The Decade in Review: Top 50 Films, Part Three (21-30)

Today I present to you part three of my five-part countdown towards revealing what my favorite movie of the decade is.Before going on with the list, I would life to mention a few movies that did not make it to the list.

The three movies that I want to talk about today are three movies by Wes Anderson. Although his style is becoming a bit stale due to his over use as well as the many copy cats out there, his writing still resonates with me. The way he takes on the subject of families and the background he sets them against for some reason always make me feel satisfied.

The Royal Tenenbaums takes on the entire family with the focus on the role the father has. Everyone loves, and at the same time hates him. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zizzou is about father-son relationships and how personal matters can get in the way. The Darjeeling Limited about three brothers trying to regain a connection that they lost after their father died. Darjeeling is the one that hit closes to home although I haven’t gone through everything that those people went through. But all of them connected with me on a personal level, and I look forward to whatever Anderson has to offer.

On with the countdown…

30. United 93 (2006)

Directed by Paul Greengrass

A harrowing, heart breaking, honest, and non-Hollywood look at what went on in the United Airlines flight 93 and at the control center during September 11, 2001. Paul Green grass doesn’t turn it into a thriller but rather into an homage to the heroes that stopped the terrorist from reaching their goal that day.

29. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Directed by Gore Verbinski

Who would have thought that such a great movie could have been made out of a theme park ride? The writers found a story that worked,  and the director brought all he had to make it work. However, it reaches levels of greatness because of Johnny Depp’s inspired, soon-to-be legendary, performance

28. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Directed by Andrew Dominik

Although it is very long, I did not feel like it was because it sucked me in from the very beginning. The direction, music, cinematography, and performances are all great. Of the latter, Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck stand out, with Afflec’s performance being one of my top 10 performances of the decade.

27. The Dark Night (2008)

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Nolan’s follow-up to his re-invention of the superhero Batman Begins, goes beyond being a movie of the mentioned genre and becomes a serious crime drama that explores themes no movie of this kind had explored. I can’t complete this without mentioning Heath Ledger, so I’ll say what others have said many times before: He’s amazing.

26. The Aviator (2004)

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Leonardo DiCaprio is great in Martin Scorsese’s colorful and engaging movie about the obsessive yet brilliant mogul. One of the best looking productions of the decade, also features good work from Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, and Alan Alda.

25. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Directed by Clint Eastwood

The first movie that made me cry that wasn’t animated and involved animals. The movie is as well produced as other Eastwood movies, but the power comes from Hilary Swank, Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman’s performances.

24. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Directed by Clint Eastwood

An original take on World War II movies and an outstanding lead performance from Ken Watanabe not only makes this the best movie of Clint Eastwood’s career, but one of the best war movies of all time. The suicide scene is haunting and one of the best scenes of the decade.

23. Good Night and Good Luck (2005)

Directed by George Clooney

Based on the subject matter, I was already going to like it. David Strathairn’s performance, George Clooney’s direction, the script, the music, and the cinematography only helped me love the movie so much more than I thought I would.

22. Spirited Away (2002)

Directed by Hayao Miyasaki

This was the first Hayao Miyasaki movie I saw, I can honestly see why he is so loved by film lovers all around the world. He is just a great story teller and the fact that he pretty much does all the animation by himself is amazing. As for the movie, it is magical and truly has something to say.

21. Kill Bill (2003-2004)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s revenge epic is as great as one would imagine. His writing is as sharp as ever, and the entire things is just beautiful to look at. Uma Thurman gives her best performance since Pulp Fiction, which makes it obvious that Tarantino always gets the best out of her.

This concludes part three of the countdown. There are only two left and will posted during this week. If you have an opinion, go ahead and post it in the comments section.

The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, Part 1

The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, Part 2

The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, Part 4

The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, Part 5

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