History of Film

We live in an IMDB world where many people feel The Dark Knight is better than Citizen Kane and Casablanca and Apocalypse Now and the list goes on. While IMDB’s top 250, alongside a myriad of other baffling “best movies ever lists” aren’t necessarily cataclysmic, they’re enjoyable to poke fun at.

Naturally, any list objectifying art is inherent silly, yet ranking and listing has become a religious exercise in futility many of us constantly partake in. That’s why I’m rebooting The History of Film (which was originally founded at Duke & the Movies). The goal of this feature is to unite staff, friends, and readers of Movie Mezzanine together into forming an eclectic “top 10″ from each decade in cinema.

Every other month we’ll dive into the past and analyze a decade in cinema. Below are the results from the 2000s. More to come.

The 2000s

(The Ballots & The Results)

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1.) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2.) There Will Be Blood

3.) No Country for Old Men

4.) Mullholland Drive

5.) Lord of the Rings Trilogy

6.) Children of Men

7.) In the Mood for Love

8.) Inglourious Basterds

9.) Lost In Translation

10.) Kill Bill Volume 1

The 1990s

(The Ballots & The Results)

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1.) Pulp Fiction

2.) Goodfellas

3.) Thin Red Line

4.) Chungking Express

5.) The Shawshank Redemption

6.) Fargo

7.) L.A. Confidential

8.) Magnolia

9.) Close-Up

10.) Jurassic Park

The 1980s

(The Ballots & The Results)

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1.) Raiders of the Lost Ark

2.) Do the Right Thing

3.) The Shining

4.) Raging Bull

5.) Blade Runner

6.) Star Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back

7.) Back to the Future

8.) Fanny and Alexander

9.) Brazil

10.) Blue Velvet