My Top 10 Films of the Decade

Before we arrive at my Top 10 movies from the last decade, let’s meet the Contenders and the Jury.

Almost Famous (2000)

The following is a list of films culled by Sarah B. (sb), Jared P. (jp), LeeAnn N. (ln) and I (ac) over the last three days in the Colorado mountains. Of the thousands of films released in the last decade, these were our 36 favorites.

I wanted to include the “Contender” list first because, frankly, I wish I could have included most of the 36 in my top 10 list. Of my 10 picks, there are about five that I’m 100% absolutely certain that they belong on my list.  I couldn’t imagine it any other way. The other 5 were hemmed and hawed over because this list of 36 is so damn good.

Good Night and Good Luck (2005)

To make this damn good list, we debated, we researched, and we gushed over old favorites. We tried not to forget the comedies. We unanimously hated on “Crash.” We included our blockbuster crushes and our indie heartthrobs. We admitted to the glory of Daniel Craig as Bond. We recalled when, where and with whom we saw the films and why we still think about those movies to this day. We remembered the reasons some of these films changed the way we think about cinema entirely.

The Dark Knight (2008)

No blood was shed but Jared did cry. Once.

Each person’s top 10 picks are indicated by their initials. I also pulled my individual list out from the big list because you’re reading the Anna Christopher blog.

The Contenders List (alphabetical)

Adaptation (2002) – sb, jp

Almost Famous (2000) – ln, ac

Amelie (2001) – ln

Avatar (2009) – ac

Batman Begins (2005)

Casino Royale (2006)

Chicago (2002)

Children of Men (2006) – sb, jp, ac

Dark Knight (2008)

The Departed (2006) – sb, ac

Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) – sb

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  (2004) – jp, ln

Good Night and Good Luck (2005) – sb, ac

The Hurt Locker (2009) – ac

I’m Not There (2007) – jp

The Incredibles (2004) – sb (tie with Zoolander)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) – ac

Let the Right One In (2009)

Little Children (2006) – jp

Lost in Translation (2003) – sb, ln

Memento (2000) – jp

Michael Clayton (2007) – sb, jp, ac

Mulholland Drive (2001) – jp

No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Pianist (2002) – sb, jp

Punch Drunk Love (2002) – ln

The Queen (2006) – sb, ac

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – ln, ac

Superbad (2007) – ln

There Will Be Blood (2008)

Traffic (2000)

United 93 (2006)

WALL-E (2008) – jp, ln

Wedding Crashers (2005) – ln

Zoolander (2001) – ln, sb (tie with The Incredibles)

My Top Ten List (in alphabetical order NOT rank)

  1. Almost Famous
  2. Avatar
  3. Children of Men
  4. The Departed
  5. Good Night and Good Luck
  6. The Hurt Locker
  7. Kill Bill Vol. 1
  8. Michael Clayton
  9. The Royal Tenenbaums
  10. The Queen

I bet you think I forgot some! Or maybe you want to argue over “Avatar”? Feel that Sarah shouldn’t be allowed a ‘tie’? Bring it! My blog’s got plenty of room for your comments and suggestions.

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9 Responses to “My Top 10 Films of the Decade”

  1. sarah Says:

    I would personally like to give honorable mentions (after my top 11) to the following films:
    Inglourious Basterds, There Will Be Blood, The Royal Tannenbaums, United 93, Avatar, Casino Royale, and both batman movies. Thank you for entertaining me so much in the 2000’s.

  2. Anna Says:

    Oh no! Alex Simon’s awesome ‘Best of the Decade’ list at http://thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com/ painfully pointed out that I forgot THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES on my own list. I am lovin’ that we both have CASINO ROYALE and GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK. I’m happily surprised by his inclusion of 28 DAYS LATER… and undeniably shocked (in a bad way) that THE WATCHMEN made it onto his list.

  3. Arian Says:

    I like your list. I can do without Avatar. But that’s about it. Here are some movies that would make my list somewhere on this list. Some foreign ones as well.

    – Yi Yi
    – Old Boy
    – Mulholland Dr.
    – Y Tu Mama Tambien
    – Zodiac
    – Crimson Gold
    – Color of Paradise (Iran in 2000 though imdb says 1999)
    – Waking Life

    But I think you guys have them all. I haven’t seen any of the Lord of the Rings but I’m guessing one of you likes those movies. I’m sure I would too but I honestly haven’t had time yet.

  4. Arian Says:

    A couple more after looking around.

    – City of God
    – Pan’s Labyrinth
    – The New World (I might be alone on this one.)

    Alright I’m done.

  5. Anna Says:

    The New World was a very emotional experience to me and there are two shots in it that I think about often — the structural, rigid framing of the stone steps once they come back to England. The flash to the old Indian man sitting in a formal foyer and then dashing out the door into the wild during the death montage. Total visual poetry. Something Mr. Malick does best. THANK YOU Arian for remembering this movie.

  6. sarah Says:

    oh man, we forgot MUNICH!!!

  7. LeeAnn Says:

    oohh Munich woulda been on my list too.

  8. Arlene Otterbein Says:

    I think all of the user’s avatars really should be forced to appear the very same as the film characters.

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