What are your favorite 21st century movies?

You guys talk a lot about old movies on this forum, which is great - I wouldn’t be here if I don’t share the love for the same types of movies.
That is exactly why I would like to see what are you favorite new movies. Let’s make year 2000 starting point.

I’ll start, here’s 20 titles in chronological order:

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  • Take Shelter (2011)
  • True Grit (2010)
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
  • Gran Torino (2008)
  • Gomorrah (2008)
  • Elite Squad (2007)
  • American Gangster (2007)
  • I’m Not There (2007)
  • The Orphanage (2007)
  • The Descent (2005)
  • Downfall (2004)
  • Memories of Murder (2003)
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • I’m Not Scared (2003)
  • 28 Days Later… (2002)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • City of God (2002)
  • The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  • Memento (2000)
  • honorable mention to 2 documentaries which really play as acted movies:
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
  • Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)

EDIT: maybe it’s better to keep animated movies separate too, here’s my top5:

  • Chico & Rita (2010)
  • Up (2009)
  • Wall-E (2008)
  • Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  • Spirited Away (2001)

A couple of good ones on your list. If I made a top 50 of favorites (not necessarily the best, but more like the ones I’m most likely to watch again and again), these would likely be on it:

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  • True Grit (2010)
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
  • The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

…And I’d reconsider some of the rest of your list. Interesting that you carved out animation as a separate category. My two absolute favorites are animation:

  • The Illusionist (2010)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

As to the other 46 on my top 50 list…hmm…these would probably be among them. Mostly American, because I accidentally read the specifically-American Wiki lists to jog my memory:

  • O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • The Accountant (2001)
  • Gosford Park (2001)
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
  • Punch Drunk Love (2002)
  • The Quiet American (2002)
  • Twilight Samurai (2002)
  • Whale Rider (2002)
  • Kill Bill Vols. I & II (2003)
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  • School of Rock (2003)
  • The Station Agent (2003)
  • Before Sunset (2004)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • Hidalgo (2004)
  • Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
  • The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
  • A Very Long Engagement (2004)
  • June Bug (2005)
  • Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
  • Broken Flowers (2005)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • The Fall (2006)
  • Thank You For Smoking (2006)
  • No Country For Old Men (2007)
  • In Bruges (2008)
  • The Brothers Bloom (2009)
  • The American (2010)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  • Captain America (2011)
  • Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • The Muppets (2011)
  • Rango (2011)

I knew I would forget something, but I don’t know how I’ve forgot Kill Bills, that’s absolutely on my list too.
Also from your list, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Gosford Park could as well be on mine.

I’ve noticed that on my list American vs non-American movies are around 50:50, while my list of all-time movies would definitely be dominantly American, so I wonder those that mean American movies have changed or I have changed…

Glad you’ve mentioned Illusionist, I have it on my watchlist. I think I will enjoy it, since I was mesmerized with Edinburgh when I was there, trailer looks stunning.

Hmm that’s not an easy one, it is hard to find a pure movie that isn’t overtly self aware from the last decade. Also its hard for me to remember the earlier half of the decade. I’ll try my best:

Punisher: Warzone
District 9
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Ghost World
American Splendor
Godzilla: Final Wars
Mulholland Drive
What Is It?
Time Crimes
The Dark Knight
Ichi The Killer
13 Assassins
Until The Light Takes Us
We Jam Econo: Story of The Minutemen
Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father
Reflections of Evil
Ghost In The Shell 2
Blood: The Last Vampire (original short)

Guess its been better than I thought, thats all I can think of now but I think there’s plenty of variety in there

@ Gringo!, nice to see someone else likes Punisher War Zone, highly underrated movie IMO.

Despite all the remakes and CGI bullshit, I’d say theres been alot of good cinema thus far in the 21st century.

Runner up for that year in parenthesis.

2000 Ju-On: The Curse
2001 Fellowship of the Ring
2002 The Two Towers
2003 Return of the King
2004 Kill Bill Vol. 2
2005 Star Wars Episode III
2006 Rocky Balboa
2007 Hot Fuzz/3:10 to Yuma (Tie)
2008 Gran Torino
2009 Sherlock Holmes/Zombieland/Harry Brown (Tie)
2010 True Grit/Kick Ass/Tron Legacy(Tie)
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows/Cowboys and Aliens (Tie)
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2013 We’ll See

2007 Hot Fuzz/3:10 to Yuma (Tie)

this was a damn good tie!

Super (2010)
The Dark Knight
Kill Bill 1 & 2
Gran Torino
The Grey
Bubba Ho-Tep
Revolver (UK version)
Eastern Promises
Kill Zone - S.P.L
Election (2005)
I Saw the Devil
Gangs of New York
The Royal Tenenbaums
One Hour Photo
Tree of Life
The Matador (2005)
Red Cliff 1 & 2
Django Unchained
Inglorious Basterds
Animal Kingdom
Bad Santa
Screwed (2000)
The Dark Knight Rises
Black Swan
Expendables 2
Mission Impossible 2

Some favorites:

In the Mood for Love
Mulholland dr
Inglorious Basterds
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
Match Point
The Good, the Bad and the Weird

That’s veyr true. As we gain more distance from the last decade, we’ll be able to see a lot more clearer what the good films were as the bad ones sink out of our collective notice.

Bad Santa
Donnie Darko
Ichi the Killer
John Dies at the End
Kung Fu Hustle
Men Who Stare at Goats, The
Mulholland Drive
Next Friday
No Country for Old Men
Pineapple Express
Thank You for Smoking
Visitor Q
Wonder Boys

let’s see

There Will Be Blood
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Punch Drunk Love
The Fountain
Hedwig and Angry Inch
Star Trek
Star Trek Nemesis
Dark Knight
Clerks 2
Zack and Miri
Batman Begins
Donnie Darko
Gran Torino
The Assasination of JJ by…
The Road

possible (haven’t seen) : Synedoche NY, Django Unchained, Tree of Life, Argo

A few that spring to mind:


Some favs:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Gran Torino
No Country For Old Men
The Tree Of Life
There Will Be Blood
Intouchables (not a masterpiece, but it was fun to me)
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Inglorious Basterds
Shutter Island
The Departed
Bandits (another fun movie)
Mulholland Drive (watched it last night and loved every minute of it)

Probably I overlooked some flicks…

I can’t believe I left Hot Fuzz off my list.

Just a few flicks I liked, among many others

Cidade de Deus
Pan’s Labyrinth
El 7º día
Cantando dietro i paraventi
La stanza del figlio
9 rota

Top 13

  1. Gladiator (Scott)
  2. Kill Bill (Tarantino)
  3. Vickey Cristina Barcelona (Allen)
  4. Elephant (Van Sant)
  5. The New World (Malick)
  6. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (Jeunet)
  7. Le Gamin au Vélo (Dardenne)
  8. Das Leben der Anderen (Von Donnersmarck)
  9. Another Year (Leigh)
  10. Mulholland Dr (Lynch)
  11. The Wind that shakes the Barley (Loach)
  12. Mesrine (Richet)
  13. The Proposition (Hillcot)

Also loved: Gegen die Wand, La Meglio Gioventu, Le Cose che restano, Ciao Stefano, Match Point, Midnight in Paris, Scoop, Cassandra’s Dream (most things Woody did, actually), Death Proof, Whale rider, El 7° Dia, Skyfall, El Segreto de sus Ojos, Red Cliff, Lola Rennt, The King’s Speech, True Grit, Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime), Zwartboek (Black Book), De Zaak Alzheimer (Memory of a Killer), Dossier K, De Indringer (The Intruder), Verlengd Weekend, Aanrijding in Moscou

  • the movies I liked but didn’t think of

These are some of my other favorites in this century:

Kill Bill Vol. 1
The Last Castle
Bubba Ho-Tep
Dark Knight Trilogy
Expendables 2
Book of Eli
Woman in Black
School of Rock
The Ring
Spiderman 2
Rush Hour 2
Hellboy 1 and 2
Star Trek Nemesis
Blade II
13 Assassins
Open Range
Punisher War Zone
Finding Forrester

Do you like later parts? I thought they were pretty bad, while the first one wasn’t too paltry, kinda liked it.

Yep, this was fun.

[quote=“scherpschutter, post:16, topic:3174”]Top 13

  1. Gladiator (Scott)
  2. Kill Bill (Tarantino)
  3. Vickey Cristina Barcelona (Allen)
  4. Elephant (Van Sant)
  5. The New World (Malick)
  6. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (Jeunet)
  7. Le Gamin au Vélo (Dardenne)
  8. Das Leben der Anderen (Von Donnersmarck)
  9. Another Year (Leigh)
  10. Mulholland Dr (Lynch)
  11. The Wind that shakes the Barley (Loach)
  12. Mesrine (Richet)
  13. The Proposition (Hillcot)[/quote]
    Interesting list Scherp, not sure though I would rate Gladiator that high; it’s a good film, but I prefer the Director’s Cut of Kingdom of Heaven if we’re talking about Ridley Scott’s historical epics. I find it very hard to compile some sort of list for 13 years, as hard as doing one for the '40s or '70s or any other decade. There have been many, many hugely impressive films made since 2000, no more or less I think than any other decade.

Yeah Mickey, I did like the first two transformers films. I basically grew up with transformers in the 80s, had the toys, watched the original cartoon. Same thing with GI Joe only I thought the GI Joe movie was awful.