The 2000s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. The big budget blockbusters might have taken over the multiplex, but there were still so many great films coming out every year – and plenty of them now seem destined for classic status.

So here’s our pick of the best movies from the Noughties – and yes, we know some of them are technically from the Nineties, but let’s not split hairs, eh?

Best Movies Of The 2000s

What are the best movies of the 2000s? The 2000s has been called the best decade for movies in recent memory, and for good reason.

Not only was this the first decade to be dominated by superhero films and big special effects movies, but it also gave us some of the best films of all time.

It’s hard to pick only ten from such an amazing collection of films, but here are the best films of the 2000s.

Here’s our list of the best movies of the 2000s decade.

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

Peter Jackson’s classic trilogy brought JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life on the big screen in a way that had never been done before.

Three years in production, three years in post-production and a combined budget just over $300 million dollars makes this an epic undertaking that would last weeks if watched back to back.

However, it’s well worth the effort and will leave you breathless as you watch Frodo try to destroy The One Ring while at the same time trying to keep it out of Sauron’s hands.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition Blu-ray)
  • Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen (Actors)
  • Peter Jackson (Director)
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

The Dark Knight (2008)

Christopher Nolan’s second film in his Batman trilogy was not only better than its predecessor but also arguably one of the greatest superhero movies

The Dark Knight Trilogy (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • Various (Actor)
  • Various (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

A picture-perfect family of geniuses is shattered when their father (Gene Hackman) announces he is retiring to the life of a hermit, and leaving the family business to his absurdly successful younger brother (Danny Glover).

This causes all of the Tenenbaum children, with the exception of Richie (Luke Wilson), to cut off all ties with him. But when a family tragedy brings them back together, they must put aside their differences and unite.

Toss in some uninvited guests and you have yourself a typical weekend at the Tenenbaums’ house. The problem is that this family is anything but typical, as each of its members possesses some sort of unique talent.

This includes Richie’s adopted brother, who happens to be an adopted dwarf named Pagoda (Kumar Pallana), and his former wife, Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow).

Each member of the Tenenbaum clan is connected in some way or another with Eli Cash (Owen Wilson), an aspiring screenwriter who has just been released from prison. Eli never seems to remain in one place for very long, but he continues to pop up just when the family needs him most.

The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

Sideways (2004)

Watching Sideways (2004) is like stepping into a time machine and going back to 2004. It’s a movie filled with hilarious, crazy-like-a-fox characters that you want to sit down and discuss wine with over a few bottles.

That’s not all this movie has going for it though. It’s also filled with some of the saddest scenes I’ve ever seen in my life. I feel like I should mention this because there are people who confuse “sad” with “good”.

They think movies that have sad scenes are somehow better than those that don’t, but that’s not necessarily true. There are plenty of sad things in the world but we wouldn’t necessarily want to watch a whole movie about them, would we?

But Sideways isn’t really like any other film I’ve seen before. It’s not a comedy or a drama or even a romance for that matter. It’s something of an oddity, but it’s very well done and it does what it does very well.

The story is basically about two guys on their way to wine country for one of their friend’s wedding and the crazy things they do along the way. One of them is an unpublished writer named Jack (played by Thomas Haden Church).

Sideways [Blu-ray] [Import belge]
  • English, English, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Warning: This is a review of Mulholland Drive (2001) and will contain spoilers.

Mulholland Drive is a film that is hard to describe or even comprehend. It starts out as a murder mystery in the city of Los Angeles.

As you watch the film, it is like watching someone else’s dream. You are confused at first but it all becomes clear as you go on. It is unlike any other movie you have ever seen before.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes odd, creepy, original movies because that is just what this movie is. I think that David Lynch did a great job with this movie because it was so original and different from anything else he has done before.

The acting in this film was also very good and I thought that the soundtrack was great.

Mulholland Drive is about an actress named Betty Elms who comes to Hollywood to become famous and meets another woman named Diane Selwyn who also came to Hollywood for the same reason.

Even though they are both auditioning for the same part in a movie, they become friends right away. Betty’s acting career doesn’t work out too well but Diane’s does. Soon after they meet there seems to be trouble brewing between them.

Mulholland Drive (Digitally Restored) [Blu-ray] [1999]
  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio.
  • Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring (Actors)
  • David Lynch (Director) - David Lynch (Writer) - Mary Sweeney (Producer)
  • German, English (Subtitles)

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

The film made its worldwide premiere as the opening film of the 51st International Film Festival at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 8 October 2008.

It was released in Mumbai, India on 10 October 2008, and in major cities across the U.S. on 17 December 2008 including Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago.

The U.K. release was on 25 January 2009. The film opened in a total of 425 cinemas and had a box office gross of £1 million (US$1,983,948) on its opening day in the U.K., including previews.

The following weekend it retained first place with an increased gross of £4 million (US$7,373,881), and during its third weekend it remained at number one again with a gross of £8 million (US$14,251,327). In its fourth weekend it grossed £6 million (US$10,783,315).

Slumdog Millionaire has become the largest Bollywood foreign-language release ever in the U.K. It has also broken all records for Bollywood films in France and Germany by selling 90 000 tickets within 2 days.

“Slumdog Millionaire” is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy and produced by Christian Colson. Set and shot in India, it is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Vikas Swarup, telling the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the Juhu slum of Mumbai who becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, and ends up being accused of cheating.

Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray]
  • Patel, Dev, Pinto, Freida, Khan, Irrfan (Actors)
  • Boyle, Danny (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Memento (2000)

The film is an independent neo-noir psychological thriller, directed by Christopher Nolan and written by his brother Jonathan. The film stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Mark Boone Junior.

The film tells the story of Leonard Shelby, a former insurance investigator suffering from short-term memory loss, who uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife in Santa Monica.

Memento was well received by critics and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

The film has been included in a number of “Best of” or “Top” lists: A. O. Scott of “The New York Times” called it one of the best films of its decade;’s Chuck Wilson called it the best movie of the 2000s; “Empire” magazine chose it as one of “The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time”; and a poll for “Total Film” ranked it as the 66th greatest thriller film of all time (the only film on the list not to feature any form of murder).

Memento (10th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
  • Condition: New
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • AC-3; Dolby; DTS Surround Sound; Subtitled; Widescreen
  • Pearce, Guy, Pantoliano, Joe, Moss, Carrie-Anne (Actors)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

This is not just a boxing movie. It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about love, and it’s a story about sacrifices that people make for the ones they love. You can almost call it a coming-of-age story.


The story is of Maggie Fitzgerald, a young woman who aspires to be a professional boxer. She meets Eddie “Razor” Dupris, an aging and washed up boxer who has just spent two years in prison after accidentally killing some guy in a street fight.

Eddie used to be pretty good, but now he’s old and washed up with nothing to show for it except an assortment of scars on his body.

He is down on his luck, and he is looking for someone to take him in. Maggie takes him in and gives him some work at her dad’s gym, but that is not enough for Razor. He wants to box again.

What makes this movie so great is the acting of Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman. I’ve never seen either one of them give such emotionally charged performances before.

They are perfect in their roles as the mentor figure who becomes disillusioned with life and his protege who has had a tragic past and whose future looks bleak.

Million Dollar Baby [Blu-ray]
  • Million Dollar Baby [Blu-ray]
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)


Best Movies Of The 2000s

What Makes a Movie Really Great?

The best movies become part of our lives. They create love and passion. We want to watch them again and again. They are the ones that leave us with a sense of awe, inspiration, self-reflection, and possibility.

What is it about those movies that cause us to react so strongly? Here are 7 reasons:

We feel inspired. The movie touches on some deeper truth about the meaning of life or connects with our soul in a powerful way. We come away feeling more enlightened or with a deeper sense of purpose.

We love the characters. They become part of our lives and we want to know what happens to them next. We want them to succeed in their goals and overcome their challenges. We identify with them in some way, whether they remind us of ourselves or people we know, or we aspire to be like them somehow.



Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

The film “Something’s Gotta Give” is a romantic comedy, released in 2003 and starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. It was produced by James L. Brooks and directed by Nancy Meyers. The film has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Original Screenplay.

The film follows two characters, aging playboy Harry Sanborn and divorced mother of three Amanda Peet. They meet through a dating website at the beginning of the story, but it is not long before their relationship turns into something more serious.

Harry falls in love with Amanda’s free spirit and her children from her first marriage to David Dorfman. Amanda, on the other hand, enjoys Harry’s spontaneity and finds his playboy ways charming despite herself.

Their budding romance is threatened by the presence of Harry’s ex-wife, Linda Carroll, who comes back into his life after eight years of separation and still has feelings for him.

She tries to break up his new relationship with Amanda as she believes that she will be able to win him back. However, Linda discovers that Harry is deeply in love with Amanda and accepts this fact.

She tries to move on with her life while they try to make things work between them.

Something's Gotta Give
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jack Nicholson, Vanna Bonta, Diane Keaton (Actors)
  • Nancy Meyers (Director) - Nancy Meyers (Writer) - Bruce A. Block (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away (2001) is a visual masterpiece that draws the viewer in with its excellent character animation, direction and attention to detail. It is a captivating film from start to finish, with fantastic creatures and a sense of wonder that never lets go of the viewer.

The story might be confusing at times but the journey is worth it.

The art direction of this film is simply amazing, it shows an attention to detail that you rarely see. The use of colors and backgrounds are perfect for each scene and help make this film very memorable.

The character design is also top notch and shows the time that was put into animating every frame. Overall I think Spirited Away has some of the most beautiful animation I have ever seen in any animated movie.

The voice acting in this movie is quite good as well, though sometimes I felt like some characters were being voiced by the wrong actors (e.g. No Face). The music in this movie is beautiful, it’s hard to find any fault with it.

This movie has some very memorable songs such as “Chihiro no Uta” and “Mama”. The sound effects are also very well done, they capture the sounds that you would expect from any other normal animated film (water splashing etc.).

Spirited Away (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
  • Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden (Actors)
  • Hayao Miyazaki (Director)
  • French, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2007) is a film about a ruthless oil prospector who, after realizing he has no other option for success, becomes obsessed with finding the next big strike. The film is based on Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel Oil! In the book, there are multiple references to the “McAllister shale,” which actually refers to the “Mackay shale” of California. Although Sinclair often used real events and places in his novels, he did not do so in this instance.

The film received positive reviews from critics and earned two Academy Awards: Best Cinematography and Best Actor for Day-Lewis, who was also nominated for an Oscar for his role in Steven Spielberg’s The Gangs of New York (2002). It was also nominated for three Golden Globes: Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor – Drama.

The film was well received by critics; it is rated 78% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 210 reviews with an average rating of 7.8 out of 10. The critical consensus states: “Daniel Day-Lewis immerses himself in his role as an oil man on a ruthless quest for wealth and power.”

There Will Be Blood
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Paul Dano (Actor)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Director)
  • French, English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Training Day (2001)

Hands down, one of the best crime thrillers to come out of the last 10 years. Denzel Washington plays a crooked cop who is partnered with Ethan Hawke on his first day working for the LAPD. The movie is based on an original screenplay by David Ayer, who went on to direct Harsh Times (2006) and Street Kings (2008).

TRAINING DAY is a gritty, unflinching look at what can happen when a rookie cop finds himself partnered with a man he’s been told is one of the finest cops on the force. But over the course of a single day, he discovers that this cop’s true character isn’t quite what it seems.

As they descend deeper into the bowels of Los Angeles to track down ruthless drug dealers, they find that every step in their pursuit leads to another unexpected twist.

If you like this movie, try: HARD TO KILL (1991), HARD BOILED (1992), UNFORGIVEN (1992), BAD LIEUTENANT (1992), L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997), ENEMY OF THE STATE (1998), HEIST (2001), SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991).

Training Day (2001) [Blu-ray]
  • Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn (Actors)
  • Antoine Fuqua (Director) - David Ayer (Writer) - Jeffrey Silver (Producer)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Unbreakable (2000)

On the surface, Unbreakable is the story of a man who doesn’t believe in himself. David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is a security guard in Philadelphia who doesn’t think much of his abilities. He doesn’t seem to possess any super powers.

He doesn’t even wear a costume, although he does sport a leather jacket that makes him look like a superhero wannabe.

Truly, though, Dunn is stronger than he thinks.

Dunn’s character arc comes from his past – he was involved in an accident that killed his wife and some other pedestrians, and Dunn was the only survivor. In this film, which plays out more like a drama than an action movie, Dunn has recently lost his son to cancer and is struggling to accept that he can never truly be “unbreakable”.

The villain of the movie is Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), who believes he’s comic book character Mr. Glass and suffers from multiple personality disorder. He teams up with Dunn’s son’s murderer to seek revenge on Dunn by destroying him psychologically – by making him believe that he isn’t invincible after all.

Unbreakable also features Robin Wright Penn as Dunn’s wife and Joseph-Gordon Levitt as his son (along with many others).

Unbreakable Machine-Doll: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
  • "Episode 1 & 12 Commentaries
  • Six OVAs
  • Commercials
  • Promo Videos
  • Textless Opening and Closing Songs

Up (2009)

Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Bob Peterson, and produced by Jonas Rivera.

The film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a trip to Paradise Falls in South America with the help of an 8-year old wilderness explorer named Russell.

The film was co-written by Bob Peterson, co-director and writer of the short film “Presto” and story supervisor for Monsters, Inc. Docter first began developing Up in 2004, after noticing his children drawing features on sad faces when they were unhappy; he decided to develop a film about the struggle to fulfill one’s dreams.

Docter wrote the story with Michael Arndt, whom he met in 2006 through mutual acquaintances while attending the annual Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Further inspiration came to Docter as he grew more attached to his own wife and children; he was keen to develop a story that showed the beauty of growing old together.

To create the floating house seen in the film, Pixar completely rewrote their animation system for the first time in 25 years.

From Up on Poppy Hill- Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray + DVD]
  • Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges (Actors)
  • Goro Miyazaki (Director) - Hayao Miyazaki (Writer) - Toshio Suzuki (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Almost Famous (2000)

“Almost Famous” is a movie about idyllic youth, rock music and the lost art of writing for yourself. It’s also a semi-autobiographical story from writer/director Cameron Crowe.

Crowe was a music journalist during the heyday of Rolling Stone Magazine and its legendarily influential music critic, Lester Bangs. The film portrays the relationships between the young writers at Rolling Stone, the bands they were assigned to cover and the rock stars they idolize.

Toward the end of the movie, Crowe’s character gets a big break. He is assigned to interview “Stillwater”, a fictitious band that is actually a thinly veiled version of Crowe’s real life heroes, Led Zeppelin. The Stillwater interview goes terribly.

The band isn’t interested in telling their stories to any reporter, let alone a kid who doesn’t seem to know anything about them. When they ask him what his favorite Led Zeppelin song is, he can’t think of one.

The band members are insulted by this naivete and walk out on the interview. But before they do, one of them makes an attempt to save it: “Look,” he says to Crowe’s character.

Paramount Presents: Almost Famous
  • Crudup, Billy, Fugit, Patrick, Hudson, Kate (Actors)
  • Crowe, Cameron (Director)

The Dark Knight (2008)

It is a sequel to the 2005 film Batman Begins, which rebooted the Batman movie franchise after a hiatus of several years. The Dark Knight reunites Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne.

Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays two roles:

Harvey Dent and his transformation into Two-Face. Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman reprise supporting roles from Batman Begins; Maggie Gyllenhaal replaces Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes. The film introduces two major characters in the Batman mythos: Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart, and Bruce Wayne’s trusted friend Lucius Fox (played by Morgan Freeman).

The film takes place eight years after the events of Batman Begins, with Batman hunting for the escaped Joker who is still at large somewhere in Gotham City. During his search he encounters Gotham City’s newly elected district attorney Harvey Dent who has begun prosecuting organized criminals in an effort to end crime in the city for good.

However, things take a turn for the worse when Joker captures Rachel Dawes and threatens to destroy one of Gotham’s 10 hospitals every hour until he is paid $50 million. 

The Dark Knight Trilogy (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
  • Various (Actor)
  • Various (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Departed (2006)

  • Additional Scenes With Introductions By Martin Scorsese
  • Stranger Than Fiction: The Story Of The Boston Mob - The Real-Life Gangster behind Jack Nicholson's...
  • Crossing Criminal Cultures: How Little Italy's Crime and Violence Influence Scorsese's Work
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • English (Subtitle)

Lost In Translation (2003)

Bill Murray plays Bob Harris, a movie star in Tokyo to shoot commercials for Suntory whiskey. His wife (Sarandon) is off shooting a movie with director Sydney Pollack (playing himself).

Bob spends his days hanging out at the hotel bar, where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), an adorable young college grad who’s in town to be married to a guy she met on the Internet. Bob and Charlotte strike up a friendship that starts as a kind of one-night stand and evolves into something deeper.

Prefaced by an Alfred Hitchcock quote (“All you need for a movie is a girl and a gun”) and followed by a classically styled end credits sequence, Lost In Translation follows the same structure as many other romantic comedies:

Boy meets girl. Girl gets married. Boy loses girl. But what differentiates this film from others of its ilk is its languid pace, which allows Murray and Johansson to explore the relationship between their characters through conversations that range from funny to profound to sad.

The film features several scenes shot in Tokyo’s famous Park Hyatt Hotel, where Sofia Coppola presumably stayed during her visit to the city for research purposes.

Lost in Translation [Blu-ray]
  • Lost In Translation
  • Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson (Actors)
  • Sofia Coppola (Director) - Sofia Coppola (Writer)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks takes place in West Beaufort, North Carolina. This film is about a young couple, Noah and Allie, who fall in love in the 1940’s when Allie’s family moved into town.

The two characters are very different from each other. Noah is the son of a wealthy business man and Allie is the daughter of a laborer.

But despite their differences, they manage to love each other and build a life together.

Their lives are perfectly normal until the day that Noah goes off to fight in World War II. When he returns home years later he finds that Allie has married someone else and is pregnant with his child.

From here on out we follow Noah as he tries to win back the love of his life, while dealing with her husband at home, who happens to be his best friend.

This movie was definitely one of my favorites because it showed how true love can overcome any obstacle. It also showed that sometimes all you need is a little bit of faith in your relationship, and you can work everything out together with time and patience.

I would recommend this movie for anyone who just needs a good cry or wants to watch something that will touch their heart or make them laugh or smile.

The Notebook (Blu-Ray)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

How could a movie about family dysfunction be so colorful and funny?

I’m not sure I know the answer to that question, but I knew that this film would be worth my time when I saw it was written and directed by the same team (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) that made my favorite movie of 2004, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Then, when I learned Steve Carell and Toni Collette were in it, I knew I had to see it.

The movie is about a dysfunctional family with a lot of baggage that goes on a road trip for a little girl’s beauty pageant. It may sound like every other family comedy out there, but this one is different.

There’s a lot of honesty about the way families can turn on each other and petty differences can create huge rifts. The story is given an added dimension by the fact that the father (Greg Kinnear) has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

There are so many things to like about this film. The acting is uniformly excellent — Carell and Alan Arkin steal most of the scenes they’re in as father and grandfather — but Abigail Breslin steals the whole movie as Olive Hoover

Little Miss Sunshine [Blu-ray]
  • Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear (Actors)
  • Jonathan Dayton (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) is a fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the third and final installment in The Lord of the Rings film series, following The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002). Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the One Ring by returning it to Mordor, where it was forged.

Meanwhile, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli come to the aid of Gondor’s forces as they prepare for war against Sauron’s army; and Merry and Pippin escape capture from Orcs, unite with Treebeard the Ent, and help to rally the Ents to fight against Saruman.

On December 17th 2003, The Return of the King became only the second film in history to be nominated for 11 Academy Awards. It was also a massive box office success. It won all 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated after earning $379 million worldwide in its first weekend.

Its wide release was on December 17th 2003 in Australia and on December 18th 2003 in North America. In New Zealand it has become both the highest grossing film (by box office takings) ever made there as well as the most attended movie in history.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition Blu-ray)
  • Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen (Actors)
  • Peter Jackson (Director)
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Love and Basketball (2000)

Love & Basketball is a 2000 romantic drama film written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. It tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two childhood friends who have been neighbors their whole lives and grow up playing basketball together.

The film is Prince-Bythewood’s feature film debut. The screenplay, originally titled Love & Basketball, was written over the course of five years prior to production. Filming took place over 25 days in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in the summer of 1999.

Prince-Bythewood raised $50,000 for the production costs with the help of eight different local investors.

She received further funding through her participation in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. Love & Basketball premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and earned Prince-Bythewood an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay.

It was released theatrically on April 12, 2000 and grossed $13 million worldwide against its $5 million budget.

The film received positive reviews from critics and has developed a cult following since its release. More than 10 years after its premiere, Prince-Bythewood said she still receives fan mail about it from girls all over the world.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler (Actors)
  • Peter Jackson (Director) - Fran Walsh (Writer) - Barrie M. Osborne (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey. The film is a modernized retelling of the original novel and play, also called Mean Girls, written by Rosalind Wiseman.

The film stars Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan and Amanda Seyfried. It opened in North America on April 30th, 2004 and was a critical and commercial success.

She helps her best friend start a rumor about another girl which gets back to her archrival and causes her to lose her status in the group. Mean Girls (2004) is considered one of the best teen movies ever made and is an absolute classic.

Mean Girls
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows (Actors)
  • Mark Waters (Director) - Tina Fey (Writer) - Lorne Michaels (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Monsters Inc. (2001)

To be honest, I was not sure if I would like Monsters Inc. (2001). Not because the movie did not look good or the trailer did not look interesting, but more because I have a dislike for Billy Crystal’s voice.

To me, it sounds like he is always trying to make a point or be funny when he talks, which makes it hard for me to take him seriously.

On top of that, I have never been a big fan of children’s movies. They are just too cute for my taste. So when I saw that this was going to be a child’s favorite film, I figured “yeah right” and decided against watching it.

But after my sister kept telling me how much she loved this movie, and how cute it was, I finally decided to watch it with her one day.

I can honestly say that after watching Monsters Inc., I will admit that it is an adorable movie!

The story of Monsters Inc. is about two monsters named Sully and Mike Wazowski (voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal). Their job is to scare little kids so they cry, so their screams can power Monstropolis (the monster world).

The monsters use every possible scare tactic they know in order to get the kids to

Monsters, Inc.
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs (Actors)
  • Pete Docter (Director) - Andrew Stanton (Writer) - Darla K. Anderson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 musical drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine.

It uses the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.

The film stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in lead roles, with John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent and Jennifer Saunders in supporting roles. Production began in late 1999 and ended in March 2000. The cinematography was undertaken by Donald McAlpine.

Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2001 to generally good critical reviews from mainstream critics but was not a box office success upon its theatrical release on May 19, 2001 in Australia (as well as some other European countries).

But it became a sleeper hit once it opened on June 18 that same year in North America to largely favorable reviews from critics and audiences with many naming it one of the best films of 2001. It went on to become one of the highest grossing films of all time, with over $274 million worldwide and is also the most profitable live-action musical.

Moulin Rouge!
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo (Actors)
  • Baz Luhrmann (Director) - Baz Luhrmann (Writer) - Martin Brown (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Munich (2005)

Munich is the first film by director Steven Spielberg. It stars Eric Bana and Daniel Craig. It’s a drama about terrorism, betrayal and murder.

A ruthless terrorist cell kidnaps and kills a German cabinet minister in order to force the German government to release terrorist prisoners. The leader of the cell, Hasso Bergholt, is a former SS officer who was convicted for war crimes during World War II.

The film was a critical and commercial success, earning more than $305 million worldwide.

The film’s story takes place in Germany in late 2004, following the kidnapping of politician Franz Josef Strauss (played by Eric Bana) who is known for his defence of East Germany’s interests against West Germany, which had started its reunification process after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

I have seen this movie twice and both times I cried my eyes out, it’s so emotional… powerful…. I love it so much!

Munich is a 2005 British-American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is about the Munich massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

The film stars Eric Bana, David Thewlis, Toni Collette and Meryl Streep.

The manner in which Bavarian police chief Dieter Kroll (David Thewlis) investigates the Munich massacre is depicted as “inadequate” in the film’s depiction of the event. According to scholars, this film was a major influence on the screenplay for Schindler’s List and its director Steven Spielberg later called it “one of my movies”.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush (Actors)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director) - Tony Kushner (Writer) - Kathleen Kennedy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of the best romantic comedy movies ever made. The comedy is not just the silly stereotypes and over-the-top situations, but it is also the simple and heartwarming story of a family in a difficult situation.

A Greek girl Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is a 27-year-old woman who has lived with her parents all her life. Her father Gus (Michael Constantine) and mother Maria (Lainie Kazan) have been married for 40 years.

She was expected to get married to a Greek man and have many children, but Toula fell in love with an American non-Greek named Ian Miller (John Corbett), who works as a limo driver for Gus’ company.

Toula has never had a boyfriend before, so she doesn’t know how to act around Ian and his friends. Both families are against their relationship, so they decide to get married quietly in Las Vegas.

Gus disowns Toula and won’t talk to her anymore, so she moves in with Ian until she finds an apartment. Soon after that she gets pregnant, which makes Gus realize how much he loves his daughter. 

My Best Friend's Wedding
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • P. J. Hogan (Director)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

The Namesake (2006)

The Namesake is a 2006 drama directed by Mira Nair and based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri. It stars Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Kal Penn, and Mrinalini Sharma. The film was shown in competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

The film tells the story of Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli and their son Gogol Ganguli, who is struggling to find his cultural identity as he grows up.

The story begins with Ashoke and Ashima’s arranged marriage in Calcutta and the birth of their son, Gogol. After moving to New York City, they find themselves having to deal with their contrasting cultures, as well as the differences between each other.

They settle into a life in New York City until they see too much of the city and decide to move to a quieter place in New England, where they have another son, Nikhil.

They have trouble finding a house until they meet their new neighbor, Toby Kapoor. He offers his house for rent because it seems that his wife has left him for another man.

Ashoke and Ashima decide to take it and become friends with Toby and Olivia (Toby’s sister). 

The Namesake
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan (Actors)
  • Mira Nair (Director) - Lydia Dean Pilcher (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess, directed by Jared Hess, and starring Jon Heder in the eponymous role. The film was Jared Hess’ directorial debut, and was filmed in and near Preston, Idaho.

Tristan Jones is a high school student who spends most of his time creating stop-motion movies with his friends. His two main interests are taking photographs of his friend Pedro with a camera that appears to be a PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH (despite displaying a “Pentax” insignia) and attempting to win over classmate Deb’s heart.

The film’s dialogue is largely delivered in the stilted style of an amateur dramatic reading; it employs large amounts of pop culture references, surreal non sequiturs, intentionally bad singing, dancing, mime and other assorted strangeness. The movie’s events are shown through the eyes of Tristram’s character as he records them on a camcorder.

Tristram’s Uncle Rico becomes involved with a woman named Deb when he wins her at a dance competition. Pedro also falls for Deb but fails to win her affection when he gives her a poorly wrapped present that she interprets as being cheap.

Napoleon Dynamite
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell (Actors)
  • Jared Hess (Director) - Jared Hess (Writer) - Jeremy Coon (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

No Country for Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name, the film stars Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, a man who finds a suitcase full of money in a drug deal gone wrong, and Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh, the hitman hired to recover the money.

The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2007, before its release in North America on November 21. The film received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for eight Academy Awards; it won four (Best Picture, Best Director for Joel Coen, Best Supporting Actor for Bardem, and Best Adapted Screenplay for the Coens).

It also received awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle; it won three from the Austin Film Critics Association including Best Picture.

It was awarded seven Golden Globe Awards with nominations for best motion picture drama, best director and best screenplay. The film was also nominated for six BAFTA awards, while Bardem won the award for Best Supporting Actor. 

No Country for Old Men
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones (Actors)
  • Ethan Coen (Director) - Ethan Coen (Writer) - Joel Coen (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film was directed by Nick Cassavetes and produced by Sparks and Cathy Konrad. It stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as young lovers Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton, who are separated when they are younger and then meet again after not seeing each other for many years.

The Notebook received mixed reviews upon its release, with critics praising the chemistry between the two leads but criticizing the screenplay, pacing and direction. In 2005, the film won Favorite Dramatic Movie at the People’s Choice Awards. The film also won four Teen Choice Awards nominations and an MTV Movie Award nomination.

The film became a commercial success, breaking box office records in several countries. In the US, it became the highest-grossing romantic drama of all time—surpassing Pretty Woman (1990)—and also one of the top ten highest-grossing romantic films of all time—the Love Story (1970) remake being another one—and also broke the record for best opening weekend for a romantic drama.

In Australia it broke the record for highest-grossing opening weekend for a film, making A$5 million in its first weekend from just 128 cinemas.

The Notebook
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner (Actors)
  • Nick Cassavetes (Director) - Jeremy Leven (Writer) - Mark Johnson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

This movie is a great example of the Ocean’s Eleven story. A group of eleven men, lead by Danny Ocean, are in a Nevada prison when they learn that one of the other inmates, “The Amazing”, has just won an ESP lottery worth $300 million. The group agrees to break out together and to use the money to rob three casinos owned by Terry Benedict.

They enlist the help of many people in order to execute the heist, including Linus Caldwell and his father Saul, who operate a van business called Bernard’s Transports Inc., which transports most of the crew from one place to another.

Comedy is created in this film because everything seems easy for this group of people until they attempt to rob the casino. The crew tries to pull off one of the greatest heists ever and their plan almost works. The only reason it doesn’t work is because one person gets greedy and wants more money than his share.

The characters and their roles in the film are interesting because each person has a unique personality and has different values on what they want and need in life. For example, Reuben Tishkoff is being blackmailed into helping with this heist by Danny Ocean so he can get out jail early and be with his son again.

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon (Actors)
  • Steven Soderbergh (Director) - George Clayton Johnson (Writer) - Jerry Weintraub (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

The best films are the ones that are able to transport you to a different time and place. It’s like magic, or maybe even a dream. They create their own world for us to enter and become a part of, and that world is just as compelling as our own.

Reading books can do that, too. And so can video games and paintings and sculptures and paintings. All of these things are art.

But what makes art truly great is when it’s able to transcend the medium that contains it. The best artwork isn’t just a movie or game or painting, but something more—something that exists outside of the story being told or the object being created.

That’s why there’s a reason people still talk about 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) today, even though it was made over forty years ago: because it feels like it has always existed.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) feels like this, too—like it not only could have been made in another time period but also could have been created by someone else entirely. This movie is so good, so consistently excellent throughout the entire runtime, that it feels almost surreal to watch it…or at least it did for me.

Precious (2009)

Precious is a movie about an obese African American girl in Harlem from the point of view of her mother. Her mother is a very religious woman, and starts to take her to a literacy class.

Precious has two children, and gives birth to a third child who dies after birth. Her mother abandons her, then she meets a nice guy who wants to marry her but she doesn’t want that because he’s white.

The movie is interesting. It’s told from the mother’s point of view, so you don’t really know what’s going on inside Precious’ head. There are some people in the film who try to help her out, like her teacher. Others are just mean. The movie was depressing, but it had its moments of humor.

There were a lot of parts in it that made me forget I was watching a movie — I felt like I was there with the characters when they were trying to survive in their situations. The acting was great and I especially liked the actress who played Precious’ mother.

She did a great job with how overbearing she was and how stupid she acted at times when trying to protect Precious from reality.

Precious Cargo [Blu-ray + Digital HD]
  • Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Actors)
  • Max Adams (Director) - George Furla (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Ray (2004)

A film that explores the love between a brother and sister, Ray (2004) is based on the life of Ray Charles. The movie follows Ray’s life, from his birth to his struggles with blindness and drug addiction.

His musical talent and love for music is the main focus throughout the movie, as well as his friendships with famous musicians such as Willie Nelson and Quincy Jones. In September 2004, it premiered in theaters across America. The film was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and three Academy Awards, winning one for its screenplay.

In 1964, Ray Charles Robinson was born in Albany, Ga.. The movie follows his career beginning with his early childhood in Florida, up until his death in 2004.

As he grows up, viewers follow the ups and downs of his career as he faces a series of emotional challenges: Charles’ father leaves when he is very young, which creates an emotional rift between him and his mother; he struggles with drugs and alcohol; he becomes blind after a fight with diabetes.

His mother sends him to a school for the blind where he learns to play piano; this skill ultimately leads to him becoming a talented musician who plays all over America. Throughout the movie are flashbacks to Charles’ childhood where he reminisces about memories of being loved by both parents.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell (Actors)
  • Taylor Hackford (Director) - Taylor Hackford (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

A film about Mexican-American sisters who are forced to come to terms with their weight and their cultural identities when the youngest sister is accepted into art school.

The youngest daughter in a family of Mexican-American women struggles with her weight, but what she really wants is to be an artist.

Dolores is an attractive high school student who looks like any boy’s dream date. But she feels insecure about her body and thinks she’s too fat.

Her mother Carmen has always been her closest confidante, but suddenly Dolores doesn’t know what to say to her as they drive together to the local shopping mall.

In this coming-of-age comedy drama, a young woman struggles with family issues and will finally find herself through art school. As Dolores delights in the anticipation of going off to college, her mother Carmen fears that her daughter will leave home.

The relationship between mother and daughter is especially poignant because Carmen knows that Dolores loves her just as much as she loves her daughter — but no one ever told Carmen when she was young and growing up during the Mexican revolution that “real women have curves.”

Real Women Have Curves
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, George Lopez (Actors)
  • Patricia Cardoso (Director) - George LaVoo (Writer) - George LaVoo (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Remember the Titans (2000)

Remember the Titans is a 2000 sports drama film directed by Boaz Yakin and starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton.

The film is set in 1971 at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia that was desegregated by the previous year’s racial integration order issued by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1968.

The story follows newly appointed African American head coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), whose task is to lead the football team of an all-white high school against long-time rival T. C. Williams High School, which is undefeated and has never had a black player.

The film also stars Wood Harris, Ice Cube, Michael Irvin, Tina Majorino, Ryan Hurst and Wood Harris as supporting cast members. It was adapted from a 1995 book of the same name written by Herman Boone, who became the first black professional football player drafted out of college when he joined the AFL’s Oakland Raiders in 1967.

The story is set in 1971 in Virginia during final years of segregation between blacks and whites. Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) takes over as head coach of the football team at T. C. Williams High School after it was integrated following a court order to do so by Judge Walter Gwynn.

Remember the Titans
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Will Patton, Nicole Ari Parker, Denzel Washington (Actors)
  • Boaz Yakin (Director) - Gregory Allen Howard (Writer) - Jerry Bruckheimer (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Wet Hot American Summer isn’t just the funniest movie of 2001 — it might be the funniest film of this century. The movie is a parody of summer camp movies, but it’s also a parody of ridiculous teen comedies from the 1980s, like Porky’s and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. It follows a group of teens through their last day at Camp Firewood in the summer of 1981.

This is part one in a five-part series of reviews on Wet Hot American Summer, which I’ll be posting every day until Friday when part two comes out. The next four parts will focus on specific characters and small groups within the first movie. Let’s get started with our main cast:

David Hyde Pierce: Bill Murray plays Mitch, your stereotypical uptight camp counselor. He’s only there for the paycheck and doesn’t care about anything except impressing his rich girlfriend, played by Janeane Garofalo.

All that changes when they accidentally ingest some drugs that were left behind by some visiting Israeli counselors (played by Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd).

Michael Showalter: Showalter plays Ben, a snobby camper who refuses to associate with anyone he perceives as beneath him. His character arc involves realizing that people aren’t so different.

Wet Hot American Summer
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd (Actors)
  • David Wain (Director) - Michael Showalter (Writer) - Howard Bernstein (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

There’s a moment in Y Tu Mama Tambien when Julio, a 15-year-old, obsessed with sex and afraid of growing up — the standard coming-of-age narrative — confesses to his best friend Tenoch that he’d like to find love, but it would have to be with someone older.

Tenoch dismisses this notion out of hand: “You should wait for someone your own age.” Julio presses on: “What does that matter? She doesn’t even have to be pretty.” The two friends debate who’s a bigger romantic: Romeo and Juliet or Bonnie and Clyde.

Later, Tenoch takes Julio on a wild ride through Mexico in search of the perfect woman: Someone older and pretty, who will tell him what he wants to hear and let him do whatever he wants. Of course, they wind up finding such a woman: Luisa, a gorgeous 40-year-old who is married to an abusive man. In one of the film’s greatest triumphs, she convinces the boys that age doesn’t matter — all that matters is her heart and mind.

Y Tu Mama Tambien (English Subtitled)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna (Actors)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Director) - Alfonso Cuaron (Writer) - David Linde (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)


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