Welcome to the last in a 5-part, decade-wise exploration of the finest in English language cinema. We've done the 60's, the 70's, the 80's and the 90's.
These lists look not just at the most acclaimed films of the decade, but the ones with the most impactful cultural footprint. We hope you enjoy the show, and go back to your classic DVDs with a smile on your face.
The nifty naughties? The zippy zeroes? The decade hasn't even been properly christened yet, really.
Osama Bin Laden. The iPhone. George Dubya Bush. 50 Cent. American Idol. Iraq War. Facebook. Britney Spears. Blogging. Paris Hilton. Barack Obama.
A short list? Indeed, compared to the other decades, because it's much harder to stand in the present and separate the fads from the icons, the consequential from the currently cacophonic. Perspective isn't exactly known for lying around in the here-and-now.
The reason, of course, is that this is a list-in-progress, and that all we can look at are trends and indicators. What he have here are potential frontrunners and potential masterpieces, but the definitive answer can only come in after the decade whizzes into the next, and we've had time to really look back.
Not that it saves me from making a list. However, some readers have emailed in asking for things to be made slightly more succinct, and after that mammoth 90s slideshow, I agree that's got to be the way for this list: it's far too early to canonise movies some of which we've only seen a few days ago. For now, all we can appreciate are the moments they've given us.
Here, then, are not the ten best English-language movies of the decade; they're ten movies that currently seem most likely to make it to a list like this ten years later.
Strictly in chronological order, here goes:
Text: Raja Sen