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Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey bring "Eternal Sunshine" to Michel Gondry's modern masterpiece.

By Gina Carbone
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OK, so 2000-2009 isn’t exactly a full decade.

But in the past nine years we’ve seen an exceptional amount of cinematic innovation, from narrative structure (“Memento”) to genre rebirth (“Moulin Rouge”) to epic franchises that aimed higher than the common denominator (“Lord of the Rings,” “Bourne,” “Kill Bill”).

Purists will pish-posh the early millennium’s offerings, but they pish-posh everything that happened after the 1970s.

We’ve been fortunate in the 00′s to see the rise of a new crop of auteurs, who continue to surprise, delight, inform and educate with their talent.

Without further ado, here are my top 20 films from (almost) the first decade of the 21st century:

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

2. Memento (2001)

3. Finding Nemo (2003)

4. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)

5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

6. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

7. Moulin Rouge (2003)

8. Amelie (2001)

9. The Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum (2002, 2004, 2007)

10. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (2003-2004)

11. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

12. City of God (2002)

13. The Dark Knight (2008)

14. There Will Be Blood (2007)

15. The Lives of Others (2006)

16. The Departed (2006)

17. Zodiac (2007)

18. Iris (2001)

19. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

20. The Hurt Locker (2009)

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