Paste Magazine: The 50 Best Movies of the Decade (2000-2009)

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If comparing music from Gillian Welch and Outkast in our 50 Best Albums of the Decade is like apples and oranges, ranking films like Amélie, The Dark Knight and Mulholland Drive is more like apples, ice cream and foie gras. But despite the wild variety among our 50 Best Movies from 2000-2009, each is an exquisitely made, exceptionally satisfying piece of cinema that we believe will endure well after the decade has ended. There are masters like Martin Scorcese and Lars Von Trier, and relative newcomers like Fernando Meirelles and Anna Boden. There are documentaries, comedies and dramas, as well as animated films and even a super-hero flick. Mirroring a decade of globalism, the filmmakers are from the United States, New Zealand, Taiwan, Germany, Ireland, France, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Romania, Thailand, Brazil, and nearly every part of the U.K. Let these be our recommendations for your Netflix queue. Personally, after reading the loving descriptions in these pages, I’ve already got films I missed the first time around—like Syndromes and a Century and Beau Travail—on the way. —Josh Jackson, Paste editor-in-chief

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    Cidade de Deus

    2002 — a.k.a. City of God, in 21 top lists Check
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    Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

    2001 — a.k.a. Amélie, in 25 top lists Check
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    Almost Famous

    2000, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    2001, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2002, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    2003, in 25 top lists Check
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    2004, in 25 top lists Check
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    Beau travail

    1999, in 13 top lists Check
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    Lost in Translation

    2003, in 16 top lists Check
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    Le fils

    2002 — a.k.a. The Son, in 7 top lists Check
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    No Country for Old Men

    2007, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    2001, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 23 top lists Check
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    There Will Be Blood

    2007, in 19 top lists Check
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    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 25 top lists Check
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    Up

    2009, in 16 top lists Check
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    Juno

    2007, in 10 top lists Check
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    Half Nelson

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    Memento

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
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    Sang sattawat

    2006 — a.k.a. Syndromes and a Century, in 7 top lists Check
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    4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile

    2007 — a.k.a. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, in 12 top lists Check
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    Elephant

    2003, in 10 top lists Check
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    In the Loop

    2009, in 2 top lists Check
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    Dogville

    2003, in 14 top lists Check
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    Traffic

    2000, in 6 top lists Check
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    2000, in 5 top lists Check
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    El laberinto del fauno

    2006 — a.k.a. Pan's Labyrinth, in 29 top lists Check
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    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    1999, in 4 top lists Check
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    Caché

    2005 — a.k.a. Hidden, in 14 top lists Check
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    A History of Violence

    2005, in 10 top lists Check
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    Man on Wire

    2008, in 4 top lists Check
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    Once

    2007, in 3 top lists Check
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    Gosford Park

    2001, in 5 top lists Check
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    Ratatouille

    2007, in 10 top lists Check
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    2003, in 16 top lists Check
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    2004, in 7 top lists Check
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    2006, in 7 top lists Check
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    Junebug

    2005, in 2 top lists Check
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    Millions

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Billy Elliot

    2000, in 5 top lists Check
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    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 18 top lists Check
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    Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

    2001 — a.k.a. Spirited Away, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Departed

    2006, in 17 top lists Check
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    L'enfant

    2005 — a.k.a. The Child, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Last King of Scotland

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    In America

    2002, in 1 top list Check
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    Hotel Rwanda

    2004, in 10 top lists Check
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    Whale Rider

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
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    Iraq in Fragments

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
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