And we are back with the Top 13 BEST Movies of the 2000s, in no particular order. A slew of movies came out during this decade. It was the TRUE introduction to modern graphics, stories, and CG affects. This is going to be a tough countdown, because I loved so many movies from this decade, just like the 1990s.
Top 13 BEST Movies of the 2000s
1. Taken (2008)
Liam Neeson’s huge return to the big screen after his wife’s death was astounding. He’s gorgeous and a badass, despite his age! The description IMDb gives is “A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.”
2. Gladiator (2000)
Great film score, great story, great acting. A wee bit long, but still amazing. The description IMDb gives is “When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.”
3. Avatar (2009)
The highest grossing film in the history of movies, and I understand why! Visually astonishing, great storyline, and full of romance, action, and intrigue. The description IMDb gives is “A Paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.”
4. Star Trek (2009)
I’ve always appreciated this franchise because of my father, but this updated version featuring Chris Pine was entertaining, funny, and choked-full of action! The description IMDb gives is “The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.”
5. Big Fish (2003)
This movie was either loved or hated. I walked a fine line for many years, but now I find it soothing to watch and full of imagination. The description IMDb gives is “A son tries to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths he told about his life.”
6. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
What a great remake of this book, movie, story. Keira Knightley is amazing and Matthew Macfadyen makes one of the most swoon-worthy Mr. Darcy’s EVER. The description IMDb gives is “Sparks fly with spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?”
7. Love Actually (2003)
One of the best movies ever. I usually don’t like movies or stories with multiple characters intertwined, but this story is smooth and full of laughter and love. The description IMDb gives is “Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.”
8. Iron Man (2008)
Robert Downey Jr has forever ruined this role…because NO ONE will ever be able to match his charisma or acting. He’s funny, gorgeous, and PERFECT for this part. The description IMDb gives is “After being held captive in an Afghan cave, an industrialist creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight against evil. This leads him to conflict within his own company.”
9. Donnie Darko (2001)
A twisted, dark film that shows just how far cult films will go. The description IMDb gives is “A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.” Gary Jule’s “Mad World” also became a world hit!
10. Mamma Mia! (2008)
A fun musical that will have you coming back for more! The description IMDb gives is “The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group ABBA.”
11. Transformers (2007)
The movie that started it all. Yes, there were cartoons before, but this rendition of a classic animated story blew up the world. From toys and lunch boxes, to costumes, Transformers was a HUGE hit!. The description IMDb gives is “An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.”
12. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Russel Crowe delivers a powerful performance that has resonated with me for many years. The description IMDb gives is “After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.” Twists and turns galore!!
13. Stardust (2007)
Robert De Niro as the flamboyant Captain Shakespeare? Superb! Full of fun, romance, and action…and I just happened to watch it this morning! The description IMDb gives is “In a countryside town bordering on a magical place, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.”
The 2000s brought about a HUGE improvement with graphics, sound, and screen orientation. Movies nowadays make movies from 10 years ago look obsolete. The 2000s started this phenomenon and it has only gotten better! All of this information was found on IMDb. Make sure to check out my Top 13 BEST Movies of the 1980s and the Top 13 BEST Movies of the 1990s.