Rushmore
  • High Fidelity
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    1. Paul Crittenden · December 13, 2009

      I really don’t have much to disagree with here. This is a good list. I definitely would have added Synecdoche, New York (maybe even put it in the #1 spot) and Let the Right One In. And we could probably quibble over order. Also, I would have added Rushmore and taken off Snatch. And Donnie Darko and There Will Be Blood should be on the list proper. Maybe switch them with Finding Nemo and Casino Royale (two good movies but not in my top 25). But yeah… good list.

      • ryanwiz · December 14, 2009

        Great suggestion, Paul. Thanks for mentioning Synecdoche, New York. I should have included that one for sure. I never finished Let the Right One In, unfortunately. Never really got into Rushmore. I mean, I suppose it’s pretty good…but I wasn’t grabbed by Wes Anderson’s style until Tenenbaums. Nemo and Royale made the list ’cause I can watch them over and over and over….and they never lose their touch. So very good…in some many different ways.

        • Paul Crittenden · December 16, 2009

          I knew I was forgetting something. I can’t believe I forgot to take you to task for not putting Mulholland Dr. on your list. I mean… I’mma let you finish but David Lynch and Charlie Kaufman (with Synecdoche, New York) made two of the best movies of all time…

          And yes, Nemo and Royale were very good. I just don’t know if they would be in my top 25.

      • ryanwiz · December 16, 2009

        Hahaha…..yeah, I’m a bit surprised you didn’t as well. For me, Mulholland Dr was good for only four reasons. Four deliciously soft and beautiful reasons. Otherwise…David Lynch tends to leave me, well, confused. I’m just not sure I’m ready for his work yet. If that makes any sense.

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