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Best movies of the noughties

Posted by 1minionsopinion on November 8, 2009

There is no spelling mistake there. Noughties is the decade we’re finishing, apparently, and if this movie list from the Times is any indication of my lack of taste, I fart in their general direction.

I haven’t played with a list like this in a while. I’ll bold the ones I’ve seen and italicize the ones I would consider watching. Summaries of the movies are available on site.

100 The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel, 2006) — really?
99 Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)
98 Crash (Paul Haggis, 2004)
97 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook, 2005)
96 Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay, 2002)
95 Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2000)
94 An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006)
93 House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou, 2004)
92 Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, 2002)
91 Lantana (Ray Lawrence, 2001)
90 Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin, 2005)
89 School of Rock (Richard Linklater, 2003) — again I say, really?
88 The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
87 Time and Winds (Reha Erdem, 2006)
86 The Orphanage (Juan Antonio Bayona, 2007)
85 The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001)
84 Hotel Rwanda (Terry George, 2004)
83 The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, 2006)
82 Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
81 In The Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2009)
80 Me, You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July, 2005)
79 Le Grand Voyage (Ismael Ferroukhi, 2004)
78 About Schmidt (Alexander Payne, 2002)
77 Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore, 2002)
76 Control (Anton Corbijn, 2007)
75 Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
74 Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006) –Hurrah!
73 The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Jacques Audiard, 2005)
72 The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
71 Monsters, Inc. (Pete Docter/David Silverman/lee Unkrich, 2001)
70 The Class (Laurent Cantet, 2008)
69 Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, 2007)
68 Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000) — Hurrah!
67 Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone, 2008)
66 City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund, 2002)
65 Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008)
64 L’enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne, 2005)
63 There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
62 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004)
61 Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) — Hurrah!
60 The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005)
59 Être et Avoir (Nicolas Philibert, 2002)
58 Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004) — Hurrah! Zombies!
57 The Consequences of Love (Paolo Sorrentino, 2004)
56 Volver (Pedro Almodovar, 2006)
55 Chopper (Andrew Dominik, 2000)
54 Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff, 2003) – really really?
53 Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)
52 The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles, 2005) – Blah
51 The Son’s Room (Nanni Moretti, 2001)
50 The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003) — Hurrah!
49 Knocked Up (Judd Apatow, 2007)
48 Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris, 2006) – quirky is the word, all right
47 My Summer of Love (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004)
46 Traffic (Steven Soderbergh, 2000)
45 Touching the Void (Kevin Macdonald, 2003)
44 Under the Sand (François Ozon, 2000)
43 The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008) — Hurrah!
42 The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004) — Hurrah!
41 Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006) — book is better
40 Syriana (Stephen Gaghan, 2005)
39 Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
38 Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
37 In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000)
36 Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki, 2004)
35 Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón, 2002)
34 Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton/Lee Unkrich, 2003) – not their best IMHO
33 Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2002)
32 Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000) — nothing I need to see twice
31 Iraq in Fragments (James Longley, 2006)
30 Irreversible (Gaspar Noé, 2002)
29 Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 2000)
28 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
27 Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004)
26 Minority Report (Steven Spielberg, 2002) — okay, not grand
25 Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Trier, 2000)
24 28 Days Later… (Danny Boyle, 2002) — Hurrah! Zombies!
23 Man On Wire (James Marsh, 2008)
22 Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002) – slow paced but nice
21 Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005)
20 Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001) – didn’t like, didn’t get, but wish I would have.
19 United 93 (Paul Greengrass, 2006)
18 Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008) – Hurrah! Blood!
17 Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005) — good but not great
16 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
15 Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004)
14 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
13 This Is England (Shane Meadows, 2007)
12 The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
11 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles, 2006)
10 Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008)
9 The Queen (Stephen Frears, 2006)
8 Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006) — classic is better. Boo!
7 The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald, 2006)
6 Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008)
5 Team America: World Police (Trey Parker, 2004)
4 Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, 2005)
3 No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 2007)
2 The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass, 2004, 2007) — Meh
1 Hidden (Cache) (Michael Haneke, 2005)

Obviously these lists are so subjective as to be nearly worthless. What one person defines as good might not appeal to everyone. Not everyone wants to read subtitles. Not everyone wants to sit through gore or stupid humour or blatant political messages. Some of us just want to see a movie, dammit!

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8 Responses to “Best movies of the noughties”

  1. princessxxx said

    TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE #5, YEAH!!! my favorite

    https://tothewire.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/team-america-world-police/

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  2. dorian said

    good one, minion!… was thinking of posting this myself! lemme check out the list.

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  3. Enkill_Eridos said

    The list is good and I see some movies that are worthy of the Best of list but BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE? Really? It wasn’t even THAT good. His aim was not fully apparent. Was he for Gun Abolishment? Or was he trying to show just how easy it was for a minor to be able to buy a firearm and ammo at a department store? Or was it about the tragedy that happened at Columbine? Every other movie was great. But I definitely will try to watch the movies on this list. Even though Pan’s Labrynth was subtitled it was still a good movie. Understanding a majority of the dialog without subtitles is a plus, but not a requirement. I want to know what are YOUR ten favorite movies that have come out since the 1990 to today?

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  4. 1minionsopinion said

    For me, I hurrahed my faves up there (forgot to add a hurrah to Monsters Inc though. Whoops), but I also liked UP and District 9. Zombieland was very hilarious. I just watched a Spanish pic called Shiver that was very well done. It was just freakish enough.

    I don’t tend to pay attention to the years movies come out, though. Anything that looks interesting I’ll watch, no matter what year it’s from.

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  5. princessxxx said

    1minionsopoinion, i see you like zombie movies and i also noted that you have a post about nathan fillion on your blog.

    well if you like zombies and nathan fillion, you will love “SLITHER”.
    a “comedy horror” with fillion as the star and plenty of zombies, including jenna fisher that plays pam beasley on “the office.”
    i say it is a must see.

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  6. Enkill_Eridos said

    Slither was good, Zombieland was a funny movie as well.

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  7. 1minionsopinion said

    My library didn’t get Slither. I knew he was in it, though.

    If you like zombies, have you checked out Fido? Carrie Anne Moss is in that and Billy Connolly. It’s from 2006, so I can add it to the list of movies I like from this past decade. It’s a hoot.

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  8. Enkill_Eridos said

    I thought that was funny but it didn’t make it to my most enjoyed movies list.

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