My top 50 movies of the last 10 years

The Online Film Critics Society, in honor of its 10th anniversary, recently held a survey among its members to determine the best 100 movies of the last 10 years. We all worked to produce a list of 400 worthy films from 1996-2005, and then everyone chose their personal top 50. Now those top 50 lists have been used to compile the group’s official Top 100.

(The Top 100 is finished, but it hasn’t been announced yet. I don’t know why.)

Here is my top 50 list. I didn’t spend hours and hours on it, so I don’t know if every single film is exactly where it should be. For instance, is “Kung Fu Hustle” (#33) necessarily better than “The Royal Tenenbaums” (#34)? Or should they be switched? I don’t know. But in general, the order of the list reflects my true opinions.

I count seven animated films, one documentary, six foreign-language movies, three musicals, 10 films that played at Sundance, and three movies with “Lord of the Rings” in the title. I’m surprised there are that many cartoons, not surprised there are that many Sundance movies, surprised there aren’t more foreign films.

What films that aren’t included here would be on your top 50 for 1996-2005?

Eric’s Top 50 Films of the Past 10 Years

1. Fight Club
2. Toy Story 2
3. Waiting for Guffman
4. Memento
5. Requiem for a Dream
6. About a Boy
7. Moulin Rouge
8. Far from Heaven
9. A History of Violence
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
11. Spider-Man 2
12. Run Lola Run
13. Spirited Away
14. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
15. Kill Bill, Volume 2
16. The Incredibles
17. Road to Perdition
18. 28 Days Later
19. About Schmidt
20. Adaptation
21. Billy Elliot
22. The Blair Witch Project
23. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
24. Life is Beautiful
25. L.I.E.
26. The Triplets of Belleville
27. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
28. Sin City
29. The Iron Giant
30. The Sixth Sense
31. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
32. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
33. Kung Fu Hustle
34. The Royal Tenenbaums
35. Being John Malkovich
36. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
37. Brokeback Mountain
38. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
39. Dark City
40. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
41. The Game
42. Kill Bill, Vol. 1
43. Shaun of the Dead
44. The Spanish Prisoner
45. Super Size Me
46. The Sweet Hereafter
47. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter Jr.
48. Nobody Knows
49. The Saddest Music in the World
50. Hedwig and the Angry Inch