My 50 Favorite Movies of the 00’s (Psst that’s 2000-2009)

Well fellow movie buffs, here ya go! This is the final installment of “My Favorite Films Listings,” until 2020 rolls around and I have another decade of film to make yet another list.

I’ve covered the 1930’s   1940’s   1950’s   1960’s   1970’s   1980’s  and 1990’s.

This list has more foreign films, and more women directors than any other movie list that I’ve compiled.

50.   The Chronicles of Narnia…d. Andrew Adamson (USA / UK)

49.   Hot Fuzz…d. Edgar Wright (UK)

48.   Bread and Tulips…d. Silvio Soldani (Italy)

47.   Bruce Almighty…d. Tom Shadyac

46.   Austin Powers in Goldmember…d. Jay Roach

45.   Avatar…d. James Cameron

44.   300…d. Zack Snyder

43.   Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind…d. Michael Gondry

42.   Donny Darko…d. Richard Kelly

41.   The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King…d. Peter Jackson (N.Z. / USA)

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Have you ever seen those you tube videos of an angry Hitler with the subtitles changed to seem like he’s talking about World of Warcraft or something? Well that clip is from #35 Downfall.

40.   American Psycho…d. Mary Harron

39.   Black Hawk Down…d. Ridley Scott

38.   Children of Men…d. Alfonso Cuarón (USA / UK / Japan)

37.   The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers…d. Peter Jackson (N.Z. / USA)

36.   Underworld…d. Len Wiseman

35.   Downfall…d. Oliver Hirschbiegel (Germany)

34.   Black Book…d. Paul Verhoeven (Netherlands / Ger. / UK / Belgium)

33.   Under the Tuscan Sun…d. Audrey Wells

32.   Hotel Rwanda…d. Terry George (UK / South Africa / Italy)

31.   Ella Enchanted…d. Tommy O’Haver

Not as many comedies as my other lists. I guess Mel Brooks really did retire.

 30.   Spy Game…d. Tony Scott

29.   13 Tzametti…d. Géla Babluani (France)

28.   Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones…d. George Lucas

27.   Little Miss Sunshine…d. Jonathon Dayton / Valerie Faris

26.   Á L’aventure…d. Jean-Claude Brisseau (France)

25.   Julie & Julia…d. Nora Ephron

24.   The Aviator…d. Martin Scorsese

23.   V for Vendetta…d. James McTeigue (USA / UK / Ger.)

22.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…d. Chris Columbus (UK / USA)

21.   Open Range…d. Kevin Costner

Austin Powers is not the first time super spies like James Bond were spoofed. The “Flint” series from the 1960’s started that trend. Now the French have picked up on it with #11 OSS 117.

20.   Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon…d. Ang Lee (Taiwan)

19.   Enemy at the Gates…d. Jean-Jacques Annaud

18.   The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…d. Niels Arden Oplev (Sweden / Denmark / Ger. / Norway)

17.   Pitch Black…d. David Twohy

16.   Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle…d. David Leiner

15.   The Prestige…d. Christopher Nolan

14.   The Gleaners and I…d. Agnès Varda (France)

13.   Love Actually…d. Richard Curtis (USA / UK / France)

12.   The Lives of Others…d. Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck (Germany)

11.   OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies…d. Michel Hazanavicius (France)

I’m sure there will be blood in the comments concerning my top ten.

10.   Pan’s Labyrinth…d. Guillermo Del Toro (Spain)

09.   There Will Be Blood…d. Paul Thomas Anderson

08.   Schultze Gets the Blues…d. Michael Schorr (Germany)

07.   Amélie…d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France)

06.   Bend It Like Beckham…d. Gurinder Chadha (UK)

05.   Flame and Citron…d. Ole Christian Madsen (Denmark)

04.   The Lord of the Rings:Fellowship of the Ring d. Peter Jackson (N Z/USA)

03.   Gangs of New York…d. Martin Scorsese

02.   Lost in Translation…d. Sofia Coppolla

01.   The Passion of the Christ…d. Mel Gibson

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My Favorite Films of the 90’s

You may not agree with every film on my list, but that’s o.k. These are my favs from the era. They may not all be Academy Award winners, but who cares?

50.   Ace Ventura: Pet Detective………………..d. Tom Shadyac

49.   Star Wars: The Phantom Menace………..d. George Lucas

48.  The Matrix…………………………………….d. Andy Wachowski

47.   A Bronx Tale………………………………….d. Robert De Niro

46.   Saving Private Ryan…………………………d. Steven Spielberg

45.   Independence Day…………………………..d. Roland Emmerich

44.   The Usual Suspects………………………….d. Bryan Singer

43.   The Fifth Element……………………………d. Luc Besson

42.   Life is Beautiful………………………………d. Roberto Benigni (Italy)

41.   Interview With The Vampire………………d. Neil Jordan

40.   Starship Troopers…………………………..d. Paul Verhoeven

39.   The Coneheads………………………………d. Steve Barron

38.   Bram Stoker’s Dracula……………………..d. Francis Ford Coppola

37.   Unforgiven……………………………………d. Clint Eastwood

36.   Contact………………………………………..d. Robert Zemeckis

35.   My Girl…………………………………………d. Howard Zieff

34.   What About Bob?……………………………d. Frank Oz

33.   Twister………………………………………..d. Jan De Bont

32.   The English Patient………………………..d. Anthony Minghella (USA/UK)

31.   Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls………..d. Steve Oedekerk

30.   Liar Liar……………………………………..d. Tom Shadyac

29.   Bhaji On The Beach………………………..d. Gurinda Chadha (UK)

28.   Ed Wood……………………………………..d. Tim Burton

27.   The Remains of the Day…………………..d. James Ivory (UK)

26.   My Cousin Vinny………………………………..d. Jonathan Lynn

25.   Robin Hood: Men in Tights……………………d. Mel Brooks

24.   Pi…………………………………………………..d. Darren Aronofsky

23.   The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc…..d. Luc Besson (France)

22.   Much Ado About Nothing……………………..d. Kenneth Branagh (UK/USA)

21.   The Doors………………………………………….d. Oliver Stone

20.   Star Trek: First Contact………………………..d. Jonathan Frakes

19.   Reservoir Dogs…………………………………..d. Quentin Tarantino

18.   Stargate…………………………………………..d. Roland Emmerich

17.   Star Trek: Generations………………………..d. David Carson

16.   El Mariachi………………………………………d. Robert Rodriguez

15.   Nine Months…………………………………….d. Chris Columbus

14.   Casino…………………………………………….d. Martin Scorsese

13.   Secrets and Lies…………………………………d. Mike Leigh (UK)

12.   Rush………………………………………………d. Lili Fini Zanuck

11.   Indochine………………………………………..d. Régis Wargnier (France)

10.   Land and Freedom…………………………….d. Ken Loach (UK/Spain/Ger/ Italy/ Fr)

09.   Cyrano De Bergerac…………………………..d. Jean-Paul Rappaneau (France)

08.   Eat Drink Man Woman………………………d. Ang Lee (Taiwan/USA)

07.   Different for Girls…………………………….d. Richard Spence (UK)

06.   Tank Girl……………………………………….d. Rachel Talalay

05.   Johnny Stecchino…………………………….d. Roberto Benigni (Italy)

04.   Goodfellas……………………………………..d. Martin Scorsese

03.   Better Than Chocolate………………………d. Anne Wheeler (Canada)

02.   Kundun…………………………………………d. Martin Scorsese

01.   Mediterraneo………………………………….d. Gabriele Salvatores (Italy)

Yes, the small budget film Mediterraneo ranks as my number one. It just gets better and better every time I see it.

My Favorite Films of the 1960’s

The era of the 1960’s was a veritable world-wide artistic explosion. While you might not agree with my choices or the ranking of certain films, remember that these films are important to me.

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50.  The Graduate……….d. Mike Nichols

49.  Blow Up……….d. Micheangelo Antonioni   (Italy)

48.  Village of the Damned……….d. Wolf Rilla  (UK)

47.  Judgment at Nuremburg……….d. Stanley Kramer

46.  The Wild Bunch……….d. Sam Peckinpah

45.  The Blue Max……….d. John Guillerman

44.  A Fistful of Dollars……….d. Sergio Leone (Italy / Spain / W. Germany)

43.  Yojimbo……….d. Akira Kurosawa (Japan)

42.  8 ½……….d. Federico Fellini (Italy)

41.  Hell Is for Heroes……….d. Don Siegel

40.  L’Avventura……….d. Micheangelo Antonioni (Italy)

39.  Easy Rider……….d. Dennis Hopper

38.  For a Few Dollars More……….d. Sergio Leone (Italy / Spain / W. Germany)

37.  Where Eagles Dare……….d. Brian G. Hutton (UK / USA)

36.  Jason and the Argonauts……….d. John Chaffee (UK / USA)

35.  Fahrenheit 451……….d. Francois Truffaut  (UK)

34.  Who’s That Knocking at My Door……….d. Martin Scorsese

33.  Peeping Tom……….d.  Michael Powell (UK)

32.  Saturday Night and Sunday Morning……….d. Karel Reisz  (UK)

31.  Dr. Zhivago……….d. David Lean (USA / Italy / UK)

30.  The Time Machine……….d. George Pal

29.  The Pink Panther……….d. Blake Edwards

28.  Never on Sunday……….d. Jules Dassin (Greece / USA)

27.  Rock and Roll Circus……….d. Michael Lindsay-Hogg (UK)

26.  Breathless……….d. Jean-Luc Godard (France)

25.  Yellow Submarine……….d. George Dunning (UK / USA)

24.  Shoot the Piano Player……….d. Francois Truffaut (France)

23.  The Producers……….d. Mel Brooks

22.  Dr. Strangelove……….d. Stanley Kubrick

21.  Psycho……….d. Alfred Hitchcock

20.  Monterrey Pop……….d. D.A. Pennebaker

19.  Jules and Jim……….d. Francois Truffaut (France)

18.  In The Heat of the Night……….d. Norman Jewison

17.  The Great Escape……….d. John Sturges

16.  Lawrence of Arabia……….d. David Lean

15.  Once Upon a Time in the West……….d. Sergio Leone (Italy / Spain / USA)

14.  Planet of the Apes……….d. Franklin J. Schaffner

13.  The Battle of Algiers……….d. Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy / Algeria)

12.  Two for The Road……….d. Stanley Donnan

11.  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner……….d. Stanley Kramer

10.  The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance……….d. John Ford

09.  A Shot in The Dark……….d. Blake Edwards

08.  Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid……….d. George Roy Hill

07.  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly……….d. Sergio Leone (Italy / Spain / W. Germany / USA)

06.  The Bride Wore Black……….d. Francois Truffaut (France)

05.  The Longest Day……….d.  5 Directors for different sequences and locations*

04.  The Bible……….d. John Huston

03.  Help……….d. Richard Lester (UK)

02.  A Hard Day’s Night……….d. Richard Lester (UK)

01.  2001: A Space Odyssey……….d. Stanley Kubrick

 

*Ken Annakin / Andrew Martin / Bernhard Wicki / Gerd Oswald / Darryl F. Zanuck

My Favorite Films of the 1970’s

 

I don’t care if some of these films did not win a string of Academy Awards or even if they were nominated. They are the ones that I keep going back to when I want to relax as if I’m seeing an old friend. All films not produced in the USA are marked.

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50. The Last Picture Show – d. Peter Bogdonovich

49. Black & White in Color – d. Jean-Jacques Annaud (Ivory Coast)

48. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – d. Dario Argento (Italy)

47. Norma Rae – d. Martin Ritt

46. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – d. Luis Buñuel (France)

45. All The President’s Men – d. Alan J. Pakula

44. The Conversation – d. Francis Ford Coppola

43. Dog Day Afternoon – d. Sidney Lumet

42. The Man Who Fell to Earth – d. Nicolas Roeg (UK)

41. 1776 – d. Peter H. Hunt

40. Animal Housed. John Landis

39. Magnum Force – d. Ted Post

38. Barry Lyndon – d. Stanley Kubrick (UK / USA)

37. Last Tango in Paris – d. Bernardo Bertolucci (France / Italy)

36. Woodstock – d. Michael Wadleigh

35. Rocky – d. John G. Avildsen

34. The Outlaw Josey Wales – d. Clint Eastwood

33. The Seven-Ups – d. Phillip D’Antoni

32. Vanishing Point – d. Richard C. Sarafian

31. Alien – d. Ridley Scott

30. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – d. Stephen Spielberg

29. Jaws – d. Stephen Spielberg

28. Soylent Green – d. Richard Fleischer

27. The Song Remains the Same – d. Peter Clifton / Joe Massot

26. Mean Streets – d. Martin Scorsese

25. High Plains Drifter – d. Clint Eastwood

24. Murder on the Orient Express – d. Sidney Lumet

23. The Last Waltz – d. Martin Scorsese

22. The Stingd. George Roy Hill

21. Smokey and the Bandit – d. Hal Needham

20. Superman – d. Richard Donner

19. Nosferatu the Vampyre – d. Werner Herzog (West Ger. / France)

18. Macbeth – d. Roman Polanski (UK / USA)

17. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – d. Terry Gillian / Terry Jones (UK)

16. Star Wars – d. George Lucas

15. Blazing Saddles – d. Mel Brooks

14. Patton – d. Franklin J. Schaffner

13. Serpico – d. Sidney Lumet

12. Young Frankenstein – d. Mel Brooks

11. Scrooge – d. Ronald Neame (UK)

10. Apocalypse Now – d. Francis Ford Coppola

09. Taxi Driver – d. Martin Scorsese

08. The French Connection – d. William Friedkin

07. The Day of the Jackald. Fred Zinneman

06. Swept Away – d. Lina Wertmuller (Italy)

05. Day For Nightd. Francois Truffaut (France)

04. Jeremiah Johnson – d. Sydney Pollack

03. Let It Be – d. Michael Lindsay-Hogg (UK)

02. The Godfather Pt. II – d. Francis Ford Coppola

01. The Godfather – d. Francis Ford Coppola

Are any of your favorites here? Feel free to comment 🙂