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.

 

2000

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Code Unknown

 

2001

Mulholland Drive

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

 

2002

Talk to Her

The Son

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

 

2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Kill Bill, Vol. 1

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring

 

2004

Bad Education

Downfall

Primer

 

2005

Cache

Mysterious Skin

Memories of Murder

 

2006

United 93

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Pan’s Labyrinth

 

2007

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days

Once

Zodiac

Secret Sunshine

 

2008

Reprise

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

 

2010

Mother

The Killer Inside Me

White Material

 

2011

Pina

Of Gods and Men

A Separation

 

2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Amour

Holy Motors

 

2013

Reality

Stranger by the Lake

Upstream Color

The Great Beauty

 

2014

Under the Skin

Wild Tales

Ida

Nightcrawler

 

2015

Son of Saul

The Lobster

Carol

 

2016

The Handmaiden

Manchester by the Sea

 

2017

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Graduation

The Killing of a Sacred Dear

The Square

 

2018

The Death of Stalin

Burning

First Reformed

The Favourite

 

2019 (I have not seen 1917)

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Joker

Jojo Rabbit

Parasite

 

 

 

The Best Films of 2008 or the Howies


Top Ten Movies of 2008

Best Picture: Reprise

The rest in alphabetical order

 

Antartica

Che

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

Helvetica

 

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