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indieWIRE & Industry Top Tens of the Decade

indieWIRE & Industry Top Tens of the Decade

A final look back at the decade after yesterday’s look back at 2009… this time featuring top ten lists from the editors of indieWIRE and industry insiders. Participants were invited to include films from the past ten years, but each person devised his or her own criteria.

Will you please share your Top 10 list for 2009 in the comments section at the end of this article (and please include your name)?

indieWIRE editors and contributors

Eugene Hernandez
Editor-in-Chief, indieWIRE

As I wrote yesterday, the best movies aren’t just movies, they are experiences. In the case of my own top ten of the decade, these are the films and filmmakers from the past ten years that really mattered to me. Movies that I watched and pondered, discussed and shared with others and then re-watched.

For this decade, five filmmakers (and their films) are above all the rest. Then there are five films to round out my top ten list, followed by five more filmmakers and pairs of films, a list of great docs and finally some special mentions.

Happy New Decade!

1. Pedro Almodovar: “Talk to Her”, “Bad Education”, “Broken Embraces”
2. Wong Kar-wai: “2046”, “In The Mood for Love”
3. Gus Van Sant: “Elephant”, “Paranoid Park”, “Last Days”, “Gerry”
4. Todd Haynes: “I’m Not There”, “Far From Heaven”
5. Lars von Trier: “Dogville”, “Dancer in the Dark”

6. “There Will Be Blood” (P.T. Anderson)
7. “The New World” (Terence Malick)
8. “Wonderland” (Michael Winterbottom)
9. “Nobody Knows” (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
10. “Tarnation” (Jonathan Caouette)

Philippe Garrel: “Regular Lovers” & “Frontier of Dawn”
Arnaud Desplechin: “Kings & Queen” & “A Christmas Tale”
Julian Schnabel: “Before Night Falls” & “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
David Gordon Green: “George Washington” & “Snow Angels”
John Cameron Mitchell: “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” & “Shortbus”

Great Docs (alphabetical)”
“Iraq in Fragments”
“Lake of Fire”
“A Lion In The House”
“Super Size Me”
“The Corporation”
“The Kid Stays in the Picture”
“The Power of Nightmares”
“When The Levees Broke”

Special mentions (alphabetical):
“Before Sunset”
“Marie Antoinette”
“Moulin Rouge”
“Mysterious Skin”
“The Brown Bunny”
“The Cremaster Cycle”
“Toutes les nuits”
“Y Tu Mama Tambien”

Brian Brooks
Managing Editor, indieWIRE

“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
“Anarjuat (Fast Runner)”
“Far From Heaven”
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
“Y tu mama tambien”
“Brokeback Mountain”
“Hotel Rwanda”
“Moulin Rouge”

And a snapshot of other greats: “2 Days in Paris,” “Amelie,” “American Splendor,” “Almost Famous,” “Billy Elliott,” “The Beaches of Agnes,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Broken Embraces,” “Bus 174,” “Marie Antoinette,” “City of God,” “Bowling for Columbine,” “The Class,” “Control Room,” “The Cove,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Man On Wire,” “Dancer in the Dark,” “Garden State,” “Juno,” “Superbad,” “A Prophet,” “Good Bye, Lenin,” “Half Nelson,” “The Hurt Locker,” “In the Mood for Love,” “Mulholland Drive,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Maid,” “Maria Full of Grace,” “Milk,” “Murderball,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Paradise Now,” “Persepolis,” “The Queen,” “Raising Victor Vargas,” “Precious,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Sicko,” “Spellbound,” “The Station Agent,” “Talk to Her,” “There Will Be Blood,” “United 93,” “Volver,” “Whale Rider,” “Memento,” “Lost in Translation,” “Into the Wild,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Finding Nemo,” “Donnie Darko,” “Dig!,” “Chicago,” “Capturing the Friedmans”

Peter Knegt
Associate Editor, indieWIRE


1. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
2. “Brokeback Mountain”
3. “In The Mood For Love”
4. “Before Sunset”
5. “There Will Be Blood”
6. “Far From Heaven”
7. “Dancer In The Dark”
8. “Talk To Her”
9. “Finding Nemo”
10. “Once”

These are the ten I chose for the indieWIRE Poll earlier this month, so I might as well as stick with them. But I can’t tell you how ridiculously difficult to narrow down hundreds and hundreds of examples of remarkable cinema to a simple ten. Especially when I feel like this decade was a very introductory one in terms of my relationship with cinema, particularly world cinema – which is a very overwhelming arena to enter. The experience of the ten films I listed – each and everyone I can bring myself back to so vividly, as well as the dozens and dozens I did not, feel almost too precious to reduce to a list. And this is coming from someone who usually craves this list-making time of year.

Andy Lauer
Editorial Asst, indieWIRE

Best of the Decade
1. “Inland Empire”
2. “Tropical Malady”
3. “In Praise of Love”
4. “Unknown Pleasures”
5. “The Son”
6. “demonlover”
7. “Beau Travail”
8. “Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands”
9. “The Wayward Cloud”
10. “Paranoid Park”

Bryce Renninger

10 – “Donnie Darko”
9 – “The Good Girl”
8 – “Ten”
7 – “This is England”
6 – “Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles” (A Very Long Engagement)
5 – “Lost in Translation”
4 – “Little Miss Sunshine”
3 – “Road to Perdition”
2 – “Good Bye Lenin!”
1 – “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Erica Abeel
Huffington Post/Freelance
indieWIRE contributor

1. “Yi Yi”
2. “The White Ribbon”
3. “The Son”
4. “Rosetta”
5. “Before Sunset”
6. “Brokeback Mountain”
7. “Fahrenheit 9/11”
8. “Cache”
9. “Les Destinees Sentimentales”
10. “The Vertical Ray of the Sun”

Kim Adelman
Short Film Columnist, indieWIRE

Top 10 for the Decade
In alphabetical order:

“24 Hour Party People”
“Before Sunset”
“Brokeback Mountain”
“Lost in Translation”
“Moulin Rouge!”
“Shaun of the Dead”

Howard Feinstein
Programmer, Sarajevo Film Festival; Journalist extaordinaire, Grand Pu-bawwww
indieWIRE contributor


1. “A History of Violence”
2. “Distant”
3. “Amores Perros”
4. “Silent Light”
5. “Brokeback Mountain”
6. “The World”
7. “Yi Yi”
8. “Elephant”
9. “In the Mood for Love”
10. “Gran Torino”

Anthony Kaufman
indieWIRE contributor

I’ve seen top ten lists of everything from best conservative movies, black films, Japanese films, Chinese films, performances, film critics, even Facebook updates—the ubiquity of such decade-ending lists, missives, favorites and cultural touchstones of all sorts makes one’s own list feel particularly small. I would argue that the Internet’s much-heralded democratization of social and editorial space that has happened over the last decade has made people like me—and my views—less necessary. How does one make one’s voice heard among the multitude of voices and tweets? Who cares? Maybe it’s not about being heard, at all, but just about recording one’s own thoughts for posterity and narcissistic satisfaction.

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1. “Time Out”
2. The films of Jia Zhangke
3. The Dardenne brothers
4. Romanian film
5. Korean Cinema
6. Lars von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark”
7. Michael Haneke’s “Cache”
8. Alfonso Cuaron’s “Y Tu Mama Tambien”
9. Lukas Moodysson’s “Lilya-4-Ever”
10. Two from Pawel Pawlikowski

Eric Kohn
Renaissance man
indieWIRE contributor

Best of the Decade
1) “Grizzly Man”
2) “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
3) “Punch-Drunk Love”
4) “Before Sunset”
5) “Mister Lonely”
6) “Rejected”
7) “Femme Fatale”
8) “X2: X-Men United”
9) “The Triplets of Belleville”
10) “Frownland”

Rania Richardson
indieWIRE contributor and blogger

1. “The Son”
2. “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”
3. “Pan’s Labyrinth”
4. “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days”
5. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
6. “The Intruder”
7. “Tropical Malady”
8. “Moolaade”
9. “Bright Star” and “In the Cut” (Chaste and carnal love, by Jane Campion. Boys, watch and take notes.)
10. “The Lives of Others”

Compiling this list was nearly impossible and dozens of films were left on the cutting room floor. It was a spectacular decade for international cinema!

Efe Cakarel
Founder & CEO, The Auteurs

Top 10 of the Decade:

“In the Mood for Love,” Wong Kar-Wai
“City of God,” Fernando Meirelles
“The Royal Tenenbaums,” Wes Anderson
“The Lives of Others,” Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
“Y Tu Mama Tambien,” Alfonso Cuaron
“There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“Uzak,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Mulholland Drive,” David Lynch
“Spirited Away,” Hayao Miyazaki
“Old Boy,” Park Chan-Wook

Jeff Deutchman
IFC Films

My favorite movies this decade are the ones that gave me ideas while I was watching them…

1. “Birth”
2. “Goodbye, Dragon Inn”
3. “Russian Ark”
4. “The Incredibles”
5. “Silent Light”
6. “Death Proof”
7. “United 93”
8. “Mulholland Dr”
9. “Dogville”
10. “I’m Not There”
11. “There Will Be Blood”
12. “Summer Hours”
13. “Antichrist”
14. “Hunger”
15. “Elephant”

“The Wire” – this is not a movie, nor should it ever become one, but it’s the only TV show that rivals/surpasses the best films.

Jytte Jensen

(In no order)
“Silent Light”
“Russian Ark”
“The Silence Before Bach”
“Werkmeister Harmonies”
“The Wind Will Carry Us”
“Songs from the Second Floor”
“Star Spangled to Death”
“The Gleaners and I”
“La Cienega”

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Doug Jones
Associate Director of Programming, Los Angeles Film Festival

Top 10 of the Decade
“Beau Travail”
“In the Mood for Love”
“La libertad”
“Pan’s Labyrinth”
“Syndromes and a Century”
“There Will Be Blood”
“Unknown Pleasures”
“Wendy and Lucy”
“Werckmeister Harmonies”
“West of the Tracks”

Keaton Kail
IFC Films

“A.I. Artificial Intelligence”
2001, d. Steven Spielberg

In my experience the first sign of complexity is contradiction; pure ideas, conflicted, and earnestness met by a necessary ambivalence. By this rule, A.I. – the seemingly immaculate child of two of the medium’s most disparate brains – is qualified by an almost impossible complexity. Like the human temperament, splashed with emotions readily at odds with each other, mitigated by alternate whims of hope and desperation, the film explores two visions of the future with a single eye – and neither is fully conceived of, let alone developed. The movie presents Spielberg’s hopey glow, Kubrick’s dopey gloom, and a memory of the future that is perhaps without any human agency to speak of, and closes with a whimper. In the end the best science-fiction film since Kubrick last took to space, A.I. is an effusive work I will never tire of studying.

“In The Mood for Love”
2001, d. Wong Kar-Wai

A Modernist sketch that leaves one full with a ripe ache, Wong’s jazz-streaked improvisation is a film of remarkable scope for all of its meticulousness. Its drunken lilt of a narrative, inspired apparently by just a few pages by the Modernist writer Liu Yichang, follows a romance first restrained by incidence and then unraveled by the ambivalent motion of things. The film’s form follows suit. It sways at first within tenements and alleyways and then expands for a moment to indicate a broad image of China, and the fleeting significance of its characters within it. Throughout, the captive of breath-against-glass romance, the viewer is swept along a flawless reverie. I am content for many reasons to have this film top a list of works that challenged and complicated my experience of cinema this decade, but first among them is MOOD’s profound example of the medium as at once desperately emotionally relevant and naturally impermanent.

I’ll resist ranking them as long as possible, but the following complete a batch of 25 of what I hold to be the cream of the crop of 00s – one per filmmaker.

“Beau Travail” – 2000, d. Clair Denis
“Platform” – 2000, d. Jia Zhang-ke
“Y Tu Mama Tambien” – 2001, d. Alfonso Cuaron
“Belleville Rendez-vous” – 2002, d. Sylvain Chomet
“Irreversible” – 2002, d. Gaspar Noe
“Russian Ark” – 2002, d. Alexandr Sokurov
“Spirited Away” – 2002, d. Hayao Miyazaki
“28 Days Later” – 2003, d. Danny Boyle
“Before Sunset” – 2003, d. Richard Linklater
“Cafe Lumiere” – 2003, d. Hou Hsiao-hsien
“Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World” – 2003, d. Peter Weir
“Saraband” – 2003, d. Ingmar Bergman
“Tarnation” – 2003, d. Jonatahn Caouette
“Kings & Queen” – 2004, d. Arnaud Desplechin
“The New World” – 2004, d. Terrence Malick
“Tropical Malady” – 2004, d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“12:08 East of Bucharest” – 2006, d. Corneliu Poromboiu
“The Departed” – 2006, d. Martin Scorsese
“Pan’s Labyrinth” – 2006, d. Guillermo del Toro
“United 93” – 2006, d. Paul Greengrass
“4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days” – 2007, d. Cristian Mungiu
“Raratouille” – 2007, d. Brad Bird
“Hunger” – 2008, d. Steve McQueen
“The White Ribbon” 2009, d. Michael Haneke

Disclaimer– I’ve yet to see these films, and would very much like to:
The House of Mirth, Yi Yi (A One and a Two), In Praise of Love, The Werckmeister Harmonies, Esther Kahn, The Piano Teacher, The Best of Youth, The Son, Regular Lovers

Laurence Kardish
Senior Curator, MoMA

Decade (not ranked)
1. “Elephant” (Van Sant)
2. “The Gleaners and I” (Varda)
3. “Moolade” (Sembene)
4. “A.I: Artificial Intelligence” (Spielberg)
5. “Letters from Iwo Jima” (Eastwood)
6. “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days” (Mungiu)
7. “The World” (Zhang-ke)
8. “Cache” (Haneke)
9. “Y tu mama tambien” (Cuaron)
10. “Banewl” (Dean)

Adam Kersh
Publicist, 42 West

1. “Mulholland Drive”
2. “Talk To Her”
3. “Away From Her”
4. “Pan’s Labyrinth”
5. “Zodiac”
6. “There Will Be Blood”
7. “A Hustory of Violence”
8. “Million Dollar Baby”
9. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
10. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”

Michael Lerman
Director of Acquisitions, The Film Sales Company; Director of Programming, The Philadelphia Film Society

Best of the Decade:
1. “Punch Drunk Love”
2. “Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance”
3. “Cache”
4. “Antichrist”
5. “Mulholland Drive”
6. “Kings and Queen”
7. “Gerry”
8. “Zodiac”
9. “12:08 East of Bucharest”
10. “United 93”

Jared Moshe
Producer, “Beautiful Losers”

Best of the Decade
(a baker’s dozen)

In putting together this list, I chose films that were not necessarily the best or most groundbreaking, but were the ones that stayed with me long after watching them. These are also in a general order with selected commentary.

1. “Children of Men” – This is the kind of film that inspires a generation of filmmakers.
2. “Memento”
3. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
4. Pixar (“Up”/”Wall-E”/”The Incredibles”) – Pixar has produced one of the best films of the year for nearly every year of this decade and for that they deserve their own slot on this list.
5. “Before Sunset”
6. “Moulin Rouge!” – I watched this film on DVD. When I finished it, I immediately restarted the disk and watched it again.
7. “City of God”
8. “Almost Famous”
9. “In the Mood for Love”/”2046” – As I saw these two films in reverse order they are locked together in my mind, and it didn’t feel right to include one without the other.
10. “Spirited Away”
11. “A History of Violence”
12. “The Lord of the Rings”
13. “The Royal Tenenbaums”

Charlie Olsky
Susan Norget Film Promotion

15 Best of the Decade (in no particular order)

I couldn’t keep it to 10. I had a hard time deciding whether to include “2046” or “In The Mood For Love,” but something in the latter film got me even more; I think I generally like bigness in a movie, even if it’s more sprawling and less exact. “Last Life in the Universe” is a lovely little slip of a film from the Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, messy and imperfect but so beautiful that it has a special place in the decade for me. I adore Charlie Kaufman, Terrence Malick and Robert Altman and am ready to fight anybody who does not. “Brokeback Mountain” was entirely gay and not a bit queer, and I think that put some people off, but it made me cry and I thought about it for weeks after, particularly when watching Michael Medved lead a panel on Fox News to discuss the film’s “‘Ew’ Factor.” “Bus 174” and “Lake of Fire” are the two most incendiary, propulsive, and thorough documentaries I have ever seen.

“Mulholland Drive”
“Last Life in the Universe”
“Synecdoche, New York”
“Gosford Park”
“Bus 174”
“Lake of Fire”
“Russian Ark”
“The New World”
“Brokeback Mountain”
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
“4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days”
“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”
“Silent Light”

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Tom Quinn
Senior Vice President / Magnolia, Magnet Releasing

Top 10 for Decade

1. “Raising Victor Vargas”
2. “Amelie”
3. “Oldboy”
4. “Talk to Her”
5. “Read My Lips”
6. “Triplets of Belleville”
7. “Let The RIght One In”
8. “Darwin’s Nightmare”
9. “Batman Begins”
10. “Man On Wire”

Other equally deserving films: “There Will Be Blood,” “2046,” “Casino Royale,” “City of God,” “Russian Ark,” “The Isle,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “The Five Obstructions,” “Memories of Murder,” “Bourne Ultimatum,” “28 Days Later,” “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,” “Sous Le Sable,” “The Circle,” “Southern Comfort,” “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” “Precious,” “Ong Bak,” “Wall-E,” “Bowling For Columbine,” “Tarnation,” “Raw Deal,” “Kung Fu Hustle,” “Cache,” “The Piano Teacher,” “Merci Pour le Chocolat,” “Fat Girl,” “Irreversible,” “Grizzly Man,” “Boys of Baraka,” “Super Size Me,” “Far From Heaven,” “Exiled,” “Operation Homecoming,” “Noi Alinoi,” “Croupier”

Mark Rabinowitz
The Rabbi Report

In 3 parts: 2 then 4 then there are 5 more. I know that makes 11. What are you gonna do about it?

Hall of Fame:
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
I am convinced the low votes this film got in “best of:” year and decade lists is due to the few number of people who actually saw it and that those of us who have seen it will prevail upon the unbelievers and this film will take its rightful place as a classic. An absolute masterpiece. If “Dances With Wolves,” “Braveheart” and “Gladiator,” three extremely sub par “epics” can garner the attention and awards they did and this film can disappear like it did, something is seriously wrong.
If anyone can tell me the back story about what went wrong with this film’s distribution, call me.

“Lord of the Rings trilogy”
Each film surpasses any other epic adventure film in scope, detail, story and character detail and as a trio, the effect is astonishing. They really stand alone among cinematic achievement.

The Next 4:

“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
One of the best acted, most tense and suspenseful films of the decade. Considering the restrictions on abortion in the Senate version of the recent healthcare bill, I can only imagine what might happen in a larger, more government run law. If you want to see what happens to women in countries where abortion is restricted or banned outright, watch this film. Even if you don’t want to, watch this film. There’s a phrase: “It can’t happen here.” Well, it has and it can again.

“Before Sunset”
I’ve used the word “honest” a few times recently, but when you’re building a list of superlative films, honestly is an important and all-too rare quality and no American film of the new century can top this one in that category. One of the few sequels that far surpasses its original, Sunset is a real and beautiful American film. If you can watch this without crying, you’re a fucking pod person. Get away from me! Seriously.

“There Will Be Blood”
There really hasn’t been anything like it before and may never be anything like it after. An exceptional film on all levels and yet another example that Daniel Day Lewis is one of the most astonishing actors of his or anyone else’s generation.

Not only a beautiful and moving story, but groundbreaking cinema, to boot. The first animated film to be “shot” like a live action film, duplicating the look of 70mm film, using rack focusing, lighting and other techniques simply not previously used in animated films. Hitting the “great movie”+ “groundbreaking” daily double earns it a place on my list.

The rest of this list, to be honest, is too hard for me to differentiate. Do the game breakers get ranked higher that the “merely” excellent? Does “The Dark Knight” get extra points because it took the “comic book film” label and kicked the shit out of it? Does “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” get listed for being the first Chinese martial arts epic to appeal to american audiences? Does Memento get points for being completely original in style and structure? So here are 5 films that are all exceptional and all for specific reasons.

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon “
For being a film for men, women, romantics and action junkies and doing it all in Chinese.

“The Dark Knight”
For making enough people realize that just because a character originated in a comic book, it doesn’t mean that a film based on said character must be any less of a cinematic work of art.

“George Washington”
For reminding us all what independent film was about and what one could achieve with heart, ambition, talent and an absolute lack of cynicism.

For taking the musical, stripping it naked, turning it over and fucking it in the ass,

“Y tu mama tambien”
For bringing sex and serious Latin American cinema into the 21st century.
all while smiling (and making us smile most of the time, too).

Rajendra Roy
Chief Curator of Film, MoMA

Top 10 of the 00’s

1. “Y tu mama tambien” (Cuaron) – youthful energy, sexual adventurousness, visual urgency, and… Los Chicos!

2. “Elephant” (Van Sant) – Cinematic elegance, a master at his peak

3. “Dancer in the Dark” (Von Trier) – Raw Power, grotesquery of talent

4. “Spirited Away” (Miyazaki) – 21st Century Fantasia

5. “Monsoon Wedding” (Nair) – Neo-Bollywood landmark

6. “Darwin’s Nightmare” (Sauper) – Still the most compelling enviro-terror film I’ve seen

7. “The Hurt Locker” (Bigelow) – The first Iraq War-set masterwork

8. “My Architect” (Kahn) – a transcendent personal doc, in an age of doc-as-therapy

9. The Pixar Films since 2001 – Even “Monsters, Inc” and “Cars,” there’s more to be found than in most other films intended for mass audiences this decade. Special shout out to “Ratatouille” and “WALL-E.”

10. “Open Water” (Kentis) – Micro-budget mega-success. Smart use of low-grade technology. My professional back-story with the film makes it a must for a slot…

Dustin Smith
Roadside Attractions

Like high school, a Monet or Cameron Diaz’s face, some things just look better the further away you get from them. Such is the case here apparently, where I had a hell of a time coming up with 10 films to fill out my 2009 list but could have easily had 30 for the best of the decade. So check back with me in a couple years and I’ll probably say that ‘In the Loop’ was the best film of the decade. Who knows? As always, I didn’t include any films I worked on because that’s fucking lame.

Best of the Decade
1. “I’m Not There”
2. “Once”
3. “You Can Count On Me”
4. “A Lion in the House”
5. “Memento”
6. “24 Hour Party People”
7. “Me and You and Everyone We Know”
8. “Borat”
9. “Ratatouille”
10. “Ghost World”

Bryan Stamp

Top Ten of the Decade:
1. “The Class”
2. “Talk to Her”
3. “In The Mood For Love”
4. “Dancer in the Dark”
5. “The Man Without a Past”
6. “The Be and to Have”
7. “Far From Heaven”
8. “Grizzly Man”
9. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Man”
10. “The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun”

and “Afterschool,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “American Splendor,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” “Before Night Falls,” “Cast Away,” “The Diving Bell & The Butterfly,” “Duck Season,” “Elephant,” “The Fog of War,” “Goodbye Solo,” “Into the Wild,” “Jossi & Jagger,” “Little Children,” “Man on Wire,” “Master and Commander,” “Nobody Knows,” “Old Joy,” “The Proposition,” “Punch Drunk Love,” “Still Walking,” “Stranded,” “Synecdoche New York,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” “Time to Leave,” “Touching the Void,” “Vera Drake,” “The Wrestler,” “You Can Count On Me,” “Zodiac”

Basil Tsiokos
Programming Associate, Documentary Features, Sundance Film Festival
Documentary Film & Festival Consultant

1. “Capturing the Friedmans”
2. “Crazy Love”
3. “Grizzly Man”
4. “Helvetica”
5. “In the Realms of the Unreal”
6. “Man on Wire”
7. “The Monastery: Mr. Vig & the Nun”
8. “Reel Paradise”
9. “Southern Comfort”
10. “Tarnation”

1. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
2. “Brokeback Mountain”
3. “Duck Season”
4. “Far from Heaven”
5. “Hedwig & the Angry Inch”
6. “Love Songs”
7. “Me and You and Everyone We Know”
8. “Mean Girls”
9. “Mulholland Dr.”
10. “Mysterious Skin”

Ryan Werner
IFC Films

“Mulholland Drive”/”Inland Empire”
“Elephant”/”Paranoid Park”/”Last Days”/”Gerry”
“Yi Yi”
“Kings & Queen”/”A Christmas Tale”
“The Royal Tenenbaums”
“Punch Drunk Love”/”There Will Be Love”
“In The Mood For Love”/”2046”
“Friday Night”/”Beau Travail”
“In Praise of Love”/”Notre Musique”
“Va Savoir”
“Platform”/”Unknown Pleasures”

Brit Withey
Artistic Director, Denver Film Society / Starz Denver Film Festival

“City of God”
“Dancer in the Dark”
“Kill Bill vol. I”
“No Country for Old Men”
“The Piano Teacher”
“Rejected” (got to give the short form its due…and this is legendary.)
“There Will Be Blood”

Rob Williams
VP Acquisitions & Production, Indomina Media

1. “Mullholland Dr.”
2. “Grizzly Man”
3. “Dancer in the Dark”
4. “Notes on a Scandal”
5. “The Host” / “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” / “Yi Yi (A One and a Two)”
6. “No End in Sight” / “The Power of Nightmares”
7. “Finding Nemo” / “Wall-E” / “Spirited Away”
8. “Mystic River”
9. “Kill Bill” / “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”
10. “Tarnation”

Cameron Yates
Filmmaker and Documentary Programmer for NewFest: The NY LGBT Film Festival

Top 10 Documentaries of the Decade:

(Note: unranked)

“Bus 174”
“Hell House”
“The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)”
“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”
“My Flesh and Blood”
“Crazy Love”
“To Be and To Have”
“Darwin’s Nightmare”

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