Greatest Films of the 2000s
Greatest Films of the 2000s

Greatest Films of the 2000s
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Title Screen Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description

Avatar (2009), 160 minutes, D: James Cameron

The Bad Lieutenant Port of Call: New Orleans (2009), 122 minutes, D: Werner Herzog

The Blind Side (2009), 129 minutes, D: John Lee Hancock

Crazy Heart (2009), 112 minutes, D: Scott Cooper

An Education (2009, UK/US), 100 minutes, D: Lone Scherfig

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009, Swe.) (aka Man Som Hatar Kvinnor, or Men Who Hate Women), 154 minutes, D: Niels Arden Oplev

The Hangover (2009), 96 minutes, D: Todd Phillips

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009), 153 minutes, D: David Yates
See Harry Potter series.

The Hurt Locker (2009), 127 minutes, D: Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow scored a milestone Best Director Oscar win for this fact-based, but fictional character study and action thriller that also won Best Picture. The low-budgeter told about an elite group of three bomb-squad specialists who defused and detonated dangerous IEDs in Iraq. It was based upon the actual experiences of freelance journalist and screenwriter/producer Mark Boal, highlighting the reckless, risk-taking bravado of newcomer Army Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner).

Inglourious Basterds (2009), 152 minutes, D: Quentin Tarantino

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009), 109 minutes, D: Lee Daniels
A milestone film in the history of African-American films and filmmakers - it was the first-ever Best Picture nominee to be directed by an African-American filmmaker, Lee Daniels, with his first Best Director nomination for the film. Geoffrey Fletcher (who wrote the 1996 novel) also became the first black scriptwriter to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay. In this street-smart independent film, Gabourey Sidibe (in her film debut) starred as obese, illiterate 16-year-old Claireece Precious Jones, living in a Harlem ghetto in the late 1980s and incestuously pregnant with her second child. Despairing, she was verbally and physically abused by her vicious mother Mary Lee Johnston (Oscar-winning Mo'Nique). Nonetheless, in fantasy sequences, she day-dreamed about being a cover-girl and video star on BET Magazine, while overseen by supportive welfare caseworker Ms. Weiss (singer Mariah Carey). Most promising was encouragement from her new alternative school teacher, Ms. Blu Rain (Paula Patton) to improve herself and find self-determination and liberation.

A Serious Man (2009, US/UK/Fr.), 106 minutes, D: Ethan and Joel Cohen

Star Trek (2009), 126 minutes, D: J.J. Abrams
See Star Trek series.

Terminator Salvation (2009), 114 minutes, D: McG
See Terminator series.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), 144 minutes, D: Michael Bay

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), 130 minutes, D: Chris Weitz

Up (2009), 89 minutes, D: Pete Docter

Up in the Air (2009), 109 minutes, D: Jason Reitman

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), 107 minutes, D: Gavin Hood
See X-Men series.

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