Are we movie compatible?

Let’s compare lists and find out!

I’ve grouped movies into three categories: great, very good and good. Since there’s a bazillion movies out there, I’ve selected only movies made after 2000 and that are in IMDb’s Top 250.

Each section below is sorted alphabetically. There’s no internal ranking in each group.


  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)

Very Good

  • Gran Torino (2008)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • Ip Man (2008)
  • Memento (2000)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  • Snatch (2000)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • The Departed (2006)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • The Prestige (2006)
  • The Social Network (2010)
  • There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Up (2009)
  • WALL·E (2008)


  • Amélie (2001)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • Big Fish (2003)
  • Black Swan (2010)
  • District 9 (2009)
  • Donnie Darko (2001)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • In Bruges (2008)
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  • Into the Wild (2007)
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • Sin City (2005)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Wrestler (2008)
  • V for Vendetta (2006)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)

Movies I’ve Watched But Didn’t Make the Cut

  • Children of Men (2006)
  • City of God (2002)
  • Downfall (2004)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Infernal Affairs (2002)
  • Let the Right One In (2008)
  • Mary and Max (2009)
  • Oldboy (2003)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
  • The Lives of Others (2006)
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

Movies I Have Not Watched

  • Amores Perros (2000)
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)
  • The King’s Speech (2010)
  • The Pianist (2002)

What do you think? Do we have similar movie tastes? Any movies you think I should watch?

9 replies on “Are we movie compatible?”

What about the fighter? Agree with tru grit…. Time travelers wife…your movies are very boy… Your categorites should have the true heading of BOY great, BOY very good, and BOY good… Lol love you Alex!!!!

So, you bust on me for having only boy movies on a list created by a boy while two of your three movie recommendations (The Fighter and Tru Grit) are far from what I would consider girl movies. ;)

Ugh. I very much disliked City of God. Based on this, I’ve also updated my post to include movies I’ve watched but didn’t make the cut. ;)

I just watched True Grit tonight and I recommend that if you haven’t seen it. I moved your list around a little. I don’t like the Dark Knight half as much as everyone else (The writing is suspect. The Joker is more of a plot device than an actual character.) but I’ll leave it alone, lest it poison my other assertions.

Ratatouille (2007)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Amélie (2001)

Very Good
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Mystic River (2003)
King’s Speech (2010)
(500) Days of Summer (2009)* It has the same rating, 8.0, as others on this list and if we’re limiting to movies after 2000, would probably be in the top 50.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

I Paid How Much To See This?
Transformers 2 (2009)
Transformers 3 (2011)
Avatar (2009)

Of all the LOTR movies, I definitely think Fellowship of the Ring was the best, so I’m down with you moving it up. Definitely not Amelie, imho, and Ratatouille wasn’t on the same level as Monsters, Inc. or Finding Nemo. So it didn’t get the bump up.

You touched on some movies I haven’t seen, so I updated the post to include the ones I haven’t watched (which met my initial filter).

Will definitely make it a priority to watch True Grit, The King’s Speech and 500 Days of Summer.

I would have classified Transformers 1 under Very Good and Transformers 2/3 and Avatar under good.

I think big fish, hotel rwanda and Galapagos are to low. I think those 3 are at least very good. Snatch.. I couldn’t understand anybody. Ha. And wall-e was just good. But other than that I think it’s pretty good list and we are overall compatible :)

For me, Big Fish and Hotel Rwanda are where they should be. Gladiator is borderline. It would be under “Very Good” but I always dread watching it whenever it comes up cause it’s so long. The replay value isn’t there for me.

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