I’m sure by now that most of you are probably sick to death of end-of-decade lists, which have not only invaded movie sites like ours, but news magazines, tabloids, and gadget mags. We’re all suckers for lists (and repurposed content), even knowing that most will inspire little but passionate disagreement (site runners should know by now that end-of-decade lists are no way to elicit approval from readers — find me one Best of the Decade Movies list with more than ten comments that doesn’t have at least one person quibbling).
Well, last night, I went on a little world-wide web journey. I read hundreds of End of Decade movie lists, covering everything from best and worst movies overall, by genre, by individual year, by running time, box-office gross, user-approval rating, guilty pleasure rating, underappreciated status, or biggest bust. And after scouring the web, I found the ten movies — the only ten, in fact — that weren’t mentioned in any decade-end list of any sort. It wasn’t easy, but I wanted to make sure that no film that came out between 2000 and 2009 wasn’t mentioned somewhere. That’s what we’re here for: To fill the gaps.
The Ten Movies That No Has Mentioned on Any End of Decade List (aka, the Ten Most Forgettable Movies of the Decade):
10. The Score (2001) — An aging thief (Robert DeNiro) hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist. Directed by Frank Oz.
9. Changing Lanes (2002) — The story of what happens one day in New York when a young lawyer (Ben Affleck) and a businessman (Sam Jackson) share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud. Directed by Roger Michell.
8. 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) — After a brutal breakup, a young man (Josh Hartnett) vows to stay celibate during the 40 days of Lent, but finds the girl of his dreams and is unable to do anything about it. Directed by Michael Lehmann.
7. The Rundown (2003) — A tough aspiring chef (The Rock) is hired to bring home a mobster’s son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure. Directed by Peter Berg.
6. The Hunted (2003) — An FBI deep-woods tracker (Tommy Lee Jones) captures a trained assassin (Benicio Del Toro) who has made a sport of hunting humans. Directed by William Friedkin.
5. In Good Company (2004) — Dennis Quaid plays a middle-aged ad exec faced with a new boss (Topher Grace) who’s nearly half his age … and who also happens to be sleeping with his daughter (Scarlett Johansson). Directed by Paul Weitz.
4. King Arthur (2004) — A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
3. 16 Blocks (2006) — An aging cop (Bruce Willis) is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness (Mos Def) from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to stop prevent them from making it. Directed by Richard Donner.
2. Premonition (2007) — A depressed housewife (Sandra Bullock) learns her husband (Julian McMahon) was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead. Directed by Mennan Yapo.
1. Body of Lies (2008) — Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. Also starring Russell Crowe. Directed by Ridley Scott.