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The Best Movies of 2003  

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List Rules Only movies that were released theatrically in 2003

A list of the best movies of 2003, from dramas like Mystic River to critically acclaimed films like American Splendor. The '00s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 2003 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 2003. Who could forget School of Rock with Jack Black, Big Fish with Ewan McGregor, and of course, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 1. And let's not forget about Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson in Old School either.

The best movies of 2003 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Thirteen, or established stars like Bill Murray starring in Lost in Translation and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 2003. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 2003, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 2002. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Dimos Dicoudis added Joaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan
Brother Bear is a 2003 American animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 44th animated feature in the Walt ...more
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Holes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
looksharp added Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette
Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more
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The Station Agent is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
looksharp added Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson
The Station Agent is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas McCarthy. McCarthy's script about a man who seeks solitude in an abandoned train station in the Newfoundland ...more
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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Wentworth Miller
Underworld is a 2003 action horror film directed by Len Wiseman about the secret history of Vampires and Lycans. It is the first installment in the Underworld series. The main plot revolves ...more
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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
wiabux added Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening
Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring Robert Duvall and Costner, with Annette Bening and Michael Gambon appearing in supporting roles. ...more
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House of Sand and Fog is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Kim Dickens
House of Sand and Fog is a 2003 American drama film directed by Vadim Perelman, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III. A young woman (Jennifer Connelly) and an immigrant Iranian family battle ...more
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Runaway Jury is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman
Runaway Jury is a 2003 American thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz. It is an adaptation of John Grisham's novel The ...more
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Matchstick Men is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Bruce McGill
Matchstick Men is a 2003 American comedy drama film directed by Ridley Scott. Based on Eric Garcia's 2002 novel of the same name, the film stars Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, and Alison Lohman.
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Rugrats Go Wild is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Dimos Dicoudis added Bruce Willis, Tim Curry, Lacey Chabert
Rugrats Go Wild is a 2003 animated film based on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. It is the third Rugrats film in the Rugrats trilogy, and the third ...more
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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine
Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies, tells the story of an introverted young boy who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles on a ...more
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Something's Gotta Give is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, Diane Keaton
Something's Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers for Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane ...more
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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter
Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more
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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
looksharp added Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana
Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. Ang Lee directed the film, which stars Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, as well as Jennifer ...more
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Anger Management is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Heather Graham
Anger Management is a 2003 American slapstick comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by David S. Dorfman, and starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, and Marisa Tomei . It was produced by ...more
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Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino
Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film is a sequel to the 1995 film Bad ...more
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American Splendor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm, Molly Shannon
American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is also in part an adaptation of the ...more
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Radio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger
Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by Gary Smith. The article and the movie are based on the true story of T. L. Hanna High ...more
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Looney Tunes: Back in Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Jordan, Steve Martin, Heather Locklear
Looney Tunes: Back in Action is a 2003 American live action/animated adventure comedy film directed by Joe Dante, written by Larry Doyle, and starring Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Timothy ...more
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Good Boy! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Dimos Dicoudis added Brittany Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Vanessa Redgrave
Good Boy! is a 2003 comedy film, directed by John Robert Hoffman and produced by Jim Henson Pictures, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and starring 7 talking dogs. The film stars Liam Aiken as ...more
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2 Fast 2 Furious is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Eva Mendes, Paul Walker, Ludacris
2 Fast 2 Furious is a 2003 American street racing action film directed by John Singleton. It is the second installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Brian O'Conner teams up with his ...more
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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer
The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based on Thomas Eidson's 1996 novel The Last Ride. The film is set in 1885 New Mexico Territory is ...more
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Mona Lisa Smile is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 drama film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures in association with Red Om Films Productions, directed by Mike Newell, written by Lawrence Konner and ...more
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The Jungle Book 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Dimos Dicoudis added Phil Collins, John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment
The Jungle Book 2 is a 2003 American-Australian animated musical film produced by DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. The theatrical version of ...more
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The Rundown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
wiabux added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, Rosario Dawson
The Rundown is a 2003 American action comedy film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a bounty hunter who must head for Brazil to retrieve his employer's renegade son, Sean William ...more
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The Hunted is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Dimos Dicoudis added Johnny Cash, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro
The Hunted is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro. Brian Tyler composed the film's score.