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The Best Films Since 2000: Movies Rated 4.5/5.0 (Great)

C. Cross
The list author says: "I'm currently re-watching all of the films that I've seen since 2000 (plus checking out all of the ones that I haven't seen) so that I can look at these films with a new and critical eye. Some movies have remained classics in my eyes, others aren't quite as good as I remember them being, and some I've actually liked a lot more this time around. These movies are prime examples of quality filmmaking, whether they are adult dramas, action movies or teenage comedies. The acting, direction, cinematography, writing and pacing are all top notch. Above all, though, they are, in my opinion at least, the most memorable films of the decade.

It is crucial for you, the reader, to understand the parameters that I take into consideration when evaluating a film, and these are: 1. what kind of film is it (what genre is it and is it trying to be intellectual/thought-provoking or not) and 2. the actual mechanics of the film (the writing, the acting, the cinematography, the pacing, etc). One cannot compare apples and oranges, only apples and apples. For example, if we're talking about the "intellectual value" of a movie then, yes, films like War of the Worlds, Napoleon Dynamite and Chicago don't really hold a candle to more intellectually demanding and thought-provoking movies like Cache, Talk To Her, Yi Yi, etc. Understanding this is vital to understanding why certain movies A. are on my list and B. received certain ratings. A film like Chicago and a film like Yi Yi may be completely different from one another, but if one takes into account their respective genres and intellectual aspirations they both easily deserve a 5.0/5.0.

P.S. The list order is alphabetical.

4.5 - Great (25 Total)

For mini reviews of each movie, go to the longer version of the list right here: http://www.imdb.com/list/TD9gEeJbjnk/"
Brokeback Mountain  [Blu-ray]
Brokeback Mountain [Blu-ray]
Broken Embraces [Blu-ray]
Broken Embraces [Blu-ray]
Children of Men [Blu-ray]
Children of Men [Blu-ray]
Doubt [Blu-ray]
Doubt [Blu-ray]
Downfall [Blu-ray]
Downfall [Blu-ray]
Easy Virtue [Blu-ray]
Easy Virtue [Blu-ray]
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Fountain [Blu-ray]
The Fountain [Blu-ray]
The Ghost Writer [Blu-ray]
The Ghost Writer [Blu-ray]
Gran Torino (+ BD-Live) [Blu-ray]
Gran Torino (+ BD-Live) [Blu-ray]
Hurt Locker [Blu-ray]
Hurt Locker [Blu-ray]
Igby Goes Down
Igby Goes Down
"Note: The very beginning - during the first 10 minutes or so - is a little questionable. after that it's all great stuff."
Inglourious Basterds (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Inglourious Basterds (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
Juno (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Juno (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Letters from Iwo Jima [Blu-ray]
Letters from Iwo Jima [Blu-ray]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Blu-ray]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Blu-ray]
No Country for Old Men [Blu-ray]
No Country for Old Men [Blu-ray]
Ratatouille (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Ratatouille (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray]
Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray]
The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
The Squid and the Whale (Special Edition)
The Squid and the Whale (Special Edition)
Toy Story 3 [Blu-ray]
Toy Story 3 [Blu-ray]
United 93 [Blu-ray]
United 93 [Blu-ray]
W. [Blu-ray]
W. [Blu-ray]
You Can Count on Me
You Can Count on Me
Zodiac (Two-Disc Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
Zodiac (Two-Disc Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]