Greatest Films of the 2000s
Greatest Films of the 2000s

Greatest Films of the 2000s
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Title Screen Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description

Almost Famous (2000), 122 minutes, D: Cameron Crowe

American Psycho (2000), 97 minutes, D: Mary Harron

Amores Perros (2000, Mex.) (aka Love's a Bitch), 153 minutes, D: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Best in Show (2000), 89 minutes, D: Christopher Guest

Billy Elliot (2000, UK), 110 minutes, D: Stephen Daldry

The Cell (2000, US/Germ.), 107 minutes, D: Tarsem Singh

Chicken Run (2000, UK/US), 84 minutes, D: Peter Lord, Nick Park

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, US/HK/China/Taiwan) (aka Wo Hu Cang Long), 120 minutes, D: Ang Lee

Dancer in the Dark (2000, Den./Fr./Sweden), 140 minutes, D: Lars von Trier

Erin Brockovich (2000), 130 minutes, D: Steven Soderbergh

Gladiator (2000), 154 minutes, D: Ridley Scott

High Fidelity (2000, UK/US), 113 minutes, D: Stephen Frears

In the Mood for Love (2000, HK) (aka Fa Yeung Nin Wa), 98 minutes, D: Kar Wai Wong

Meet the Parents (2000), 107 minutes, D: Jay Roach

Memento (2001), 116 minutes, D: Christopher Nolan
This thought-provoking, unique and puzzling thriller, a modestly-budgeted sleeper hit from director Christopher Nolan, was told in reverse and was challenging in itself just to watch due to its unique, non-linear, backwards narrative structure. The twisty, fractured film, requiring repeated viewings to figure out, told about amnesia sufferer (with the inability to make new memories) and ex-insurance investigator Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce). He was living in a run-down motel while investigating the brutal and cold-blooded rape and murder of his wife (Jorja Fox) during a late-night burglary by two men (Leonard suffered amnesia during the attack due to a blow to his skull). Leonard was using his own self-inflicted tattoos, Polaroids, and cryptic notes to aid his short-term memory and provide clues to finding the second intruder who got away. As the film unfolded, it became evident that he had, ironically, remembered only some elements of his wife's traumatic event. In the first scene, Leonard killed enigmatic cop "Teddy" Gammell (Joe Pantoliano), believing that he had successfully avenged his wife's rape/death. But it was Leonard who had killed his own wife - he had mistakenly overdosed his diabetic wife with insulin, when she was testing his memory. She did not die at the hands of rapists-murderers in their bathroom. It was clear that Teddy actually knew the 'truth' about Leonard and the real cause of his wife's death -- things which Leonard did not want to face, and he was trying to convince him to end his vengeful hunt.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, UK/Fr./US), 106 minutes, D: Joel Coen

Pollock (2000), 122 minutes, D: Ed Harris

Requiem For a Dream (2000), 100 minutes, D: Darren Aronofsky

Traffic (2000, Germ./US), 147 minutes, D: Steven Soderbergh

Wonder Boys (2000, US/Germ./UK/Jp.), 107 minutes, D: Curtis Hanson

You Can Count on Me (2000), 111 minutes, D: Kenneth Lonergan

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