The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 60-51
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58. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
Yes, I know I ranked this right next to Inception. And yes, I know I have it ranked lower than Batman Begins. While many people are quick to claim The Dark Knight as THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER, what it actually is is this: An excellent superhero/gangster film that is elevated to greatness by one of the greatest villainous performances ever. Heath Ledger’s death lent the performance a mystique that it may not otherwise have had, but the truth remains that it is a dazzling piece of acting. The rest of the film, especially the story of Harvey Dent, is wonderfully done as well, but we all know that it’s the Joker that really shines through here.
57. Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008)
Danny Boyle is one of our most versatile directors, having worked in pretty much every genre. Here, with Slumdog Millionaire, he creates a Bollywood-gangster-coming-of-age-fairytale masterpiece, creating the movie we had no idea that we always wanted to see.
The story of a boy who grows up in the indian slums, wins ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire,’ and reunites with the girl of his dreams, Slumdog Millionaire certainly stretches suspension of disbelief, but that’s not the point. It’s a film about fate, destiny, meaning, and it doesn’t really care how unlikely the events it portrays are. If you’re not grinning by the time the bollywood-influenced ending credits dance number kicks off, there’s something wrong with you.