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The MoFo Top 100 of the 2000s Countdown

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Welcome to the MovieForums Top 100 of the Aughts (the 2000s!) Countdown!

The 100% OFFICIAL bona-fide, certified list of films released in the years between 2000 and 2009, as voted for by our distinguished members.

88 ballots were submitted, almost all of them at full capacity (25 entries). According to the MoFo record-keepers, that's the third most ballots submitted among all the MoFo countdowns, so thanks to each and every one of you that took the time to submit a ballot. That makes this list *yours*.

The Voters: Tugg, John W Constantine, MovieFan1988, mrblond, Guaporense, Nope1172, Steve Freeling, The Rodent, Hey Fredrick, donniedarko, Torgo, sumantra roy, Harry Lime, Citizen Rules, TheUsualSuspect, SpelingError, Allaby, Thursday Next, ahwell, Skepsis93, KeyserCorleone, Takoma11, Wooley, kgaard, ash_is_the_gal, John Dumbear, GulfportDoc, Thief, Daakmore, Aidanc, ScarletLion, seanc, Captain Spaulding, PHOENIX74, edarsenal, Miss Vicky, thracian dawg, Deschain, John McClane, Fabulous, mattiasflgrtll6, Rockatansky, AgrippinaX, pahaK, MovieMeditation, Okay, John-Connor, Chypmunk, CosmicRunaway, ueno_station54, xSookieStackhouse, gomorra82, Holden Pike, mark f, resopamenic, rbrayer, Captain Terror, Diehl40, cricket, Kaplan, Wyldesyde19, Yomi, rauldc14, Yoda, Jinnistan, Frightened Inmate No. 2, ynwtf, Pussy Galore, crumbsroom, Cobpyth, ApexPredator, Taz, Siddon, dadgumblah, Jabs, gbgoodies, jiraffejustin, Iroquois, gandalf26, Sedai, beelzebubble, Death Proof, WHITBISSELL!, Derek Vinyard, CaptainT, JayDee, ScannerDarkly, sarah f

637 movies were voted for, with a lot of really great ones missing the cut. Always remember that this is just a snapshot of the collective preferences of the whole of MoFo, so don't sweat it if your favorites didn't make it, but rather take the opportunity to explore the ones that you haven't seen, and share your favorites that missed it.

So as we get ready for the countdown to begin, feel free to chime in with any prediction, tidbits and reviews as we reveal each film, or any healthy discussion about it. Just DON'T share your full list until the end.

Let's Go!

Acknowledgment: Other than every voter, I want to thank all of you for putting this burden on the n00b. With only a year here, that means you either trust me or you hate me. Still not sure Finally, I want to thank @Yoda for holding my hand so far. We're going to be here for a while, so I hope you don't mind me holding tight for a bit more.
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The List

100. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (66 points)
99. The New World (66 points)
98. Werckmeister Harmonies (67 points)
97. Mother (69 points)
96. Y Tu Mamá También (69 points)
95. The Devil's Rejects (70 points)
94. Pride & Prejudice (70 points)
93. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (70 points)
92. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (72 points)
91. Almost Famous (73 points)

90. Talk to Her (74 points)
89. Juno (74 points)
88. Sunshine (76 points)
87. Watchmen (77 points)
86. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (77 points)
85. Caché (77 points)
84. The Man Who Wasn't There (78 points)
83. Iron Man (79 points)
82. Waking Life (80 points)
81. Amores Perros (80 points)

80. The Descent (80 points)
79. American Psycho (80 points)
78. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (82 points)
77. Battle Royale (82 points)
76. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (82 points)
75. The Devil's Backbone (83 points)
74. Monsters, Inc. (84 points)
73. Punch-Drunk Love (86 points)
72. Catch Me If You Can (87 points)
71. Snatch (88 points)

70. Fantastic Mr. Fox (90 points)
69. Cast Away (91 points)
68. Ocean's Eleven (94 points)
67. Quills (95 points)
66. A Serious Man (95 points)
65. Mystic River (96 points)
64. Paprika (97 points)
63. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (97 points)
62. Unbreakable (98 points)
61. Spider-Man 2 (99 points)

60. Batman Begins (100 points)
59. The Secret in Their Eyes (102 points)
58. V for Vendetta (104 points)
57. Million Dollar Baby (110 points)
56. In Bruges (111 points)
55. Collateral (115 points)
54. The Wrestler (115 points)
53. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (117 points)
52. Brokeback Mountain (118 points)
51. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (121 points)

50. Yi Yi (127 points)
49. Dancer in the Dark (129 points)
48. Moon (129 points)
47. Sin City (131 points)
46. Synecdoche, New York (133 points)
45. 28 Days Later (139 points)
44. Finding Nemo (142 points)
43. Adaptation. (146 points)
42. Before Sunset (147 points)
41. The Lives of Others (151 points)

40. Gladiator (155 points)
39. Sideways (156 points)
38. The Prestige (164 points)
37. Casino Royale (176 points)
36. The Incredibles (178 points)
35. The Royal Tenenbaums (186 points)
34. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (188 points)
33. Up (192 points)
32. Lost in Translation (195 points)
31. The Pianist (199 points)

30. Hot Fuzz (202 points)
29. Let the Right One In (208 points)
28. Downfall (214 points)
27. Memories of Murder (219 points)
26. Requiem for a Dream (223 points)
25. City of God (233 points)
24. Donnie Darko (241 points)
23. Ratatouille (243 points)
22. Oldboy (247 points)
21. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (249 points)

20. Shaun of the Dead (249 points)
19. The Departed (267 points)
18. Inglourious Basterds (290 points)
17. Children of Men (302 points)
16. Amélie (313 points)
15. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (332 points)
14. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (340 points)
13. WALL-E (344 points)
12. In the Mood for Love (351 points)
11. Memento (366 points)

The Top 10

10. The Dark Knight (388 points)
9. Zodiac (414 points)
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (417 points)
7. Pan's Labyrinth (423 points)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (439 points)
5. Spirited Away (528 points)
4. Mulholland Drive (592 points)
3. There Will Be Blood (601 points)
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (616 points)
1. No Country for Old Men (651 points)

The MoFo tradition is to honor the One Pointers. What are those? Well, those are films that received exactly one point, meaning that a single person had them in their last spot of the ballot (25th), with no votes from anyone else.

It is common for people here to use that spot to put the spotlight on a rather obscure film, a
"hidden gem", or just a bizarre nomination just for kicks. For this countdown we ended up with 38 one pointers, so brace yourself!
  • 49 Up (2005)
  • All or Nothing (2002)
  • An American Crime (2007)
  • Anger Management (2003)
  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
  • Atonement (2007)
  • Bellamy (2009)
  • Beyond the Sea (2004)
  • A Bittersweet Life (2005)
  • Blade II (2002)

  • Bon Cop Bad Cop (2006)
  • Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
  • Bubble (2005)
  • The Bucket List (2007)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Detroit Metal City (2008)
  • The Fog of War (2003)
  • Frida (2002)
  • Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)
  • Harry Brown (2009)

  • Idiots and Angels (2008)
  • Jason X (2001)
  • Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)
  • Lust, Caution (2007)
  • My Dinner with Jimi (2003)
  • National Treasure (2004)
  • The Oh in Ohio (2006)
  • The Pool (2007)
  • Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005)
  • Remember the Titans (2000)

  • The Salton Sea (2002)
  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • Surf's Up (2007)
  • Swimming Pool (2003)
  • This Is England (2006)
  • Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
  • World's Greatest Dad (2009)
  • Youth Without Youth (2007)

Here's another funny game. Try to guess who voted for what, as people claim their one pointers

Quick note: I plan to post the one-pointers in a minute, and start the countdown tomorrow. As usual, there are some technical mumbo-jumbo that Yoda has to complete now that the thread is live, but I expect this to be rolling tomorrow.

In the meantime, I'm gonna borrow an idea from @Thursday Next, from her Foreign Film Countdown... so what are your predictions/faildictions:

  • What will films #100 and #99 be?
  • Which director will appear the most times?
  • How many animated films will make it?
  • What year from the decade will have the most entries?

Have fun!

What will films #100 and #99 be?
#100 - The Road
#99 - Burn After Reading

Which director will appear the most times?
The Coens

How many animated films will make it?
My kids are grown and gone, no clue.

What year from the decade will have the most entries?

Which director will appear the most times?
The Coens.

How many animated films will make it?

What year from the decade will have the most entries?

What year from the decade will have the most entries?
My thought as well.

I'm interested to see how many English language vs non-English language films there are, especially considering the semi-recent foreign language countdown.

That elusive hide-and-seek cow is at it again
Reserved too.
Maybe I can sell it on auction once this heats up.

Auction has CLOSED!

You haven't even sent a list tho, Minio.


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Guy who likes movies
My wild guesses:

What will films #100 and #99 be? The Incredibles (# 100) and Little Miss Sunshine (#99)
Which director will appear the most times? Scorsese
How many animated films will make it? 7
What year from the decade will have the most entries? 2007

#100 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
*I just seen that for the first time a few weeks ago and if I hadn't sent my ballot in I would've voted for it.

Probably some horror flick I'd never watch

Director who appears the most: Spielberg, wait a minute everyone hates Spielberg, at least the hipsters do What's the name of that director everyone thinks is the cat's meow? Yeah that one, he'll have the most movies make the list.

Surf's Up got four votes in the Animation Countdown and sneaked onto the list at #99 back in 2014, but it gets very little love around here.

I watch this movie at least once a year and it's one of my go-to picks to cure sadness or boredom. I love the characters and the concept and it's just so light-hearted and fun. I highly recommend it.

My Ballot:
25. Surf's Up (One-Pointer)

That elusive hide-and-seek cow is at it again
Whoever posted Wet Hot American Summer could possibly become my new bff.