Top 10 movies of 2007: ‘Old Men,’ killers and a rat

A non-scientific sampling of top-movie lists from critics across the country — including contributors to The Examiner — reveals “No Country for Old Men,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s layered modern Western, as the favorite of 2007.

Other selected films had a local flavor, with “Zodiac,” based on the true story of the famed serial killer who rocked the Bay Area in the 1970s, singled out by Bay Area film writers. “Ratatouille,” the story of a food-savvy rat created by Emeryville animation studio Pixar, also had admirers.

Note: Lists have been edited for length and consistency of format. Some critics initially included more than 10 films, or didn’t specify an order of preference.

Top 10 lists

Rossiter Drake, The Examiner

1. “Zodiac”

2. “There Will Be Blood”

3. “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”

4. “Eastern Promises”

5. “No Countryfor Old Men”

6. “The Dead Girl”

7. “American Gangster”

8. “Rock the Bells”

9. “Amazing Grace”

10. “Live Free or Die Hard”

Anita Katz, The Examiner

1. “No Country for Old Men”

2. “The Savages”

3. “I’m Not There”

4. “Zodiac”

5. “A Mighty Heart”

6. “Eastern Promises”

7. “Stephanie Daley”

8. “This Is England”

9. “The Rape of Europa”

10. “Live-in Maid”

Janos Gereben, The Examiner

1. “Away From Her”

2. “The Lives of Others”

3. “Summer Palace”

4. “Eastern Promises”

5. “The Bourne Ultimatum”

6. “Charlie Wilson’s War”

7. “Atonement”

8. “Lust, Caution”

9. “Breach”

10. “The Savages”

Sally Kline, The Examiner

1. “Juno”

2. “There Will Be Blood”

3. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

4. “No Country For Old Men”

5. “Ratatouille”

6. “Hairspray”

7. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

8. “Atonement”

9. “A Mighty Heart”

10. “Gone Baby Gone”

David Germain, The Associated Press

1. “No Country for Old Men”

2. “Once”

3. “Juno”

4. “Away From Her”

5. “Into the Wild”

6. “American Gangster”

7. “Stardust”

8. “Starting Out in the Evening”

9. “The Band’s Visit”

10. “Year of the Dog”

Christy Lemire, The Associated Press

1. “No Country for Old Men”

2. “Gone Baby Gone”

3. “Once”

4. “Knocked Up”

5. “Away From Her”

6. “There Will Be Blood”

7. “The Lives of Others”

8. “Lars and the Real Girl”

9. “Into the Wild”

10. “The Bourne Ultimatum”

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

1. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

2. “The Savages”

3. “Ratatouille”

4. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”

5. “Sicko”

6. “There Will Be Blood”

7. “Rescue Dawn”

8. “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”

9. “Juno”

10. “Waitress”

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

1. “Atonement”

2. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

3. “Into Great Silence”

4. “Terror’s Advocate”

5. “Lady Chatterley”

6. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”

7. “Lars and the Real Girl”

8. “Lust, Caution”

9. “Michael Clayton”

10. “No Country for Old Men”

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