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The Best Movies of 2003

Updated September 4, 2020 11.7k votes 716 voters 29.7k views200 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters 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 with new stars and big blockbusters and 2003 was no exception. Some of the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedy movies, 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 good 2003 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 came out in 2003. This is the ultimate list of the best and most popular 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: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The  is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    X-Men 2

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    The Last Samurai

    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Monster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Monster

    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

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    Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Freaky Friday

    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Underworld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Underworld

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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    Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

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    Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Seabiscuit

    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges

    Directed byGary Ross

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    Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Bad Santa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Bad Santa

    Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

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    Something's Gotta Give is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Something's Gotta Give

    Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray

    Directed bySofia Coppola

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    Old School is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Old School

    Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    The Italian Job

    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Cold Mountain

    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    Open Range is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Directed byKevin Costner

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    Bruce Almighty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Bruce Almighty

    Jennifer Aniston, Jim Carrey

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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    Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2003
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    Secondhand Lions

    Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment

    Directed byTim McCanlies

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    Master and Commander: The Far  is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2003

    Directed byPeter Weir

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