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

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.


Million Dollar Baby (2004)

2000s essential. Best Picture winner. Might be an all-time essential.

National Treasure (2004)

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

2000s essential for sure. All-time essential… maybe.

Ray (2004)

2000s essential.

Saw (2004)

2000s essential. Very important horror movie from the past fifteen years.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

2000s essential, might be an all-time essential. Comedy essential, for sure.

Sideways (2004)

Alexander Payne is essential.

Team America: World Police (2004)

2000s essential for sure. Fuck yeah!

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

2000s essential. Less than Amelie.

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Batman Begins (2005)

2000s essential. All-time, I think really only Dark Knight gets essential status and this and Rises get mentioned below.

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