The 10 Best Movies of the Decade

The 10 Best Movies of the Decade 2000 - 2009
My 10 Best Movies of the Decade

It was my most extensive undertaking since starting this website. It was fun, and it required the most work out of any of the posts I've done here. A month after opening the poll, all the votes are in and everything is tallied up.

"50 million of you voted," well... not quite that much but thank you to all those of you who did participate in this Ten Best Movies of the Decade poll.

How the best movies were calculated...
I asked you to rank your ten favorite movies in order so I could gather a point system structure, where the highest rating gets the highest amount of points possible (in case there would be a "dealer push" situation with a tie of the number of votes between films). For some of you who didn't put it in order, each of your films were pro-rated with an equally averaged amount of points.

Anyways, enough of the boring accounting structure and on to the 10 Best Movies of the Decade. Thanks again to all that have voted... Here are the---

The 10 Best movies of the Decade, from 2000 - 2009, as voted by you.

10) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
J.R.R. Tolkien's final chapter in the Lord of the Rings trilogy proved to be the highest ranked of the bunch, closely followed by The Fellowship of the Ring. On another note, director Peter Jackson's The Return of the King is the only film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to also win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

9) There Will Be Blood (2007)
Some consider There Will Be Blood, director Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece and also the best American film of the decade. Daniel Day Lewis' performance alone makes it a must see movie. Orsen Welles, anyone? However, there is another American cinematic film that is ranked higher. Ooooh! What could that be?

8) Donnie Darko (2001)
Director Richard Kelly's best film by far... as all his films post Donnie Darko, haven't exactly acquired the same cult following. Speaking of cult following, Donnie Darko is the only film on the list that has benefited greatly from it's cult status.

7) Avatar (2009)
I was not surprised that people liked this movie, but I was surprised that people liked this movie "a-whole-lot." Well, I guess the highest-grossing movie in the world had to rank on the list somewhere. James Cameron's only film in a decade proved to be his most successful and all that was needed to make this list.

6) WALL-E (2008)
The only Pixar movie to make this list (Monster's Inc was just outside the top 10). When compiling the results, I noticed that the people that did vote for WALL-E ranked it really high in their list, which is probably why WALL-E is ranked above any other Pixar film that came out in the past decade.

5) Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Pan's Labyrinth is the second of two non-english speaking films to make it on this list (the third would be City of God, actually I think it's number 11). El Laberinto del Fauno, as it's also called, is Guillermo del Toro's best work to date and let's hope that Hobbit movie he's working on with Peter Jackson, works out well.

4) No Country for Old Men (2007)
This is the other American cinematic masterpiece I was talking about. Yes, the Coen Brothers' Academy Award winning, modern western, made it on this list. When compiling the results for No Country for Old Men, I noticed that most people ranked it in the low end of most of their lists. However, No Country for Old Men did manage to make it on a lot of lists. So that is why it ranks so high on this list.

3) Amélie (2001)
Or what is known as Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (that took a while to type since I don't know French). Amélie is the highest ranked non-english speaking film, as it appeared on a lot of lists. However, not one of them managed to score a number one spot. Most of the rankings for Amélie appeared in the middle range of lists which was good enough to beat out No Country for Old Men.

2) District 9 (2009)
Surprise! Well... I was... Yes, I was surprised to see this at number two. I was unaware that people like this movie a lot. It appeared on many lists and most of them ranked District 9 in the top three. Thus, garnering a lot of points alongside its many votes.

Drum Roll Please!!!

And the Best Film of the Decade 2000 - 2009 is.....

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
This was by far the film that appeared on the most lists... No other film was close. It was pretty much a shoe-in from my first week of opening the poll. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight also scored the highest amount of points. The odd thing is, with it's numerous number of votes, there was not a number one ranking on any of the lists compiled. Although, on some of the lists were pretty darn close.

So there you have it folks, The Dark Knight is the Best Film of the Decade 2000 - 2009, as voted by you. Thanks to all of you that voted. And there better not be any complainers because I did hold this open to the public. Anyways, if you didn't vote, there's always next year... I mean next decade.

My 10 Best Movies of the Decade

1 comment:

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OK now i was a big fan of Batman Begins, i really liked it but it wasn't really my favorite movie ever and the same can be said for The Dark Knight.