Top 10 Films of 2007

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The Simpson family made their long-awaited film debut in a movie that divided filmgoers but did rather well at the box office. However, 2007 was a poor year for Hollywood. Yes, it made heaps of cash with its smash-hit big-budget blockbusters but the films themselves were terrible. Consider that “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Spider-Man 3” were the worst films of their respective franchises yet made nearly $1 billion worldwide apiece. The Top 10 highest earners list of 2008 was propped up by another terrible sequel – “National Treasure: Book Of Secrets”. Thank goodness for “Harry Potter”, “300” and “Transformers” for providing some quality to summer cinema.

As you’ll see from our Top 10 movies of 2007 below, Hollywood’s best output came from the independent wing, while films from the UK and Europe feature prominently.

10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Yates, USA/UK, 2007)

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David Yates has become the sure-handed director to take Harry Potter towards its dramatic conclusion. Finding a middle ground between Chris Columbus whimsy and Alfonso Cuaron dark-horror, Yates has been tasked to direct the final three books (into four films) and as “Order of the Phoenix” proves, he’s the right choice. Certainly not the best film in the franchise so far (that would go to “Prisoner of Azkaban” or “Goblet of Fire”) but one of the most enjoyable films from a year devoid of great blockbusters.

9. Inland Empire (David Lynch, USA/France/Poland, 2007)

Lynch splits audiences and this film will not change that. Twisted, haunting, compelling.

8. Ratatouille (Brad Bird/Jan Pinkava, USA, 2007)

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In a year when Hollywood produced little of value – beaten by European and American independent films – Pixar came through once again with a brilliant, vibrant tale of an ace chef who happens to be a street rat. Great characters, great animation, great film.

7. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (Sidney Lumet, USA, 2007)

The incredible Sidney Lumet continues to deliver over 50 years since his debut film.

6. Son of Rambow (Garth Jennings, UK, 2007)

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Garth Jennings’ brilliant depiction of childhood friendship in 1980s Britain. It’s the uplifting antidote to Shane Meadows “This is England”. In many ways it’s a British Goonies with the adventure taking place in a realistic but idealised and almost magical world that exists within a child’s mind. Neil Dudgeon and Bill Milner are thoroughly enchanting.

5. Juno (Jason Reitman, USA, 2007)

Quirky and well written. Notable for the performance of Ellen Page.

4. Atonement (Joe Wright, UK/France, 2007)

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A sumptuous tale of romance and regret with Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy delivering stellar performances. Based on Ian McEwan’s novel of the same name, Joe Wright’s film tells the story of 13 year old Briony and the lie that sends an innocent man to jail and stalls the passionate relationship he has with Briony’s older sister. The ending will have you teary eyed but undoubtedly uplifted.

3. No Country For Old Men (Joel Coen/Ethan Coen, USA, 2007)

Dark and violent but like all Coen Bros. films “No Country For Old Men” features characters that you won’t forget with any great haste.

2. Control (Anton Corbijn, UK, 2007)

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Beautifully photographed by director Anton Corbijn this is a touching portrait of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

1. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA, 2007)

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Powerful and haunting, Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece stood head and shoulders above everything else in 2007. Daniel Day-Lewis is fantastic.

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Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Lisa-Ann Reply

    Ratatouille was probably my favourite film of 2007 but I also liked Harry Potter.

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    Greg South Reply

    There can be only one winner from 2007 for me – There Will Be Blood. Daniel Day-Lewis delivers yet another powerhouse performance and I thin this could be his best yet. It isn’t over-the-top, it’s reserved and contemplative but totally believable. Astonishing film, and lets not forget about Paul Dano who almost steals the movie.

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    Dan Reply

    Totally agree Greg. Both Day-Lewis and Dano are fantastic. I also think There Will Be Blood’s ending deserves a lot of credit. I’m not going to spoil it for anyone but I am going to say it is a perfect way to end the movie. What is great is how everyone leaving the cinema will inevitably have a different take on what the film meant. It’s one of those movies that leaves you with lasting memories – for all the right reasons.

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    Castor Reply

    I have yet to finish Inland Empire, it’s fairly difficult to get into in the first 30-40 minutes. Nice list with the superb There will be Blood at the top!

    My top 10:

    10. Atonement
    9. Lars and The Real Girl
    8. Enchanted
    7. Michael Clayton
    6. Rescue Dawn
    5. Gone Baby Gone
    4. 3:10 To Yuma
    3. Juno
    2. There Will Be Blood
    1. No Country for Old Men

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    Dan Reply

    Nice list too Castor. I really enjoyed 3:10 To Yuma – one of the most purely enjoyable films of the year and a worthwhile remake. I also enjoyed Rescue Dawn too although I wasn’t fond of Gone Baby Gone or Michael Clayton. Can’t grumble about the top 3!

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    James Ewing Reply

    I agree with your #1. In fact, There Will be Blood is among the best American films of the decade.

    Glad to see Atonement on there too. It’s one of my favorites from the year and came close to being my #1 of 2007. Such a beautiful and emotional film.

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    Olive Reply

    Agree with James that Atonement is such a beautiful film. I wouldn’t put it at number 1, number 5 sounds about right. I haven’t seen There Will Be Blood yet, but most certainly will and DDL is one my favourite actors.

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    Dan Reply

    Yeah, completely agree James. Both films are incredible pieces of work.

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    Dan Reply

    Cheers Olive. Daniel Day-Lewis delivers one of his best performances in There Will Be Blood. As you haven’t seen it try not to think of the hype it has received when you watch it. It’s a great film but it takes its time – it’s very carefully constructed but almost perfectly executed. Like James says, it is one of the very best American films of the decade. The fact it isn’t easy to watch – in the conventional sense – makes it all the more unique. And, what a fantastic conclusion it has too!

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    Summer Films 2011 Reply

    I think that City Of Angels is a great film I would recomend that one for a film

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