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Lists!: Favorite Movies of the 00’s, 20-1 by Barbecue Bros
February 3, 2010, 12:32 pm
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So here is my completely un-scientific ranking of my 50 favorite movies from the 00’s. Movies 50-21 of the list was posted yesterday. Favorite albums of the 00’s will start tomorrow.

1. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004, dir. by Michel Gondry)
2. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, dir. by Wes Anderson)
3. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005, dir. by Judd Apatow)
4. City Of God (2002, dir. by Fernando Meirelles)
5. Traffic (2000, dir. by Steven Soderbergh)
6. Punch-Drunk Love (2002, dir. by Paul Thomas Anderson)
7. Adaptation. (2002, dir. by Spike Jonze)
8. In Bruges (2008, dir. by Martin McDonagh)
9. There Will Be Blood (2007, dir. by Paul Thomas Anderson)
10. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001/2002/2003, dir. by Peter Jackson)

11. Wet Hot American Summer (2001, dir, by David Wain)
12. 25th Hour (2002, dir. by Spike Lee)
13. Inglourious Basterds (2009, dir. by Quentin Tarantino)
14. No Country For Old Men (2007, dir. by The Coen Brothers)
15. Hot Fuzz (2007, dir. by Edgar Wright)
16. Grizzly Man (2005, dir. by Werner Herzog)
17. Sideways (2004, dir. by Alexander Payne)
18. Shaun of the Dead (2004, dir. by Edgar Wright)
19. Brick (2005, dir. by Rian Johnson)
20. George Washington (2000, dir. by David Gordon Green)

Some stats:
– Wes Anderson is the director with the most entries on my list – The Royal Tenenbaums (2), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (35) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (46) since I counted The Lord of the Rings films as a trilogy and Kill Bill as one film; otherwise Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino also technically have 3 films on the list
– Directors with 2 films on my list: Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch-Drunk Love (6) and There Will Be Blood (9)),  The Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men (14) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (44)), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz (15) and Shaun of the Dead (18)), Alexander Payne (Sideways (17) and About Schmidt (25)), Christopher Nolan (Memento (31) and The Dark Knight (50)), Paul Greengrass (United 93 (32) and The Bourne Ultimatum (37)), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men (34) and Y Tu Mamá También (42))
– One of my favorite current directors, Steven Soderbergh, only had one film on the list with Traffic (5)
– Only 8 of the top 50 are foreign movies
– Breakdown by year (total count will be 53 total due to LOTR trilogy and Kill Bill being counted multiple times): 2000 – 7; 2001 – 6; 2002 – 6; 2003 – 2; 2004 – 7; 2005 – 5; 2006 – 6; 2007 – 8; 2008 – 4; 2009 – 2

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I’m surprised only one Apatow directed/produced film made the top 50. I do not like Paul Greengrass, the king of shaky cam.

Comment by Dan B.

Movies I’m surprised you left off:
High Fidelity
American Psycho
Almost Famous
Donnie Darko

Movies I would include that you didn’t (includes all above):
Little Miss Sunshine
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Blood Diamond
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
The Wrestler
Inside Man
Walk the Line
Death to Smoochy (maybe)

Comment by Kenny

High Fidelity was #43 (see other post) and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead was #48.

O Brother just missed the list. I like most of the others on your list (except Death to Smoochy…fuck that movie), I just liked these 50 more.

Comment by Tommy

Sorry. I don’t read well. I do feel better about your list knowing High Fidelity is on it.

O Brother might be my favorite Coen Brothers, though I’d have a tough time deciding between it and No Country.

I’ve watched Death to Smoochy a couple of times lately. I find it to be incredibly rewatchable. Plus you know how I feel about Ed Norton.

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