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The Top 25 films of the decade according to IMDB

Posted by LiveFor on December 29, 2009

The first decade of the most recent millennium is almost at a close. Many people have been talking about their favourite films of the year (check out mine) and the past 10 years – I started making a list for my fave films of the decade, but my brain went into lockdown at the amount of films that there have been over the past 10 years.

Therefore, I thought it would be best to post the top 25 movies of the decade as voted on IMDB. It may well be one of the best ways of judging it due to the shear amount of people who vote on it. Here’s the list

1. The Dark Knight (2008)
2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
3. City of God (2002)
4. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
5. Avatar (2009)
6. Memento (2000)
7. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
8. WALL-E (2008)
9. Amélie (2001)
10. The Departed (2006)
11. The Pianist (2002)
12. Spirited Away (2001)
13. The Lives of Others (2006)
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
15. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
16. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
17. Up (2009)
18. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
19. The Prestige (2006)
20. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
21. Downfall (2004)
22. Gran Torino (2008)
23. Sin City (2005)
24. District 9 (2009)
25. Batman Begins (2005)


Out of the 25 I have seen 17 and there are some good films on the list. Not sure about The Dark Knight being number one (it is mad that Christopher Nolan has four films on the list – Memento is probably the best out of the four and I am surprised The Prestige has made the top 25) and I would whack all of The Lord of the Rings films into one which would give another couple of films a chance to make the list.

Avatar is rather high considering that it is just come out and I imagine its position moving over the next few months – although I am not sure if it will go up or down. Great to see Pan’s Labryrinth on the list but in my opinion it should be in the top five as it is a great piece of film. Has Downfall made the top 25 due to all the Hitler learns… videos?

I notice that Duncan Jones’ Moon did not make the list. That could well be due to its limited theatrical release and I am sure that it will move up into the top 25. It also surprises me that neither of the Twilight films made the top 25 due to the huge amoung of Twifans out there.

What are your thoughts on the list? What should be in it and what doesn’t deserve to be in the list? What have been the most underrated films of the decade?


Source: First Showing

8 Responses to “The Top 25 films of the decade according to IMDB”

  1. danny said

    That was a tough, tough call. Some of them seem strangely out of place (Monsters Inc? really?) but on the whole a pretty solid showing!

  2. pat said

    not enough people were able to see gaspar noe’s latest “enter the void”. if this had gotten a wider cinema release, or even arthouse cinema release it would have been damn high up in that list.

    i m also surprised eyes wide shut is not in that list. kubrick’s last film, just made it into this decade 🙂

  3. liveforfilms said

    That’s the trouble with these lists. There will always be so many films not included. As well as the original 25 I’ve thrown in a few others to try and get a good spread of films, but I know there are still many great ones that I have forgotten about.

  4. pjowens75 said

    I was surprised to see Amelie on the list. Not that it isn’t a great film, but I had completely forgotten about it, and what a great film it is.

    And I agree with Danny about Monsters, Inc…they should replace it with Hellboy.

  5. Sarah said

    Would be interesting to see how those “top of the decade” change in time but it seems like a solid bunch – as you say, the old brain goes into meltdown when you try and comprehend the sheer amount of good films there are. Not sure about Up being on there. I liked it but top 25? Hmm. xxx

  6. silvia said

    that was a really hard choise. a lot of films on the list are partt of my favourite films ever.

    I would have liked to see the machinist in the list. thats the filme that made me love cristian bale

  7. pam fruendt said

    don’t agree with the list on many points…count all 3 lord of the rings films as one or just include one. ‘the curse of the black pearl’ should be on the list and i would fight to include ‘the illusionist’ for the ending alone.

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