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The Best of the Aughts: My Top 20 of the 2000s

by Chuck Williamson
The Best of the Aughts: My Top 20 of the 2000s by Chuck Williamson
I wrote the original version of this list three years ago and have since revised and expanded it. Some changes are cosmetic. Others are pretty substantial. Regardless, here is my list of the Top 20 of the Aughts. 1. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005) 2. Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006) 3. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000) 4. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004) 5. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004) 6. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008) 7. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007) 8. Friday Night (Claire Denis, 2002) 9. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003) 10. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas,… Read more


I wrote the original version of this list three years ago and have since revised and expanded it. Some changes are cosmetic. Others are pretty substantial. Regardless, here is my list of the Top 20 of the Aughts.

1. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
2. Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006)
3. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)
4. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
5. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004)
6. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
7. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
8. Friday Night (Claire Denis, 2002)
9. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003)
10. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, 2008)
11. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
12. The Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (Hong Sang-soo, 2000)
13. Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001)
14. Still Walking (Koreeda Hirokazu, 2008)
15. Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr, 2000)
16. Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
17. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001)
18. I’m Not There. (Todd Haynes, 2007)
19. Innocence (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2004)
20. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Tran Anh Hung, 2000)

Runners-Up: demonlover (Olivier Assayes, 2002), Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000), Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, 2008), The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001), No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007), A History of Violence (Cronenberg, 2005), Speed Racer (Lana and Andy Wachowski, 2007), Femme Fatale (DePalma, 2002)

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