Title Screen Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description
Big Fish (2003), 125 minutes, D: Tim Burton
Dogville (2003, Denm.), 177 minutes, D: Lars von Trier
The Dreamers (2003, Fr./It./UK), 116 minutes, D: Bernardo Bertolucci
Finding Nemo (2003), 100 minutes, D: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
House of Sand and Fog (2003), 126 minutes, D: Vadim Perelman
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), 111 minutes, D: Quentin Tarantino
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, US/NZ), 201 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.
Lost in Translation (2003, US/Jp.), 102 minutes, D: Sofia Coppola
Love, Actually (2003, UK), 135 minutes, D: Richard Curtis
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), 138 minutes, D: Peter Weir
A Mighty Wind (2003), 91 minutes, D: Christopher Guest
Monster (2003), 93 minutes, D: Patty Jenkins
Mystic River (2003), 137 minutes, D: Clint Eastwood
Oldboy (2003, S. Korea), 118 minutes, D: Park Chan-wook
An ultra-violent S. Korean horror film, about a man named Dae-su Oh (Choi Min-sik) seeking vengeance after being caged in a hotel room for 15 years.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), 143 minutes, D: Gore Verbinski
See Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Seabiscuit (2003), 141 minutes, D: Gary Ross
thirteen (2003), 100 minutes, D: Catherine Hardwicke
The Triplets of Belleville (2003, Fr.) (aka Les Triplettes de Belleville), 80 minutes, D: Sylvain Chomet
21 Grams (2003), 124 minutes, D: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritut