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

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.


Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Not essential. But so much fun.

Matchstick Men (2003)

Fun list. How great is Cage here?

Monster (2003)

Not essential. But a great performance and should be seen.

Mystic River (2003)

Not essential. Just for the 2000s.

Oldboy (2003)

See this movie. 2000s essential for sure.

Old School (2003)

Essential comedy. Not all-time, but for the 2000s.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Essential. Come on.

The Return (2003)

I love this movie. So underrated. Russian movie. Incredible. Seriously incredible. (The guy who did this did Leviathan last year.)

The Room (2003)

I think everyone needs to see this movie. But it’s not essential.

Seabiscuit (2003)

Not essential. I just love it.

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