My 20 Favorite Films of the Decade

I discovered film in this decade, and I found a passion that has become one of my most favorite past times. Oh, I have been to movies since my childhood. I was there on the day Star Wars opened, and I saw it seven times. It was not until 2000 that I discovered film as art. Since then, I have made it my goal to see all the films nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes each year, to attend Sundance Film Festival, and to further film through efforts in the community and at the university where I am employed. It’s been a wonderful journey, and over and over again I find myself convicted of the power of film as the most influential method of story telling and culture shaping in our time.

The decade of the 2000s gave birth to some remarkable films, and it is difficult to make a list of the best fifty, much less twenty, films of the decade. Rather than label my choices for the top twenty as “the best”, I simply will refer to these as “my favorites” since they were the ones that have stuck with me the most. I don’t re-watch movies very often, but these are the ones I could watch over and over because of their entertainment value or their compelling messages. Here are my choices, in no particular order:

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2. Ratatouille
3. Up
4. The Devil Wears Prada
5. Walk the Line
6. Milk
7. Chicago
8. Hotel Rwanda
9. The Little Children
10. Juno
11. Little Miss Sunshine
12. Once
13. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
14. The Dark Knight
15. Charlie Wilson’s War
16. Crash
17. The Passion of the Christ
18. The Fog of War
19. Inglorious Basterds
20. Bruce Almighty

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