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

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 Cooler (2003)

Fun list. Good movie. Nice little gem. But not essential.

Elephant (2003)

Making a nice case to be all-time essential. We’ll see. For now, 2000s essential for sure.

Elf (2003)

Oh, totally essential. How can you not see this movie? This movie is happiness personified.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Essential. Pixar.

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

One of the underrated great Coen brothers movies. This movie is hilarious. Pure screwball.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Essential. It’s Kill Bill, man.

The Last Samurai (2003)

Fun list. Weird how this movie has been mostly forgotten the past decade.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Come on, buddy.

Lost in Translation (2003)

All-time essential.

Love Actually (2003)

Essential for the 2000s. Might end up being essential all-time, just because it’ll get to the point of, “How have you not seen that movie?”

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