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The 10 Best Films of the 2000s

The aughties were loaded with great films, as both blockbuster studio pictures and independently financed, art-first films flourished. Here is one critic’s top ten list. Also check out picks for the 1950s1960s1970s1980s, and 1990s.

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Kyle Smith

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July 5, 2014 - 7:00 am
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10. Almost Famous (2000)

Cameron Crowe’s reflection on his years as a teen Rolling Stone correspondent has all the warmth, directness and immediacy of a candid first novel — but, critically, Crowe didn’t make it until many years later, giving the film an additional layer of bittersweet nostalgia and emotional depth. The film wriggles with youth and echoes with maturity at the same time.  

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Must be a generational thing and I'm dating myself...

My tastes vary, but obviously Kyle and I have very different tastes...unless the years 2000 and 2010 don't count. :)

Gladiator 2000
The King's Speech 2010
Winter's Bone 2010
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Slumdog Millionaire
No Country for Old Men

Off the top of my head.
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AI Number 1? That's just nuts. That film was complete crap. One of the worst movies ever made.
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Mulholland Drive
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The one who wrote this must be very young!
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I'll use my acid test again and ask what would I pick to re-watchif:

1) it's a rainy afternoon and there is nothing important that Ihave to do.
2) All of these are playing on one of the premium channels included in my cable package
3) The spouse is not home to commandeer the remote.
(all unlikely conditions I admit).

1) Master and Commander
2) Sideways
3) Gran Torino
4-6 ) LOTR Trilogy
7) Gladiator
8) No Country for Old Men
9) Lost in Translation
10) Team America

I admit to gender-based bias .

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This list is just bizarre. None of these movies will be remembered.
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You fooled me. Seeing "art," I assumed 9 out of 10 would be garbage.

Should learn to never make assumptions. 10 out of 10.
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To anyone familiar with artificial intelligence, A.I. was silly.
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It was ok. They should've saved all that energy and art direction for adapting Alfred Bester's "The Demolished Man" instead of some saccharine melodrama about Pinocchio.
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was unbearably arty.
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300 (2006)
Troy (2004)
The Departed (2006)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Constantine (2005)
Gran Torino (2008)
Serenity (2005)

Quite a few good picks, too many to mention here.
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Good memory on Gran Torino...great flick.

About anything Eastwood directs anymore is good it seems. I heard his new one is good too.
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I thought about the ending of Gran Torino for months afterwards. The critics tended to emphasize the interracial and inter generational friendship so I was unprepared for the spiritual issues raised by a film that began and ended at a funeral mass.
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The Matrix gets skunked in the 90's top ten, and no Matrix Reloaded in the 2000's?
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Dittos on The Matrix in the 90's top ten.
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