If you're planning a movie night with your friends, you can't go wrong with the 10 best movies of the last 10 years. Some of these movies will make you laugh, while others will make you think. Some of these films might even bring a tear or two.

  1. “Gladiator” Though far from historically accurate, “Gladiator” is darned inspirational. Maximus is a true hero in the classic style. A fantastic action flick, “Gladiator” keeps you on the edge of your seat; it also has one of the best soundtracks to be heard.

  2. “Infamous” Based on the period of Truman Capote's life during which he researched and wrote “In Cold Blood,” “Infamous” is an absorbing study of what it's like to be a writer pulled deeply into his subject. Capote got to know the perpetrators of a hideous crime and in so doing, he learned more about himself.

  3. “The Pianist” One of the best movies of the last ten years, “The Pianist” is based on the trials of Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman during World War II. The film chronicles the gradual, relentless erosion of the rights of Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Poland and how Szpilman's world falls apart around him.

  4. “Brokeback Mountain” Based on a short story by Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain” is a story of star-crossed lovers. Two men fall in love and they keep their bond secret out of fear of reprisal from society. The film portrays the men's parallel lives and the mutual pain they feel at their separation.

  5. “The Hurt Locker” One of the best movies of the last ten years, “The Hurt Locker” is about an explosive ordnance disposal team in Iraq. The leader, William James, is a hardened veteran who knows what he's doing and wants to play things his way. He becomes hooked on the adrenaline rush given by his duties.

  6. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” A parody of Homer's Odyssey, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” isn't only hilarious, it also has a fantastic soundtrack. The characters are a trio of chain gang escapees in search of treasure. Ulysses Everett McGill also wants to get back to his wife and family and win back their love.

  7. “Walk the Line” Based on the life of Johnny Cash, “Walk the Line” is one of the best movies of the last ten years. It focuses on Johnny Cash's development as a country musician and highlights his romance with June Carter, a talented singer in her own right. The film's story line is touching and its soundtrack is a real winner.

  8. “No Country For Old Men” A dark, brooding film based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy, “No Country For Old Men” will keep you riveted to see what will happen next. A hunter runs across a grisly crime scene only to find himself up against one of the most chilling psychopaths ever portrayed on screen.

  9. “A Beautiful Mind” This poignant film is based on the life of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a mathematician and Nobel Laureate. A brilliant man and creative thinker, Nash suffers from schizophrenia. One of the best movies of the last ten years, “A Beautiful Mind” explores Nash's genius as well as his dissociation from reality.

  10. “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” The finale to the magnificent “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, “Return of the King” is one of the best movies of the last ten years. Its soundtrack is ethereal and the story wraps up with high fantasy and adventure in abundance.