Top 10 Films Of The Decade: “It’s Like The End Of An Era!”

December 31, 2009 by  
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nemoDespite Michael Bay’s best efforts, the noughties has been an excellent decade for film fans. But unfortunately only ten movies could be included in OTB’s glamourously definitive roll of honour.

We doubt that anyone will agree with us, indeed we will be surprised if we are able to clear a path to our desks through the hate mail when we return to the office on Monday.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the decade as much as us. See you on the other side…

10. Bowling For Columbine

This visceral social commentary just pipped Shane Meadows’ This Is England for tenth place on our list, not least because of this quick American History lesson which would have made our A Levels much easier.

Vocal lefty Michael Moore produced some other relevant work later in the decade and we await his attack on capitalism in 2010 (erm… good luck with that!), but Bowling For Columbine remains the yard stick by which doc-film making is measured.

Al Gore take note.

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The second two films may have divided opinion, but few would argue that the first POTC movie opened our eyes to a new type of cinema and taught us that pirates can be sexier than Sean Bean after a hard day felling trees.

It also thrust a flagging Johnny Depp back into the limelight, where he effortlessly made the role of Captain Jack Sparrow his own.

8. The Departed

Scorsese, Di Caprio, Damon, Nicholson, Wahlberg, Sheen? Even Real Madrid don’t have a line-up that good, and this film lived up to the sky-high expectations with ease.

If any director has mastered the art of absorbing urban crime culture, then it’s Martin Scorsese, and in this modern thriller he and his latest muse Leonardo Di Caprio deliver a memorable movie.

7. There Will Be Blood

This tantalising character study from Daniel Day-Lewis had critics filling their pants with excitement when it came out in 2007.

But underneath the anecdotes about Mr Lewis “staying in character” and an iconic milkshake scene which spawned a thousand T-shirts, this was a truly exceptional film.

6. The Notebook

This choice will have blokes groaning as they remember that fateful trip to the cinema with their girlfriend and – for the really unlucky ones – the day they returned from the DVD shop with a copy. (Sob)

It does however remain a heart-wrenching and brilliantly worked piece of cinema which will definitely have you in tears no matter what your gender.

5. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

The most quotable film of the decade simply has to make it into our top ten. Ferrell may have dropped the ball a few times in the last 10 years (Elf! What were you thinking Will?) But the legend of Ron Burgundy will be preserved as an example of flawless comedy for years to come.

Not least at your local gym… (“I don’t know if you heard me counting but I did over 100!”)

4. Gladiator

They bravely killed Maximus Decimus Meridius (he will have his vengeance is this life or the next etc) off at the end of this Roman classic to make sure there wasn’t a crap-addled sequel which vomited on the memory of the original Ridley Scott masterpiece – we are very thankful. This film will surely stand the test of time.

Gladiator cruises into the top five of the noughties simply for being so bloody brilliant (remember it’s now 10 years old) and confirming the re-emergence of the sprawling epic.

3. Finding Nemo

The last decade has seen more computer-animated films than Michael Jackson could cram on to the shelves of his Neverland Ranch gamesroom, so what makes Finding Nemo so special?

Well of course it was the rich and vibrant set of characters that the writers so skillfully assembled in this fish’s tale (guffaw).

It may be cliche, but there really are too many to mention, however our particular favourites were the Aussie seagulls, the Sharks undergoing rehabilitation and of course the sieve-brained Dori.

2. Borat

Ali G was funny, Borat made us laugh so much that we became dangerously dehydrated.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s bumbling TV reporter from Kazakhstan took us across America on his quest to marry Pamela Anderson, and he tapped into a rich vein of ironic humour which cut into the underbelly of an exceptionally diverse nation.

Anyone who keeps a bear in their car for “protection” deserves serious respect.

1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

It may have been the third helping of Lord of the Rings that earned the academy awards, but it was the first film of the trilogy which blew our tiny little minds.

They have a cave troll…

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  1. Nina P says:

    Your two references to Sean Bean confirm your good taste. I applaud you. As for the rest of your picks, I agree with most of them. “Anchorman” was an instant classic in our house. “Gladiator” and “The Departed” speak for themselves. One movie I note missing on your list, as well as others that I’ve seen, is “Crash.” I thought it was a brilliant piece of film making.

  2. Tomjohn says:

    Good list all round, these things are always difficult to do and this is a pretty solid list but as for the argument for Crash’s inclusion, don’t make me laugh. This is the top 10 films of the decade not the top 10 worst Oscar winners ever.

  3. meannun says:

    Suprise suprise. Lord of the ring piece at number 1. A conclusion that is about as predictable as the out come of locking Gary Glitter in room of 10 year olds. How does Finding Nemo and Pirates of the crappy-bean get an inclusiion over City of God. Donnie Darko? The Dark Knight?. And where the hell is Old school? Shocker.