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

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.


Hotel Rwanda (2004)

2000s essential for sure.

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Fun list movie. Just a nice colorful kung fu movie.

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

What a great, underrated movie. How funny is this?

The Incredibles (2004)

Pixar. Essential.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

Essential. Would be weird to have one but not the other on here.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

All Wes Anderson movies are essential. Is this all-time essential? No idea. But for the 2000s, you need to see this.

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

Fun list. I love this movie. Geoffrey Rush is amazing in it. What an underrated film.

The Machinist (2004)

Not essential. But man, Christian Bale in this movie.

Mean Girls (2004)

2000s essential.

Miracle (2004)

2000s essential.

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