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The Internet’s Most Mentioned Movies of the Noughties

In shared on Dec 31, 2009 by theoryl Tagged: , , ,

Below are pretty much all the “Best Movies of the Decade” lists Google crawled on the internet. I try to stick to lists with more than 20 movies, as otherwise there’ll be too many lists to include:

Top 100 lists:

Top 50 lists:

Top 40 lists:

Top 30 lists:

Top 20 lists:

Top 10 lists:

Finally, here is the Excel worksheet that combine all the lists together:

  • Top movies of the noughties (.xls)

There are altogether 440 movies in the final list, with 282 of them mentioned at most twice only. Of note, some lists are very slanted towards recent movies (2008 & 2009); some lists covered a lot of international movies or documentaries; some lists took the opportunity to introduce obscure films; while some lists are too mainstream I don’t know if they can be taken seriously; Regardless, here are the most mentioned movies from the top 50 in the above given lists (I used only lists with at least 20 entries, and movies no.51 to no.100 were ignored):

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – 20 times
  2. There Will Be Blood (2007) – 19 times
  3. No Country for Old Men (2007) – 18 times
  4. The Dark Knight (2008) – 17 times
  5. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003) – 17 times
  6. Children of Men (2006) – 15 times
  7. Spirited Away (2001) – 15 times
  8. Mulholland Dr. (2001) – 14 times
  9. Memento (2000) – 13 times
  10. The Incredibles (2004) – 13 times
  11. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) – 12 times
  12. Lost in Translation (2003) – 12 times
  13. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – 12 times
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – 12 times
  15. Brokeback Mountain (2005) – 11 times
  16. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – 11 times
  17. Grizzly Man (2005) – 11 times
  18. Donnie Darko (2001) – 10 times
  19. WALL·E (2008) – 10 times

If only the top 30 were counted:

  1. There Will Be Blood (2007) – 17 times
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – 15 times
  3. No Country for Old Men (2007) – 15 times
  4. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003) – 14 times
  5. Children of Men (2006) – 12 times
  6. Spirited Away (2001) – 12 times
  7. The Dark Knight (2008) – 12 times
  8. Memento (2000) – 11 times
  9. Mulholland Dr. (2001) – 11 times
  10. Brokeback Mountain (2005) – 9 times
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – 9 times
  12. The Incredibles (2004) – 9 times
  13. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – 9 times
  14. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) – 8 times
  15. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) – 8 times
  16. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – 8 times
  17. The Lives of Others (2006) – 8 times
  18. Up (2009) – 8 times
  19. WALL·E (2008) – 8 times
  20. Zodiac (2007) – 8 times

If, however, the rankings matter (the positions in the lists are used to represent scores from 0.01 to 1, 1 being the highest):

  1. There Will Be Blood (2007) – 16.4
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – 16.0
  3. No Country for Old Men (2007) – 15.3
  4. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003) – 13.2
  5. The Dark Knight (2008) – 12.5
  6. Spirited Away (2001) – 11.2
  7. Children of Men (2006) – 11.0
  8. Memento (2000) – 10.5
  9. Mulholland Dr. (2001) – 10.2
  10. Brokeback Mountain (2005) – 9.3
  11. Lost in Translation (2003) – 8.9
  12. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) – 8.4
  13. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – 8.1
  14. City of God (2002) – 7.7
  15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) – 7.5
  16. The Incredibles (2004) – 7.4
  17. The Lives of Others (2006) – 7.3
  18. The Departed (2006) – 7.2
  19. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)  – 6.9
  20. WALL·E (2008) – 6.9
  21. Shaun of the Dead (2004) – 6.7
  22. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – 6.6
  23. Grizzly Man (2005) – 6.6
  24. Zodiac (2007) – 6.6
  25. Almost Famous (2000) – 6.5
  26. Up (2009) – 6.4
  27. Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 (2003, 2004) – 6.4
  28. Yi Yi (2000) – 6.3
  29. In the Mood for Love – 6.1
  30. Donnie Darko (2001) – 5.9

Slate.com has an interactive “Aught-omatic” which does kind of the same thing and its top 5 are:

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  2. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
  4. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  5. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

I guess we can now claim Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men and The Lord of the Rings trilogy as the most memorable movies of the decade! Both critics and casual movie-goers have no problem in admitting they are ones of the best from 2000-2009!

(Note that I deliberately grouped together Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2, The Bourne Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy because that’s what was done in many of the lists, so I can’t separate them into separate entities anymore. Also note that some lists are not “set in stone” as they can be changed anytime by users’ votes, i.e. IMDB and Flickchart.)

I salute the persons who went through all the troubles of making the lists and remarks. It must’ve taken them a lot of efforts to review so many films.

If there is any mistake in the lists I compiled, feel free to let me know. If there is any more of such lists, please let me know too! With this, let’s wave goodbye to the noughties!

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