The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part III)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list.


The Patriot (2000)

Can I call this all-time essential? Because I consider it all-time essential. But maybe that’s just me. This movie is a huge part of my childhood.

The Perfect Storm (2000)

Not essential. Fun list. Memorable, but not essential.

Quills (2000)

Definite fun list movie. Very underrated, too. Geoffrey Rush is awesome.

The Replacements (2000)

Total fun list movie. I’ve seen this movie so many times.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Feeling like an all-time essential movie.

Sexy Beast (2000)

Can I say this is essential? I’d like that.

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

Fun list. Man, is this movie great. Do people even know about this? They should.

Snatch (2000)

I really want to say this is all-time essential. But I don’t know and I’m biased. Fortunately no one cares what I think. Just see the movie.

Traffic (2000)

This makes a serious case for all-time essential. Not sure, though. I’d say yes if I had to make the call.

Vertical Limit (2000)

Fun list all the way. Love me some mountain climbing movies.

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