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

Adaptation (2002), 114 minutes, D: Spike Jonze

The Bourne Identity (2002), 118 minutes, D: Doug Liman
See Bourne series.

Bowling for Columbine (2002), 123 minutes, D: Michael Moore

Chicago (2002, US/Can.), 113 minutes, D: Rob Marshall

City of God (2002, Braz./Fr./US) (aka Cidade De Deus), 131 minutes, D: Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund

Die Another Day (2002), 132 minutes, D: Lee Tamahori
See James Bond series.

Far From Heaven (2002, US/Fr.), 107 minutes, D: Todd Haynes

Femme Fatale (2002), 110 minutes, D: Brian de Palma

Frida (2002), 120 minutes, D: Julie Taymor

Gangs of New York (2002, US/Germ./It./UK/Netherl.), 168 minutes, D: Martin Scorsese

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, US/UK), 161 minutes, D: Chris Columbus
See Harry Potter series.

Ice Age (2002), 85 minutes, D: Chris Wedge

Irreversible (2002, Fr.), 97 minutes, D: Gaspar Noe

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, US/NZ), 179 minutes, D: Peter Jackson
See The Lord of the Rings series.
Peter Jackson's monumental, big-budget action/adventure epic (all three films) was a dazzling synthesis of many fantastical elements from J.R.R. Tolkein's masterwork about Middle-Earth: an heroic quest, good vs. evil, war stories, sci-fi creatures (dwarves, elves, goblins, orcs, etc.) and ancient wonders. Multiple story lines and epic battles were interwoven together in a story of friendship, loyalty, honor and courage. The quest was specifically to destroy a powerful artifact known as the One Ring, created by the Dark Lord Sauron (the eponymous "Lord of the Rings"), in order to end Sauron's lordship over the Elves and Middle Earth. A series of awe-inspiring battles culminated with the defeat of Sauron, an end to corrupted Wizard Saruman the White (Christopher Lee), and the destruction of the Ring. Innovative motion capture created the unforgettable creature of Gollum (Andy Serkis) (once a good hobbit named Sméagol), who served as the wretched guide to young hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and friend Sam (Sean Astin) during their mission - to return the Ring to Mordor and destroy it in Mount Doom's molten lava.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), 95 minutes, D: Joel Zwick

The Pianist (2002, UK/Fr./Germ./Neth./Pol.), 148 minutes, D: Roman Polanski

Punch-Drunk Love (2002), 95 minutes, D: Paul Thomas Anderson

The Ring (2002), 105 minutes, D: Gore Verbinski

Russian Ark (2002, Russia/Germ.) (aka Russkij Kovcheg), 96 minutes, D: Aleksandr Sokurov

Secretary (2002), 111 minutes, D: Steven Shainberg

Signs (2002), 106 minutes, D: M. Night Shyamalan

Solaris (2002), 99 minutes, D: Steven Soderbergh

Spider-Man (2002), 121 minutes, D: Sam Raimi
See Spider-Man series.

Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), 143 minutes, D: George Lucas
See Star Wars series.

Talk to Her (2002, Sp./Fr.) (aka Hable Con Ella), 101 minutes, D: Pedro Almodovar

28 Days Later... (2002, UK), 99 minutes, D: Danny Boyle

Unfaithful (2002), 124 minutes, D: Adrian Lyne

Whale Rider (2002, NZ), 101 minutes, D: Niki Caro

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