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Kevin’s Lists: Top 50 Movies of the 00s

In the last couple of months I have given you the first two installments of my ‘Top 50 Movie Lists’ with the Top 50 Eighties Movies and Top 50 Nineties Movies. Before 2010 ends I thought I should get around to giving you the third installment, Top 50, um, Two-Thousands, Double Zeroes, Aught-Aught, dangit, you get the point! I will say that this was definitely the hardest decade to narrow down the list to just 50 movies. I easily could have made a Top 100 List for this decade since it was filled with so many great films!

All of the following have gone into the ranking of this list to varying degrees: Critical Acclaim, Awards, Box Office Numbers, Personal Bias, Defining the Decade, Originality, Best of a Genre or Series

[A few Disclaimers]

#1: The following movies were not eligible to make my list due to the fact that I have NOT seen them yet :( I will be trying to watch these movies one by one through [Netflix] so each one will have a chance to break into my Top 50 as time passes.

Pride and Glory, Lakeview Terrace, Amazing Grace, Mr. Brooks, Kingdom, Almost Famous, Requiem for a Dream, Snatch, High Fidelity, In the Bedroom, Shipping News, Vanilla Sky, A.I., About a Boy, Hours, Chicago, Pianist, Tuck Everlasting, Punch Drunk Love, Secondhand Lions, Monster, Kill Bill, Adaptation, Cold Mountain, Radio, Love Actually, Gods & Generals, A Man Apart, In Good Company, Beyond the Sea, Butterfly Effect, I Heart Huckabee, Wicker Park, Hotel Rwanda, Million Dollar Baby, Ray, Brothers Grimm, Capote, Munich, New World, Jarhead, Constant Gardner, Brokeback Mountain, Rent, Wickerman, Queen, Babel, Turistas, Notes on a Scandal, Children of Men, Apocalypto, Annapolis, All the Kings Men, History Boys, Atonement, There Will be Blood, August Rush, No Country for Old Men, Elizabeth, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Wall-E, Wanted, Hancock, Garden Party, Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, Traitor, Revolutionary Road, Frost Nixon, Milk, and The Reader

#2: The following movies earned honorable mentions due to the fact that they were ranked in the Top 10 for their given release year even though they didn’t make it into the Top 50.

Thirteen Days, Men of Honor, Chocolat, The Patriot, U-571, Traffic, Hannibal, Bandits, Training Day, Ali, Shrek, Insomnia, Enemy at the Gates, Bourne Identity, About Schmidt, One Hour Photo, Master & Commander, Matchstick Men, Finding Nemo, Life of David Gale, Elf, Open Range, Out of Time, I Robot, Blade Trinity, Alamo, Syriana, Batman Begins, Chicken Little, Chronicles of Narnia, Interpreter, Wedding Crashers, Guardian, DaVinci Code, Charlie Wilson’s War, Michael Clayton, Music & Lyrics, Lion for Lambs, Great Debaters, Bucket List, Transformers, Defiance, Gran Torino, Doubt, Hangover, Taken, Step Brothers, District 9, G.I. Joe, 500 Days of Summer, Saw, O Brother Where Art Thou, Seven Pounds, Moulin Rouge, Napolean Dynamite, Seven Pounds, and Road to Perdition

And Now for the List…


The Top 50 Movies of the 00’s


#50: I am Sam
#49: Tristan and Isolde
#48: Good Night and Good Luck
#47: Inglourious Basterds
#46: John Q.
#45: Cinderella Man
#44: Man on Fire
#43: Spiderman
#42: Gone Baby Gone
#41: Australia


#40: Avatar
#39: Last King of Scotland
#38: Across the Universe
#37: The Visitor
#36: The Wrestler
Best Sports Movie of the Decade
#35: Pirates of the Caribbean
#34: Pursuit of Happyness
#33: American Psycho
#32: Sherlock Holmes
#31: Up in the Air


#30: Deja Vu
#29: Star Trek
Best Movie of 2009 & Best Sci-Fi Movie
#28: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
#27: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
#26: The Aviator
#25: Vantage Point
#24: Departed
#23: Majestic
#22: Finding Neverland
Best Romantic Movie of the Decade
#21: 300


#20: Juno
#19: Little Miss Sunshine
#18: Blood Diamond
#17: Reign Over Me
Best Movie of 2007
#16: LOTR: Return of the King
Best Fantasy Movie of the Decade
#15: Walk the Line
#14: Lost in Translation
Best Movie of 2003
#13: Catch Me If You Can
#12: Slumdog Millionaire
#11: Stranger than Fiction
Best Movie of 2006 & Comedy of the Decade


#10: Crash

Best Movie of 2005

#09: Passion of the Christ

#08: Memento

#07: Curious Case of Benjamin Button

#06: The Terminal

Best Movie of 2004

#05: Gangs of New York

Best Historical Movie of the Decade

#04: Dark Knight

Best Movie of 2008 & Superhero Movie of the Decade

#03: Count of Monte Cristo

Best Movie of 2002

#02: A Beautiful Mind

Best Movie of 2001


And the Best Movie of the Decade goes to…

#01: Gladiator

Best Movie of 2000 and the Decade

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Kevin "OptimusSolo"

OptimusSolo is a Cartoon Historian and even has an actual History degree to go with it. He's also an avid Toy collector boasting an over 1,000 piece Star Wars collection and nearly 400 Transformer toys. He is one of the hosts of the Powers of Grayskull series. He also has a passion for cartoon Theme Songs, Star Trek, MacGyver, Baseball, and is a major Movie Geek!


  1. I completely agree with you on Gladiator being the best of the decade but Avatar at number 40!? I found it immensely original and something ‘new’ in a long time on cinema as well as “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”.

    1. I personally liked some of this list. I think now I am doing my own list for the decade doing my top 50 haha. Joking aside, I do think some were ranked a little lower / higher. “Avatar” original or not I care nothing for in any department. I would have to say it’d be in the Top 50 but I think that it was more hype than it was worth. There were plenty of other movies out that deserved to beat it. As for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, I care nothing for it either. I have seen bits and pieces but again not my cup of tea.

  2. I love your taste in movies – because we’ve got the same taste! Haha! I would also rank Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind and Count of Monte Cristo in the top 3 for that year. I’ve seen a couple of the movies on the list of movies you haven’t seen yet – and trust me, you’re not missing out on much.

    Martin Y

  3. I love your taste in movies – because we’ve got the same taste! Haha! I would also rank Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind and Count of Monte Cristo in the top 3 for that year. I’ve seen a couple of the movies on the list of movies you haven’t seen yet – and trust me, you’re not missing out on much.

    Martin Y

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