Top 30 Films of the Noughtiesby bigplatts | created - 24 Mar 2012 | updated - 24 Mar 2012 | Public
My 30 favorite films from 2000-2009.
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1. 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: 1,927,895 | Gross: $534.86M
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.
2. 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: 343,687 | Gross: $7.76M
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.
3. 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: 1,043,104 | Gross: $120.54M
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.
4. 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: 716,133 | Gross: $74.28M
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.
5. 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: 577,122 | Gross: $66.21M
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.
6. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A former assassin known as 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: 848,141 | Gross: $70.10M
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.
7. Starsky & Hutch (2004)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime
Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red and white Ford Torino, with the help of a police snitch called "Huggy Bear".
Votes: 127,924 | Gross: $88.24M
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.
8. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.
Votes: 656,773 | Gross: $164.62M
9. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 124,333 | Gross: $17.84M
10. Collateral (2004)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 320,710 | Gross: $101.01M
11. 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: 1,007,383 | Gross: $132.38M
12. 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: 404,516 | Gross: $35.55M
13. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 682,555 | Gross: $30.33M
14. Jarhead (2005)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 156,408 | Gross: $62.66M
15. Blood Diamond (2006)
R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Votes: 443,448 | Gross: $57.37M
16. Into the Wild (2007)
R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 496,462 | Gross: $18.35M
18. Babel (I) (2006)
R | 143 min | Drama
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Votes: 264,174 | Gross: $34.30M
21. The Cottage (2008)
Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central characters when they cross paths with a psychopathic farmer and all hell breaks ... See full summary »
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: 663,927 | Gross: $0.19M
23. Iron Man (2008)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.
Votes: 794,937 | Gross: $318.41M
24. 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: 435,998 | Gross: $40.22M
26. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 211,996 | Gross: $59.02M
27. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.
Votes: 602,742 | Gross: $380.26M
29. American Psycho (2000)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 406,070 | Gross: $15.07M
30. The Weather Man (2005)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Votes: 72,914 | Gross: $12.48M