What follows is a list of, in this blogger’s opinion, the Top 50 films released between the years 2000 and 2010. Before we get to the Top 5, here is a countdown from No. 50:
The Can’t Miss Greats:
#50 The Fighter
#48 Sherlock Holmes
#46 X-Men 2
#45 Starsky & Hutch
#44 The Bourne Identity
#43 The Hangover
#41 Gran Torino
#40 Count of Monte Cristo
#39 Ocean’s Eleven
The Elite Films:
#37 No Country for Old Men
#36 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
#35 There Will Be Blood
#34 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
#33 The 40-Year-Old Virgin
#32 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
#30 The King’s Speech
#29 True Grit
#28 The Aviator
#27 Little Miss Sunshine
#26 District 9
#25 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
#24 Wedding Crashers
#23 The Long of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Classics of the Decade:
#20(T) The Lives of Others
#20(T) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
#19 The King of Kong
#17 Finding Nemo
#16 Slumdog Millionaire
#15 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
. . . and, finally, the Best Five Movies of the 2000s:
#5 City of God (2002) (dir: Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund)
City of God is one of those rare cinematic experiences which sears into one’s memory — mesmerizing, and engulfing the audience in a foreign world which becomes so familiar as the story progresses. One of the great non-English films ever made — and almost certainly the best film ever recorded in Portuguese.
#4 The Dark Knight(2008) (dir: Christopher Nolan)
It’s hard to imagine there’s a red-blooded American alive who hasn’t seen what has become the most famous comic book film of all time. Perhaps no film has ever quite depicted a city so absorbed in terror as is seen in The Dark Knight.
#3 The Departed (2006) (dir: Martin Scorsese)
There’s so much that can be said about Scorsese’s 2005 epic, but perhaps most concisely it can be said that The Departed is the signature crime drama of its generation.
#2 Batman Begins (2005) (dir: Christopher Nolan)
Perhaps the most surprising film of the decade, Batman Begins (before Heath Ledger and The Dark Knight) was able to convey a sense of dread and hero-against-impossible-odds despair not seen since James Cameron’s Aliens sequel.
#1 Star Trek (2009) (dir: J.J. Abrams)
A frame-by-frame action adventure masterpiece, which was able to re-create the thrill ride of the films that formed the modern genre: The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Arc. Directors will spend the next 25 years attempting to match J.J. Abram’s epic.