The Best Films of the Decade So Far

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  • 2000
  • Baise-moi "Fuck Me" (Virginie Despentes, Coralie / France)
  • Batoru rowaiaru "Battle Royale" [director`s cut] (Kinji Fukasaku / Japan)
  • Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel / USA)
  • Cast Away (Robert Zemeckis / USA)
  • Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages "Code Unknown" (Michael Haneke / France, Germany, Romania)
  • Die Polizistin "The Policewoman" (Andreas Dresen / Germany)
  • Djomeh (Hassan Yektapanah / Iran, France)
  • England! (Achim von Borries / Germany)
  • Eureka (Shinji Aoyama / Japan)
  • L'amour, l'argent, l'amour "Love, Money, Love" (Philip Gröning / Germany, Switzerland, France)
  • La ville est tranquille "The town is quiet" (Robert Guédiguian / France)
  • Maelström "Maelstrom" (Denis Villeneuve / Canada)
  • Memento (Christopher Nolan / USA)
  • Proof of Life (Taylor Hackford / USA)
  • Sånger från andra våningen "Songs from the Second Floor" (Roy Andersson / Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
  • Shadow of the vampire (E. Elias Merhige / UK, USA, Luxembourg)
  • Shiqi sui de dan che "Beijing Bicycle" (Xiaoshuai Wang / China, Taiwan)
  • Soins et beauté (Alejandra Rojo / France)
  • Sous le sable "Under the Sand" (François Ozon / France)
  • The Claim (Michael Winterbottom / UK, France, Canada)
  • The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin / Canada)
  • The Million Dollar Hotel (Wim Wenders / USA, Germany, UK)
  • Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan / USA)
  • Uttara "The Wrestlers" (Buddhadev Dasgupta / India)
  • Zhantai "Platform" (Zhang Ke Jia / China, Hong Kong, Japan, France)


  • 2001
  • Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu "Warm Water Under a Red Bridge" (Shohei Imamura / Japan)
  • Atanarjuat "The Fast Runner" (Zacharias Kunuk / Canada)
  • Avalon (Mamoru Oshii / Poland, Japan)
  • Das Experiment "The Experiment" (Oliver Hirschbiegel / Germany)
  • Enemy at the Gates (Jean-Jacques Annaud / USA, Germany, UK, Ireland)
  • Freunde “The Whiz Kids” (Jan Krüger, Oliver Schwabe (co-director) / Germany)
  • Je rentre à la maison "I'm going Home" (Manoel de Oliveira / France, Portugal)
  • La Pianiste "The Piano Player" (Michael Haneke / France, Austria)
  • Monster's Ball (Marc Forster / USA, Canada)
  • Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch / USA, France)
  • Nichts bereuen “No Regrets“ (Benjamin Quabeck / Germany)
  • Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi "Spirited Away" (Hayao Miyazaki / Japan)
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson / USA)
  • Tu vois (François Ruiz / France)
  • Unloved (Kunitoshi Manda / Japan)


  • 2002
  • 8 femmes "8 Women" (François Ozon / France, Italy)
  • 25th Hour (Spike Lee / USA)
  • Adaptation. (Spike Jonze / USA)
  • Bungalow (Ulrich Köhler / Germany)
  • Catch me if you can (Steven Spielberg / USA)
  • Changing Lanes (Roger Michell / USA)
  • Dans le noir du temps (Jean-Luc Godard / France)
  • Der Felsen (Dominik Graf / Germany)
  • Dolls (Takeshi Kitano / Japan)
  • Elsker dig for evigt "Open Hearts" (Susanne Bier / Denmark)
  • Gerry (Gus Van Sant / USA)
  • Hable con ella "Talk to Her" (Pedro Almodóvar / Spain)
  • Heaven (Tom Tykwer / Germany, Italy, USA, France, UK)
  • Hwajangshil eodieyo? "Public Toilet" (Fruit Chan / Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan)
  • Le fils "The Son" (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne / Belgium, France)
  • Los lunes al sol "Mondays in the Sun" (Fernando León de Aranoa / Spain, France, Italy)
  • Madrid (Daphne Charizani / Germany)
  • Nebo. Samolyot. Devushka. "Sky, Plane. Girl." (Vera Storozheva / Russia)
  • Nuomos sutartis "The Lease" (Kristijonas Vildziunas / Lithuania)
  • Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson / USA)
  • Shin jingi no hakaba "Graveyard of Honor" (Takashi Miike / Japan)
  • Sofiiiie! (Michael Hofmann / Germany)
  • The Hours (Stephen Daldry / USA)
  • Uzak “Distant“ (Nuri Bilge Ceylan / Turkey)
  • Vendredi Soir "Friday Night" (Claire Denis / France)
  • Xiao cheng zhi chun "Springtime in a small Town" (Tian Zhuangzhuang / China, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands)
  • Ying xiong "Hero" (2002 / Zhang Yimou / China, Hong Kong)


  • 2003
  • 21 Grams (Alejandro González Iñárritu / USA)
  • Bu jian "The Missing" (Lee Kang-sheng / Taiwan)
  • Bu san "Good Bye, Dragon Inn" (Ming-liang Tsai / Taiwan)
  • Dogville (Lars von Trier / Denmark, Sweden, UK, USA, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, France, Norway)
  • Elephant (Gus Van Sant / USA)
  • Goff in der Wüste "Goff in the Desert" (Heinz Emigholz / Germany)
  • Identity Kills (Sören Voigt / Germany)
  • L’esquive (Abdellatif Kechiche / France)
  • Lichter "Flickering Lights" (Hans-Christian Schmid / Germany)
  • Mong bat liu "Lost in Time" (Tung-Shing Yee / Hong Kong)
  • My Life Without Me (Isabel Coixet / Spain, Canada)
  • Nói albinói “Noi the Albino“ (Dagur Kári / Iceland, Germany, UK, Denmark)
  • Oldboy (Chan-wook Park / South Korea)
  • Open Range (Kevin Costner / USA)
  • Raja (Jacques Doillon / Morocco, France)
  • Schussangst "Gun-shy" (Dito Tsintsadze / Germany)
  • Son frère "His Brother" (2003 / Patrice Chereau / France)
  • Te doy mis ojos "Take my eyes" (Icíar Bollaín / Spain)
  • The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy / USA)
  • Wonderful Days (Moon-saeng Kim / South Korea)


  • 2004
  • Before Sunset (Richard Linklater / USA)
  • Birth (Jonathan Glazer / USA)
  • Dare mo shiranai “Nobody Knows” (Hirokazu Koreeda / Japan)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry / USA)
  • Frau fährt, Mann schläft (Rudolf Thome / Germany)
  • Marseille (Angela Schanelec / Germany)
  • Shi mian mai fu "House of Flying Daggers" (Zhang Yimou / China, Hong Kong)
  • Sud pralad "Tropical Malady" (Apichatpong Weerasethakul / Thailand, France, Germany, Italy)
  • The Aviator (Martin Scorsese / USA, Japan, Germany)
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson / USA)
  • Tony Takitani (Jun Ichikawa / Japan)
  • Trilogia I: To Livadi pou dakryzei "Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow" (Theo Angelopoulos / Greece, Germany, France, Italy)


  • 2005
  • ...Es wird jemand kommen, der ja zu mir sagt "Ruth" (Michael Blume / Germany)
  • Amour neutre (Pierre Coulibeuf / France)
  • Au-delà de la haine (Olivier Meyrou / France)
  • Babooska (Tizza Covi, Rainer Frommel / Italy, Austria)
  • Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch / USA, France)
  • Caché "Hidden" (Michael Haneke / France, Austria, Germany, Italy)
  • Kaalpurush "Memories in the Mist" (Buddhadev Dasgupta / India)
  • Mizu no hana "Water Flower" (Yusuke Kinoshita / Japan)
  • The New World (Terrence Malick / USA)


  • 2006
  • In Between Days (So Yong Kim / Canada, USA)
  • Lá-bas "Down There" (Chantal Akerman / Belgium, France)


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Number of films by country:

USA: 32

France: 31

Germany: 27

Japan: 14

Canada: 7
Italy: 7
UK: 7

Hong Kong: 6

China: 5

Denmark: 4
Spain: 4

Austria: 3
South Korea: 3
Taiwan: 3

Belgium: 2
India: 2
Netherlands: 2
Norway: 2
Sweden: 2

Finland: 1
Greece: 1
Iceland: 1
Iran: 1
Ireland: 1
Lithuania: 1
Luxembourg: 1
Morocco: 1
Portugal: 1
Romania: 1
Russia: 1
Switzerland: 1
Thailand: 1
Turkey: 1