Top 100 Films of the 2000s

As part of the Bit Players launch, we wanted to do something special that might give a little bit the listeners a little bit of a feel for who we are as film watchers, so we decided to count down our favorite films of the 2000s, a decade that largely marks our first days as serious film appreciators. It was a really fun process where we each submitted our own personal top 50 list of the decade and culled together a consensus using those films. What we came up with turned out to be a pretty interesting examination of what we look for and love in films, and the way that our tastes today were shaped by our teen and early adult years as filmwatchers. We hope you enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed making it together, and come to a better understanding of us as a group as you go forward with hopefully listening to more episodes.

As part of the Bit Players launch, we wanted to do something special that might give the listeners a little bit of a feel for who we are as film watchers, so we decided to count down our favorite films of the 2000s, a decade that largely marks our first days as serious film appreciators. It was a really fun process where we each submitted our own personal top 50 list of the decade and culled together a consensus using those films. What we came up with turned out to be a pretty interesting examination of what we look for and love in films, and the way that our tastes today were shaped by our teen and early adult years as filmwatchers. We hope you enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed making it together, and come to a better understanding of us as a group as you go forward with hopefully listening to more episodes.

In addition to the list, you can find some interesting statistics about the breakdown of the films and where things shook out as well as our individual ballots as a way to see where our tastes might veer off from one another.

X2
50. X2 (2003)

Director
Bryan Singer
Stars
Patrick Stewart
Hugh Jackman
Halle Berry


Whereas X-Men sees Singer tell a dramatic story, in X2 he is all about action. You get the sense that Singer talked to the right effects people (twice the amount CGI from X-Men!) and that someone introduced Hugh Jackman to the juice. A lot more familiar characters in this movie (Nightcrawler steals the show from get-go) and a Wolverine-focused story makes this most people’s favorite early X-Men movie. This is the real reason Marvel is the dominant source for comic book movies now. - Brian Urrutia

X-Men
49. X-Men (2000)

Director
Bryan Singer
Stars
Patrick Stewart
Hugh Jackman
Ian McKellen


Probably one of my favorite super hero movies. I had been a big fan of the '90s cartoon and had read a few of the early comics both which make it clear that X-Men is the most soap opera-ish of series (Andie can advise on more recent series). So, I was cool with this mostly dramatic take by Singer. Rather than relying on mutant powers to wow audiences, Singer tells the story in terms of alienation and prejudice. There’s a way of seeing this as a bit of a heavy movie actually, especially given the Holocaust/Magneto origins preface. Singer is neat in his execution and smartly leaves much to return to in X2. - BU

Tropic Thunder
48. Tropic Thunder (2008)

Director
Ben Stiller
Stars
Ben Stiller
Jack Black
Robert Downey Jr.


Once the trailers start you are overwhelmed with the feeling that this movie will be hilarious. Yes, this comedy belongs in the top 50 of the decade. - Clark Carmichael

Two words: Simple Jack. - JP

Little Miss Sunshine
47. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Director
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Stars
Steve Carell
Toni Collette
Greg Kinnear


The dance scene is one of the best movie moments of the entire decade. Alan Arkin is amazing throughout. - Jeff Pearson

Knocked Up
46. Knocked Up (2007)

Director
Judd Apatow
Stars
Seth Rogen
Katherine Heigl
Paul Rudd


Judd Apatow either wrote, produced, or directed the majority of my favorite comedies of the past ten years and a couple excellent TV shows. I discovered him when I saw Knocked Up and I’ve enjoyed watching all of his other movies ever since. In my opinion, this is one of the funniest comedies of the decade, but like most of Judd Apatow’s projects, it also has a lot of substance. The film is riddled with great comedic actors including many from their early years: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Ken Jeong, Jay Baruchel, Martin Starr, Harold Ramis, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Craig Robinson, and Alan Tudyk. There’s also a great soundtrack featuring Loudon Wainwright. - Anders Oster

Spirited Away
45. Spirited Away (2001)

Director
Hayao Miyazaki
Stars
Rumi Hiiragi
Miyu Irino
Mari Natsuki


The anime movie for me. The British Film Institute has this in its top 10 for “movies you have to see before you turn age 14,” but they’re total dumbasses if they think this movie grows stale or loses its luster as an audience grows older. Miyazaki’s movies are full of insights of the most unusual variety (slightly reminiscent of Gaiman or Burton but even weirder). This one is about a young girl orphaned to the natural world and subsequently taken in by the spiritual realm. Miyazki isn’t into reflecting the world; He wants to show you others he’s absorbed. - BU

It's funny you mention the age factor of this film, because I always had this perception that Miyazaki was like Japan's Walt Disney, so I went into Spirited Away kind of expecting something easily palatable like maybe that BFI list is suggesting. Not the case, my friend. If I was a little kid seeing this movie I would probably shit my pants. - JP

Zodiac
44. Zodiac (2007)

Director
David Fincher
Stars
Jake Gyllenhaal
Robert Downey Jr.
Mark Ruffalo


Fincher’s skillfully layered examination of obsession is his best work. Also, what is better than RDJ and J. Gyll getting drunk off mai tais? - Jarryd Baxter

Slumdog Millionaire
43. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Director
Danny Boyle
Stars
Dev Patel
Freida Pinto
aurabh Shukla


All of Boyle’s movies are different, but I think this is the best. A pure celebration of life, love, and questions of fate. - JB

Ocean's Eleven
42. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Director
Steven Soderbergh
Stars
George Clooney
Brad Pitt
Julia Roberts


George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac (and don’t forget Topher Grace and Joshua Jackson). This movie is a who’s who of A-listers and ‘All the Wayans’ team members. In my opinion, Soderbergh’s best movie, one of the greatest heist movies of all time, and an instant classic. The Bellagio fountain scene featuring ‘Clair de Lune’ is one of the most beautiful movie scenes of all time. - AO

The 40 Year Old Virgin
41. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

Director
Judd Apatow
Stars
Steve Carell
Catherine Keener
Paul Rudd


Early footage of the dominant comedic troupe of the first two decades of 21st century. Carrell and Apatow penned this one together and I think they complement one another perfectly with this comedy of vulnerability. Paul Rudd’s frustration with Michael McDonald’s looping concert footage is one of my favorite bits. This decade really saw the rom-com genre level up and the 40 Year Old Virgin (along with Love Actually) played a crucial role. - BU

The Incredibles
40. The Incredibles (2004)

Director
Brad Bird
Stars
Craig T. Nelson
Samuel L. Jackson
Holly Hunter


The top animated movie on my list. You couldn't ask for more from an animated kids movie. - CC

The Hangover
39. The Hangover (2009)

Director
Todd Phillips
Stars
Zach Galifianakis
Bradley Cooper
Justin Bartha


I had this movie in my top ten. It's a combination of Reno! 911, bachelor party and the Blues Brothers. It's definitely a throwback to the raucous comedies of the '70s. - CC

Goblet of Fire
38. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Director
Mike Newell
Stars
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint


Quidditch World Cup, The Triwizard Tournament, and the first personification of Ray Fiennes as Lord Voldemort! Director Mike Newell is the George Lazenby of the Harry Potter franchise for me. He only gets one attempt, but he makes the most of it, and an important side character is killed off while he’s there. The ‘priori incantatem’ scene from the book is spectacularly reimagined for the screen in a way that matches and possibly exceeds the scene from the book, something that might not be possible to say at any other time during the franchise’s eight film span. The finale of the Triwizard Tournament is another incredibly poignant scene that makes this movie the first film of the series that made me feel like I was watching a movie and story created for adults. - AO

Memento
37. Memento (2000)

Director
Christopher Nolan
Stars
Guy Pearce
Carrie-Ann Moss
Joe Pantoliano


One of those really early experiences in my life appreciating and studying film. Got to love the narrative experiment that Nolan pulls off with such mastery; it's something I can watch again and again and always be kind of taken aback. - JP

The Royal Tenenbaums
36. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Director
Wes Anderson
Stars
Gene Hackman
Gwyneth Paltrow
Anjelica Huston


I really love this one because it finds such a nice balance between the quirkiness for which I love Wes Anderson's films and a real sense of despair that permeates throughout. - JP

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
35. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Director
Michel Gondry
Stars
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Tom Wilkinson


Like Children of Men, seeing this was one of those "holy shit" moments in film for me. The way that Michel Gondry just masterfully plays with the settings and manipulates them as the memories shift and fade away is absolutely incredible. It really makes the film feel like something you can step inside and experience. - JP

Blow
34. The Descent (2005)

Director
Neil Marshall
Stars
Shauna Macdonald
Natalie Mendoza
Alex Reid


Good ol’ fashioned horror formula: gallons upon gallons of fake blood, young ladies, and the dark. I saw it on opening night with Clark, Geri, and Jon. The audience was electric: people screamed, tried to warn the women of eminent dangers, applauded at their triumph, etc. As I type it out now, it sounds awful, but there was a real dynamic between the audience and the movie characters’ situations unlike in other types of movies. It made the movie theater feel like a real theater, where the audience’s reactions could be heard and felt by the characters on stage. Geri has said this before and I think he’s right but the time to see a scary movie is opening weeknight on Friday or Saturday between 6-8 PM. - BU

Fantastic Mr. Fox
33. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Director
Wes Anderson
Stars
George Clooney
Meryl Streep
Bill Murray


1. George Clooney is a fucking great voice actor.

2. All Wes Anderson movies should be stop motion.

3. Jason Schwartzman is way funnier when I can't see his annoying face. - CC

Kill Bill: Vol. 2
32. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

Director
Quentin Tarantino
Stars
Uma Thurman
David Carradine
Michael Madsen


This is my favorite non-Lord of the Rings movie of the decade. This is another movie Clark and I couldn’t wait to come out in theaters. For those of you who thought the first Kill Bill was lacking in the dialogue Tarantino is known for, the second volume is for you. Uma Thurman and kung fu legend David Carradine have excellent chemistry together and there are more than a few scenes that feature great dialogue between the two. Your heart is sure to break right along with David Carradine’s in a final showdown between the two that you’re sure to have imagined differently. As in the first Kill Bill, the second volume maintains the feel of the kung fu western featuring incredibly choreographed fight sequences and western style music. The music of Ennio Morricone, maybe best known for scoring The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, is featured several times to great effect, including in my favorite scene of the movie which involves a buried alive Uma Thurman. The Bride from Vol. 1 is a mysterious, murdering mistress up until this point. This movie focuses primarily on her origins and gives much more backstory on what compels her to get her revenge. - AO

Ratatouille
31. Ratatouille (2007)

Director
Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava
Stars
Brad Garrett
Lou Romano
Patton Oswalt


Beautiful animation, terrific voice acting, and the allure of French cuisine make this one of Pixar’s strongest installments. I love this movie so much, that my dog’s name is Remy. - JB

Unbreakable
30. Unbreakable (2000)

Director
M. Night Shyamalan
Stars
Bruce Willis
Samuel L. Jackson
Robin Wright


A movie about comic book heroes… I mean fanboys… or maybe both. It is interesting to think if M. Night was prescient here and saw that we would become a culture obsessed with comic book heroes.

Back in 2000, M Night was at the height of his powers. After The Sixth Sense, I remember everyone being so captivated by M. Night’s vision. He had the celebrity that most actors dream of though he directed. So, when I heard that M Night was directing a super hero movie, I had to have a look. M Night smartly double dips with B. Willis as leading man and introduces Samuel L as a seemingly supportive and harmless friend to Willis as he discover his power of unbreakableness. To me, it is a great example of how realistically and restrained M. Night handles plots about the revelation of something extraordinary. He doesn’t overindulge the audience. Like most of his work, it’s really a movie about belief in a weirdo: Is Willis really a super hero or have we been duped? I still believe in M. Night for some reason, even though most of the movies after this are widely regarded as garbage. (For more on M. Night and his career trajectory see Oster and Baxter’s “The Shyamalan Twist” Goof Troop Oscar Bonanza, Fall 2015.) - BU

Lost in Translation
29. Lost in Translation (2003)

Director
Sofia Coppola
Stars
Bill Murray
Scarlett Johansson
Giovanni Ribisi


This film is carried by the incredible performances of Murray and Johansson. The final scene will leave you in tears and make you happy to be alive. One of the best. - JB

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
28. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Director
Wes Anderson
Stars
Bill Murray
Owen Wilson
Anjelica Huston


This is a film that only continues to get better for me. It has moments that will never stop making me laugh ("Esteban was eaten!") and that will never stop making me cry (when the jaguar fish finally appears and Sigur Ros starts playing, it slays me). - JP

Old School
27. Old School (2003)

Director
Todd Phillips
Stars
Luke Wilson
Vince Vaughn
Will Ferrell


It hurts my heart that Old School fell out of the top comedy spot on our list, as this is easily the best comedy of the decade to me. I remember downloading just a real shitty cam-job like the day it came out and watching it on my computer - this was back in the dark ages of cam-jobs, too, mind you; whoever shot this thing made Pimp4003 look like Terence Malick - and immediately went out and saw it in theatres with Ron and Micki. That showed me the power of comedy when you're surrounded by a large group of people. I don't think I've laughed that hard at a film since. - JP

Superbad
26. Superbad (2007)

Director
Greg Mottola
Stars
Michael Cera
Jonah Hill
Christopher Mintz-Plasse


For me, this is the funniest movie of the decade and one of the funniest of all time. Basically every line of dialogue has me cracking up. Highlights include Jonah Hill getting hit by a car, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader as cops taking information at the scene of a crime, Jonah Hill daydreaming about shoplifting alcohol from a grocery store, Michael Cera any time he tries to talk to the girl he likes, Jonah Hill’s dick treasure chest, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fogell with his fake ID, Cera and Hill having a meeting in the middle of a P.E. soccer game, and Fogell with Rogen and Hader drinking at a bar. - AO

Big Fish
25. Big Fish (2003)

Director
Tim Burton
Stars
Ewan McGregor
Albert Finney
Billy Crudup


Burton’s true masterpiece that will make anybody a believer in the importance of fantasy and art of storytelling. - JB

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
24. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Director
Peter Jackson
Stars
Elijah Wood
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen


It’s 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 17, 2003. Finally. Clark and I have made it out of school and are at the opening night of the final installment of the greatest film trilogy of all time. 2 hours and 45 minutes later, the movie is over. 5 minutes after that it ends again. And again 5 minutes after that. Another two or three endings and it’s over in a swift 3 hours and 20 minutes. Some people were bothered by these multiple endings. I never wanted it to end, and I nearly got my wish when they released the 4 hour and 10 minute extended version. Highlights of the movie include the Pippin-induced mountain beacon chain reaction (great band name), Theoden and the Rohirrim charging the orc hordes at Minas Tirith, Legolas taking down a mumakil single handedly (“That still only counts as one”), Aragorn’s charge on the forces at the Black Gate of Mordor, and many others. This movie won 11 Oscars. It deserved 17. - AO

Almost Famous
23. Almost Famous (2000)

Director
Cameron Crowe
Stars
Billy Crudup
Patrick Fugit
Kate Hudson


The 2000s' quintessential coming of age story. Phillip Seymour Hoffman steals the show in his limited screen time.He will make you want to be uncool, sitting at home and listening to Tommy with a candle burning. - JB

Amelie
22. Amélie (2001)

Director
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars
Audrey Tautou
Mathieu Kassovitz
Rufus


No film that I have seen encompasses this breadth of human emotion. The masterful use of color and camera add a beautiful depth to the journey of a young French woman’s unlikely discovery of love in her quest to improve the lives of others. Yann Tiersen’s brilliant score is icing on Ms. Amélie’s famous plum cake. - JB

Sunshine
21. Sunshine (2007)

Director
Danny Boyle
Stars
Cillian Murphy
Rose Byrne
Chris Evans


The sun really is mesmerizing. A planet of pure energy. - CC

V For Vendetta
20. V for Vendetta (2005)

Director
James McTeigue
Stars
Hugo Weaving
Natalie Portman
Rupert Graves


It’s fitting that this amazingly underappreciated actor, whose name no one knows, has to wear a mask while portraying the main character of this graphic novel adaptation. I’m of course talking about Agent Elrond himself: Hugo Weaving. Remember. That. Name. The entire Natalie Portman prison sequence, and especially the scene in the rain that follows, scored by Dario Marianelli is another of my favorite movie scenes of all time. - AO

No Country for Old Men
19. No Country for Old Men (2007)

Director
The Coen Brothers
Stars
Tommy Lee Jones
Javier Bardem
Josh Brolin


The Coen Brothers knock this one out of the park. A botched drug deal leaves Brolin in the unfortunate path of one of cinema’s most frightening villains. This gritty thriller coaxes peak performances from the entire cast. - JB

Casino Royale
18. Casino Royale (2006)

Director
Martin Campbell
Stars
Daniel Craig
Eva Green
Judi Dench


I am a huge Bond fan but even I will admit that there are only a handful of Bond movies that could even be considered great films. This is one. Maybe the one. - CC

Up
17. Up (2009)

Director
Pete Docter & Bob Peterson
Stars
Edward Asner
Jordan Nagai
John Ratzenberger


When you're in tears within the first ten minutes of a movie, it's probably doing something pretty special. For a film to establish such an emotional connection with complete strangers in such a short time is an utter accomplishment. This thing will never stop being a delight. - JP

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
16. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Director
Peter Jackson
Stars
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen


This was the first movie I ever counted down the days until it was released in theaters. I saw this movie on opening night with Clark (and possibly Susan Wilson) at Regal 14. We were completely jacked for ‘The Battle for Helm’s Deep’ months before the movie was released and it did not disappoint one bit. The opening scene of the movie is one of the coolest openings to any movie I’ve seen. Also, the end scene with Gandalf and the Rohirrim riding down the mountain to victory over the Uruk-Hai is one of my all-time favorite movie scenes. “The Battle for Helm’s Deep is over. The Battle for Middle Earth is about to begin.” Hearing Gandalf speak these words after watching the greatest battle scene I’d ever seen (not to mention Gollum’s cryptic and devious mention of Shelob) left me with a more unbearable cliffhanger than LOST ever did, and that’s saying a lot. - AO

Stardust
15. Stardust (2007)

Director
Matthew Vaughn
Stars
Charlie Cox
Claire Danes
Sienna Miller


Ahhh. Stardust. This movie gives me indescribable feelings of wonder and adventure. The only movie I am able to compare it to is the Princess Bride. - CC

Pan's Labyrinth
14. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Director
Guillermo del Toro
Stars
Ivana Baquero
Ariadna Gil
Sergi López


Toro expertly weaves together fantasy and the horrors of the Spanish civil war through the eyes of young Ofelia. A beautiful nightmare. - JB

I'll never forget seeing this movie in theatres. Not because the film was utterly amazing and transformative (it is), but because of how pissed Jon was to be there. I had read online somewhere that some movie called Pan's Labyrinth got like a 15-minute standing ovation at Cannes and, "Hey, look, it's playing at AMC Colonial 18! We should go see it!" So Anders, Jon and I go in completely blind to this film. It starts, the opening credits are in Spanish with subtitles and Jon leans over to me and says, "Is this fucking movie in Spanish?" I could feel the rage. - JP

There Will be Blood
13. There Will Be Blood (2007)

Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars
Daniel Day-Lewis
Paul Dano
Ciarán Hinds


The best working actor with an all-star performance in this chilling account of greed and family that will enrapt you until the final, unnerving scene. - JB

Star Trek
12. Star Trek (2009)

Director
J.J. Abrams
Stars
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
Simon Pegg


Not knowing what to expect from a franchise of which I had never seen a single movie or TV episode, I was immediately blown away by the opening Captain Kirk origins scene. It’s the only movie I can think of whose opening scene made me feel close to how I felt about the opening scene of Up. Scene after great scene follows while introducing you to the principal characters of the series. This was the first time I became familiar with JJ Abrams and I’ve been enjoying his movies ever since. A John Williams-esque score by Michael Giacchino, outstanding visual effects, and a brilliant script to reboot the series all combine to make this one of the best movies of the decade, Star Trek fan or not. - AO

Kill Bill: Vol. 1
11. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Director
Quentin Tarantino
Stars
Uma Thurman
David Carradine
Daryl Hannah


For me, no one makes a better movie scene than Quentin Tarantino. In a list of my 10 favorite movie scenes, Tarantino probably makes up more than 50% of them. Like any of his films, this movie has some of the most entertaining and over-the-top action sequences, but also some of the most beautiful scenes you’ll ever see. On one hand you have a brutal knife fight or hyper violent battle against The Crazy 88’s, and on the other you have the elegantly scored Hattori Hanzo sequence or the mostly silent, end fight in the falling snow. With all of the Japanese culture and martial arts fight sequences, this movie will make you think you’re watching a kung fu movie. But at other times, listening to the soundtrack will make you feel like you’re watching a western. Uma Thurman gives one of my favorite all time performances in this movie too. - AO

Inglourious Basterds
10. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Director
Quentin Tarantino
Stars
Brad Pitt
Diane Kruger
Eli Roth


My personal #1. There is no movie I find more enjoyable to watch any scene any time any where. The great movies you know from the very first scene and this has one of the greats. - CC

The Wrestler
9. The Wrestler (2008)

Director
Darren Aronofsky
Stars
Mickey Rourke
Marisa Tomei
Evan Rachel Wood


I heard that David O. Russell was interested in turning this documentary into an ensemble drama about inner demons and second chances. - CC

WALL-E
8. WALL-E (2008)

Director
Andrew Stanton
Stars
Ben Burtt
Elissa Knight
Jeff Garlin


A one-two pathos punch of comedy and tragedy that hits kids and adults in similar places, I think. Hopefully, WALL-E will remain mostly comedic and not come to be a prophecy. It’s probably my favorite Pixar movie because it communicates so many truths about being human without the aid of language. Much of the first half of the movie, rather, finds its voice in squeaks, beeps, the running of engines, or the scatter of a cockroach. The space scenes are serene and set memorably to the sounds of '60s musicals.

I saw this movie in theaters many times, but my favorite was when it was the second movie in a double-feech that started with The Dark Knight. - BU

District 9
7. District 9 (2009)

Director
Neill Blomkamp
Stars
Sharlto Copley
David James
Jason Cope


District 9 combines a lot of elements that seem like a disaster in waiting. But the aliens, internment camps and mockumentary approach were somehow done so that everything just seemed so real and compelling. - CC

Batman Begins
6. Batman Begins (2005)

Director
Christopher Nolan
Stars
Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Ken Watanabe


A film so good it has elicited the question and ensuing argument: Is there a Batman movie actually better than The Dark Knight? - CC

The Departed
5. The Departed (2006)

Director
Martin Scorsese
Stars
Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt Damon
Jack Nicholson


The best crime movie of the decade. No doubt about it. Every aspect of this movie is amazing. It's basically perfect. - CC

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Director
Peter Jackson
Stars
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Orlando Bloom


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” - Gandalf the Gray

Do yourself a favor and decide to spend it watching all 9.5 hours of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (12 hours if you’re a good person and watch the extended versions), beginning with my favorite movie of the trilogy and of the decade: The Fellowship of the Ring. The opening 7 minute introduction to Middle Earth and The One Ring (narrated by Zac E. Chan’s own Cate Blanchett) is the perfect primer for a great adventure and it sucks me in every time. It has one of my all-time favorite film scores, a story and world with unimaginable depth and history, stunning natural visuals and settings supplied by the geography of New Zealand, and a perfectly cast and acted Fellowship, each member of whom I grew attached to and couldn’t wait to follow on the rest of their journey through Middle Earth. This is the movie that made me start loving movies. - AO

Children of Men
3. Children of Men (2006)

Director
Alfonso Cuarón
Stars
Julianne Moore
Clive Owen
Chiwetel Ejiofor


For my money it doesn't get any better than Children of Men. Cuarón really showed off his chops in Gravity, but Children of Men is his most compelling work to me. So many incredible moments in here, and will probably always be my favorite (or at least one of my favorite) films of all time. Forcing the attention on the amazing long-shot work in the car chase scene and war scene completely changed the way I look at film. - JP

The Prestige
2. The Prestige (2006)

Director
Christopher Nolan
Stars
Christian Bale
Hugh Jackman
Scarlett Johansson


My #1 pick. In 2006, I remember a lot of people comparing this movie to The Illusionist, a movie about magic, but The Prestige actually is magic. Set in a Victorian England that held a sincere interest in the dark arts and sorcery, the story centers on the sacrifices two magicians make trying to best one another’s final trick in their shows. The competition touches all aspects of their lives: family, friends, leaving home, even the dominant sciences of their day. Incredible ensemble performance (Jackman, Bale, ScarJo, and the eternally-near-death-Michael Caine), theatrical sets and costumes, a perfectly adapted screenplay, and David Bowie plays Nikola Tesla. All that said, the greatest trick pulled in The Prestige is that Christopher Nolan gets you to rewatch this movie with the same enthusiasm and wonder as its characters regard the powers of illusion. Nolan leaves you wondering about the shared goals of entertainment and science. - BU

The Dark Knight
1. The Dark Knight (2008)

Director
Christopher Nolan
Stars
Christian Bale
Heath Ledger
Aaron Eckhart


Heath Ledger. This movie will forever be associated with his incredible portrayal of the chaotic Joker and Heath's subsequent untimely death. His legacy as an actor is firmly cemented because of his iconic role in the best film of the decade and the greatest comic book movie of all time. - CC

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Top 100 Films of the 2000s

As part of the Bit Players launch, we wanted to do something special that might give a little bit the listeners a little bit of a feel for who we are as film watchers, so we decided to count down our favorite films of the 2000s, a decade that largely marks our first days as serious film appreciators. It was a really fun process where we each submitted our own personal top 50 list of the decade and culled together a consensus using those films. What we came up with turned out to be a pretty interesting examination of what we look for and love in films, and the way that our tastes today were shaped by our teen and early adult years as filmwatchers. We hope you enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed making it together, and come to a better understanding of us as a group as you go forward with hopefully listening to more episodes.

As part of the Bit Players launch, we wanted to do something special that might give the listeners a little bit of a feel for who we are as film watchers, so we decided to count down our favorite films of the 2000s, a decade that largely marks our first days as serious film appreciators. It was a really fun process where we each submitted our own personal top 50 list of the decade and culled together a consensus using those films. What we came up with turned out to be a pretty interesting examination of what we look for and love in films, and the way that our tastes today were shaped by our teen and early adult years as filmwatchers. We hope you enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed making it together, and come to a better understanding of us as a group as you go forward with hopefully listening to more episodes.

In addition to the list, you can find some interesting statistics about the breakdown of the films and where things shook out as well as our individual ballots as a way to see where our tastes might veer off from one another.

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Anders Oster
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
3. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
4. The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers
5. Inglourious Basterds
6. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
7. Knocked Up
8. Star Trek
9. Batman Begins
10. Stardust
11. The Dark Knight
12. V For Vendetta
13. Serenity
14. Up
15. Superbad
16. Lucky Number Slevin
17. Sunshine
18. X2
19. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
20. Big Fish
21. District 9
22. Snatch.
23. Pineapple Express
24. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
25. Ocean's Eleven
26. The Departed
27. The Incredibles
28. Amélie
29. Casino Royale
30. The Prestige
31. Lost in Translation
32. Old School
33. Fantastic Mr. Fox
34. Children of Men
35. The Count of Monte Cristo*
36. WALL-E
37. Tropic Thunder
38. Almost Famous
39. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
40. Iron Man
41. Team America: World Police
42. Hot Rod*
43. Unbreakable
44. Into the Wild*
45. Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story*
46. Memento
47. Catch Me If You Can
48. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
49. The Legend of Bagger Vance*
50. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith*

Weighted IMDb Score: 7.99
Average IMDb Score: 7.86
Unique Films: 9
Brian Urrutia
The Prestige
1. The Prestige
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
3. WALL-E
4. Gladiator
5. The 40 Year Old Virgin
6. X-Men
7. Ray
8. Unbreakable
9. The Wrestler
10. Stardust
11. Star Trek
12. Pan's Labyrinth
13. Batman Begins
14. The Mummy Returns
15. Blow
16. Gone in Sixty Seconds
17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
18. Mission: Impossible III
19. Almost Famous
20. V For Vendetta
21. Spirited Away
22. A Single Man
23. Love Actually
24. Casino Royale
25. Spider-Man
26. Good Night, and Good Luck.
27. The Dark Knight
28. Sideways
29. Little Miss Sunshine
30. The Descent
31. Superman Returns
32. Old School
33. Mulholland Drive*
34. Capote*
35. Sin City*
36. The Departed
37. Iron Man
38. Pineapple Express
39. Fantastic Mr. Fox
40. 300
41. Hellboy*
42. The Patriot*
43. Closer
44. Zombieland*
45. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
46. Superbad
47. War of the Worlds*
48. Catch Me If You Can
49. Atonement*
50. Children of Men

Weighted IMDb Score: 7.75
​Average IMDb Score: 7.67
Unique Films: 19
Clark Carmichael
Inglourious Basterds
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. The Wrestler
3. The Dark Knight
4. Sunshine
5. Children of Men
6. Batman Begins
7. District 9
8. The Departed
9. The Hangover
10. Stardust
11. There Will Be Blood
12. The Incredibles
13. Casino Royale
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
15. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
16. The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers
17. Tropic Thunder
18. Ratatouille
19. The Prestige
20. Fantastic Mr. Fox
21. V For Vendetta
22. In Bruges
23. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
24. Watchmen
25. Slumdog Millionaire
26. Superbad
27. The Fountain
28. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
29. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
30. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
31. Taken
32. Star Trek
33. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
34. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
35. The 40 Year Old Virgin
36. The Descent
37. Knocked Up
38. The New World*
39. Iron Man
40. The Matrix Reloaded*
41. Valhalla Rising*
42. No Country for Old Men
43. The Hurt Locker
44. Memento
45. 300
46. Big Fish
47. Shrek*
48. X-Men
49. Up in the Air
50. Rambo*

Weighted IMDb Score: 7.97
​Average IMDb Score: 7.83
Unique Films: 11
Jarryd Baxter
Amelie
1. Amélie
2. Lost in Translation
3. No Country for Old Men
4. Pan's Labyrinth
5. Children of Men
6. There Will Be Blood
7. Big Fish
8. Signs
9. Up in the Air
10. The Dark Knight
11. Up
12. Almost Famous
13. District 9
14. Inglourious Basterds
15. Ratatouille
16. Ocean's Eleven
17. Slumdog Millionaire
18. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
19. Zodiac
20. The Hurt Locker
21. The Departed
22. Revolutionary Road
23. The Village
24. The Prestige
25. WALL-E
26. Before Sunset
27. Y Tu Mamá También
28. The Wrestler
29. The Royal Tenenbaums
30. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
31. Batman Begins
32. Elephant
33. Closer
34. High Fidelity
35. The Motorcycle Diaries*
36. Casino Royale
37. Memento
38. Unbreakable
39. Monsters, Inc.
40. Catch Me If You Can
41. Mission: Impossible III
42. Snatch.
43. Star Trek
44. Team America: World Police
45. Little Miss Sunshine
46. Superbad
47. The Descent
48. The Sea Inside*
49. Juno*
50. Zoolander*

Weighted IMDb Score: 7.93
Average IMDb Score: 7.84
Unique Films: 9
Jeff Pearson
Children of Men
1. Children of Men
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
4. The Prestige
5. No Country for Old Men
6. WALL-E
7. There Will Be Blood
8. The Royal Tenenbaums
9. City of God
10. Up
11. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
12. Pan's Labyrinth
13. The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers
14. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
15. The Dark Knight
16. The Departed
17. Old School
18. 28 Days Later...
19. Shaun of the Dead
20. Elf
21. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
22. Memento
23. Spirited Away
24. Best in Show
25. Zodiac
26. District 9
27. Little Miss Sunshine
28. Hot Fuzz
29. The Hangover
30. Gone Baby Gone
31. Death at a Funeral
32. Let the Right One In
33. Oldboy*
34. Sunshine
35. The Descent
36. The Wrestler
37. Amélie
38. Mean Girls*
39. X2
40. Star Trek
41. Finding Nemo*
42. Before Sunset
43. Super Troopers*
44. High Fidelity
45. Monsters, Inc.
46. Requiem for a Dream*
47. Almost Famous
48. Dancer in the Dark*
49. Ice Age*
50. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead*

Weighted IMDb Score: 8.0
Average IMDb Score: 7.92
Unique Films: 19

*Films excluded from the final top 100 list
Anders: 6
Brian: 8
Clark: 6
Jarryd: 4
Jeff: 8

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Top 100 Films of the 2000s

As part of the Bit Players launch, we wanted to do something special that might give a little bit the listeners a little bit of a feel for who we are as film watchers, so we decided to count down our favorite films of the 2000s, a decade that largely marks our first days as serious film appreciators. It was a really fun process where we each submitted our own personal top 50 list of the decade and culled together a consensus using those films. What we came up with turned out to be a pretty interesting examination of what we look for and love in films, and the way that our tastes today were shaped by our teen and early adult years as filmwatchers. We hope you enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed making it together, and come to a better understanding of us as a group as you go forward with hopefully listening to more episodes.

As part of the Bit Players launch, we wanted to do something special that might give the listeners a little bit of a feel for who we are as film watchers, so we decided to count down our favorite films of the 2000s, a decade that largely marks our first days as serious film appreciators. It was a really fun process where we each submitted our own personal top 50 list of the decade and culled together a consensus using those films. What we came up with turned out to be a pretty interesting examination of what we look for and love in films, and the way that our tastes today were shaped by our teen and early adult years as filmwatchers. We hope you enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed making it together, and come to a better understanding of us as a group as you go forward with hopefully listening to more episodes.

In addition to the list, you can find some interesting statistics about the breakdown of the films and where things shook out as well as our individual ballots as a way to see where our tastes might veer off from one another.

100-51 | 50-1 | Statistics | Individual Ballots

Total Films Submitted: 131
Unanimous Picks: 5 (The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Children of Men, The Departed, Star Trek)
Lowest Ranked Unanimous Film: #11 Star Trek
Directors:
4 films: Christopher Nolan
3 films: Alfonso Cuaron, Bryan Singer, Danny Boyle, M. Night Shyamalan, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson
2 films: Brad Bird, Coen Brothers, Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher, Edgar Wright, J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Judd Apatow, Pete Docter, Todd Phillips, Zack Snyder
Animated Films: 8 (WALL-E, Up, Ratatouille, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Incredibles, Spirited Away, Monsters, Inc., Team America: World Police)
Foreign Films: 6 (Pan's Labyrinth, Amélie, Spirited Away, City of God, Y Tu Mamá También, Let the Right One In)
Best Comedy: #26 Superbad
Best Horror: #34 The Descent
Sequels: 7 (The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Casino Royale, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, X2, Mission: Impossible III, The Mummy Returns, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
By Year:
2000: 10
2001: 9
2002: 6
2003: 9
2004: 13
2005: 8
2006: 11
2007: 11
2008: 14
2009: 9
Films in Common:
Anders and Clark: 26
Anders and Jarryd: 24
Jarryd and Jeff: 23
Clark and Jarryd: 22
Anders and Brian: 20
Brian and Clark: 20
Brian and Jarryd: 19
Anders and Jeff: 18
Clark and Jeff: 15
Brian and Jeff: 13
Highest IMDb Score: #1 The Dark Knight (9.0)
Lowest IMDb Score: #95 Superman Returns (6.1)
Average IMDb Score: 7.75

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