Top 30 Films of the Noughties

My 30 favorite films from 2000-2009.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ The high-point in the decade in my opinion: The Dark Knight still stands as the greatest superhero movie ever made. Growing form it's comic book roots, director Christopher Nolan plants a brilliant grittiness throughout the film that adds both the emotion and fun that many comic book movies miss. Not to mention one of the greatest performances ever put to celluloid in the form of Heath Ledger's Joker. ” - bigplatts
 
2.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ A darkly comic story of two hitmen who have to hide out in Bruges after a job goes wrong. This movie came out of nowhere and took me by surprise. The greatest thing this film achieves is really the way it blends a hilariously dark style of humor with a very likeable an emotional story. The two hitmen are played to perfection by Farrel and Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes turn as the Villainous mobster boss is also great. ” - bigplatts
 
3.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (153 mins.)
“ Tarantino has been one of my favorite directors since Pulp Fiction, and here he created his best movie since that 90s masterpiece. Following the interlining stories of a cinema owner out for revenge, a horrific Nazi inspector called "the jew hunter" and a band of soldiers led by Brad Pitt, Tarantino manages to both deliver on the expected excess of over the top violence and glee-ful style, while at the same time telling his most complex and most mature story yet. ” - bigplatts
 
4.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
“ I've never really liked the Coens, and still don't, but for one movie the brothers seemed to hit everything on the mark. The story is about Josh Brolin who just so happens to find a stash of money, and gets involved with the criminal dealings of psycho gangster Javier Barden. This movie features some of the finest directing I've ever seen with some of the most tension filled sequences I've ever witnessed in a film. And while many people are a bit angry at the very open ended ending, I think it's great and concludes the story nicely. ” - bigplatts
 
5.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
“ Although I generally consider both volumes of Tarantino's revenge epic a single movie, if I had to rank them I'd say the second installment is just a tad bit better. Continuing the story of the Bride (Uma Thurman) who is after the man who once nearly killed her on her wedding day: Bill (David Carradine in a career best performance). The story concludes nicely while managing to include the emotion and complexity that the first volume was lacking. ” - bigplatts
 
6.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (111 mins.)
“ As I said above, I believe this volume is lacking a bit when it comes to story and emotion, but it makes up for it by being easily the best action movie of the decade. Uma Thurman goes on a killing spree to try to avenge the assassin squad that once shot her and left her for dead on her wedding day. The action is brilliant, and there's a really nice colorfulness to all of the sets and shots: not Tarantino's best movie, but definitely his most watchable. ” - bigplatts
 
7.
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear. (101 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ My favorite comedy of the decade stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the title characters in this comedy version of the hit 80s TV series. Theres plenty of laughs, alot of which comes from the excellent supporting cast which features people such as Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrel and Chris Penn. The movie is a real laugh a minute, without ever seeming overdone or desperate. ” - bigplatts
 
8.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. (141 mins.)
 
9.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)
 
10.
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
11.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
12.
Children of Men (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
13.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
14.
Jarhead (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home. (125 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
15.
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
16.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
17.
Lost in Translation (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
18.
Babel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
 
19.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
 
20.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
21.
The Cottage (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central... (92 mins.)
 
22.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
23.
Iron Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
24.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
 
25.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
 
26.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
27.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the near end of the clone wars, Darth Sidious has revealed himself and is ready to execute the last part of his plan to rule the Galaxy... (140 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
28.
Road to Perdition (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
29.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
30.
The Weather Man (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive. (102 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski