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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.
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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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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 on Wikipedia

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

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

Screenplay by: Jan Sardi, Jeremy Leven

Genres (Film): Romance Film, Drama

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer'... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus based on J. K. Rowling's 1997 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment of the Harry Potter film series. After discovering he is a famous wizard, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he meets Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough, John Hurt, John Cleese, + more

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Screenplay by: Steve Kloves

Genres (Film): Family, Adventure Film, Fiction

Tagline: Let The Magic Begin.

Rated: PG (USA)

Sequel: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first installment in the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and was followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King, based on the second and third volumes of The Lord of the Rings. Set in Middle-earth, the story tells of the Dark Lord Sauron, who is seeking the One Ring. The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins. The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions who form the Fellowship of the Ring begin their journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor, the ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, + more

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Screenplay by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

Genres (Film): Fantasy, Adventure Film, Action Film

Tagline: One Ring To Rule Them All., The Legend Comes to Life

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

Sequel: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) form an alliance to dismantle organized wrong doings in Gotham City, but are menaced by a mad man known as the Joker (Heath Ledger) who seeks to undermine Batman's influence and create chaos. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, + more

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Genres (Film): Superhero, Crime, Action, Drama

Tagline: Can you avenge evil and not become it?, Out of the darkness, comes the Knight., Welcome to a world without rules., Why so serious?

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

Sequel: The Dark Knight Rises

Prequel: Batman Begins

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