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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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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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#3 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #101 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more

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#32 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #35 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madefeaturing The Best Characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris
Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The ...more

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#67 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #426 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon
Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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#25 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #144 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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#88 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #41 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the second installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more

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#21 of 165 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time #509 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #161 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard
Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy ...more

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#504 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #499 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #220 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su
Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook, based on the Japanese manga by Garon Tsuchiya. After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh ...more

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#76 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again #47 of 51 The Most Rewatchable Action Movies

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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove
School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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#70 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #157 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing What Happened To All The Kids From School Of Rock

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Monster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne
Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for taking six men's lives in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and ...more

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The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall
The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, as well ...more

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21 Grams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro
21 Grams is a 2003 American drama film directed by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu from a screenplay written by Guillermo Arriaga. It stars Sean Penn, Naomi ...more

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Bruce Almighty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Jennifer Aniston, Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman
Bruce Almighty is a 2003 American religious comedy-drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, written by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe and Steve Oedekerk and stars Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, a ...more

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#79 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #83 of 387 The Best Movies to Watch While Stoned #99 of 165 Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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Old School is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell
Old School is a 2003 American comedy film released by DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company and directed by Todd Phillips. The story was written by Court Crandall, and the film ...more

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#37 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #346 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Bad Santa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman
Bad Santa is a 2003 American Christmas black comedy film directed by Terry Zwigoff, and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham, with Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Tom, and ...more

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#125 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #123 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon
Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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#323 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #23 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law
Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more

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#118 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #405 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Master and Commander: Th... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 epic historical drama film co-written and directed by Peter Weir, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey, with Paul Bettany as Stephen ...more

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Identity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina
Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more

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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg
The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward ...more

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#52 of 113 The Best Mafia Films #187 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movieslisted on The Very Best Movies About Hackers

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The Station Agent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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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) 24 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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#319 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #56 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movieslisted on List of Silent Movies

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Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire
Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is ...more

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