Best Films Since 2000

by Luke Muehlhauser on January 1, 2012 in Reviews

Because I’m in the mood…

  1. Memento, Christopher Nolan, 2000
  2. Mulholland Dr., David Lynch, 2001
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry, 2004
  4. Enter the Void, Gaspar Noé, 2009
  5. Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman, 2008
  6. 21 Grams, Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2003
  7. Dogville, Lars von Trier, 2003
  8. Primer, Shane Carruth, 2004
  9. Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky, 2000
  10. The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, 2011
  11. Adaptation., Spike Jonze, 2002
  12. There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007

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Zeb January 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Interesting, my list would look very similar except I woud have Science of Sleep on there. Maybe Waking Life, Through a Glass Darkly, or The Squid and the Whale if I thought about it..


Leo January 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Sad I can’t see The Lord of the Rings there.


Brice Gilbert January 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

That is an accurate list.


Scott January 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Can’t stand Lynch. Though Adaptation was too predictable and silly. I would have The Fog of War, WALL-E and The White Ribbon topping the list (though I haven’t seen Tree of Life yet).


Jonathan Livengood January 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Interesting list! I’m not sure how I would order them, but in addition to your picks, I enjoyed: O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000), Batman Begins & The Dark Knight (2005/2008), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Special (2006), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Juno (2007), Moon (2009), and Up (2009). And although it’s objectively not as good a film as the others being mentioned here (and wasn’t as good as Firefly), I still really like watching Serenity (2005).

I’d love to see your reasons for your choices.


Garren January 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Most controversial post on this blog in months.


Bradley C. January 2, 2012 at 12:38 am

This is a great list. Just saw Enter the Void a few weeks ago. All the movies I have seen on this list are among my favorite.


andyman409 January 2, 2012 at 12:56 am

You have good tastes Luke- and that’s coming from a guy with a diploma in film studies! I woulda added pans lambrynth and ghostworld tho.

BTW happy you liked dogville as much as I did!


PDH January 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

I think the Prestige is Nolan’s best film (though, I love Memento).


veer January 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

How much of this is signaling? You saw that facebook study, didn’t you?


Ralph January 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

What?!? No gay cowboys anywhere?!?


Bill Maher January 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

I think the Prestige is Nolan’s best film (though, I love Memento).



Dee January 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

Great list. Pretty idiosyncratic, which is what best of lists should be. If I could add a few they would be: In the Mood for Love and 2046 – the future segments are amazing, City of God, Inglourious Basterds or Kill Bill Vol. 1


Ajay January 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Whew! I would have Mulholland Dr. at #1. That shit was amazing. Great list.


Luke Muehlhauser January 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm

White Ribbon and Science of Sleep *almost* made this list.


J January 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Only a few foreigns, 1 independent and no animation?

3 remedies that come to my mind:

Spirited Away / Howl’s Moving Castle


haig January 4, 2012 at 1:46 am

Children of Men and The Fountain would be in my top 10 and I think you might enjoy those if you haven’t seen them already.


Luke Muehlhauser January 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm


Saw them all. All good, along with many other non-U.S. films and animated films, but not top of the tops for me.


Phil January 9, 2012 at 4:55 am

If you like mindfucks like Memento, Requiem of a Dream, 21 Grams and There Will be Blood, you MUST see OldBoy. It’s a korean movie that won a few awards at Cannes 2004. Personally, it’s my all time favourite movie. Awesome camera and direction, brilliant film music, and a major plot twist in almost every dialogue.


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