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Away From Her

Sarah Polley 's AWAY FROM HER, coming in at #18 in the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film's Top 100 Films of the decade was the highest ranking film directed by a woman.

Last updated: January 6, 2011
Copyright 2006 Michael R. Colford.
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Chlotrudis Society Picks:
100 Top Films of the Decade!

For its annual year-end Top Film category, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) this year has compiled a list of the top 100 films of the decade among its 100+ membership. To create this list, members were asked to come up with their Top 50 - 79 films released between 2000 and 2010. Being the opinionated contrarians that we are, however, we decided to include 2000 in the mix - call it a baker's decade! Topping the list was Wong Kar Wai's masterful film, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. A dozen directors scored 2 or more on the list with Michael Haneke winning that prize (#4 CACHE, #8 THE PIANO TEACHER and #58 THE WHITE RIBBON). Almost half of the films were from outside the US, with the highest ranked US film being #6 THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Also nabbing spots on the list were 12 films helmed by women, with #18 AWAY FROM HER by Sarah Polley ranking highest in that category. We elected to do a Top 100 of the decade as a continuation of our 200 for 2000 which we did at the turn of the century.

We hope you enjoy our list of the 100 Top Films of the Decade.

01 In the Mood for Love Wong Kar Wai 2000
02 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Cristian Mungiu 2007
03 The Lives of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck 2006
04 Caché Michael Haneke 2005
05 Let the Right One In Tomas Alfredson 2008
06 There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson 2007
07 No Country for Old Men Ethan Coen; Joel Coen 2007
08 The Piano Teacher Michael Haneke 2001
09 Donnie Darko Richard Kelly 2001
10 The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson 2001
11 Talk to Her Pedro Almodóvar 2002
12 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee 2005
13 Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo Del Toro 2006
14 Y Tu Mamá Tambien Alfonso Cuarón 2001
15 Memento Christopher Nolan 2000
16 Far from Heaven Todd Haynes 2002
17 My Winnipeg Guy Maddin 2007
18 Away From Her Sarah Polley 2006
19 Capote Bennett Miller 2005
20 The Social Network David Fincher 2010
21 Me and You and Everyone We Know Miranda July 2005
22 Grizzly Man Werner Herzog 2005
23 The Station Agent Thomas McCarthy 2003
24 Hedwig and the Angry Inch John Cameron Mitchell 2001
25 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Ang Lee 2000
26 Juno Jason Reitman 2007
27 Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet 2001
28 Mulholland Dr. David Lynch 2001
29 Once John Carney 2006
30 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Quentin Tarrantino 2003
31 Precious Lee Daniels 2009
32 The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow 2008
33 Duck Season Fernanco Eimbcke 2004
34 A Single Man Tom Ford 2009
35 Best In Show Christopher Guest 2000
36 Dogville Lars von Trier 2003
37 Infernal Affairs Wei-keung Lau; Alan Mak 2002
38 Man on Wire James Marsh 2008
39 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Sidney Lument 2007
40 49 Up Michael Apted 2005
41 Winter's Bone Debra Granik 2010
42 Protagonist Jessica Yu 2007
43 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Werner Herzog 2009
44 Mother Joon-ho Bong 2009
45 Brick Rian Johnson 2005
46 3-Iron Kim Ki-duk 2004
47 Gosford Park Robert Altman 2001
48 City of God Fernando Meirelles/Kátia Lund 2002
49 Last Life in the Universe Pen-ek Ratanaruang 2003
50 The Pianist Roman Polanski 2002
51 Bad Education Pedro Almodóvar 2004
52 Jack Goes Boating Philip Seymour Hoffman 2010
53 Hero Zhang Yimou 2002
54 Tarnation Jonathan Caouette 2003
55 Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman 2008
56 Still Walking Hirokazu Koreeda 2008
57 What Time Is It There? Tsai Ming-liang 2001
58 White Ribbon Michael Haneke 2009
59 Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola 2003
60 In Bruges Martin McDonagh 2008
61 In the Bedroom Todd Field 2001
62 Monkey Warfare Reginald Harkema 2006
63 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Peter Jackson 2001-3
64 Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore 2003
65 Lilja 4-Ever Lukas Moodysson 2002
66 Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki 2001
67 Half Nelson Ryan Fleck 2006
68 Punch Drunk Love Paul Thomas Anderson 2002
69 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Julian Schnabel 2007
70 Italian for Beginners Lone Scherfig 2000
71 Sping, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring Kim Ki-duk 2003
72 Marion Bridge Wiebke von Carolsfeld 2002
73 Linda Linda Linda Nobuhiro Yamashita 2005
74 Yi Yi Edward Yang 2000
75 Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrman 2001
76 The Proposition John Hillcoat 2005
77 Jellyfish Shira Geffen/Etgar Kehret 2007
78 Sideways Alexander Payne 2004
79 Beau Travail Claire Denis 1999
80 American Splendor Shari Springer Berman/Robert Pulcini 2003
81 Dancer in the Dark Lars von Trier 2000
82 O Brother Where Art Thou Joel Coen; Ethan Coen 2000
83 Ghost World Terry Zwigoff 2001
84 Hunger Steve McQueen 2008
85 Audition Takashi Miike 1999
86 O'Horten Bent Hamer 2007
87 The Edukators Hans Weingartner 2004
88 I Don't Want to Sleep Alone Tsai Ming-liang 2006
89 Undertow Javier Fuentes-León 2009
90 35 Shots of Rum Claire Denis 2008
91 The Departed Martin Scorsese 2006
92 The Return Andrei Zvyagintsev 2003
93 WALL-E Andrew Stanton 2008
94 25th Hour Spike Lee 2002
95 The Saddest Music in the World Guy Maddin 2003
96 Before Sunset Richard Linklater 2004
97 The Beaches of Agnès Agnès Varda 2008
98 Milk Gus Van Zant 2008
99 The Queen Stephen Frears 2006
100 Shortbus John Cameron Mitchell 2006