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


Greatest Films of the 2000s
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2005

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

Batman Begins (2005), 140 minutes, D: Christopher Nolan
See Batman series.

Brokeback Mountain (2005), 134 minutes, D: Ang Lee

Cache (2005, Austria/It./Germ./Fr.) (aka Hidden), 111 minutes, D: Michael Haneke

Capote (2005), 115 minutes, D: Bennett Miller

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005), 139 minutes, D: Andrew Adamson
See The Chronicles of Narnia series.

The Constant Gardener (2005, UK), 128 minutes, D: Fernando Meirelles

Crash (2005, US/Germ.), 114 minutes, D: Paul Haggis

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), 90 minutes, D: George Clooney

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), 150 minutes, D: Mike Newell
See Harry Potter series.

A History of Violence (2005), 96 minutes, D: David Cronenberg

Junebug (2005), 106 minutes, D: Phil Morrison

King Kong (2005), 187 minutes, D: Peter Jackson

Kingdom of Heaven (2005), 145 minutes, D: Ridley Scott

Land of the Dead (2005), 93 minutes, D: George A. Romero
See Romero's Dead series.
This fourth film of the Dead series was a symbolic class struggle and posited the apocalyptic collapse of human society. Masses of poverty-stricken residents in Pittsburgh were forced to live in the empty, embattled streets. Although protected by mercenaries, society was overrun by undead walkers nicknamed "stenches." Meanwhile, the elite lived in fortified Fiddler’s Green, bordered on three sides by rivers and lorded over by a powerful super-capitalist (Dennis Hopper). Although this film was written before the events of 9/11, it was released during the era of the War on Terror. To update its significance, some of the dialogue was revised. (E.g., "We don't negotiate with terrorists.") It wasn't a subtle film, presenting the idea that the zombies - led by the more evolved and intelligent Big Daddy (Eugene Clark) - could be trained to shoot guns, use weapons, and besiege the corrupt city. Zombies were portrayed as more human than the humans: "They're just looking for a place to go."

March of the Penguins (2005, Fr.), 80 minutes, D: Luc Jacquet

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), 144 minutes, D: Rob Marshall

Munich (2005), 164 minutes, D: Steven Spielberg

The New World (2005), 135 minutes, D: Terrence Malick

Pride & Prejudice (2005, UK), 126 minutes, D: Joe Wright

Sin City (2005), 126/147 minutes, D: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez (with Quentin Tarantino)

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), 140 minutes, D: George Lucas
See Star Wars series.

Syriana (2005), 128 minutes, D: Stephen Gaghan

Walk the Line (2005), 136 minutes, D: James Mangold


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