Top 10 movies of the Noughties


When the dust had settled on all the Armageddon and millennium bug scripts that never made the screen, screen writers, directors, actors and studios alike got ready for the new decade and all the cinematic glory it could bring.

Looking back on a decade of creative story telling, grand blockbusters and the birth of a new form of animation, it seems that they certainly did themselves proud. A feat this list may well not achieve as it is almost impossible to separate so many great productions. Some will undoubtedly, and unjustly, be omitted.

Memento – This indie film took the world by storm and forever changed the way that screenwriters approached fragmented storytelling and obscure plots. Guy Pearce delivers a flawless performance that did not get him as much critical acclaim as perhaps he deserved

City of God – Another independent production that depicts the rough favelas of inner city Rio. The film bravely uses the lives of children to convey some very serious messages and unashamedly stuck to its guns as being a Brazilian Portuguese film with subtitles rather than dubbing it for general western release.

Lord of the Rings – Peter Jackson did such great justice to the film trilogy that now lives in the memories of so many of us. The memories he created have become almost as cherished as those that we hold dear from growing up on the original book.

Harry Potter – What cannot be said about this series? From the first release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it took the world by storm. Whether you love or hate this classic quest story, you cannot deny the sensational impact it has had on 21st Century fiction.

Spirited Away – A touching tale that brought Japanese Anime to the attention of the world as a genre which, although famous for its very dark and seedy side, has elements which can make massive contributions to both the world of animated features and passionate story telling.

In the mood for love – A simple story of love that addresses so many human emotions in such a raw way. No one can watch this film without being uncontrollably drawn and attached to its characters as if they were personal loved ones.

Gladiator – Russell Crowe has perhaps as many haters as admirers and he tends to fairly evenly split opinion among film enthusiasts. But fairly early on in his successful Holywood career, this epic was widely accepted as a classic production that would stand the test of time.

The Pianist – Many people have made films about World War II but few have succeeded in capturing the essence of what it meant to be a part of it. The pianist does just that and Adrian Brody did a wonderful job of leading this cast to the Oscar acclaim that it thoroughly deserved.

Munich – This fictional account of the 1970 Munich Olympics disaster and the subsequent fall out is as heart-felt as it is exciting.

No country for old men – The Coen brothers did not disappoint with this, one of two amazing installments for the noughties. The best director awards received were more than justified in this revenge tale.
Of course, this is all a matter of opinion – the author’s opinion; your list of the top 10 films of the noughties may very well be different from the titles listed above.

About Richard McMunn: Richard is the author of this article and founder of, the UK’s leading training and recruitment website for public sector careers. The focus is on providing applicants with the knowledge they need to prepare for and pass selection processes for careers in the police, fire service and ambulance service . The website currently offers over 150 different titles.

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