Time Out's 101 Films of the Decade – Part 13, with reactions from Peter Jackson, David Fincher, Guillermo del Toro and more…



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Dave Calhoun, Film editor
1. Hidden
2. Uzak
3. Talk to Her
4. Elephant
5. Mulholland Dr
6. All or Nothing
7. Adaptation.
8. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
9. Last Resort
10. The Son’s Room

Geoff Andrew, contributor
1. La Morte Rouge
2. Ten
3. Saraband
4. Triple Agent
5. The New World
6. Sehnsucht (Longing)
7. A One and a Two…
8. The House of Mirth
9. Million Dollar Baby
10. The White Ribbon

Tom Huddleston, staff writer
1. Punch-Drunk Love
2. LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
3. Up
4. Dead Man's Shoes
5. I'm Not There
6. You Can Count on Me
7. Mysterious Skin
8. Memories of Matsuko
9. LIE

David Jenkins, staff writer
1. Silent Light
2. A Ma Soeur!
3. Dancer in the Dark
4. A One and A Two…
5. The Man Who Wasn’t There
6. Spirited Away
7. Together
8. Last Resort
9. Werckmeister Harmonies
10. Wendy and Lucy

Derek Adams, DVD editor
1. There Will Be Blood
2. Downfall
3. Master and Commander
4. No Country for Old Men
5. The Lives of Others
6. LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
7. The Bourne Identity
8. Into Great Silence
9. Open Range
10. Kenny

Trevor Johnston, contributor
1. Code Unknown
2. Ten
3. L’Enfant
4. Million Dollar Baby
5. Spirited Away
6. Head-On
7. Daratt
8. Hunger
9. Dark Water (Nakata)
10. OldBoy

Wally Hammond, contributor

1. A One and a Two…
2. Spirited Away
3. Ten
4. Hidden
5. The Fog of War
6. There Will Be Blood
7. The House of Mirth
8. The Family Friend
9. Master and Commander
10. Time Out

Adam Lee Davies, contributor
1. The Assassination of Jesse James…
2. The New World
3. LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
4. Heist
5. Wendy & Lucy
6. Primer
7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
8. In the Valley of Elah
9. The Dancer Upstairs
10. The Claim

Nina Caplan, Books editor
1. The Lives of Others
2. Far from Heaven
3. In the Mood for Love
4. The Barbarian Invasions
5. Capturing the Friedmans
6. The Proposition
7. The Dancer Upstairs
8. Le Gout des Autres
9. Sexy Beast
10. Sideways

Ben Walters, Cabaret editor
1. In the Mood for Love
2. Bad Education
3. Tropical Malady
4. The Man Who Wasn’t There
5. Grizzly Man
6. Film IST a Girl & a Gun
7. Shortbus
8. Ten Canoes
9. Mysterious Skin
10. 24 Hour Party People

Nigel Floyd, contributor
1. Code: Unknown
3. Pan's Labyrinth
4. In the Mood For Love
5. The Assassination of Jesse James . . .
6. Memento
7. Talk To Her
8. LOTR: The Two Towers
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Anil Sinanan, contributor
1. Lagaan
2. In the Mood for Love
3. The White Ribbon
4. There Will Be Blood
5. Brokeback Mountain
6. No Country for Old Men
7. Volver
8. Slumdog Millionaire
9. Dil Chahta Hai
10. Mamma Mia!

Cath Clarke, contributor
1. Hidden
2. Elephant
3. In the Mood for Love
4. Downfall
5. Mulholland Dr
6. In Vanda’s Room
7. Far From Heaven
8. Moolaadé
9. Iraq in Fragments
10. Infernal Affairs

Sarah Cohen, listings editor
1. Lost in Translation
2. Donnie Darko
3. Hidden
4. I’ve Loved You so Long
5. Team America: World Police
6. Dancer in the Dark
7. Persepolis
8. Juno
9. Far from Heaven
10. Before Sunset

Paul Fairclough, contributor
1. The Assassination of Jesse James…
2. Waltz with Bashir
3. In Bruges
4. The Son’s Room
5. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
6. The Lives of Others
7. Moon
8. Superbad
9. The Business
10. Touching the Void

Pete Watts, features writer
1. Uzak
2. Elephant
3. Team America: World Police
4. Adaptation.
5. Mulholland Dr
6. Capturing the Friedmans
7. Superbad
8. Talk to Her
9. The Assassination of Jesse James…
10. School of Rock

Ossian Ward, Art editor
1. Hidden
2. The Lives of Others
3. Cremaster 3
4. In the Mood for Love
5. Hunger
6. Shaun of the Dead
7. Sideways
8. Talk to Her
9. Spirited Away
10. Zatoichi

Lyndsey Winship, Dance editor
1. Man on Wire
2. Best in Show
3. Amélie
4. City of God
5. O Brother Where Art Thou?
6. High Fidelity
7. Atonement
8. Little Miss Sunshine
9. The Lives of Others
10. Mean Girls

Mark Frith, editor, Time Out London
1. Lost in Translation
2. Happy-Go-Lucky
3. Amélie
4. The School of Rock
5. Little Miss Sunshine
6. Michael Clayton
7. Elf
8. In the Loop
9. Slumdog Millionaire
10. Etre et Avoir

Tim Arthur, Comedy editor
1. There Will Be Blood
2. The Royal Tenenbaums
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. No Country for Old Men
5. Pan’s Labyrinth
6. Shaun of the Dead
7. The Lives of Others
8. OldBoy
9. Memento
10. Spirited Away

Paul Burston, Gay & Lesbian editor
1. Milk
2. Brokeback Mountain
3. The Last King of Scotland
4. Volver
5. Mystic River
6. The Bourne Identity
7. Cloverfield
8. Casino Royale
9. Pan’s Labyrinth
10. Doubt

Gabriel Tate, TV editor

1. Spirited Away
2. United 93
3. Far from Heaven
4. Before Sunset
5. Etre et Avoir
6. Talk to Her
7. Together
8. Team America: World Police
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
10. LOTR: The Two Towers

Caroline McGinn, Theatre editor
1. No Country for Old Men
2. Master and Commander
3. There Will be Blood
4. Downfall
5. Brokeback Mountain
6. LOTR: The Two Towers
7. Capturing the Friedmans
8. Children of Men
9. Pan’s Labyrinth
10. Milk

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Users say

Romina Bonfante
Romina Bonfante

Loved the list! It's the best one I've seen of the decade. I love that you picked movies from different backrounds and not just the "artsy-fartsy musts". It was great to see a list that can appreciate a variety of films from Up to Hunger. I was extremely happy to see The Assasination of Jesse James so high up, I feel it's often underestimated. Hidden as number 2 was just as unexpected as wonderful ! I've never seen number one so I expect I'm in for a treat...


Battle Royale, Brick and the Dawn of the Dead - still, all a tincy bit subjective ain't it.


I would have included Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Three Times.

Iain McKay
Iain McKay

What about Fateless from Lajos Koltai? An extraordinary film.

Pete Snell
Pete Snell

How on earth is the Dark Knight not in this? Or even Batman Begins?


It's nice to see films such as All or Nothing, Saraband, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Talk to Her included. I'm surprised there is no mention of other great films such as the Dardenne's Le fils or Peter Watkins' La Commune.


One of these lists is not like the others, one of these lists is not quite the same. One of these lists includes a film that would've been hard-pressed to make the top ten of the week when it was released. Can you guess which one it is?


Great lists. Good to see A One and A Two... [Yi Yi] make some lists. BTW Hunger is one of the highest rated films of the last couple of years so clearly many people were affected by it.


Geoff Andrew's list is quite good. Otherwise, 2 thumbs waaaay down. Also, Hunger is a heinous crime against humanity, I can't believe it got made, I can't believe people actually like/pretend to like it and I can't believe Steve McQueen hasn't been put out to pasture.


Elf - shame on you Frith


Should we assume that there is an editorial ban on mentioning The Dark Knight?


Nice to see that Tom Huddleston has listed David Fincher's underrated "Zodiac", in my book the finest crime thriller of the decade.


Hunger is amazing. Trevor Johnston, you made my evening!

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