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Best Films of the Decade

Postby A » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:16 am

Ok, here is a re-vamped list I have been working on throughout the night. It has been expanded with recent (near)masterpieces I've seen at this year's Berlinale for example, and I have also included many of the previous contenders, from the runners-up list in the next post. I might not have seen some of them for some years, but when i did I fell in love with them. So until I see them again, they will definitely stay in.
Some other films which have been revisited and found "unworthy" (what a harsh term...) have been excluded (e.g. 5x2).
As you can see I'm a bit uninformed from 2004/05 onwards, but hey, let's see your lists! (especially arsaib who offered such an extensive "best of 2005" recently "> ).

Best of the Decade (So Far)

Baise-moi *%#@ Me (Virginie Despentes, Coralie / France)
Batoru rowaiaru Battle Royale [director`s cut] (Kinji Fukasaku / Japan)
Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel / USA)
Cast Away (Robert Zemeckis / USA)
Code inconnu: Recit incomplet de divers voyages Code Unknown (Michael Haneke / France, Germany, Romania)
Die Polizistin The Policewoman (Andreas Dresen / Germany)
Djomeh (Hassan Yektapanah / Iran, France)
England! (Achim von Borries / Germany)
Eureka (Shinji Aoyama / Japan)
L'amour, l'argent, l'amour Love, Money, Love (Philip Groning / Germany, Switzerland, France)
La ville est tranquille The town is quiet (Robert Guediguian / France)
Maelstrom Maelstrom (Denis Villeneuve / Canada)
Proof of Life (Taylor Hackford / USA)
Sanger fran andra vaningen Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson / Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
Shadow of the Vampire (E. Elias Merhige / UK, USA, Luxembourg)
Shiqi sui de dan che Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang / China, Taiwan)
Soins et beauté (Alejandra Rojo / France)
Sous le sable Under the Sand (Francois Ozon / France)
Takhte siah Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf / Iran, Italy, Japan)
The Claim (Michael Winterbottom / UK, France, Canada)
The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin / Canada)
The Million Dollar Hotel (Wim Wenders / USA, Germany, UK)
Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan / USA)
Uttara (Buddhadev Dasgupta / India)
Zhantai Platform (Zhang Ke Jia / China, Hong Kong, Japan, France)

Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Shohei Imamura / Japan)
Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk / Canada)
Avalon (Mamoru Oshii / Poland, Japan)
Das Experiment The Experiment (Oliver Hirschbiegel / Germany)
Der Felsen A Map of the Heart (Dominik Graf / Germany)
Enemy at the Gates (Jean-Jacques Annaud / USA, Germany, UK, Ireland)
Freunde The Whiz Kids (Jan Kruger, Oliver Schwabe (co-director) / Germany)
Je rentre a la maison I'm going Home (Manoel de Oliveira / France, Portugal)
La Pianiste The Piano Player (Michael Haneke / France, Austria)
Monster's Ball (Marc Forster / USA, Canada)
Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch / USA, France)
Nichts bereuen No Regrets (Benjamin Quabeck / Germany)
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki / Japan)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson / USA)
Tu vois (Francois Ruiz / France)
Unloved (Kunitoshi Manda / Japan)

8 femmes 8 Women (Francois Ozon / France, Italy)
25th Hour (Spike Lee / USA)
About Time 2 (Mike Figgis / USA)
Adaptation. (Spike Jonze / USA)
Bungalow (Ulrich Kohler / Germany)
Catch me if you can (Steven Spielberg / USA)
Changing Lanes (Roger Michell / USA)
Dans le noir du temps (Jean-Luc Godard / France)
Dolls (Takeshi Kitano / Japan)
Elsker dig for evigt Open Hearts (Susanne Bier / Denmark)
Hable con ella Talk to Her (Pedro Almodvar / Spain)
Heaven (Tom Tykwer / Germany, Italy, USA, France, UK)
Kôfuku no kane Blessing Bell (Sabu / Japan)
Lanse da men Blue Gate Crossing (Chin-yen Yee / Taiwan, France)
Le fils The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne / Belgium, France)
Madrid (Daphne Charizani / Germany)
Nebo. Samolyot. Devushka. Sky. Plane. Girl. (Vera Storozheva / Russia)
Nuomos sutartis The Lease (Kristijonas Vildziunas / Lithuania)
Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson / USA)
Shin jingi no hakaba Graveyard of Honor (Takashi Miike / Japan)
Sophiiiie! (Michael Hofmann / Germany)
The Hours (Stephen Daldry / USA)
Uzak Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan / Turkey)
Vendredi Soir Friday Night (Claire Denis / France)
White Oleander (Peter Kosminsky / USA, Germany)
Xiao cheng zhi chun Springtime in a small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang / China, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands)
Ying xiong Hero (2002 / Zhang Yimou / China, Hong Kong)

21 Grams (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu / USA)
Bu jian The Missing (Lee Kang-sheng / Taiwan)
Bu san Good Bye, Dragon Inn (Ming-liang Tsai / Taiwan)
Dogville (Lars von Trier / Denmark, Sweden, UK, USA, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, France, Norway)
Elephant (Gus Van Sant / USA)
Goff in der Wuste Goff in the Desert (Heinz Emigholz / Germany)
Histoire de Marie et Julien The Story of Marie and Julien (Jacques Rivette / France, Italy)
Identity Kills (Soren Voigt / Germany)
L'esquive Games of Love and Chance (Abdellatif Kechiche / France)
Lichter Flickering Lights (Hans-Christian Schmid / Germany)
My Life Without Me (Isabel Coixet / Spain, Canada)
Noi albinoi Noi the Albino (Dagur Kari / Iceland, Germany, UK, Denmark)
Open Range (Kevin Costner / USA)
Raja (Jacques Doillon / Morocco, France)
Schussangst Gun-shy (Dito Tsintsadze / Germany)
Son frere His Brother (Patrice Chereau / France)
Te doy mis ojos Take my eyes (Iciar Bollain / Spain)
The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo / USA)
The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy / USA)
Wonderful Days (Moon-saeng Kim / South Korea)

Before Sunset (Richard Linklater / USA)
Birth (Jonathan Glazer / USA)
Dare mo shiranai Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Koreeda / Japan)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry / USA)
Frau fährt, Mann schläft (Rudolf Thome / Germany)
Gegen die Wand Head-On (Fatih Akin / Germany, Turkey)
Le chiavi di casa The Keys to the House (Gianni Amelio / Italy, France, Germany)
Le conseguenze dell'amore The Consequences of Love (Paolo Sorrentino / Italy)
Marseille (Angela Schanelec / Germany)
Shi mian mai fu House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou / China, Hong Kong)
Sud pralad Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul / Thailand, France, Germany, Italy)
The Aviator (Martin Scorsese / USA, Japan, Germany)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson / USA)
Tony Takitani (Jun Ichikawa / Japan)
Trilogia I: To Livadi pou dakryzei Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (Theo Angelopoulos / Greece, Germany, France, Italy)

...Es wird jemand kommen, der ja zu mir sagt Ruth (Michael Blume / Germany)
Amour neutre Love neutral (Pierre Coulibeuf / France)
Au-dela de la haine Beyond Hatred (Olivier Meyrou / France)
Babooska (Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel / Italy, Austria)
Batalla en el cielo Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas / Mexico, Belgium France, Germany)
Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch / USA, France)
Cache Hidden (Michael Haneke / France, Austria, Germany, Italy)
Invisible Waves (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang / Thailand, Netherlands, Hong Kong, South Korea)
Kaalpurush Memories in the Mist (Buddhadev Dasgupta / India)
Mizu no hana Water Flower (Yusuke Kinoshita / Japan)
Nekam Achat Mishtey Eynay Avenge but One of my Two Eyes (Avi Mograbi / Israel, France)
The New World (Terrence Malick / USA)

46-okunen no koi Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (Takashi Miike / Japan)
Aus der Ferne "From far away" (Thomas Arslan / Germany)
Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako / Mali, USA, France)
Il regista di matrimoni The Wedding Director (Marco Bellocchio / Italy)
In Between Days (So Yong Kim / Canada, USA)
La-bas Down There (Chantal Akerman / Belgium, France)
La science des reves Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry / France, Italy)
Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran / France, Belgium)

State Legislature (Frederick Wiseman / USA)

Number of Films by Country:

USA: 30
France: 20
Germany: 20
Japan: 13
Canada: 5
China: 5
Italy: 4
Taiwan: 3
Belgium: 2
Denmark: 2
India: 2
Iran: 2
Spain: 2
Thailand: 2
UK: 2
Greece: 1
Iceland: 1
Israel: 1
Lithuania: 1
Mali: 1
Mexico: 1
Russia: 1
South Korea: 1
Sweden: 1
Turkey: 1

Total: 124

* added Frederick Wiseman's cinematic poem State Legislature as well as Avi Mograbi's wonderfully compelling and personal documentary-essay "Avenge but One of my Two Eyes". Also kicked out Christopher Nolan's Memento after a re-watch and included Chin-yen Yee's "Blue Gate Crossing" (2002)

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby A » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:18 am

And here are some possible contenders I need to see again, just in case you were wondering

American Psycho (2000)
Brother (2000)
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000)
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Dokuritsu shonen gasshoudan Boys Choir (2000)
Italiensk for begyndere Italian for Beginners (2000)
Der Krieger und die Kaiserin The Warrior and the Empress (2000)
The Patriot (2000)
The Yards (2000)
Stand-by (2000)
Thomas est amoureux Thomas in Love (2000)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wo hu cang long (2000)
Yi yi Yi yi: A One and a Two... (2000)
A ma soeur! Fat Girl (2001)
L' anglaise et le duc The Lady and the Duke (2002)
Barabe! Rascals! (2001)
Baran (2001)
Czesc Tereska Hi Tessa (2001)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Eat (2001)
Intimacy (2001)
Koroshiya 1 Ichi the Killer (2001)
Normalni ljudi Normal People (2001)
Le peuple migrateur, The travelling Birds / Winged Migration (2001)
The Pledge (2001)
Safar e Ghandehar Kandahar (2001)
Le Souffle Deep Breath" (2001)
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
La stanza del figlio The Sons Room (2001)
Tmavomodry svet Dark Blue World (2001)
Xingfu shiguang Happy Times (2001)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Etre et avoir To Be and to Have (2002)
Far from Heaven (2002)
Lauryn Hill MTV UNPLUGGED NO. 2.0 (2000)
Maintenant (2002)
Rokugatsu no hebi A Snake of June (2002)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Golden Lemons (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Swimming Pool (2003)
Ebolusyon ng isang pamilyang pilipino "Evolution of a Filipino Family" (Lav Diaz / Philippines / 2004)
Kinetta (2005 / Greece / Yorgos Lanthimos)
Miami Vice (2006)
Meng Na Li Sha "Mona Lisa" (Li Ying / China, Japan / 2007)

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby wpqx » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:15 am

Well whether I agree with you or not, you certainly have some great films there, and there are more than enough I haven't seen for some good recomendations. You and I don't seem to have a very similar taste in American movies, but that could be a good thing. Mulholland Drive is a little low there, and if I ever actually number a list, that might top it. Anyways, I'm at school so I'll try and get at least a top 20 or so when I get home.

I also realize that my top 100 foreign films list is still pending.

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby A » Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:30 am

I'd love to see your list, as I would like to watch some of your top films, just to see the difference in tastes.
The placing of Mullholand Dr. may seem low, but most of the listed films are very very close in terms of quality.
Also I've seen the film only once,when it came to cinemas (2002?), and its appreciation has grown in my memory
Don't you like the american films I've listed?

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby Johndav » Sat Dec 24, 2005 8:07 pm

Busy wandering, I've hardly seen anything from 2005!

2.Mulholland Dr
3.Howl's Moving Castle
5.The Return
6.Werckmeister Harmonies
7.Before Sunset
8.Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
9.The Wayward Cloud
10.The Life Aquatic
At the Height of Summer
Far from Heaven
Finding Nemo
Monday Morning
The Weeping Meadow
What Time is it There?
The Incredibles
In the Mood for Love
Story of the Weeping Camel
Talk to Her
Le Chignon d'Olga
Femme Fatale

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby wpqx » Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:39 pm

Well here are my top ten's or top 15's if I thought the year was good enough since 2000. I've also included a running best of list for 2006 which I'll periodically update as I see worthwhile films.

1. Requiem for a Dream (US - Darren Aronosky)
2. Dancer in the Dark (Denmark/France/Sweden - Lars Von Trier)
3. Traffic (US - Steven Soderbergh)
4. Bamboozled (US - Spike Lee)
5. O Brother Where Art Thou? (US - Joel and Ethan Coen)
6. Love's Labours Lost (US/UK - Kenneth Branagh)
7. The American Nightmare (US - Adam Simon)
8. Yi-Yi (Taiwan - Edward Yang)
9. Almost Famous (US - Cameron Crowe)
10. Paragraph 175 (US - Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman)
11. Amores Perros (Mexico - Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu)
12. Into the Arms of Strangers (US - Mark Jonathan Harris)
13. Timecode (US - Michael Figgis)
14. Eureka (Japan - Shinji Aoyama)

1. Mulholland Drive (US - David Lynch)
2. Moulin Rouge (US/Australia - Baz Luhrmann)
3. Apocalypse Now Redux (US - Francis Ford Coppola)
4. The Royal Tenenbaums (US - Wes Anderson)
5. Baran (Iran - Majid Majidi)
6. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (US - Jan Harlan)
7. Vanilla Sky (US - Cameron Crowe)
8. The Hidden Half (Iran - Mohammad Nikbin/Tahmineh Milani)
9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (US/New Zealand - Peter Jackson)
10. The Road Home (China - Zhang Yimou)
11. Memento (US - Christopher Nolan)
12. Bully (US - Larry Clark)
13. Amelie (France/Germany - Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
14. What Time is it There? (Taiwan - Tsai Ming-Liang
15. Kandahar (Iran/France - Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

1. The Pianist (Poland/UK/France/Germany - Roman Polanski)
2. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (US/New Zealand - Peter Jackson)
3. Bloody Sunday (UK/Ireland - Paul Greengrass)
4. Talk to Her (Spain - Pedro Almodovar)
5. Bowling for Columbine (US - Michael Moore)
6. All or Nothing (UK - Michael Leigh)
7. Spirited Away (Japan - Hayao Miyazaki)
8. Adaptation (US - Spike Jonze)
9. Catch Me If You Can (US - Steven Spielberg)
10. Gangs of New York (US - Martin Scorsese)
11. Ararat (Canada - Atom Egoyan)
12. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (US - George Lucas)
13. Minority Report (US - Steven Spielberg)
14. Far From Heaven (US - Todd Haynes)
15. The Quiet American (US/Australia - Phillip Noyce)
16. In Praise of Love (Switzerland - Jean Luc Godard)
17. Chicago (US - Robb Marshall)
18. 25th Hour (US - Spike Lee)

1. City of God (Brazil - Ktia Lund, Fernando Meirelles)
2. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (US - Quintin Tarantino)
3. Angels in America (US - Mike Nichols)
4. Elephant (US - Gus Van Sant)
5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (US/New Zealand - Peter Jackson)
6. 21 Grams (US - Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu)
7. Finding Nemo (US - Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich)
8. Big Fish (US - Tim Burton)
9. Thirteen (US - Catherine Hardwicke)
10. Bad Santa (US - Terry Zwigoff)

1. The Incredibles (US - Brad Bird)
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (US - Michel Gondry)
3. The Saddest Music in the World (Canada - Guy Maddin)
4. Dogville (Denmark - Lars Von Trier)
5. Hero (China/Hong Kong - Zhang Yimou)
6. Million Dollar Baby (US - Clint Eastwood)
7. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (US - Quintin Tarantino)
8. Sideways (US - Alexander Payne)
9. Vera Drake (UK - Mike Leigh)
10. House of Flying Daggers (China/Hong Kong - Zhang Yimou)
11. Moolaade (Senegal - Ousmane Sembene)
12. Tarnation (US - Jonathan Caouette)
13. Closer (US - Mike Nichols)
14. Before Sunset (US - Richard Linklater)
15. Baadasssss (US - Mario Van Peebles)
16. I Heart Huckabees (US - David O'Russell)
17. Team America: World Police (US - Trey Parker)

1. Sin City (US - Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez/Quintin Tarantino)
2. Serenity (US - Joss Whedon)
3. Crash (US - Paul Haggis)
4. Pride and Prejudice (US/UK - Joe Wright)
5. The World (Japan/France/China - Jia Zhang Ke)
6. Last Days (US - Gus Van Sant)
7. Broken Flowers (US - Jim Jarmusch)
8. The Weeping Meadow (Greece/France - Theo Angelopoulos)
9. Nobody Knows (Japan - Hirokazu Kore-eda)
10. Fever Pitch (US - Peter and Bobby Farrelly)
11. King Kong (US - Peter Jackson)
12. Munich (US - Steven Spielberg)
13. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (US - George Lucas)
14. Kung Fu Hustle (China/Hong Kong - Stephen Chow)
15. The Squid and the Whale (US - Noah Baumbach)

Tsotsi (South Africa - Gavin Hood)
United 93 (US - Paul Greengrass)
The War Tapes (US - Deborah Scranton)
A Scanner Darkly (US - Richard Linklater)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (US - Larry Charles)
Bobby (US - Emilio Estevez)
The Departed (US - Martin Scorsese)
Children of Men (US/UK - Alfonso Cauron)
Curse of the Golden Flower (China/Hong Kong - Zhang Yimou)

Planet Terror (US - Robert Rodriguez)
No Country for Old Men (US - Joel and Ethan Coen)
Diary of the Dead (US - George A. Romero)

Iron Man (US - Jon Favreau)

*edit for Eureka

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby Johndav » Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:04 pm

I didn't expect 2 films i've seen over the last few days- The Wayard Cloud and Howl's Moving Castle- to be great masterpieces.

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby trevor826 » Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:25 pm

Judging by your re-vamped listing John,"Innocence" was another very recent masterpiece. What a way to start the year.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby Johndav » Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:56 pm

Well it still has to stand the test of time with me, cos it has the advantage of being fresh in the memory. But yeah, i'm feeling generally more positive about the state of cinema, and still loads from 2005 to come. 2004 was an excellent vintage!

Re: Best Films of the Decade

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Jun 02, 2006 1:49 am

That's a heck of a list, A. You've certainly watched quite a few important new releases. (Somehow, this thread has been out of my radar in the past.)


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