Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 2007

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2007.

In order to understand the color-coding, the purpose, and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision.


  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. My Kid Could Paint That (review)
  3. Ratatouille
  4. No Country for Old Men
  5. Hot Fuzz
  6. Lars and the Real Girl
  7. I’m Not There
  8. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  9. The Devil Came on Horseback
  10. Ostrov (The Island)*
  11. Zodiac
  12. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  13. Persepolis*
  14. Juno
  15. The Visitor*
  16. We Own the Night*
  • Encounters at the End of the World *
  • Honeydripper* (some observations)
  • Eastern Promises
  • Secret Sunshine*
  • My Winnipeg*
  • Planet Terror
  • Heading South*
  • The Savages
  • No End in Sight
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
  • La Vie En Rose
  • Into the Wild
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • Paranoid Park
  • The Band’s Visit*
  • Angel-A*
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Jindabyne*
  • Enchanted
  • Waitress
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Charlie Wilson’s War
  • Captain Achab*
  • Michael Clayton
  • The Orphanage
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Lust, Caution
  • Ben X
  • Margot at the Wedding
  • The Edge of Heaven
  • Chop Shop
  • Cassandra’s Dream
  • Breach
  • The Lookout
  • Ocean’s Thirteen
  • Death Proof
  • Knocked Up
  • Dan in Real Life
  • Atonement
  • In the Valley of Elah
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Eagle Vs. Shark
As-yet Unseen or Unratable films of 2007:
28 Weeks Later (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo)
5 Centimeters per Second (Makoto Shinkai)
A Century of Sound
A Girl Cut in Two (Claude Chabrol)
A Mighty Heart
A Secret
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Across the Universe
Afternoon (Angela Schanelec)
Alexandra (Alexander Sokurov)
Altar (Rico Ilarde)
American Gangster
Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
Becoming Jane
Becoming John Ford
Before I Forget (Jacques Nolot)
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (Sidney Lumet)
Beowulf (Robert Zemeckis)
Bernard and Doris
Big Man Japan
Body of War
Boy A
Brick Lane
Chicago 10
Chouga (Darezhan Omirbayev)
City of Men
Crashing (Gary Walkow)
Crazy Love
Death at a Funeral
Death in the Land of Encantos (Lav Diaz)
Duchess of Langeais
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
En la ciudad de Sylvia
Fados (Carlos Saura)
Freedom Writers
Frownland (Ronald Bronstein)
Fugitive Pieces
Funny Games
George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara)
Grace Is Gone
Halloween (Rob Zombie)
Happiness (Hur Jin-ho)
Help Me Eros
Heya fawda
Hotel Chevalier (Wes Anderson)
I Am Legend
Il Dolce e l’amaro
Import Export (Ulrich Seidl)
In Search of a Midnight Kiss
In the Shadow of the Moon
It’s a Free World…
Jazz Icons, Volume II
Just Another Love Story
King of California
King of Ping Pong
La Antena
La France (Serge Bozon)
Lions for Lambs
L’Ora di punta
Love in the Time of Cholera
Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
Maurice Jarre: A Salute to David Lean
Mogari no mori
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
Must Read After My Death
My Blueberry Nights (Wong Kar-wai)
My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin)
Nessuna qualità agli eroi
Padre Nuestro
Paranormal Activity
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Pure Cinema: Birth of the Hitchcock Style
Quiet City (Aaron Katz)
Rails & Ties
Redacted (Brian De Palma)
Rocket Science
Roman de Gare
Romance of Astrea and Celadon (Eric Rohmer)
Shrek the Third
Smiley Face (Gregg Araki)
Southland Tales (Richard Kelly)
Spike Jones: The Legend
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
Starting Out in the Evening
Sukiyaki Western Django
Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi
Talk to Me
Taxi to the Dark Side
Team Picture (Kentucker Audley)
The Brave One
The Counterfeiters
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk
The Duchess of Langeais (Jacques Rivette)
The Go-Getter
The Great Debaters
The Heartbreak Kid (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
The Jane Austen Book Club
The Kite Runner
The Last Mistress (Catherine Breillat)
The Man from London (Béla Tarr)
The Mist (Frank Darabont)
The Pool
The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
The Secrets
The Sun Also Rises (Jiang Wen)
The Tracey Fragments (Bruce McDonald)
The Wackness (Jonathan Levine)
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
The Witnesses (André Téchiné)
The Zone
Then She Found Me
Things We Lost in the Fire
Tout est pardonne (Mia Hansen-Løve)
Useless (Jia Zhang-ke)
We Own the Night (James Gray)
Wolfsbergen (Nanouk Leopold)
You Kill Me
You, The Living (Roy Andersson)