Film Junk’s Top 20 Movies of the ’00s


With 2010 now less than a month away, your friends here at Film Junk have decided to look back over the past decade in film, to separate the wheat from the chaff, and consider how it has all tied in with the rest of our cultural experience. To deduce our Top 20 Films of the Decade, Greg, Jay, Goon and I each came up with our own personal lists of favourite films, and then found as many as we could in common. From here, we re-ranked this new list to arrive at a final tally.

Over the next month, we will be revealing a new pick from this list every weekday, ending with #1 sometime just after Christmas. At that point we will also post our individual lists, and possibly also record a special podcast discussing the decade in review. The list below will be updated as each entry appears on the site, and will serve as the master list when all is said and done. Keep checking back daily to follow the countdown!

20. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
19. Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)
18. Little Children (2006)
17. Let The Right One In (2008)
16. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
15. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
14. Zodiac (2007)
13. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
12. District 9 (2009)
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
10. The Dark Knight (2008)
09. The Departed (2006)
08. Grizzly Man (2005)
07. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
06. There Will Be Blood (2007)
05. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
04. Lost in Translation (2003)
03. No Country for Old Men (2007)
02. Children of Men (2006)
01. The Wrestler (2008)

Honourable Mentions: The Incredibles (2004) / Ratatouille (2007), City of God (2002), United 93 (2006), Borat (2006), The Staircase (2004)

Check out our individual Top 50 lists, which were roughly used to create the Top 20.

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  • Skeet

    There Will Be Blood at 6? I don’t think so.

  • Jonathan H.

    Brilliant list. Cheers.

  • Chris N

    A list of the decade 00s that does not include the Lord of the Rings trilogy is just flawed!

    Other films that should be mentioned

    1. Blood Diamond
    2. Avatar
    3. The Pianist
    4. Gladiator
    5. The Hangover
    7. Gran Torino

    Worst films

    1. 2012
    2. Star Wars Attack of the Clones
    3. New Moon
    4. The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
    5. Babylon A.D.

  • Mason

    I can think there were a lot worse films than those.
    How about: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, The Alphabet Killer, Blackout, Hostel Part II, Mr. Brooks, Man with the Screaming Brain, Species III, Gods and Generals, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, Clockstoppers, Possession.

  • janesa

    Who makes up this list? Seems that it’s a little bromance heavy. Just sayin’

  • jmg

    This list is crap. Where’s Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind? 2046? Brokeback Mountain? Shaun of the Dead? Donnie Darko? Amelie?

    The Wrestler at #1? Really? Come on!

  • Where is the pixar love? For me Wall-e is a top 5 of the decade. No way on Cars, but between Ratatouille, Finding Nemo and Wall-E they deserve to have one movie on there.

    What’s up with you guys and hair bands and wrestling?

  • Al Costanzo

    What about Law Abiding Citizen???? Did you even see it. Has to be one of the best movies I have seen in the past 5 years. And Inglourious Bastards!!! YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING What a waste of film! You even think someone will remember the title in a year?? I doubt it that story was terible and the acting sucked!!!

  • Nand

    Rofl… Spiderman 2… Ewwwww

  • Dave Randal

    Only ones I don’t agree with is Anchorman and Spider-Man 2. I personally hated that Spider-Man movie. It was soooo boring.

  • bob

    Best film of the decade was Return of the King.

    Fact: It won 11 Oscars. (Which is a lot).

  • Interesting list. I dont think I have ever seen one like it.
    Gotta put The Dark Knight and LOTR higher, those were game changers.

  • Al Robinson

    I didn’t look at all replies, but c’mon, where the hell is Avatar? Did nobody like it. It’s my #1.

    My favorites by year:

    2000 – Gladiator
    2001 – Ocean’s Eleven
    2002 – Gangs of New York
    2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    2004 – Sideways
    2005 – King Kong
    2006 – The Departed
    2007 – No Country for old Men
    2008 – The Dark Knight
    2009 – Avatar

  • mrhorse

    i have to get in on this, even if so late

    since i’m too lazy to look for the big list, i’ll just rearrange your picks and eliminate some (i should come back with a proper top, i am aware)

    Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)- have not seen this one yet

    10. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    09. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
    08. Little Children (2006)
    07. Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)
    06. The Dark Knight (2008)
    05. Let The Right One In (2008)
    04. The Wrestler (2008)
    03. There Will Be Blood (2007)
    02. The Departed (2006)
    01. Grizzly Man (2005)

    16. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
    this was one of the worst film i have ever saw in my entire life. to top it all off, the music was lousy. it was a truly dire experience; my stomach cringed ..ok, the danish father made me giggle: one moment of relief. i’d like to point out at this place in time that i spent most of my ears (starting from the age of 7) listening to grindcore mainly, also heavy metal, hardcore punk, crust, powerviolence, industrial noise .. you name it. in my view metallica was a great band, even leading the way at one’s by no means relevant, but such a visceral reaction would perhaps raise a fiew questions.. so there.

  • mrhorse

    ..heere we go..

    28. Apocalypto
    27. Moon
    26. Traffic
    25. A History of Violence
    24. Blow
    23. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
    22. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    21. Dogville
    20. The Reader
    19. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
    18. Persepolis (2007)
    17. Little Children
    16. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain / Amelie
    15. Batoru rowaiaru / Battle Royale
    14. The Dark Knight
    13. Mulholland Drive
    12. Let The Right One In
    11. American Psycho
    10. The Wrestler
    09. The Departed
    08. There Will Be Blood
    07. The White Ribbon
    06. La Pianiste / The Piano Teacher
    05. Irréversible
    04. City of God
    03. Grizzly Man
    02. Old Boy
    01. Chopper

    (sorry for my english back there – “i’ve ever seen”)