Since our public launch in September, we've grown to well over 40,000 users, and garnered a total of more than 60 million rankings. As we approach the close of the year, and the start of a new decade, we thought we might take a moment to showcase the Top 20 films that our users have deemed to be considered the best-of-the-best from 2000-2009. So without further adieu, here are the best ranked films on Flickchart of the decade:
Alfonso Cuarón's downtrodden vision of a doomed human future, combined with masterful cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, created an intensely powerful film. The humanity shown by the well-cast Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine lent itself to become entrenched as one of the decade's best original examples of science fiction.
As one of the first “digital backlot” films to have widespread success, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s use of a large ensemble cast to portray the film noir comic book adaptation for the silver screen resonated with Flickchart’s users in a big way. The movie’s unique visual techniques even won itself the Technical Grand Prize when it screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
A ubiquitous choice of the young - and the young at heart - Pixar’s fish fable achieved record breaking sales in theaters and on DVD. The film also pioneered the very latest technologies in eye-popping CG with its lush renderings of the ocean, its inhabitants, and its landscapes.
To reinvent the franchise, the unlikely casting of Daniel Craig brought the Bond series to a new level of action, sophistication, and intensity that moviegoers had not expected. While the fate of future Bond films incorporating the same tone and delivery might be in question (see Quantum of Solace), there’s no denying that this film commanded the respect of critics, and Flickchart’s users, alike.
While comparisons to Bond films are inevitable, Matt Damon’s portrayal of an amnesiac assassin worked in entirely new ways – through quick-cut editing, frenetic pacing, and a surprisingly involved character and plot development. Doug Liman’s direction of the story based off Robert Ledlum’s novel brought audiences a style of action film that has since been copied and replicated in movies ever since.
This has-been superhero tale showed that writer/director Brad Bird could incorporate the sensibilities shown in his previous film, The Iron Giant, with the 3D mastery refined over the years from Pixar. This is the second title that Flickchart users ranked highest for the decade from the near-infallible animation studio.
The oldest title on the list from 2000, Ridley Scott’s historical epic gave Russell Crowe one of the best roles of his career earning his first - and only - Best Actor award. The film itself also won Best Picture, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, and Best Sound.
As the only semi-horror title on the list, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg brought British humour into the most unlikeliest of places - a romantic zombie comedy (rom-zom-com) - and immediately cemented itself as a modern cult classic.
Michel Gondry took the surreal artistry of his diverse music video background and applied it well to this quirky sci-fi story of love and memories, with the help of writer Charlie Kaufman, and two unusual, but brilliantly cast stars in Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey.
A bold, cautionary tale of humanity from Pixar wrapped within a CG robotic romance hooked audiences. With minimal dialogue, the film still captivated with its strong story, dazzling visuals, and environmental message.
Guy Pearce brought his own raw performance of a man afflicted with memory loss to Christopher Nolan's narratively backwards psychological thriller. Scientific experts even remark that "anterograde amnesia" has never been more accurately depicted on film.
The Coen Brothers' first Best Picture win came with a lot of help by haunting portrayals from bad guy Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones. The supporting cast's realistic performances, nihilist themes, and deliberate pacing all lent itself to critical acclaim for the successful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel.
After a career full of amazing films, Martin Scorsese was finally recognized with a Best Picture win for his latest modern gangster tale. Commanding roles from Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and an ensemble cast helped this Boston-based bloodbath receive a crowning achievement in cinematic history.
Quentin Tarantino's homage to martial arts revenge cinema proved the director's continued creativity in filmmaking. Violent, stylized, and full of cultural references - the movie rocked audiences and left them clamoring for its second half, "Kill Bill, Volume Two".
The middle of the saga earned enormous amounts at the box office, boasted massively epic battle scenes, talking trees, and the introduction of one of the best all-CG characters, Gollum, brought to life by Andy Serkis and the Weta wizards.
The dénouement of the Rings trilogy brought Peter Jackson and the production team 9 Academy Awards, 4 Golden Globes, 5 BAFTAs, 2 MTV Movie Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, and 9 Saturn Awards - making it the most honoured fantasy film in history.
This reboot of a long suffering film franchise gave comic book movie fans something to cheer about with Christopher Nolan at the helm. Christian Bale brought a new, darker toned performance to the character’s origin story, and gave moviegoers a new angle to empathize with Gotham City’s caped crusader.
The first film in the Lord of the Rings saga gained the most respect by Flickchart users with its many characters, incredible natural New Zealand environments posing as Middle-earth, and masterful storytelling. It depicted the beginning of Tolkien’s tale on film in a way that just couldn’t have been achieved before without Peter Jackson and the effects of New Zealand’s Weta Workshop.
Do you have any films that you felt were completely overlooked? Are many of your favorites left out? Write a comment below, link to your own personal best films of the decade, and tell us why some of your top movies should have been on the list!
Nathan Chase is a co-founder and the designer of Flickchart. He's also a multimedia designer & developer living in central Florida, an online culture and social networking enthusiast, a proud father, an avid PC gamer, an incessant movie watcher, known for an eclectic musical taste, and often writing and performing music - on the drums, guitar, piano, or computer.
You can find Nathan on Flickchart as Zampa, and email him at email@example.com.