LAFCA picks the top 10 films of the decade

Posted by · 11:20 am · January 12th, 2010

Laura Elena Harring in Mulholland DriveYou can never have too many of these, right?  Right?


1. “Mulholland Drive”
2. “There Will Be Blood”
3. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
4. “Brokeback Mountain”
5. (tie) “No Country for Old Men” and “Zodiac”
6. “Yi Yi”
7. (tie) “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “The Lord of the Rings”
8. “Spirited Away”
9. (tie) “United 93” and “Y Tu Mama Tambien”
10. “Sideways”

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  • 1 1-12-2010 at 11:37 am

    Chris said...

    It’s not a top 10, when there’s 13 (and actually even 15) films on it. But still, there can’t be too many lists that include “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

  • 2 1-12-2010 at 11:38 am

    Mike_M said...

    Good list…

  • 3 1-12-2010 at 11:39 am

    Mike_M said...

    I actaully like how it is a list of 10 spots, and that the ties do not take up more than 1 spot…

  • 4 1-12-2010 at 11:47 am

    Joel said...

    Ditto, Chris.

    By the way, Guy (and Kris, and Chad), I know you didn’t write this, but you’re bound to see my comment anyway. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” was absolutely phenomenal in every way possible. I can’t fucking believe I never saw it, and will be watching it again very, very soon. That’s all I’ll say now, since I haven’t stopped thinking about it since last Thursday night and have no way to form words about it. Might be my pick for best of the decade.

  • 5 1-12-2010 at 11:58 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    How can you have a tie on such a list? It’s a little silly, unless it’s 2 remakes or sequels.

  • 6 1-12-2010 at 12:06 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    It’s certainly mine, Joel.

  • 7 1-12-2010 at 12:08 pm

    Megan said...

    There Will Be Blood absolutely deserves its high-up spot on this list. From Daniel Day Lewis, to Paul Dano (It’s always exciting to see such mature and skilled actors who are my peers), to the sharp, chilling score with lots of violin. GOD.

    And I wouldn’t call Lord of the Rings a film so much as a life-affirming, cinematical experience. I sobbed at the end of the third installment. SOBBED. People were turning around and looking at me.

    I saw ROTK four times in theaters and sobbed all four times.

    And of course I love No Country for Old Men. Bardem immortalized himself as one of the finest villains, ever, and I was fascinated how a movie could be so tense and compelling with almost a complete absence of music.

  • 8 1-12-2010 at 12:15 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    The proper way to write it would be “LAFCA picks the top “10” films of the decade”, sheesh. Who was the LA Times critic who always had like 20 films on his top “10” list?

  • 9 1-12-2010 at 12:26 pm

    Perry said...

    Not too many surprises there. Pretty much reflects how a great many of these lists have panned out, but then again all the films mentioned are there for justifiable reasons.

  • 10 1-12-2010 at 12:34 pm

    Dan said...

    This is a great list!

    So glad to see The Lord of the Rings, Brokeback Mountain, and No Country For Old Men on the list!

  • 11 1-12-2010 at 12:39 pm

    Brian said...

    I continue to not understand the love Mulholland Drive gets whatsoever.

  • 12 1-12-2010 at 12:55 pm

    Joel said...

    “There Will Be Blood” is overrated. Fantastic, to be sure, but the ending felt all wrong to me. Thus, overrated. Just my opinion.

  • 13 1-12-2010 at 1:04 pm

    Beau McCoy said...

    That may be the best top ten list I’ve seen thus far. I can’t disagree with a single one.

  • 14 1-12-2010 at 1:12 pm

    Travis said...

    “Yi yi” is such a great film. Glad to see it wasn’t overlooked here.

  • 15 1-12-2010 at 1:41 pm

    JohnathanTravolta said...

    great list i’ve always liked the LAFCA’s choice in movies

  • 16 1-12-2010 at 2:02 pm

    James D. said...

    Is Mulholland Drive the most overrated film of all time? I cannot think of a comparison.

  • 17 1-12-2010 at 2:19 pm

    Patryk said...

    Glad to see the continued love for “United 93.”

  • 18 1-12-2010 at 2:21 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    “Is Mulholland Drive the most overrated film of all time? I cannot think of a comparison.”

    Star Wars

  • 19 1-12-2010 at 2:30 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    “Mulholland Drive” is my favorite movie on this list. I’ve seen it at least five times, and every time it makes me super-excited again. I remember dragging my friend to see it when it first came out: he turned to me as the credits rolled at the end and said, “That guy’s a magician.” I agreed completely.

  • 20 1-12-2010 at 2:31 pm

    average joe said...

    Aspect Ratio,
    That would be Kenneth Turan. He always tries to pair up movies with similar themes.

    The numbering of this list really irks me. If you have two movies at number five, then the next film should be at seven. If two guys tie for silver at the Olympics, ain’t no one getting the bronze.

    Interesting to see Sideways pop up here. It seems like it’s been largely absent from these lists after being such a critical darling in ’04.

  • 21 1-12-2010 at 2:33 pm

    Andrew F said...

    “Is Mulholland Drive the most overrated film of all time? I cannot think of a comparison.”

    The Godfather
    Lawrence of Arabia

    Oh, I went there.

  • 22 1-12-2010 at 2:59 pm

    Andrew Webb said...

    Finally some LOTR love. Wish there was more to go around. I sometimes feel like those films came out a couple years too early.

  • 23 1-12-2010 at 3:30 pm

    Aleksis said...

    “Is Mulholland Drive the most overrated film of all time? I cannot think of a comparison.”

    There Will Be Blood.

    And Eternal Sunshine.

    And Brokeback Mountain.

    And… actually the rest of the list is ok except for Zodiac and 432.

  • 24 1-12-2010 at 4:42 pm

    Zodiac said...

    “Is Mulholland Drive the most overrated film of all time? I cannot think of a comparison.”

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Gangs of New York
    Slumdog Millionaire
    The Big Lebowski
    Lost in Translation

    I really like the inclusion of Zodiac, United 93, Mulholland Drive and Brokeback Mountain

  • 25 1-12-2010 at 7:56 pm

    Adam K. said...

    I love how Eternal Sunshine is now way above Sideways at #3, even though back in 2004, this group (along with everyone else) voted Sideways the year’s best film.

    Sunshine was totally ahead of its time. And critics, I think, were a bit blinded by their identification with Paul Giamatti’s wine snob. Glad to see some of them are coming around.

  • 26 1-13-2010 at 6:44 am

    RJNeb2 said...

    Interestingly, only one Best Film Oscar win among them.

    Great shout-out for “Yi-Yi”, talk about hidden gems.

    And a good mention for “United 93”, one of the most chilling experiences I’ve ever had at a cinema. (And conversely, one I don’t care to relive.)

  • 27 1-13-2010 at 4:51 pm

    Steve said...

    1. Oldboy
    2. LOTR
    3. Where the Wild Things Are
    4. Children of Men
    5. Munich
    6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    7. Mulholland Drive
    8. District 9
    9. Into the Wild
    10. Catch Me if You Can