The 69 Films That Defined My 2000s

By thelostboy | The Lost Boys January 8, 2010 at 10:45AM

And here lies the end of 2000s list-o-mania.

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


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


Capturing the Friedmans

Children of Men

A Christmas Tale

Chuck and Buck


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


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


Lost in Translation

Margot at the Wedding


Me and You and Everyone We Know

Mean Girls


Minority Report

Moulin Rouge!

Mulholland Drive

Mysterious Skin

No Country For Old Men



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


There Will Be Blood


Waltz With Bashir

Wendy & Lucy

United 93

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Yi Yi

You Can Count On Me

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