Slant Magazine 100 Best Films of the Aughtsby amidgen | created - 04 Oct 2013 | updated - 04 Oct 2013 | Public
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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: 274,132 | Gross: $7.22M
2. Inland Empire (2006)
R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.
Votes: 47,267 | Gross: $0.75M
4. The New World (2005)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.
Votes: 76,302 | Gross: $12.71M
5. 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: 96,227 | Gross: $2.73M
7. Werckmeister harmóniák (2000)
145 min | Drama, Mystery
An innocent young man witnesses violence break 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."
Votes: 10,352 | Gross: $0.03M
8. Bad Education (2004)
NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
Votes: 49,509 | Gross: $5.21M
10. Le fils (2002)
99 min | Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 7,849 | Gross: $0.07M
14. 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: 509,175 | Gross: $10.06M
15. L'enfant (2005)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.
Votes: 15,858 | Gross: $0.65M
16. Two Lovers (2008)
R | 110 min | Drama, Romance
A Brooklyn-set romantic drama about a bachelor torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor.
Votes: 32,415 | Gross: $3.15M
17. Munich (2005)
R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
Votes: 191,629 | Gross: $47.40M
20. Miami Vice (2006)
R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.
Votes: 99,508 | Gross: $63.45M
21. Spider (2002)
R | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Votes: 32,534 | Gross: $1.64M
23. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 264,170 | Gross: $78.62M
24. Sud pralad (2004)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.
25. The Company (2003)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer (Campbell) who's poised to become a principal performer.
Votes: 5,864 | Gross: $2.28M
26. Ghost World (2001)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 103,756 | Gross: $6.22M
27. Son frère (2003)
92 min | Drama, Romance
Two brothers with a problematic relationship in the past, find together again when the elder one gets a dangerous disease and asks his brother to accompany him to several doctors.
31. Rachel Getting Married (2008)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 43,703 | Gross: $12.80M
32. Zhantai (2000)
154 min | Drama, History
Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose fate mirrors that of the general population in China as massive socio-economic ... See full summary »
33. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
R | 153 min | Drama
Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,603 | Gross: $0.08M
34. Sang sattawat (2006)
105 min | Drama
Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment.
Votes: 3,140 | Gross: $0.02M
35. Mysterious Skin (2004)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Votes: 60,968 | Gross: $0.70M
36. Ni na bian ji dian (2001)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Romance
A watch salesman meets a young woman soon leaving for Paris and becomes infatuated, so he begins to change all the clocks in Taipei to Paris time.
Votes: 3,951 | Gross: $0.19M
37. 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: 435,659 | Gross: $40.22M
38. Twentynine Palms (2003)
Unrated | 119 min | Drama
David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a... See full summary »
Votes: 3,805 | Gross: $0.05M
39. Dogville (2003)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
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 the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.
Votes: 119,534 | Gross: $1.53M
40. 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: 1,042,103 | Gross: $120.54M
41. 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: 715,500 | Gross: $74.28M
42. Batalla en el cielo (2005)
Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Drama
A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,310 | Gross: $0.07M
45. Before Sunset (2004)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.
Votes: 193,135 | Gross: $5.79M
46. 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: 663,462 | Gross: $0.19M
50. The White Diamond (2004)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary