The Best Films of the New Millennium (2000-2019)

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I have seen several postings regarding the best films of the first two decades of the new millennium.  This seemed like such a daunting task that I wasn’t sure I wanted to even try it. But I finally decided to join the fray. I have listed the best movies of each year from 2000 to 2019.



Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Code Unknown



Mulholland Drive

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring



Talk to Her

The Son

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers



The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Kill Bill, Vol. 1

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring



Bad Education






Mysterious Skin

Memories of Murder



United 93

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Pan’s Labyrinth



4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days



Secret Sunshine




The Chaser

The Good, the Bad and the Weird


2009 (a particularly strong year)

Tokyo Sonata

Summer Hours

In the Loop

Inglorious Basterds

A Prophet

City of Life and Death




The Killer Inside Me

White Material




Of Gods and Men

A Separation



Beasts of the Southern Wild


Holy Motors




Stranger by the Lake

Upstream Color

The Great Beauty



Under the Skin

Wild Tales





Son of Saul

The Lobster




The Handmaiden

Manchester by the Sea



BPM (Beats Per Minute)


The Killing of a Sacred Dear

The Square



The Death of Stalin


First Reformed

The Favourite


2019 (I have not seen 1917)

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood


Jojo Rabbit





The Best Films of 2008 or the Howies

Top Ten Movies of 2008

Best Picture: Reprise

The rest in alphabetical order




The Counterfeiters

Edge of Heaven

In Bruges

Let the Right One In

Love Songs

Tell No One

Waltz with Bashir


Honorable mentions:


The Dark Knight, Wall-E


Special mention for Documentary:


Man on Wire



A Special List of Movies only shown once in L.A. (at film fests, etc.) in alphabetical order:


Before I Forget

The Chaser

The Good, the Bad, the Weird

The Headless Woman

Solitary fragments

Summer hours


Special Award for Best ensemble:


Doubt (Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman)

Note: I know this is cheating, but it freed up spaces on the best acting lists.



Best Actors of 2008

Best Actor:

Jacques Nolot – Before I Forget


The rest in alphabetical order


Francois Cluzet – Tell No One

Robert Downey, Jr. – Tropic Thunder, Iron Man

Karl Markovics – The Counterfeiters

Sean Penn – Milk


Honorable mentions:


Collin Farrell – In Bruges, Cassandra’s Dream

Benicio del Toro – Che

Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon



Best Actresses of 2008

Best Actress:

Melissa Leo – Frozen River

The rest in alphabetical order


Juliette Binoche – Flight of the Red Balloon, Summer Hours

Sally Hawkins – Happy Go Lucky

Maria Onetto – Headless Woman

Kirsten Scott Thomas – I Have Loved You So Long


Honorable mentions:


Angelina Jolie – Changeling

Kate Winslet – The Reader; Revolutionary Road



Best Supporting Actors of 2008

Best Supporting Actor:

Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight


The rest in alphabetical order


Josh Brolin – Milk

Ralph Feinnes – In Bruges, the Duchess, The Reader

Gilles LeLouche – Tell No One

Eddie Marsan – Happy Go Lucky


Honorable Mentions:


Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road;

Diego Luna – Milk


Best Supporting Actresses of 2008

Best Supporting Actress:

Penelope Cruz – Vicki Christina Barcelona

The rest in alphabetical order


Kathy Bates – Revolutionary Road

Lisa Kudrow – Kabluey

Elza Lyberstein – I Have Loved You So Long

Amy Poehler – Hamlet II


Honorable mentions:


Marissa Tomei – The Wrestler

Hannah Shygulla – Edge of Heaven


Best Direction of 2008

Best Director:

Che – Steven Sodenbergh

The rest in alphabetical order


The Chaser – Hong-jin Na

The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan

The Good, the Bad, the Weird – Ji Woom-Kin

Reprise – Joachim Trier


Honorable mention:


Jon Favreau – Iron Man


Best Screenplays of 2008

Best Screenplay:

Reprise – Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt


The rest in alphabetical order


Antarctica – Yair Hochner

The Counterfeiters – Stefan Ruzowitzky

In Bruges – Martin McDonagh

Tell No One – Guilliame Canet, Harlan Coben