IMDb's Power of Film: Top Rated Films of the Millennium
To be honest, this list isn't that shocking or surprising, it's just interesting to see what's on it, as is always the case. IMDb has launched some sort of new feature as part of their Power of Film series called The Top Rated Films of the New Millennium, "looking at the 15 films made since 2000 that our users have rated as the best of the new millennium." Essentially it's a filtered version of the IMDb Top 250 featuring only films made during or after the year 2000. Why they're doing this, I don't know? Though I suggest you check out the full list and argue about what should, and shouldn't, be on here, because that's only normal!
Here's the complete line-up of the 15 top rated films from the new millennium according to IMDb:
15. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
13. Spirited Away (2001)
12. The Pianist (2002)
11. The Lives of Others (2006)
10. The Departed (2006)
9. Amélie (2001)
8. Wall-E (2008)
7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
6. Memento (2000)
5. Up (2009)
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
3. City of God (2002)
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
I have to thank MTV for first pointing this out, as Terri Schwartz wrote an interesting article about this list and the separation between the Best Picture winners and the general public's picks (as in, this list). "Many complain that the Academy –- which is supposed to honor the best films of the year -– is out of touch with the general public, and IMDB's list certainly makes that point loud and clear. Hopefully, the expanded Best Picture category and object examples such as this list will foster a new respect for the power of art-house and foreign films, as well as more high concept blockbuster fare." I hope so, too! But only time will tell.
Terri's article ends by saying that maybe Up or District 9 could get an Oscar this year. It's a very hopeful and optimistic prediction, and I wouldn't be surprised if they at least get a nomination. It's too early to tell what else there is, but thanks to the decision to increase the Best Picture noms to 10, that might happen.