That’s a Wrap — Top Films of the Decade (2000-09)

January 24, 2010

The first decade of the 2000s has come and gone and it was certainly a game-changer for film. Epic battle action scenes and special effects saw a major rise and CGI animation became a huge part of film. Foreign films and documentaries became more successful with the general public in the U.S. and the musical and comic-book supehero genres evolved considerably. In box office charts, films from the past decade dominate the list, with only 10 of the top 50 were released in other decades. With the introduction of DVDs and Blu-Ray and the ability to pirate movies online, the 2000s have also revolutionized the film industry and the way that people obtain and watch movies. And even though the decade is over, the ongoing cinematic revolution is nowhere near it’s end.

But now the decade has passed, here’s a look at my year-by-year top movie recommendations. If there is any movie on this list you have yet to see, I strongly recommend you check it/them out. Look for a later post with a deeper look at my top 30 in an ordered list.

Read more for the lists.


  • Almost Famous
  • Cast Away
  • Gladiator
  • Memento
  • Remember the Titans
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Snatch


  • Black Hawk Down
  • Donnie Darko
  • Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Shrek
  • The Others
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Training Day


  • 25th Hour
  • 28 Days Later
  • About A Boy
  • Adaptation
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Igby Goes Down
  • Insomnia
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Road to Perdition
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Pianist


  • Cidade de Deus
  • Finding Nemo
  • Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  • Matchstick Men
  • Matrix Reloaded
  • Mystic River
  • Old School
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Seabiscuit
  • School of Rock


  • Crash
  • Dead Man’s Shoes
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Garden State
  • The Incredibles
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Saw
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Sideways
  • Spider-Man 2
  • The Machinist


  • 40 Year Old Virgin
  • Batman Begins
  • Brick
  • Cinderella Man
  • Harsh Times
  • Jarhead
  • Munich
  • Serenity
  • Stay
  • Thank You for Smoking
  • V for Vendetta


  • Alpha Dog
  • Blood Diamond
  • Casino Royale
  • Children of Men
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Lucky Number Slevin
  • Rescue Dawn
  • Running Scared
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • The Departed
  • The Prestige
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • United 93


  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • I Am Legend
  • Juno
  • Knocked Up
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Sunshine
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Lookout
  • Zodiac


  • Burn After Reading
  • Changeling
  • Cloverfield
  • Doubt
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Gran Torino
  • In Bruges
  • Iron Man
  • Pineapple Express
  • Role Models
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight


  • (500) Days of Summer
  • An Education
  • Brothers
  • District 9
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Invictus
  • Moon
  • Sin Nombre
  • Star Trek
  • The Hangover
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Messenger
  • The Road
  • Up in the Air

One comment

  1. I love the reviews on this movie. It really deserves all the attention because the roles the actors played were simply stunning. One of the best movies I have seen in the year 2009. I never not seen any romance movies lately because most of the times they are dreadful, but the movie 500 days of summer opened my eyes that romance movies can still be entertaining. I didn’t particularly watch it in the movie theaters, I watched it online at http://tr.im/500summers.

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