The 69 Films That Defined My 2000s

by thelostboy
January 8, 2010 10:45 AM
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And here lies the end of 2000s list-o-mania.

I can’t tell you how ridiculously difficult it was to narrow down hundreds and hundreds of examples of remarkable films down to the 69 I finally stuck with. And after various incarnations of ranks, I decided against doing so, and just have listed them in alphabetical order. Which totally goes against my nature. But it just felt right.

I feel like this decade was a very introductory one in terms of my relationship with cinema, particularly world cinema - which is a very overwhelming arena to enter. I was only 16 when the decade the began, and hate to admit I doubt I'd seen more than a dozen foreign language films at that point in my life. I can remember vividly claiming around that time that my favorite film was a tie between "Edward Scissorhands" and "Reality Bites." There was no decent video store in the town I grew up in, and our 3-cinema theater rarely thought outside a very studio-driven box. So over the course of the first few years of this decade, I really began to experience films in a different way - and not just films of the 2000s. This decade was also where I first saw everything from "Citizen Kane" to "Blow-Up" to "Scenes From a Marriage" to "Harold and Maude" (for four random examples).

So what I may or may not seem to be getting at is... the experience of the films I list here - each and everyone I can bring myself back to so vividly - feel almost too precious to reduce to rankings. And I feel too new at this to have a large enough grasp to place them in order. More over, I don't really feel like the 69 films as a whole represent my opinion of the best filmmaking of the 2000s, but more the filmmaking that defined my decade. If that makes sense?

So to the 2010s, and a full decade of cinematic access... In the meantime, here lies the 2000s:

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days


About a Boy


Adaptation


Almost Famous


Away From Her

61 more after the jump

Bad Education


Beau Travail


Before Sunset


Billy Elliot


Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan


Bright Star


Brokeback Mountain


Cache


Capturing the Friedmans


Children of Men


A Christmas Tale


Chuck and Buck


C.R.A.Z.Y.


Dancer in the Dark (spoiler alert for clip)


The Dark Knight


The Devil Wears Prada


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Far From Heaven


Finding Nemo


Ghost World


Grizzly Man


Happy-Go-Lucky


Hedwig and the Angry Inch


A History of Violence


I Heart Huckabees


The Idiots


In The Mood For Love


Kill Bill


Kings & Queen


Late Marriage


Let The Right One In


Lilja-4-Ever


Lost in Translation


Margot at the Wedding


Marie-Antoinette


Me and You and Everyone We Know


Mean Girls


Memento


Minority Report


Moulin Rouge!


Mulholland Drive


Mysterious Skin


No Country For Old Men


Once


Palindromes


Pineapple Express


Pride and Prejudice


Punch Drunk Love


Raising Victor Vargas


Requiem For a Dream


The Royal Tenenbaums


The Son


Summer Hours


Synecdoche, New York


Talk To Her


Tarnation


There Will Be Blood


WALL-E


Waltz With Bashir


Wendy & Lucy


United 93


Y Tu Mama Tambien


Yi Yi


You Can Count On Me


Previous Listomania

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33 Best Female Performances of the 2000s
33 Best Male Performances of the 2000s
Sexiest Performances of the 2000s

TV:
Best TV Characters of the 2000s

Music:
Songs of 2000s #1-25
Songs of 2000s #26-50
Songs of 2000s #51-75
Songs of 2000s #76-100
Songs of 2000s #101-125
Songs of 2000s #126-150
Songs of 2000s #151-175
Songs of 2000s #176-200

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