Favourite Movie From Each Year Of The 2000s


I think I have seen it and enjoyed it, but unfortunately don’t remember much about.

It’s an English movie yeah?

Edit: It’s not the one I was thinking of. Don’t think I have seen it, not a fan of Brad Pitt except for Fight Club.


2000 - Unbreakable
2001 - A Beautiful Mind
2002 - Punch Drunk Love
2003 - Kill Bill Vol 1
2004 - Kill Bill Vol 2
2005 - Jarhead
2006 - Letters from Iwo Jima
2007 - Michael Clayton
2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2009 - Watchmen


I had it on my short list for 2004. Would be at least six years since I’ve seen it so not sure how it’d hold up today.

Saw it at the cinema when it came out and really liked it. This was the only time I had the experience of having the whole cinema to myself. Couldn’t find anyone else interested in seeing it (even the GF at the time), so went to the old Greater Union on Russell Street. Felt bad that they ran the projector. Made me wonder if they still bother if they don’t sell a ticket.


2000 - Requiem for a Dream / Gladiator / American Pyscho
2001 - Donnie Darko
2002 - 28 Days Later
2003 - The Last Sumarai
2004 - Shaun of the Dead/Adaptation
2005 - Batman Begins
2006 - Half Nelson
2007 - Hot Fuzz / Sunshine / The Number 23
2008 - Dark Knight / Tropic Thunder
2009 - Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans / District 9 / Inglorious Bastards


Last Samari good movie :+1:


Currently watching Children of Men.
Has anyone read the book? Feels like there were large chunks of the story missing, but it was an ok flick.


2000 grand final.
Every year.
With the behinds edited out.


It has taken me a while to get around to posting in this thread, as l kept going back to my movie library and finding more and more films that l should include. In the end l decided l had run out of time, and no more changes were possible to make, even though l know there are plenty of other films worthy of inclusion here.

2000’s Films


  1. Memento. Directed by Christopher Nolan with Guy Pierce, Joe Pantoliano & Carrie Anne – Moss.

  2. Sexy Beast. Directed by Jonathan Glazer with Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman, Julianne White & James Fox.

  3. Gladiator. Directed by Ridley Scott with Russell Crowe, Joachin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Ralph Moeller, Djimon Honsou & Connie Nielsen.

  4. ■■■■■■. Directed by Guy Ritchie with Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Rade Sherbedgia, Jason Statham.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Directed by Ang Lee with Chow Yun Fat & Michelle Yeoh.

Amelie. Directed by Jean – Pierre Jeunet with Audrey Tautoa, Mathieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau & Artus De Penguern.

Billy Elliot. Directed by Stephen Daldry with Jamie Bell & Julie Walters.

High Fidelity. Directed by Stephen Frears with John & Joan Cusack, Lisa Bonet, Jack Black, Iben Hjejle & Tim Robbins.

Millions. Directed by Danny Boyle with Alexander Nathan Exel, Lewis Owen McGibbon, James Nesbitt & Daisy Donovan.

Les Demons A Ma Porte. (Devils on the Doorstep). Story and screenplay co–written, produced & directed by Jiang Wen (Dasan Ma) with Kagawa Teruyuki (Hanaya), Chen Qiang, Chen Shu, Sawada Kenya, Cong Zhijun, Jiang Hongbo, Yuan Ding & David Wu.

Requiem for a Dream. Written by Hubert Selby Jr. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, with Ellen Burystn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald & Keith David.

Best in Show. Directed by Christopher Guest with Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Michael Hitchcock, Fred Ward & Jane Lynch.

Almost Famous. Directed by Cameron Crowe with Billy Crudup, Jennifer Hudson & Jason Lee.

Moonshine Highway. Kyle MacLachlan & Randy Quaid.


  1. Avril Brise. Brazilian production. Directed by Walter Salles with Jose Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany & Ravi Ramos Lacerda.

  2. No Man’s Land. Bosnian production. Written and directed by Danis Tanovic with Branko Djuric, Rene Bitorajac & Filip Sovagovic.

  3. The Fast Runner. Canadian production. Directed by Zacharias Kunuk with Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu & Peter–Henry Arnatsiaq.

  4. Le Voyage De Chihiro. (Spirited Away). Japanese production. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Donnie Darko. Directed by Richard Kelly with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone & Mary McDonnell.


  1. Intacto. Directed by Pedro Lazaga with Leonardo Sbaraglia, Monica Lopez, Eusebio Poncela, Antonio Dechent & Max Von Sydow.

  2. Millenium Trilogy, Part 1: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Maend Der Hader Kvinder). Written by Stieg Larsson. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, with Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Andre & Sven – Bertil Taube.

  3. About Schmidt. Written by Louis Begley (novel) & Alexander Payne (screenplay). Directed by Alexander Payne with Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates Hope Davis & Dermot Mulroney.

  4. Lilya 4 – Ever. Directed by Lukas Moodysson with Oksana Akinshina, Artiom Bogucharskij, Elina Bennison, Ljubov Agapova, Lilija Sjinkarova, Pavel Pnonmarjov & Tomas Neumann.

Adaptation. Written by Charlie Kaufman. Directed by Spike Jonze with Nicolas Cage Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper & Tilda Swinton.

About a Boy. Novel by Nick Hornby. Directed by Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz with Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult & Madison Cook.


  1. The Best of Youth. Six hour epic Italian family drama. Written by Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli. Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana with Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni & Jasmine Trinca.

  2. Goodbye Lenin. Directed by Wolfgang Becker with Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß & Chulpan Khamatova. A gift from fellow BBlitzer Stargazer 5.

  3. Lost in Translation. Written & directed by Sophie Coppola with Bill Murray Scarlett Johannson & Giovnni Ribisi.

  4. Lord of the Rings: Return of The King. Directed by Peter Jackson.

Finding Nemo. Pixar Animation.


  1. Elpuente De San Luis Rey. Written & directed by Mary McGuickian with Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Gabriel Byrne, F. Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates, Geraldine Chaplin, Emilie Dequenne, Adriana Dominguez, Samuel Le Biban, John Lynch & Pilar Lopez De Ayala.

  2. Layer Cake. Directed by Mathew Vaughan with Daniel Craig, Kenneth Cranham, Dexter Fletcher, Colm Meaney, Michael Gambon & Sienna Miller.

  3. The Life Aquatic. Directed by Wes Anderson with Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor & Bud Cort.

  4. Downfall. Written by Bernd Eichinger & Joachim Fest. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel with Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara & Ulrich Matthes.

The Motorcycle Diaries. Argentinian production. Directed by Walter Salles with Gael Bernal Garcia.

Team America: World Police. Animation. Directed by Trey Wilson.


  1. Balkankan. Dedicated to Billy Wilder. Written and directed by Darko Mitrevski with Vlado Jovanovski, Adolfo Margiotta, Zvezda Angelovska, Branko Duric, Antonella Troise, Seka Sablijic & Petar Bozovic.

  2. The Constant Gardener. Directed by Fernando Meirelles with Ralph Fienes, Racel Wiesz & Danny Huston.

  3. Conversations with Other Women. Written by Gabrille Zevin. Directed by Hans Canosa, with Helena Bonham Carter & Aaron Eckhart.

  4. Adam’s Apples. Written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen with Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicholas Bro, Paprika Steen & Ali Kazim.

Black Book. Directed by Paul Verhooven with Carice Van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Rejin, Waldemar Kobus, Derek De Lint, Christian Berkel, Dolf De Vries & Peter Block.

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Romanian production. Directed by Cristi Puiu with Doru Ana, Monica Bariadeanu, Alina Berzunteanu, Dorian Boguta, Mimi Branescu, Mihail Bratila & Dragos Bucur.

Capote. Directed by Bennett Miller with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr. & Catherine Keener.

Le Petit Lieutenant. Directed by Xavier Beauvois with Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespret, Roschdy Zem, Jean Lespret & Annick Legoff.

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World. Directed by Albert Brooks with Fred Dalton Thompson & Penny Marshall.

Tsotsi. South African production. Directed by Gavin Hood with Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, Mothusi Magano & Zenzo Ngqobe.

Curse of the Were–Rabbit. Claymation with Wallace & Gromit. Written and directed by Steve Box with Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter & Ralph Fiennes.

Perhaps Love. Hong Kong production. Directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan with Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhou Xun, Jacky Cheung, Ji Jin Hee, Eric Tsang & Sandra Ng.

Sorry, Haters. Written, co – produced and directed by Jeff Stanzler with Robin Wright Penn, Abdellatif Kechiche, Elodie Bouchez & Sandra Oh.


  1. The Lives of Others. Written and directed by Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck with Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans – Uwe Bauer & Herbert Knaup.

  2. The Fall. Produced by David Fincher & Spike Jonze, written and directed by Tarsem with Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell & Lee Pace.

  3. Pan’s Labyrinth. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro.

  4. Stranger Than Fiction. Directed by Marc Forrester with Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah & Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Valley of Flowers. Directed by Pan Nalin with Milind Soman, Mylène Jampanoï, Naseeruddin Shah & Jampa Kalsang Tamang.

Cargo. Directed by Clive Gordon with Peter Mullan, Gary Lewis, Daniel Bruhl, Samuli Edelman & Louis Tosarom.

Volver. Directed by Carlos Almodvar with Penelope Cruz, Antonio De La Torre, Carlos Blanco, Isabel Diaz, Neus Sanz, Leandro Rivera & Pepa Aniorte.

The Unknown Woman. Italian production. Written & directed by Giuseppe Tornatore with Knesia Rappoport, Michele Placido, Piera Degli Esposti, Alessandro Haber, Clara Dossena & Angela Molina.

Land of the Blind. Written & directed by Robert Edwards with Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland & Lara Flynn Boyle.

Blood Diamond. Directed by Edward Zwick with Leonardo Di Caprio, Djimon Konsou, Jennifer Garner & Arnold Voslo.

Little Miss Sunshine. Written by Michael Arndt. Directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris with Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin & Alan Arkin.


  1. Gone Baby Gone. Adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane. Directed by Ben Affleck with Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Amy Ryan & Ed Harris.

  2. The Fountain. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky with Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie, Fernando Hernandez, Cliff Curtis, Sean Patrick Thomas, Donna Murphy & Ethan Suplee.

  3. The Sun Also Rises. Chinese production. Co–written and directed by Wen Jiang with Joan Chen & Anthony Chau–Sang Wong.

  4. Ben X. Belgian production. Written & directed by Nic Balthazar with Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schrijver, Bavo Smets, Katrien Pierlet, Rebecca Lenaerts, Maarten Claeyssens, Titus De Voogdt & Pol Goossen.

El Resultado Del Amor. Directed by Euseo Subiela with Sofia Gala Castiglione, Guillermo Pfenning, Romina Ricci, Norma Argentina, Julio Areta, Barbara Carranza, Julio Carrizo, Liz Carranza & Lucas Ribero.

The Full Monty. Directed by Peter Cataned with Robert Carlyle, Mark Adey & Tom Wilkinson.

Things We Lost in the Fire. Directed by Susanne Bier with Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro & David Duchovny.

Reign Over Me. Written & directed by Mike Binder with Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle & Jada Pinkett Smith.

Juno. Written by Diablo Cody, directed by Jason Reitman with Ellen Paige, Michael Cena & Jennifer Garner.

No Country for Old Men. Witten & directed by the Coen brothers with Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem & Josh Brolin.

The Banishment. Russian production. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev with Konstantin Lavronenko (Alex), Aleksandr Baluev, Maksim Shibayev, Maria Bonnevie, Yekatarina Kulkina, Yelena Lyadova, Mila Musiyenko & Andrey Shibarshin.

Slipstream. Written and directed by Anthony Hopkins with Christian Slater, Lana Antonava, Stella Arroyave, Lindsay Barth, Gene Borkan, Michael Clarke Duncan, Saginaw Grant & Christopher Lawford.

Into the Wild. Directed by Sean Penn with Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn & Catherine Keener.


  1. Ulak. Turkish production. Directed by Serif Sezer with Feride Cetin Yetkin & Omar Husnu Tura.

  2. Adoration. Written, produced and directed by Atom Egoyan with Arsinee Khanjian, Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Noam Jenkins, Devon Bostick, Kenneth Welsh, Thomas Hauff, Katie Boland, Hailee Sisera, Geraldine O’Rawe & Tony Nardi.

  3. The Dark Knight. Directed by Christopher Nolan with Christian Bale & Michael Caine. Still the best movie of any comic based character.

  4. Zodiac. Directed by David Falliner with Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Elias Koteas, Philip Baker & Brian Cox.

Waltz With Bashir. Israeli production. Dramatic animation.

Slumdog Millionaire. Directed by Danny Boyle with Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Tanay Chheda, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar, Frieda Pinto, Azharuddin Mohammed lsmail, lmfran Khan & Anil Kapoor.

Revanche. Austrian production. Directed by Gotz Spielman.

Tropic Thunder. Written & directed by Ben Stiller with Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte & Steve Coogan.

The Kite Runner. Set in Afghanistan. Written by David Benioff (screenplay) & Khaled Hosseini (novel). Directed by Marc Foster with Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada & Atossa Leoni.

MR 73. French production. Directed by Olivier Marchal with Daniel Auteuil, Olivia Bonamy, Catherine Marchal, Francis Renaud, Gerald Laroche, Guy Lecluyse, & Philippe Nahon.

Appaloosa. Directed by Ed Harris with Vigo Mortensen & Jeremy Irons.


  1. Altiplano. Written & directed by Peter Rosens & Jessica Woodworth with Jasmin Tabatabai, Magaly Solier, Olivier Gourmet, Behi Ojanati Atai, Edgar Condori, Sonia Loaiza & Edgar Quispo.

  2. Millennium Part 2: The Girl Who Played With Fire. & Part 3: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.

Released together and treated as one title.

  1. Bunny and the Bull. Written and directed by Paul King with Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Veronica Echequi, Richard Ayoade, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Sylvia Sims & James Fox.

  2. El Secreto De Sus Ojos (The Secret of Their Eyes). Argentinian production. Directed by Juan Jose Campanella with Soledad Villamil, Ricardo Darin, Carla Quevedo, Pablo Rago & Javier Godino.

3 Idiots. Novel by Chetan Bhagat. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani with Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Mona Singh, Jaaved Jaaferi & Pareekshit Sahani.

Tetro. Written & directed by Francis Ford Coppola with Vincent Gallo, Aiden Ehrenreich, Mirabel Verde, Silvia Perez, Rodrigo De La Sena, Erica Rivas, Mike Amigorena, Lucas Di Gonza, Adriana Mastrangelo & Klaus Maria Brandeaur.

Mary and Max. Claymation written, directed & designed by Adam Elliot with the voices of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana, Ian Meldrum & Renee Geyer.

A Prophet. Directed by Jacques Audiard with Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencharef, Reda Kates, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean–Philippe Ricci, Giles Cohen, Peirre Leccia, Antoine Bassler, Foued Nassah Jean–Emmauel Pagni & Frederic Graziani.

Mysteries of Lisbon. Portuguese production. Directed by Raul Ruiz with Adriano Luz, Maria Joao Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme & Alfonso Pimental.

Toy Story 3. Pixar animation, with the voices of Tom Hanks & Tim Allen.

The Railway Man. Directed by Jonathon Teplitzky with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeremy Irvine, Michael MacKenzie, Jeffrey Daunton, Tom Stokes, Tanroh Ishida, Bryan Roberts, Sam Reid, Akos Armont & Kitamoto Takato.

There Be Dragons. Written & directed by Roland Joffe with Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Rodrigo Santoro, Jordi Molla, Derek Jacobi, Golshifteh Farahani, Geraldine Chaplin, Unax Ugalde, Ana Torrent & Charles Dance.

La Veuve de Saint–Pierre. French production. Directed by Patrice Leconte with Juliet Binoche, Daniel Autiel, Emir Kusturica & Mihail Duchaussoy.

In the Loop. Directed by Armando Iannucci with Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, Diane Keaton & James Gandolfini.

Matrubhoomi (A Nation Without Women). Indian production. Directed by Manish Jha with Tulip Joshi (Kalki), Sudhir Pandey, Sushant Singh, Adiya Shivastav, Piyush Mishra, Pankaj Jha & Sunjay Kumar.


Good to see Sexy Beast pop up on a few lists.

Love that film.


An outstanding Brit crim film. Ben Kingsley was amazing, even though Noonan thought he was overacting. Critics disagree with Noonan though, with Kingsley winning awards for his portrayal, very menacing, and very convincing.


On the surface it may appear to be overacting because Kingsley had never been seen before like that, but it was a masterclass.

Ray Winston was equally good.

Just an all round brilliant film.


Goodbye Lenin is decent.
Can’t imagine anything surpassing No Country for that year.
So, Shrek and No Country are my locks.


How did you end up with the French Title for this?


It was on the 3 disc set of DVD’s that l bought, so l thought it only fitting to keep it. l started a bit of a tradition in Zhuhai with my TEFL trainees. If they had a birthday on course, they provided morning tea for the class, and l would buy them a movie DVD of their choice. Since most single disc titles were about $1 A each, it was a cheap indulgence. As a result l ended up giving away a couple of these sets.


I just reckon he was hamming it, as did Ralph Fiennes in In Bruges and even Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.

Performances like that win Oscars. I don’t think they should.


Harsh call on Hopkins.
The guy barely moved.


And was only a supporting actor so shouldn’t have won Best Actor.

It deserved all the other Oscars though. Jodie Foster was good enough for two Oscars.


Is it possible to play an evil character without hamming it up like that though.

Your trying to be human and not human at the same time. A part of the role has to deliberately be beyond human without going so far you’re a bond villan.

All those you mentioned plus I’d add Heath Ledgers Joker are examples I think of pulling it off well.


I’m not sure if this is considered hamming it up but one of the best villains of all time.

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Agree to disagree on Kingsley. Fiennes l can’t recall, but agree with Hopkins. l reckon Brian Cox did a better Lecter in Manhunter. Actually, l prefer Manhunter to Silence of the Lambs.