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The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 90-81

We're continuing our countdown of the Top 100 movies of the 2000s, inching ever closer to number 1!

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90. Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller, 2008)

Tropic Thunder

Parody is a difficult thing to get right.  Too light a touch and people may not realize what you are parodying, too heavy of one and you end up with something like Epic Movie.  In Tropic Thunder, however, director/star Ben Stiller got it just right, crafting an homage to and parody of war films that is a hilarious and exciting war movie in its own right.  

Not to mention, this movie has balls.  At no point is it afraid to ‘go there.’  This is the movie that put Robert Downey Jr. in blackface, and not only did it not offend people, but he got an Oscar nomination for it.  He also taught the American movie-going public a valuable lesson:  You never, ever, go Full Retard.

89. Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese, 2002)

Gangs of New York

Gangs of  New York often feels like Scorsese trying to have his cake and eat it too, but man is it a tasty cake.  (Shut up.  I’m not good at metaphors.)  Anchored by a brilliant, villainous performance by Daniel Day Lewis as a character that you know you’re supposed to be scared of because his name is Bill the Butcher, Gangs of New York is a violent, glorious opus to the heydays of American crime.  

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