I've never been a big fan of McDonald's, so it took me 35 years before I had my first McRib sandwich. Can't say it was worth the wait, but it was fun getting together with Brandon and Matt to commemorate the moment.
I don't take these lists lightly. I probably do more homework than the folks at Entertainment Weekly, AFI, and Variety combined. I've been at this for a week now, and I think I'm happy with the list I put together. I took into consideration every film I viewed and rated as an A- or better from 2000 to the present. There were many B+ movies that felt deserving, but just missed the mark. In fact, I had a list of over 100 to whittle down that were A- or better.
Putting them in order was a challenge. The top 25 are pretty solid, 26-50 are more or less in order. Many of my selections will be on most people's lists, but I have plenty of films that are likely unique to mine. I've rounded up posters from all the films to help jog your memory. 10 years is a long time. I also have included statistical data at the bottom, for those interested in that kind of thing.
Obviously, I haven't seen every film released in the last decade. As I continue to see great films, I will have to drop some movies from this list and add others. I'd love to see others top films from this decade, so if you have a list posted somewhere, please post a link in the comments. Feel free to bash or praise my picks. I love a good movie debate.
I'm starting my list at number 50 and working my way to #1 to add more suspense. The order of information is as follows: Rank, US Title, Foreign Title (if applicable), Rating, Year Released, Production Country/Countries
TOP 50 MOVIES OF THE DECADE
#50 Nurse Betty (R) (2000) US
#49 Hard Candy (R) (2005) US
#48 Red Dragon (R) (2002) US
#47 Rabbit Proof Fence (PG) (2002) Australia
#46 Oceans 11 (PG-13) (2001) US
#45 The Descent (R) (2006) UK
#44 Amores Perros (R) (2000) Mexico
#43 Sexy Beast (R) (2001) UK, Spain
#42 In Good Company (PG-13) US
#41 Memento (R) (2000) US
#40 Across The Universe (PG-13) (2007) US
#39 High Fidelity (R) (2000) US
#38 Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (Ong-bak) (R) (2003) Thailand
Not a single film I've seen so far from this year has been Top 50 worthy. That could change with all the Oscar contending films being released this month.
The only animated film to make the list: Wall-E
The only zombie movie to make the list: 28 Days Later
The only true horror movie to make the list: The Descent
Two musicals made the list: Once and Across The Universe
36 of the Top 50 films are rated R
Rabbit Proof Fence is the only PG rated film
Wall-E is the only one rated G
Only 2 of my films won the Oscar for Best Picture for the year they were released: Gladiator in 2000, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003,
If the Academy had any sense whatsoever, they would have awarded best picture as follows:
2000: Gladiator (won)
2001: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (instead of A Beautiful Mind)
2002: City of God (instead of that horrific Chicago. IDIOTS!!) It wasn't even nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
2003: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (won)
2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Not even nominated!!!! The complete downer Million Dollar Baby won.)
2005: Unleashed (Again, not nominated. The very average Crash walked away with the trophy.)
2006: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Not nominated. They decided to reward Martin Scorsese this year for The Departed instead of his much better Gangs of New York in 2002. )
2007: Mongol (No Country For Old Men won the big prize. Mongol was nominated for Best Foreign Film, but lost to The Counterfeiters, which was very good, but not as good.
2008: Wall-E (Not nominated for Best Picture, which is just stupid. Neither was The Dark Knight for that matter. The academy is retarded. Slumdog Millionaire won, which is at least a good film.)