Best of the Decade - Movies

Lost in Translation (2003) - Sofia Coppola stepped out of her father's shadow writing and directing this sweet and sad "love story" starring a never-better Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as lost souls wandering the streets of Tokyo. It also has one of the best soundtracks, too.

Kill Bill (2003-2004) Topping Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown didn't seem possible but Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman proved us wrong with this two-part opus about a vengeful bride.

Mulholland Drive (2001) Quite possibly David Lynch's most "accessible" film, but still full of shocks and "what the fuck?" moments to make the purists happy. Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring are sexy as hell, too.

Japanese Story (2003) What begins as an almost offbeat comedy in the Australian outback turns into shocking, searing tragedy. Sue Brooks directs and Toni Collette gives her best screen performance.

Cache (2005) Michael Haneke's suspenseful thriller about a couple -- the brilliant Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil -- under surveillance by a hidden camera with one of the most talked about endings in years.

Amelie (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet's breathtaking, kinetic postcard about love in Paris led by Audrey Tautou.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Wes Anderson's absurd, brilliant tale of a dysfunctional family led by a scenery-chewing Gene Hackman. Gwyneth Paltrow's best role, too.

The Dark Knight (2008) Christopher Nolan's dark re-imagining of Batman and Heath Ledger's disturbing portrayal of The Joker brought new life to the comic book film genre.

The Hours (2002) The stirring adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winner with Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and an unrecognizable Nicole Kidman in an Oscar-winning role as Virginia Woolf.

House of Mirth (2000) Gillian Anderson left Agent Scully behind in this heartbreaking adaption of Edith Wharton's classic tragedy.


Rupert said…
great list! Thanks for remembering those early-in-the-decade standouts like Translation and Amelie and Hours - myself I'm a straight guy who loved Moulin Rouge (go figure) lol

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