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‘Lord of the Rings’ featured on dozens of ‘top films of the decade’ lists

12.30.09 | Kunochan | Speak, friend & comment!

Originally published on JRR Tolkien Examiner on 12/29/09.

Peter Jackson’s 2001-03 The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been voted the best movie of the past decade by readers of Entertainment Weekly.

Indeed, the films have been listed, singly or as a trilogy, on dozens of “Best of the Decade” lists. (We’ll ignore the fact that the decade didn’t begin until 1/1/2001, and won’t end for another year. Don’t get me started.)

Those “Best of the Decade” lists include:

  • The Daily Mail: “One film to lord over them all: Jackson’s telling of Tolkien’s timeless tale heads the list of the Noughties’ 50 best movies”
    1. The Lord Of The Rings: Extended Edition (2001-2003)
  • Moviefone: “Best Movies Ever: The ’00s”
    1. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    3. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    14. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • Popdose: “The Popdose 100: The Best Movies of the Decade”
    1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (dir. Peter Jackson, 2003)
    3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (dir. Peter Jackson, 2001)
    10. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (dir. Peter Jackson, 2002)
  • Marshall Fine: “My List of Best Films of the 2000s”
    1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
  • IMDb: “Top Rated ‘2000s’ Titles” (on 12/29/09)
    2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Votes: 330,486
    4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Votes: 356,519
    7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Votes: 299,264
  • NBC New York: “No Arguing: The Ten Best Movies Of The Decade”
    5. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (directed by Peter Jackson)
  • FlickChart: “Top 20 Films of the Decade as Decided by Fans”
    2. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
    4. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Scorecard Review “TOP 7 Films of the Decade”
    2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
  • Hollywood.com’s “Top 10 Movies of the Decade”
    4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Paste Magazine “The 50 Best Movies of the Decade (2000-2009)”
    4. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • MSN Movies “Year in Review 2009: Decade’s Dozen”
    5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • The Telegraph: “The [100] films that defined the noughties”
    5. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Metacritic: “Ten Years of Metacritic: The Best (and Worst) Movies of the Decade”
    6. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) “The best-reviewed of all Best Picture [Oscar] winners of the decade.”
  • Rolling Stone: “Peter Travers’ 10 Best Movies of the Decade”
    10. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TRILOGY
  • New York Post: “Best films of the decade: Lou Lumenick”
    10. LOTR Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), The Return of the King (2003)
  • Film Junk: “Best of the Decade”
    11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • TV Guide: “Best Movies of the Decade”
    13. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • FilmNet Blog: “The Best Movies of the Decade”
    18. The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003, Peter Jackson)
  • IHeartChaos: “The 50 Best Movies of the 2000s: The Final List [I Heart Movies]”
    18. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
  • The Onion A.V. Club “The best films of the ’00s”
    19. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • Pink Raygun: “50 Best Movies of the Decade”
    21. Lord of the Rings
  • The Oklahoma Daily: “The Decade’s Best: Movies of 2000s”
    36. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002)
  • The Telegraph: “Tim Robey’s top 100 films of the decade”
    41. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
  • The Times Online “The Times on the 100 Best Films of the Decade”
    50. The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003)

Also, Saruman is the ninth greatest movie villain of the decade in Pajiba’s “The Thirteen Best Movie Villains of the Decade”

Check this space in 10 years, when Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit makes the “Best of the Decade” lists.

For more info: “10 Best Movies of the Decade!” on Entertainment Weekly.
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