Favorite Films of the Decade

Adam Walter’s still in the mood for lists. So he’s picking his favorite films of the DECADE.

What are yours?

I’m going to wait until my next break in the editing project. And then I’ll come back to this post and share my own picks in answer to Adam’s. So check back…



Here are my ten favorite films of this decade so far. These aren’t necessarily the greatest works of art, but they are the films I’m enjoyed and recommended the most since 2000.

  1. The New World
  2. Code Unknown
  3. Yi-Yi (A One and a Two)
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  5. Gosford Park
  6. Punch-drunk Love
  7. Into Great Silence
  8. The Son
  9. Finding Nemo
  10. Stevie

And here are thirty more in alphabetical order…

  • Almost Famous
  • Amelie
  • Born into Brothels
  • Children of Men
  • Devil Came on Horseback
  • Distant (Uzak)
  • Dogville
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Hero
  • Junebug
  • Killer of Sheep
  • L’Enfant
  • Little Children
  • Lost in Translation
  • Millions
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Royal Tenenbaums
  • Sophie Scholl
  • Spirited Away
  • Story of the Weeping Camel
  • The Death of Mr. Lazrescu
  • The Pianist
  • The Return
  • The Station Agent
  • The Story of the Weeping Camel
  • There Will Be Blood
  • United 93
  • Waking Life
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • jacqo

    The Green Mile 1999
    Artificial Intelligence A:I 2001
    Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003
    Eternal Sunshine For the Spotless Mind 2004
    The Passion of the Christ 2004
    Millions 2005
    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005
    The New World 2005/6
    Pans Labyrinth 2006
    Into Great Silence 2006
    There Will Be Blood 2007

  • bdlangton

    1. No Country For Old Men
    2. Punch-Drunk Love
    3. Mulholland Drive
    4. Sideways
    5. Ghost World
    6. Lost in Translation
    7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    8. The Royal Tenenbaums
    9. Amelie
    10. Dancer in the Dark

  • jeremylandes

    The New World
    August Rush
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    Changing Lanes
    The Pledge
    The Passion of the Christ
    The Kite Runner
    The Royal Tenanbaums
    Matchstick Men
    The Fast Runner
    United 93
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
    Spiderman 2
    Ocean’s Eleven
    Wish I had a list to choose from, but these 20 come to mind, so they have that going for them.