Intriguing Movies from the Noughties

A list of films I rate highly from the most recent full decade in cinema. This list will be added to over time - along with full review/descriptions, so please check back in the coming months.
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1.
I Am Love (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle. (120 mins.)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
 
2.
Ratatouille (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
 
3.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
4.
Broken Flowers (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers. (106 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
5.
Na pólnoc od Kalabrii (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
'North from Calabria' is about a dream place to live, where living is easy and people know each other... (67 mins.)
Director: Marcin Sauter
 
6.
The Intruder (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems... (130 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
7.
Hadewijch (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris... (105 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
8.
Distant (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. (110 mins.)
 
9.
You, the Living (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved. (95 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
10.
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An innocent young man witnesses violence breaks out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions, a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince". (145 mins.)
 
11.
4 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Meat merchant Oleg, prostitute Marina, and piano tuner "simply Volodya" drop into an all-night bar in Moscow... (126 mins.)
 
12.
Notre musique (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Divided into three "kingdoms" -- Enfer (Hell), Purgatoire (Purgatory) and Paradis (Paradise) -- Notre Musique is an indictment of modern times. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
13.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
14.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
 
15.
Zodiac (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
16.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
17.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. (113 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
18.
Katalin Varga (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart... (82 mins.)
 
19.
Day Night Day Night (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A 19-year-old girl prepares to become a suicide bomber in Times Square. She speaks with a nondescript American accent... (94 mins.)
Director: Julia Loktev
 
20.
The Son (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets. (99 mins.)
 
21.
Time Out (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends. (134 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
 
22.
Shotgun Stories (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father... (92 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
 
23.
The Son's Room (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident. (99 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
24.
Il Divo (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946. (110 mins.)
 
25.
All the Real Girls (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister. (108 mins.)
 
26.
Noroi: The Curse (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba." (115 mins.)
Director: Kôji Shiraishi
 
27.
The Secret Life of Words (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A hearing impaired factory worker gives up her first holiday in years and instead travels out to an oil rig, where she cares for a man suffering from severe burns. (115 mins.)
Director: Isabel Coixet
 
28.
The House of Mirth (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved. (135 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
29.
Innocence (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls. (122 mins.)
 
30.
L.I.E. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A 15-year-old Long Island boy loses everything and everyone he knows, soon becoming involved in a relationship with a much older man. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
 
31.
Persepolis (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
32.
The Believer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter. (98 mins.)
Director: Henry Bean
 
33.
The Visitor (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
34.
Boy A (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of a young Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a violent crime he committed as a child. (102 mins.)
Director: John Crowley
 
35.
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago. (90 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
36.
Ivansxtc (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Update on Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," set in contemporary Hollywood. (92 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
 
37.
The Counterfeiters (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
 
38.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. (121 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
39.
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer. (102 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
40.
Frozen River (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec... (97 mins.)
Director: Courtney Hunt
 
41.
You Kill Me (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores. (93 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
42.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other. (130 mins.)
 
43.
Heaven (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer. (97 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
44.
You Can Count on Me (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town. (111 mins.)
 
45.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
46.
Somersault (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love. (106 mins.)
Director: Cate Shortland
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
51.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
52.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
 
53.
Gran Torino (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
54.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him. (141 mins.)
 
55.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
 
56.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
57.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
58.
Mary and Max (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
 
59.
In Absentia (2000 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A woman sits alone on a chair at a table in a room on one of the top floors of an asylum. Bright spot lights dot the night... (20 mins.)
 
60.
Adventureland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world. (107 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
 
61.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king. (101 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
62.
An Education (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
63.
Michael Clayton (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
 
64.
A Single Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
 
65.
Before Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
 
66.
Adaptation. (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
67.
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
 
68.
Gosford Park (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
69.
Ghost World (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives. (111 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
70.
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.)
 
71.
Primer (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. (77 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
 
72.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
73.
Dogville (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away... (178 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
74.
The Informant! (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre. (108 mins.)
 
75.
Elite Squad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
76.
Caché (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
77.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
78.
Volver (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. (121 mins.)
 
79.
The Way of the Gun (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man. (119 mins.)
 
80.
Waves (2007 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A beautiful Western woman asks a Gypsy to watch her four-year-old child while she is taught how to swim by a flirtatious married man, before she disappears into the sea. (16 mins.)
Director: Adrian Sitaru
 
81.
Waitress (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness. (108 mins.)
Director: Adrienne Shelly