Each week I will be showcasing my lists of the Top 10 Movies of each year from 2000-2016. Now of course this is my personal list, so it’s going to most likely differ from yours, but that’s okay! Movies are so great because each person connects to each movie differently and I always love showing others what movies left the biggest impact on me.
2000 was the first year of the 21st century. A year that is remembered for the closest political race ever between Al Gore and George W. Bush, Y2K scared the beejezus out of everyone, and over 51 million people watched the season finale of the 1st season of Survivor!!! But it was also an incredible year for movies. Before anything, let me name some honorable mentions that just barely missed the top 10!
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- Erin Brockovich
- What Women Want
- The Patriot
- High Fidelity
- O Brother, Where Art Thou
- Requiem For A Dream
10. Memento (Originally opened up in 2000)
For a lot of you, Memento may seem like it’s too low on my list. Don’t get me wrong, I love this movie and the creativity and originality behind it, but I just never had this incredible movie experience while watching it. I love the suspense and story that flows seamlessly until the brilliant ending. I encourage everyone to watch it though, and respect it for the impeccable filming that Christopher Nolan was able to accomplish.
9. Billy Elliot
The most innocent and endearing movie on this list. Billy Elliot is a heartwarming movie that I was able to relate to on so many different levels. Jamie Bell gives an inspiring performance as the title character in his first movie role, and the story will leave you laughing followed by lots of tears. Lots and lots of happy and sad tears.
Billy Elliot will leave a smile on your face, and Traffic will immediately turn that smile upside down. Traffic is gritty, intense, dark, but most importantly, it’s real. Forget the controversy, this movie will leave an impact on you regardless of whether it’s good or bad. Steven Soderbergh creates a film with incredible acting and a refreshing and unique directing style that is able to intertwine these thrilling and saddening tales.
7. Cast Away
In a year filled with some unbelievable performances (stay tuned), quite possibly one of the greatest was given in Cast Away. Yep that’s right, Wilson the Volleyball turned heads in this emotionally driven and realistic performance. Oh and Tom Hanks was good too I guess. Honestly I didn’t like this movie when I first saw it. I was also 6 when I first saw it and let me tell you, I could not look at a FedEx employee the same way again. All jokes aside, Cast Away is one of my favorite stories of survival. It is vulnerable and dramatic, yet never becomes unrealistic, which is truly a testament to Director, Robert Zemeckis.
6. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Yes this may come as a surprise to many people reading this, but The Grinch is too good of a gleeful and exciting ride to keep it off the list. I mean come on everyone, this movie could have been SO much worse. Ron Howard brought this children’s book to life and seeing this movies was actually one of my favorite movie experiences growing up. It’s silly, goofy, cheesy, and outrageous, but isn’t that what made Dr. Seuss so great?
5. Remember The Titans
I clearly remember this being the first sports movie I saw and boy did I love it. I wasn’t a big sports fan at all during the time, but I couldn’t resist just how feel-good this movie was. Re-watching it later on allowed me to truly appreciate the racial equality themes and honest performances of the actors and actresses. Still one of my favorite sports movies of all time.
4. American Psycho
Christian Bale gives my favorite performance of the year in this thrilling and crazy movie. I mean seriously what an awesome movie. It’s just one of the movies that you have so much fun watching and the dark undertones and themes only make it that much better. But yeah, Christian Bale. Dang. He killed it. Literally and figuratively.
3. Meet The Parents
People can say what they want, but this was the funniest movie of the year. For an ensemble comedy about meeting in-laws, this is a surprisingly creative, endearing, and well-put together film. There’s so many great scenes and performances throughout this movie, and it’s a film that does not just rely on props or physical humor, mainly because of such amazing chemistry between Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.
2. Almost Famous
My favorite screenplay and soundtrack of the year. My favorite cast. And one of my favorite scenes ever (Thank you Elton John). Almost Famous is clever and witty and allows you a truly genuine movie experience. It’s a movie that I am always able to recommend to others and that’s saying a lot because it’s tough for me to recommend movies, but this is a movie that almost anyone can relate too and have a blast watching.
There were so many good movies in 2000, but Gladiator is without a doubt, the best movie experience of them all. Hands down. It is an entertaining, thrilling and mesmerizing movie that keeps you enthralled from start to finish. Forget the performances, the score and the awards. What makes Gladiator the best movie of the year is the simplicity of it. It’s so much more than just a violent or historical film. At its core, it’s a film about loss and love, and Ridley Scott has once again created a masterpiece.
Well that’s it! I hope you enjoyed it and make sure to comment below what were your favorite movies of 2000! See you next week as we talk about the best movies of 2001!