2000s The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most  

Ann Casano
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List Rules Not necessarily the best, your favorite, or the most rewatchable movies, but rather films that - for whatever reason, perhaps something poignant, perhaps something disturbing - have stuck in your brain long after seeing them.

Most movies we see totally wash over us. We may enjoy them in the moment, but the second the lights come up and the credits roll, we go about our day and forget the story that we’ve just been told. Unfortunately, most films are escapist, simply there for our entertainment, they are disposable, forgettable. However, every once in a while, we get to experience films that make a lasting impression. These are the 2000s movies that stuck with you the most.

There are all kinds of films on this list, from all different genres. They are certainly memorable for different reasons. Cinema has always been credited for pushing cultural boundaries. What do you think would have happened just 20 years ago if a motion picture depicted an explicit love affair between two men? Not only did Brokeback Mountain visually tell the story of two closeted gay cowboys, but the two male leads were straight men, who were not afraid that the roles might ruin their careers .

There were so many memorable 2000s movies. The decade began with Christopher Nolan's 2000 brain-bender Memento. The neo-noir told the story of a man with short-term amnesia trying to find his wife’s killer by tattooing clues on his body. The innovative narrative wowed audiences by telling Leonard’s story in reverse. Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Twilight all started their respective franchises in the early 2000s. Additionally, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese finally won his Oscar in 2006, for The Departed.

In short, the first decade of the 21st century was a banner decade for cinema. Be sure to make your voice heard and upvote the 2000s movies you remember most.
Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Cast Away


Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. The film depicts his attempts to survive on the island using remnants of his plane's cargo. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Hanks was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 73rd Academy Awards for his performance. ...more

Actors: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Frederick W. Smith, Jenifer Lewis, + more

Initial Release: 2000

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Screenplay by: William Broyles, Jr.

Genres (Film): Airplanes and airports, Adventure Film, Drama, Action/Adventure

Tagline: At the edge of the world, his journey begins.

Rated: 12+ (RU), PG-13 (USA)

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#46 on The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

#7 on The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

#28 on The Best Movies of the '00s

#30 on The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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The Notebook


The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love during 1940. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident. The Notebook received mixed reviews but performed well at the box office and received several award nominations, winning eight Teen Choice Awards, a Satellite Award and an MTV Movie Award. The film became a sleeper hit and has gained a cult following. On November 11, 2012, ABC Family premiered an extended version with deleted scenes added back into ...more

Actors: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, James Marsden, Joan Allen, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

Screenplay by: Jan Sardi, Jeremy Leven

Genres (Film): Romance Film, Drama

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

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#33 on The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

#24 on The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

#24 on The Best Rainy Day Movies

#12 on The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Shrek


Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. It is loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!, and somewhat serves as a parody film, targeting other films adapted from numerous children's fantasies. The film made notable use of popular music; the soundtrack includes music by Smash Mouth, Eels, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade, Baha Men, and John Cale. The rights to the books were originally bought by Steven Spielberg in 1991, before the founding of ...more

Actors: Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, + more

Initial Release: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Screenplay by: Roger S. H. Schulman, Joe Stillman, Terry Rossio, Chris Miller, Ted Elliott, + more

Genres (Film): Animation, Family, Adventure Film, Comedy, Parody film

Tagline: The greatest fairy tale never told.

Rated: PG (USA)

Sequel: Shrek 2

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#10 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#49 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#33 on The Best Movies for Tweens

#99 on The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Mean Girls


Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, which describes female high school social cliques and the damaging effects they can have on girls. Lindsay Lohan stars. The supporting cast features Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett and Amanda Seyfried. Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels produced the film. Screenwriter and co-star of the film, Tina Fey, was a long-term cast member and writer for SNL. Also featuring appearances from SNL cast members Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, and Amy ...more

Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

Screenplay by: Tina Fey

Genres (Film): Teen film, Comedy

Tagline: Watch your back.

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

Sequel: Mean Girls 2

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#17 on The Best Movies for Tweens

#35 on The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

#65 on The Best Rainy Day Movies

#3 on The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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