1. 'The Hurt Locker.' I might sound like a broken record, considering this was No. 1 on my top 10 movies of the year, but it deserves the top spot for the decade as well. It's that good. Kathryn Bigelow reinvents the war drama.

2. 'Mulholland Dr.' Admirers of director David Lynch are frequently attacked by those who don't like loopy dreams. But this nightmarish trip into the psyche of two L.A. women and a cast of miscreants still mesmerizes.

3. 'Pan's Labyrinth.' When this movie premiered at the end of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, it was almost overlooked. Most of the critics had gone home, and director Guillermo del Toro was greeted by only a small number of admirers during a press session at a hotel, where he showed his remarkable drawings and storyboards for this movie about Fascist Spain in 1944. Luckily, it went on to win three Oscars, for art direction, cinematography and makeup.

4. 'In the Mood for Love.' Wong Kar-wai is an acquired taste, and I have it. After about 20 viewings, I can safely say that this movie will stand the test of time. Its music, fashion, cinematography and story combine to make this a lush, thoughtful reverie about love and infidelity.

5. 'A Prophet.' This 2009 movie, which won't open in Austin till early 2010, should have won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Instead, it came in second behind "The White Ribbon." Sorry, but the Cannes jury got it wrong. Jacques Audiard directs this story of a young man who rises through the murderous ranks of a French prison.

6. 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' This fantastial tale about Chinese warriors ranks as one of director Ang Lee's best. And that's saying a lot.

7. 'Synecdoche, New York.' Charlie Kaufman takes us on a surrealistic journey about a man who attempts to live his life on stage, in a production that no one ever sees.

8. 'Talk to Her.' Any list of the best of the past decade should include a nod to Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. "Talk to Her" revolves around four people, two of whom are in a coma. Intellecutally lively, cinematically brilliant and quietly moving.

9. 'Y Tu Mamá También.' Alfonso Cuaron directs this unusual road-trip tale about two young Mexicans who learn about life and love one summer.

10. 'O Brother, Where Art Thou.' Like "In the Mood for Love," I've watched this movie over and over. And this George Clooney comedy from the Coen Brothers still causes me to smile.