My Top Tens: 2000s

My top ten films for each year of the 2000s. These are always up for revision as I watch more films, revisit ones I’ve seen before, and think about them over time. The films as listed in the “Best of Year” section are held fast at the end of the year (and include a listing of all films I saw that year as well as films released that year).

Oh, and I don’t really believe in top “ten” lists, despite using the common nomenclature for the title of this page. This is going to be the top several films of each year, down to whatever point I think the films stop being worthy of inclusion. Might be eight one year, might be twenty-three another.

2009

  1. Inglourious Basterds
  2. Fish Tank
  3. I Killed My Mother
  4. Up in the Air
  5. Black Dynamite
  6. The Secret in Their Eyes
  7. An Education
  8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  9. (500) Days of Summer
  10. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
  11. A Town Called Panic
  12. Mother
  13. Agora
  14. The Myth of the American Sleepover
  15. Broken Embraces
  16. A Serious Man
  17. Thirst
  18. The White Ribbon
  19. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  20. The Loved Ones
  21. Antichrist
  22. Moon
  23. Splice
  24. It Might Get Loud
  25. Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
  26. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
  27. The Girlfriend Experience
  28. Kawasaki’s Rose
  29. Sin Nombre
  30. Up
  31. Bright Star

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
A Prophet
Mary & Max
The Road
Ip Man
35 Shots of Rum

2008

  1. Wall-E
  2. Rachel Getting Married
  3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  4. Revolutionary Road
  5. Speed Racer
  6. Let the Right One In
  7. Revanche
  8. The Dark Knight
  9. The Good, the Bad, the Weird
  10. Terribly Happy
  11. Slumdog Millionaire
  12. Frozen River
  13. Burn After Reading
  14. Iron Man
  15. Tell No One
  16. Cloverfield
  17. The Square
  18. In Bruges
  19. Sleep Dealer
  20. Doubt
  21. Transsiberian

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
The Wrestler
Man on Wire
Hunger
Bronson
Waltz with Bashir

2007

  1. No Country for Old Men
  2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
  3. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  4. Hot Fuzz
  5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  6. Planet Terror
  7. Black Snake Moan
  8. Away from Her
  9. My Winnipeg
  10. Ratatouille
  11. 28 Weeks Later
  12. Gone Baby Gone
  13. The Orphanage
  14. Eastern Promises
  15. Juno
  16. The Savages
  17. 3:10 to Yuma
  18. I’m Not There
  19. Zodiac
  20. Sunshine
  21. The Host
  22. [Rec]
  23. Across the Universe
  24. Atonement
  25. Waitress
  26. Enchanted
  27. The Lookout

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Death Proof
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Control
Shotgun Stories
La Vie en Rose

2006

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Once
  3. INLAND EMPIRE
  4. The Fountain
  5. Thank You for Smoking
  6. The Lives of Others
  7. Paris, je t’aime
  8. Volver
  9. Marie Antoinette
  10. Children of Men
  11. Notes on a Scandal
  12. Hard Candy
  13. Casino Royale
  14. Little Children
  15. The Departed
  16. The Fall
  17. The Prestige
  18. 49 Up
  19. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  20. District B13
  21. Red Road

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Letters from Iwo Jima
United 93
12:08 East of Bucharest
Syndromes and a Century
Day Watch

2005

  1. Brick
  2. The New World
  3. The Squid and the Whale
  4. The Constant Gardener
  5. Good Night, and Good Luck.
  6. Batman Begins
  7. Serenity
  8. Pride & Prejudice
  9. Howl’s Moving Castle
  10. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
  11. A History of Violence
  12. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  13. Transamerica
  14. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  15. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  16. Look at Me
  17. Sin City
  18. Dear Frankie
  19. Breakfast on Pluto
  20. Match Point

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Lady Vengeance
Kung Fu Hustle
C.R.A.Z.Y.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
No Direction Home

2004

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  2. Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair
  3. Shaun of the Dead
  4. Before Sunset
  5. Downfall
  6. Kill Bill, Vol. 2
  7. The Incredibles
  8. Mean Girls
  9. Garden State
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  11. Maria Full of Grace
  12. House of Flying Daggers
  13. Primer
  14. Collateral
  15. A Very Long Engagement
  16. Hero
  17. Layer Cake

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
2046
Tropical Malady
The Motorcycle Diaries
Team America: World Police
3-Iron

2003

  1. Kill Bill, Vol. 1
  2. Lost in Translation
  3. A Tale of Two Sisters
  4. Dogville
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  6. Whale Rider
  7. Love Actually
  8. Memories of Murder
  9. Goodbye, Lenin!
  10. City of God
  11. The Station Agent
  12. The Triplets of Belleville
  13. Oldboy
  14. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  15. The Animatrix
  16. 21 Grams
  17. The Cooler
  18. School of Rock
  19. I’m Not Scared
  20. Finding Nemo
  21. Spellbound
  22. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring
  23. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  24. American Splendor

Top Five Yet To See
The Fog of War
Bubba Ho-Tep
The Barbarian Invasions
To Be and To Have
Time of the Wolf

2002

  1. Adaptation.
  2. Catch Me if You Can
  3. Minority Report
  4. The Hours
  5. Talk to Her
  6. Road to Perdition
  7. Punch Drunk Love
  8. Resident Evil
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  10. Secretary
  11. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  12. The Importance of Being Earnest
  13. Brotherhood of the Wolf
  14. Chicago
  15. 28 Days Later
  16. 24 Hour Party People
  17. The Bourne Identity
  18. Spider-Man

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Infernal Affairs
Solaris
The Pianist
Irreversible
The Twilight Samurai

2001

  1. Mulholland Drive
  2. The Royal Tenenbaums
  3. Amelie
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  5. Moulin Rouge
  6. The Others
  7. The Devil’s Backbone
  8. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  9. Waking Life
  10. Monsters Inc.
  11. Ocean’s Eleven
  12. The Princess and the Warrior
  13. Das Experiment
  14. Wit
  15. Gosford Park
  16. Spirited Away
  17. Lagaan
  18. Wet Hot American Summer

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
A Beautiful Mind
In Praise of Love
Ichi the Killer
Millennium Actress
In the Bedroom

2000

  1. O Brother Where Art Thou?
  2. In the Mood for Love
  3. Memento
  4. Almost Famous
  5. Snatch.
  6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  7. Amores Perros
  8. Best in Show
  9. Bring It On
  10. Werckmeister Harmonies
  11. Pitch Black
  12. X-Men
  13. Charlie’s Angels
  14. Wonder Boys
  15. Traffic
  16. The Emperor’s New Groove
  17. Gladiator
  18. High Fidelity
  19. Dancer in the Dark
  20. The Claim
  21. Shadow of the Vampire
  22. Chicken Run
  23. Unbreakable

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Requiem for a Dream
American Psycho
Battle Royale
The Gleaners and I
Yi Yi: A One and a Two