The Top 50 Films Since 2000by alexart-1 | created - 06 Mar 2012 | updated - 13 Mar 2012 | Public
The very best of the past 12 years.
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1. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Votes: 269,080 | Gross: $7.22M
David Lynch's magnum opus is a cinematic puzzle that is constantly missing pieces. It is a marvelous watch, full of allusions to films of years past and typical Lynchan absurdism. Mulholland Dr. is the kind of film one can watch over and over again and get nowhere in understanding it. But that is the beauty of it. It is a tightly wound Hitchcockian thriller cum Wilder noir masterpiece with a signature Lynch darkness. Beautiful in every way and fine in every aspect.
2. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Votes: 599,372 | Gross: $33.23M
Following 9/11, Amélie was just the film that the US needed. Amélie is a 122-minute pick-me-up--a lovely little exercise in positivity. Bruce Delbonnel's gorgeous cinematography gives the film a wonderful green hue, while Audrey Tautou colors her character with her seductive smirk. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's deliberately overstated work here is light and friendly. And when a film includes quotes such as, "Without you, today's emotions would be the scurf of yesterday's," it's hard not to fall in love.
3. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.
Votes: 825,007 | Gross: $70.10M
I would go so far as to say the Kill Bill films (I count them as one) are better than Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino's poured himself into this one, and it certainly shows. There's a 100-second unbroken shot, there's a massacre that ends with 100 or so dead bodies, and there's not a single boring moment here. Tarantino's dialogue, as it always does, snaps and crackles perfectly in this one. But is really the action in Vol. 1 that does this film justice.
4. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
Votes: 565,729 | Gross: $66.21M
For Vol. 2, Tarantino slowed the Bride's epic narrative down a lot, and probably for the better. Vol. 2 feels the perfect counterpart to its predecessor--it's stylish and yet still intelligent and competent as a standalone feature. Tarantino's screenplay and Uma Thurman's stunning performance carry would could have easily been a commonplace revenge flick to a new level.
5. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.
Votes: 240,134 | Gross: $57.39M
Moulin Rouge! is stunning. There's simply no other way to describe it. It's sensory overload from the very first second. The music numbers are dazzling (How could you forget "El Tango de Roxanne?"), and visual aspects of the film are too beautiful for words. It's never easy to tear your eyes away from a Luhrmann film, but he really has outdone himself here. It's gorgeous and entertaining, and yet still very moving and emotionally potent. I'm not one for movie musicals, but this never fails to entertain.
6. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Votes: 148,382 | Gross: $13.30M
I'm a believer in the idea that the flaws of a film only make a film better. I suppose that is especially true here with The Tree of Life. This is simply the most beautiful film in creation, and certainly one of the most ambitious movies ever made. The Tree of Life takes us from the beginning of time to the end of time and asks some important theological questions about life in the process, all in 139 minutes. To write about this film in a paragraph is an injustice. This is a film that has to be seen to be believed. Films like this almost never get made.
7. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 1,877,822 | Gross: $534.86M
Unless you were living under a rock in 2008, you probably saw The Dark Knight. You probably fell in love with it just the way I did upon the first viewing. That said, what I never expected when I finished it was that this is a film that resonates far beyond a first viewing. Christopher Nolan has written and directed a compelling action, though it is not that which makes The Dark Knight a phenomenal film. It is actually the morality tale aspect of the film that makes it a modern classic. The Dark Knight revolutionized the superhero film in every way possible.
9. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 422,073 | Gross: $40.22M
Paul Thomas Anderson's magnum opus is certainly There Will Be Blood. In a Kubrickian meditation told through slow, lengthy, and magnificent cinematography, Anderson explores an oil baron and an ambitious priest's conflicting interests at the turn of the century. That sounds simplistic, but the film is a layered, intense, and eerily quiet work from a true auteur. Cue the Brahms.
10. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Votes: 591,823 | Gross: $7.56M
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,360,096 | Gross: $377.85M
12. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 411,079 | Gross: $0.71M
13. In the Mood for Love (2000)
PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.
Votes: 89,989 | Gross: $2.73M
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 752,069 | Gross: $34.40M
16. Up (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
Votes: 761,255 | Gross: $293.00M
17. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,666,182 | Gross: $292.58M
18. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 171,337 | Gross: $26.02M
20. Chicago (2002)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Votes: 188,257 | Gross: $170.69M
21. The Social Network (2010)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Votes: 531,560 | Gross: $96.96M
22. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 648,305 | Gross: $0.19M
23. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 523,449 | Gross: $37.63M
24. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Votes: 604,348 | Gross: $106.95M
25. Melancholia (2011)
R | 135 min | Drama
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Votes: 142,664 | Gross: $3.03M
26. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 818,954 | Gross: $223.81M
27. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.
Votes: 1,013,067 | Gross: $120.54M
28. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 483,578 | Gross: $35.06M
29. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,231,286 | Gross: $342.55M
30. A Separation (2011)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Mystery
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Votes: 174,384 | Gross: $7.10M
32. Spirited Away (2001)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
Votes: 490,598 | Gross: $10.06M
33. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 695,260 | Gross: $74.28M
34. Zodiac (2007)
R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Votes: 353,177 | Gross: $33.08M
35. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 982,356 | Gross: $132.38M
36. Knocked Up (2007)
R | 129 min | Comedy, Romance
For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child.
Votes: 317,081 | Gross: $148.73M
37. The Artist (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
Votes: 205,864 | Gross: $44.67M
38. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 365,708 | Gross: $17.02M
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,380,046 | Gross: $315.54M
40. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
Votes: 624,468 | Gross: $381.01M
41. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 398,147 | Gross: $35.55M
42. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.
Votes: 94,998 | Gross: $5.99M
43. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Votes: 700,985 | Gross: $141.32M
44. Brick (2005)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Votes: 90,821 | Gross: $2.06M
45. In Bruges (2008)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Votes: 335,435 | Gross: $7.76M
46. Volver (I) (2006)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.
Votes: 83,195 | Gross: $12.90M
47. Paranormal Activity (2007)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Votes: 198,370 | Gross: $107.92M
49. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.
Votes: 163,474 | Gross: $24.15M
50. Almost Famous (2000)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.
Votes: 223,050 | Gross: $32.53M