“Best Movies of the Decade” By Scott Mantz
I spent so much time obsessing over my annual Top 10 list of the best movies of the year, it never even occurred to me that an even more important task was at hand: to compile the best movies of the decade. (Wow, where on earth did the last ten years go?) Now, conventional wisdom would dictate that coming up with that list would be pretty easy: simply take the number one movie for each of the last ten years, and there you go: ten movies. But there are two factors that must be taken into consideration. For one thing, some years were stronger than others, resulting in a situation where, say, the 8th best movie of 2004 was actually stronger than the 1st best movie of 2003. Then there’s the benefit of hindsight. Some movies simply get better with age, while others, well, don’t. With that in mind, I decided to take a shot at listing what are, in my opinion, the best movies of the decade. Some of my choices may surprise you. Heck, they surprised even me.