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The '00s were a great decade for moviegoers, whether you liked romance, fantasy, comedy, horror, indies, or anything in between. As the ubiquitous "Best Movies of the Decade" lists roll out, film critics and analysts all seem to have different ideas about which movie is tops. Here are just six of the contenders touted in a variety of publications:
The Dark Knight
An early choice from EW.com, this pitch-black Christian Bale Batman movie directed by Christopher Nolan left a big impression and earned its Joker, Heath Ledger, a posthumous Oscar.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This mindbending Jim Carrey-Kate Winslet alternate-universe romance (co-starring Mark Ruffalo and Kirsten Dunst) is cited by two major publications--the AV Club and New York magazine--as the very best of the decade, and has made the cut as a runner-up on many other lists.
David Lynch's postmodern Hollywood noir catapulted Naomi Watts to stardom and reaped critical praise, even though some found the plot as murky as a nightmare. There's never been another movie quite like it, which may be why it received Time Out New York's highest praise.
There Will Be Blood
This intense Daniel Day-Lewis period drama may have become an instant classic in any decade, but it happened to be made in this one. The critics' circle at Total Film magazine named it the greatest movie of the decade.
City of God
Paste magazine's pick for the #1 slot is this brutal Portugese-language drama about teenage gang wars in Brazil. It was nominated for four Oscars and launched a trend of dark, take-no-prisoners crime films.
The London Times topped their 50 Best of the Decade list with this subtle, haunting French-language thriller about a family being pursued by a stalker. It features themes of technology and isolation, so if that's what you got out of the '00s, this pick will resonate.
Other "Best of the Decade" picks that have been popping up on film blogs include Kill Bill 1 &2, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Memento. Before the decade comes to a close, which would you pick?
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