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


Greatest Films of the 2000s
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2004

Title Screen Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description

Bad Education (2004, Sp.) (aka La Mala Educación), 104 minutes, D: Pedro Almodóvar

Before Sunset (2004), 80 minutes, D: Richard Linklater

The Bourne Supremacy (2004), 120 minutes, D: Paul Greengrass
See Bourne series.

Closer (2004), 101 minutes, D: Mike Nichols

Dawn of the Dead (2004), 100 minutes, D: Zack Snyder

The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 123 minutes, D: Roland Emmerich

Downfall (2004, Germ.) (aka Der Untergang), 150 minutes, D: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 108 minutes, D: Michel Gondry

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), 122 minutes, D: Michael Moore

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), 141 minutes, D: Alfonso Cuarón
See Harry Potter series.

Hellboy (2004), 122 minutes, D: Guillermo del Toro

Hotel Rwanda (2004), 121 minutes, D: Terry George

Howl's Moving Castle (2004, Jp.), 119 minutes, D: Hayao Miyazaki

The Incredibles (2004), 121 minutes, D: Brad Bird

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), 137 minutes, D: Quentin Tarantino

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), 118 minutes, D: Wes Anderson

Maria Full of Grace (2004, US/Colombia), 101 minutes, D: Joshua Marston

Million Dollar Baby (2004), 137 minutes, D: Clint Eastwood
A dozen years after their collaboration on Unforgiven (1992), Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood again teamed up for this tragic, melodramatic, Best Picture-winning film about boxing. As was often the case, Freeman (who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar) narrated the film with his smooth voice ("Boxing is about respect. Gettin' it for yourself, and takin' it away from the other guy"). He took the straight-forward role of elderly and battered Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris, the faithful best friend, supportive confidante and long-time assistant to cranky veteran boxing trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood). He was an ex-boxer trained by Frankie who had brought guilt to his trainer when in his last bout, he suffered a severe blinding injury. Now, he was there for Frankie, who took on the thankless, reluctant task of training a determined Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), a 31 year-old, inexperienced underdog amateur.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004), 86 minutes, D: Jared Hess

The Passion of the Christ (2004), 127 minutes, D: Mel Gibson
Director Mel Gibson's controversial, violent, and blood-soaked version of the last few hours of the life of Jesus Christ (Jim Caviezel).

The Polar Express (2004), 100 minutes, D: Robert Zemeckis

Saw (2004), 100 minutes, D. James Wan

Shaun of the Dead (2004, UK), 99 minutes, D: Edgar Wright

Shrek 2 (2004), 99 minutes, D: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
See Shrek series.


Sideways (2004), 126 minutes, D: Alexander Payne
Grumpy middle school English teacher and wine aficionado Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti) became love-struck after a poetic speech about wine from restaurant waitress Maya (Virginia Madsen), another wine-lover. It was an analogy of herself: "...I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I'd opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it's constantly evolving and gaining complexity..."

Spider-Man 2 (2004), 124 minutes, D: Sam Raimi
See Spider-Man series.

Super Size Me (2004), 96 minutes, D: Morgan Spurlock

Troy (2004), 165 minutes, D: Wolfgang Petersen


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