Earlier today we brought you Rotten Tomatoes' list of the 100 worst reviewed films of the decade. Now, though it might be a little premature (considering that we still have a little while to go before we hit our next decade), the good folks over at I Heart Chaos have decided to get the ball rolling on those end-of-decade lists by shoveling out what they believe are the Top 50 Movies of the 2000's. Usually these kinds of things start to gain in popularity towards the end of the year, but I guess the early bird does get the worm, so let's get right to the chase and find out who made the cut.
When you've got a a list of 50, there is plenty of wiggle room, and it's a pretty comprehensive list that manages to find room for cult faves and foreign flicks. But I'll admit, even though Chaos has put together a solid list, I was a little surprised that the #1 film for this decade is Quentin Tarantino's Samurai/Cowboy epic, Kill Bill -- though that's the beauty of a list, everyone wants to have a little friendly debate, I guess. You can read the entire list over at Chaos, but rounding out the top five are The Dark Knight, No Country for Old Men, and Kinji Fukasaku's adaptation of Battle Royale.
The great thing about a long list like Chaos' is that it makes room for all kinds of movies that sometimes you just don't have room for in streamlined lists of five or ten entries. But I love a challenge, so I decided to put together a list of my top films of the 2000s ... although I've cheated just a little.
After the jump: my nominations for the top films of the 2000s...
Now I should warn you, I have an inability to commit sometimes, so for my list I've mixed it up a little and kept it to 'Hollywood' films and divided them by genre, so let's begin:
Horror: The Descent (2006)
Neil Marshall will always have my eternal respect for finally making a horror film that didn't have me yelling at the brainless female cannon-fodder on screen in front of me -- and considering I already have a touch of claustrophobia, this movie scares the bejeesus out of me.
Drama: There Will Be Blood (2007)
This just might be one of the most stand-out films I have ever seen in all my years as a 'film-o-phile', and almost demands repeated viewings to let it all sink in.
Comedy: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
This Will Ferrell ode to the local news anchor helped usher in the era of the R-rated comedy, and it comes packed with a goldmine of quotes to annoy your friends with. Plus you have to admire a movie that can make an entirely new movie just from the outtakes.
Sci-Fi: Minority Report (2002)
OK, this film might not be perfect -- and you know you have a bit of a problem when you can spot three logical endings before you have reached the credits -- but Spielberg's sci-fi chase flick was one of the most innovative looks at the future that we have had on screen in a long time.
Superheroes/Comic Books: The Dark Knight (2008)
It isn't easy to make a movie about a man dressed up like a clown fighting a guy dressed up like a bat into a crime caper that audiences can believe in. So, sure, we've probably beaten this point into the ground by now but it does bear repeating: The Dark Knight is one of the best superhero movies made in this decade...or frankly, any other.
Action: The Bourne Identity (2002)
Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon almost put the final nail in a certain dapper secret agent's coffin when they created the Bourne franchise, and we finally got to watch a spy who didn't spend the whole movie making bad sex jokes and driving an invisible car.
Documentary: No End in Sight (2007)
The world may not have wanted to watch narrative films about the war in Iraq (with maybe one exception), but in the world of documentaries there were some damn fine films being made -- and Charles Ferguson's equally heartbreaking and infuriating documentary is one of them.
Romance: Almost Famous (2000)
I decided to go a little outside of the box on this one, and rather than pick a traditional romance about a relationship, I went with a film that is one of the most romantic movies I have ever seen, but it is about loving music. Cameron Crowe's Famous is a movie of pure emotion, and even manages to make you feel a part of a scene that most of us were never around for in the first place.
Now I'll leave it to you out there to sound off the comments on the best flicks of the 2000's...