The Decade in Review: Top 50 Films, Part Two (31-40)

I’m continuing my countdown of the 50 movies of the decade today with numbers 31 to 50. I’m sure that a couple of my choices will cause some disagreements among the people that come across this list, but it is my list and I love them all.

Today’s list features two musicals, the two greatest directorial debuts of the decade, and my favorite documentary of the decade, which also happens to be one of the bravest movies of said time period.

So, enjoy part two!

My favorite comedy of the decade. Due to it’s February release date in surprised me at how great it was. It had top-notch performances from Collin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson and has a good score by Carter Burwell and beautiful cinematography. I also love it for not trying to be politically correct, which few movies dare to be in this world we live in.

Sarah Polley makes the greatest directorial debut of the decade. The way she tells the story, I could have sworn that it was a pro directing the movie. Julie Christie, Gordon Pinset, and Olympia Dukakis give heartbreaking performances. If you don’t have some tears running down your face in the end, you have no heart.

One of the few movies that truly captures how to be a young man who doesn’t know what to do with his life in an ever-changing world. This is all thanks to Greg Mottola’s script and direction. Plus, it has a great soundtrack

This movie shows that although we have the freedom to say what we want, we don’t want to hear something that we don’t like. During a concer in London, the once most popular female country group of all time exercised their freedom of speech, but people back at home hated them for what they said. The movie chronicles the fall out of their comments and follow them during the making of their “Taking the Long Way” album. This documentary made me angry, yet happy that we have people like the Dixie Chicks who are not afraid to speak their minds.

Spielberg’s best movie this decade. It would have ranked higher if it wasn’t for a couple of unnecessary scenes. However, it is still a tense experience that is well crafted and emotionally affecting.

Upon release, it split critics and the few people who saw it right down the middle. Those who hated it did so because of it’s non linear story that can sometimes be hard to follow. Others, like me, loved it for that same reason and it’s take on life and death. Hugh Jackman gives his best performance to date and Rachel Weiz is great as always.

I seriously did not think that a Disney fantasy movie would affect me so much, yet it did. The way it handles growing up, friendships, religion, and death is beautiful. AnnaSophia Robb gives one of my favorite child performances of all time.

An incredibly tense take on Hitler’s final days. Bruno Ganz in unforgettable as Hitler as he manages to almost make a human out of the monster that he was.

A lot of razzle-dazzle, good performances throughout, and a brilliant script by Bill Condon make this movie a pleasure for the eyes and the mind.

Although it is a more serious musical than Chicago, it has as flashy and as entertaining. A meticulous production is anchored by Eddie Murphy’s best performance to date and a great acting debut by Jennifer Hudson.

There is part two of my top 50 movies of the decades. Have your say in the comments section

The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, Part 1

The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, Part 3

The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, Part 4

The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, Part 5

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