49 great films from the Oughts (the first decade of this century)

Just for kicks.

[Rec] (2007)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Adrift in Tokyo (2007) aka Tenten
Antichrist (2009)
The Aura (2005) aka El Aura
Babel (2006)
Battle Royale (2000) aka Batoru rowaiaru
Blind Mountain (2007) aka Mang shan
City of God (2002) aka Cidade de Deus
The Equation of Love and Death (2008) aka Li mi de cai xiang
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Eureka (2000) aka Yurîka
Green Tea (2003) aka Lü cha
Hero (2002) aka Ying xiong
Himalaya With Michael Palin (2004)
In The Mood For Love (2000) aka Fa yeung nin wa
Irreversible (2002)
The Isle (2000) aka Seom
Joint Security Area (2000) aka Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok
Let the Right One In (2008) aka Låt den rätte komma in
Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost Indulgence (2008) aka Mi guo
Love Exposure (2008) aka Ai no mukidashi
M (2007)
Memento (2000)
Memories of Murder (2003) aka Salinui chueok
A Moment to Remember (2004) aka Nae meorisokui jiwoogae
Mother (2009) aka Madeo
Next Door (2005) aka Naboer
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) aka Noriko no shokutaku
Oasis (2002)
One Fine Spring Day (2001) aka Bomnaleun ganda
Planet Earth (2006)
Queenadreena: Live (2006)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Secret Sunshine (2007) aka Milyang
Sideways (2004)
Snatch (2000)
Spider Forest (2004) aka Geomi sup
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Strawberry Shortcakes (2006)
Suicide Club (2002) aka Jisatsu saakuru
Summer Palace (2006) aka Yihe yuan
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
This Charming Girl (2004) aka Yeoja, Jeong-hye
The Unknown Woman (2006) aka La Sconosciuta
Visitor Q (2001) aka Bijitâ Q
What Time Is It There? (2001) aka Ni na bian ji dian


  1. That's a darn interesting selection. Quite a few of my favourites are there. And given the number of South-East Asian movies that you watch, I'm not at all surprised at the no. of movies from those countries that have found place here - an I'd say, that was quite well deserved as a lot of wonderful movies have come from the troika of South Korea, Hong Kong & Japan, in this decade.

    Right now I too am in the process of finalising my long list for the decade by watching all the acclaimed movies of the decade that I haven't watched. The intent is to be in a position of making my own comprehensive (and hopefully, even definitive) list of best of the decade sometime in early 2010.

    On a different note, more than any collection of absolute 'best of...', what I like more about lists is the fact that any list we make is indicative, in more ways than one, of who we are and our current mindset. I'm sure you too will find a lot of unsaid words hidden in the list you've presented.

  2. yes, one thing is clear too: there are a lot of great films I didn't see!

    Speaking of 'current' mindset, I didn't just appropriate my "5 star" list here, and did include some "4 star" films. Some films have a lasting impact and others creep up on you. I tried to find a balance between what I personally enjoyed and what I think others will appreciate. Or something like that.

    I await your list.