3 Jan


On New Year’s Eve, I posted a rundown of my 10 favorite movies of the 21st century’s first decade (2000-2009) on my Twitter account. I am now re-posting it here for those of you who missed it, and look forward to reading your feedback — and your own lists — in the Comments section!

1. “SIDEWAYS” (2004)

  • Screenwriter: Alexander Payne
  • Director: Alexander Payne
  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh


  • Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood
  • Director: Julian Schnabel
  • Actors: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze, Anne Cosigny, Max von Sydow


  • Screenwriter: Charlie Kaufman
  • Director: Michel Gondry
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst

4. “JUNO” (2007)

  • Screenwriter: Diablo Cody
  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Actors: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby

5. “WALL-E” (2008)

  • Screenwriter: Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon
  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • Actors: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

6. “TRAFFIC” (2000)

  • Screenwriter: Stephen Gaghan
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Steven Bauer, Benjamin Bratt, James Brolin, Erika Christensen, Clifton Collins Jr., Albert Finney, Topher Grace, Amy Irving

7. “DOGVILLE” (2003)

  • Screenwriter: Lars von Trier
  • Director: Lars von Trier
  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Gazzara, Philip Baker Hall, Chloe Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgaard, John Hurt


  • Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach
  • Director: Noah Baumbach
  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Billy Baldwin, Anna Paquin

9. “ABOUT SCHMIDT” (2002)

  • Screenwriter: Alexander Payne
  • Director: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, June Squibb, Len Cariou

10. “THE HURT LOCKER” (2009)

  • Screenwriter: Mark Boal
  • Director: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Actors: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly

Photo (left to right): Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, Alexander Payne, Thomas Haden Church, and Sandra Oh on the set of “Sideways” (2004). Credit: Fox Searchlight.

6 Responses

  1. Danny King 03. Jan, 2010 5:04 am #

    I still have a couple films to see before I can post my top ten (just received Dogville in the mail today), but I can say that Juno will definitely have a spot in my top ten. The Hurt Locker is definitely one of my favorites from 2009, not quite sure about the decade though.

    And I think I might be the only person in the universe who didn’t fall in love with either Wall-E or Eternal Sunshine. I loved Jim Carrey’s performance in the latter, but that was a film in which Kaufman’s style was overly-distracting and took away from the characters for me. As far as Wall-E goes, I just didn’t get it at all. I hate to say it, but I basically didn’t feel anything while I watched that film. Obviously these were both acclaimed films and I have seen them on plenty of decade lists, but they’re two that didn’t register with me.

    I did recently see Diving Bell, and I thought that was extremely well done. I wish the Academy would recognize more foreign directors, but Schnabel went above and beyond here.

  2. Al 03. Jan, 2010 11:57 am #

    Good list. Don’t agree with it all but haven’t seen them all.
    Lars von Tripe just doesn’t do it for me.

    Would have Memento in there.

  3. Steve 03. Jan, 2010 12:04 pm #

    1. Where the Wild Things Are
    2. District 9
    3. Lord of the Rings
    4. Children of Men
    5. Into the Wild
    6. Munich
    7. Catch Me If You Can
    8. Mulholland Drive
    9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    10. Tropic Thunder

  4. Bob 03. Jan, 2010 5:32 pm #

    I’m not officially making a list until 2011, because I’ve
    missed so much this decade (didn’t really get into film
    until 2007). I have a project going to watch the films
    considered “great” by various sources this year, with
    occasional side excursions to explore the pre-2000′s work
    of some auteurs, especially Woody Allen, Jean-Luc Godard,
    and Robert Altman.
    Anyway, my preliminary top ten (though I’m fairly certain
    it will change drastically by next year):
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    The Fall
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Mulholland Dr.
    Punch-Drunk Love
    There Will Be Blood
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    O Brother, Where art Thou?
    You Can Count on Me

  5. Squasher 04. Jan, 2010 8:21 am #

    1. LOTR The Return of the King
    2. City of God
    3. LOTR The Two Towers
    4. In Bruges
    5. Crash
    6. The Kite Runner
    7. The Dark Knight
    8. Million Dollar Baby
    9. Finding Neverland
    10. Slumdog Millionaire

  6. Benjamin 05. Jan, 2010 5:40 pm #

    Here’s my Top 10. My full list ended up with 39 entries. Why 39? I don’t know. It’s not even a prime number, it’s just where I stopped.

    1. There Will Be Blood (2007)
    2. No Country for Old Men (2007)
    3.The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
    4. WALL-E (2008)
    5. Children of Men (2006)
    6. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
    7. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
    8. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
    9. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
    10. The Hurt Locker (2009)

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