Top 10 movies since 2000

TIME has created a countdown of the 10 greatest films made since the year 2000, with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Devdas' finding pride of place in the grouping.
TIME has created a countdown of the 10 greatest films made since the year 2000, with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Devdas' finding pride of place in the grouping.
10. The Artist, 2011:  Paying tribute in his acceptance speech to writer-director Billy Wilder, Hazanavicius acknowledged the font of inspiration that golden-age Hollywood provided to the rest of the world’s moviemakers. So this très French film was also the most classically American picture of its time. (AP)
10. The Artist, 2011: Paying tribute in his acceptance speech to writer-director Billy Wilder, Hazanavicius acknowledged the font of inspiration that golden-age Hollywood provided to the rest of the world’s moviemakers. So this très French film was also the most classically American picture of its time. (AP)
9. Moulin Rouge!, 2001: It’s a convulsive love story daubed in a giddily gaudy palette, with the never-prettier Nicole Kidman entrancing hunkily soulful Ewan McGregor in an orgasmic swirl of color, design and pop music. The movie asks, Moulin Rouge-ez avec moi ce soir? I say, Sure. All night long. (AP)
9. Moulin Rouge!, 2001: It’s a convulsive love story daubed in a giddily gaudy palette, with the never-prettier Nicole Kidman entrancing hunkily soulful Ewan McGregor in an orgasmic swirl of color, design and pop music. The movie asks, Moulin Rouge-ez avec moi ce soir? I say, Sure. All night long. (AP)
8. Devdas, 2002: 'Devdas' is a visual ravishment, with sumptuous sets, fabulous frocks and beautiful people to fill them; it has a grandeur the old Hollywood moguls would have loved. 'Devdas' was one of the priciest movie in Indian history in its time (about $10.6 mn). (Express)
8. Devdas, 2002: 'Devdas' is a visual ravishment, with sumptuous sets, fabulous frocks and beautiful people to fill them; it has a grandeur the old Hollywood moguls would have loved. 'Devdas' was one of the priciest movie in Indian history in its time (about $10.6 mn). (Express)
7. Synecdoche, New York, 2008: A movie so human, you may want to argue with it, spank it, take it home or give it some Xanax, Synecdoche is richly devious and daring: a truly, gargantuanly independent vision. (Reuters)
7. Synecdoche, New York, 2008: A movie so human, you may want to argue with it, spank it, take it home or give it some Xanax, Synecdoche is richly devious and daring: a truly, gargantuanly independent vision. (Reuters)
6. The Hurt Locker, 2009: The Hurt Locker is an American war film about a three-man bomb disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a United States Army EOD team in Iraq. (Reuters)
6. The Hurt Locker, 2009: The Hurt Locker is an American war film about a three-man bomb disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a United States Army EOD team in Iraq. (Reuters)
5. The White Ribbon, 2009: Michael Haneke’s period political epic, which earned the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, tells the lacerating saga of collective brutality and guilt in a northern-German village two decades before Hitler came to power. (Reuters)
5. The White Ribbon, 2009: Michael Haneke’s period political epic, which earned the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, tells the lacerating saga of collective brutality and guilt in a northern-German village two decades before Hitler came to power. (Reuters)
4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000: Directed by Ang Lee, the film made on a mere US$17 million budget, with dialogue in Mandarin, became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. Having won over 49 awards, the film became the highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history. (Reuters)
4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000: Directed by Ang Lee, the film made on a mere US$17 million budget, with dialogue in Mandarin, became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. Having won over 49 awards, the film became the highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history. (Reuters)
3. Avatar, 2009: The top-grossing film of all time — earning twice at the worldwide box office as any movie but Titanic — was also the first picture to justify the 3-D trend. For James Cameron’s film does what fantasy is supposed to do: create a total environmental experience. (AP)
3. Avatar, 2009: The top-grossing film of all time — earning twice at the worldwide box office as any movie but Titanic — was also the first picture to justify the 3-D trend. For James Cameron’s film does what fantasy is supposed to do: create a total environmental experience. (AP)
2. The Lord of the Rings, 2001-03: Kids and their parents stayed glued to their seats as the great sagas spun out; the series were among the most successful and beloved of all time. (AP)
2. The Lord of the Rings, 2001-03: Kids and their parents stayed glued to their seats as the great sagas spun out; the series were among the most successful and beloved of all time. (AP)
1. WALL•E, 2008: The movies of the past dozen years will be remembered for their technical wizardry and digital sheen. WALL•E has all that, plus a toy-meets-girl love story as pure as any in the cinema’s first 100 years. (AP)
1. WALL•E, 2008: The movies of the past dozen years will be remembered for their technical wizardry and digital sheen. WALL•E has all that, plus a toy-meets-girl love story as pure as any in the cinema’s first 100 years. (AP)

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