The movies on this Best Movies of The Decade 2000-2010 list run the gamut of styles and stories, from comedies to dramas, Hollywood blockbuster to surprise independent sensation, from an instant American animated classic to a Chinese martial-arts epic.
Some of the films are pure entertainment done with sass and inventiveness (Kick-Ass, The Incredibles) or are heartwarming jewels (Whale Rider, March of the Penguins). Others may change your outlook on life forever (Eternal Sunshine, The Lives of Others). There’s something for every movie lover on this list.
Note: While I’m a huge fan of some blockbuster series that came out in this decade (namely The Bourne series and The Lord of the Rings trilogy), I’ve omitted them from the “best of” list to allow space for other films.
2000. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Gladiator. Memento.
2001. Amelie. A Beautiful Mind. Monsoon Wedding.
2002. Signs. Lagaan. Talk to Her.
2003. Finding Nemo. Mystic River. Whale Rider.
2004. The Incredibles. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Supersize Me. Garden State.
2005. Syriana. Brokeback Mountain. March of the Penguins.
2006. Little Miss Sunshine. Pan’s Labyrinth. The Lives of Others. United 93.
2007. Michael Clayton. Juno.
2008. In Bruges. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Food, Inc.
2009. A Single Man. Funny People. Inglourious Basterds.
2010. The King’s Speech. 127 Hours. Kick-Ass. The Social Network.