10 Best Movies Since 2000

The Artist, Hurt Locker, and Lord of the Rings make the list

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted May 19, 2012 3:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – What are the 10 best movies since the year 2000? Richard Corliss at Time rounds up the greatest film achievements of the millennium so far. Here's a sampling:

  • 10. The Artist, 2011: A "delightfully inventive comedy" and "sustained cinematic inspiration" that rightfully deserved its best-picture Oscar.
  • 6. The Hurt Locker, 2009: This "acutely nonpartisan" war flick had a "fresh, revisionist vision" and was helmed by Kathryn Bigelow, "a smart director of gritty action films."
  • 4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000: Ang Lee assembled three stars from three eras to create "a movie of gravity and buoyancy, of high art and higher spirits. It's contemplative, and it kicks ass."
  • 2. The Lord of the Rings, 2001-2003: Hugely and riskily expensive epics that employed "vision and daring" to make them "among the most satisfying achievements of the new millennium."
  • 1. WALL-E, 2008: Pixar's animated feature has "technical wizardry," "digital sheen," plus a "love story as pure as any in the cinema's first 100 years."
Read the rest of the top 10 here.

A shot from The Artist.
A shot from "The Artist."   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company)
A still from The Lord of the Rings.
A still from "The Lord of the Rings."   (AP Photo/New Line Productions, Pierre Vinet, file)
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