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The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most

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List RulesNot 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.
  • Shrek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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    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 on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
    • Screenplay by: Roger S. H. Schulman, Joe Stillman, Terry Rossio, Chris Miller, Ted Elliott
    • 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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  • Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 2000s Movies That Stuck with You the Most
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    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 accident 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 on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Frederick W. Smith, Jenifer Lewis
    • Released: 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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  • 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 tells the story of the overprotective clownfish named Marlin who, along with a regal tang named Dory, searches for his son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and let Nemo take care of himself. The film was re-released for the first time in 3D on September 14, 2012, and it was released on Blu-ray on December 4, 2012. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
    • Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds
    • Genres (Film): Animation, Family, Adventure Film, Comedy
    • Tagline: There are 3.7 trillion fish in the ocean. They're looking for one., Grab shell dude!
    • Rated: G (USA), UK: U
    • Sequel: Finding Dory
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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fel is listed (or ranked) 4 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
    • 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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