The Best 2000s Lifetime Movies

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Only made for TV movies that aired on the Lifetime Channel during the 2000s.

Looking for some over-the-top, female-driven drama? These are the best 2000s Lifetime movies, ranked from best to worst by Lifetime original movie fans all over the world. Who doesn't love a good Lifetime movie? Sometimes it's the kind of mindless drama you need to wind down after a long day. Some top 2000s Lifetime movies are about a murder, some are about illicit affairs, but the best of the best obviously include both. Some of these Lifetime Originals even feature major Hollywood stars before they got their big breaks.

What are some of the movies you can expect to see on this best 2000s Lifetime movies list? The 2004 feature, Gracie's Choice, starring Kristen Bell, Anne Heche, and Diane Ladd, is one of the most entertaining Lifetime Network movies of the 2000s. The plot follows a 16-year old girl who will do anything it takes to keep her siblings together, in spite of having absentee parents. Fatal Desire is another good film that aired on Lifetime in the 2000s. Raven-Symone starred as a young women fighting for a racially integrated prom in For One Night, which is worth noting.  A Little Thing Called Murder, Too Young to Marry, and The Secret of Hidden Lake are some of the other hilariously dramatic movies on this list

Which would you say are the best Lifetime movies of the 2000s? Take a look at this collection and give the best movies a thumbs up to make sure they end up at the top of this list.
Most divisive: The Secret of Hidden Lake
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  • Mom at Sixteen
    Danielle Panabaker, Jane Krakowski, Kay Panabaker
    320 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Peter Werner

    A poignant exploration of the realities of teenage parenthood, Mom at Sixteen chronicles the journey of Jacey (Danielle Panabaker) as she struggles to balance school and motherhood under the watchful eye of her once-distant mother, Terry (Mercedes Ruehl). Through perseverance and a will to provide for her child, Jacey blossoms into a strong and capable mother, earning praise from viewers and critics alike for its honest portrayal of the challenges young mothers face.

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  • Gracie's Choice
    Anne Heche, Diane Ladd, Kristen Bell
    187 votes
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Peter Werner

    Highlighting the power of resilience and sisterly love, Gracie's Choice centers around Kristen Bell's stunning performance as Gracie, a tenacious teenager who takes on the responsibility of raising her four younger siblings amidst a tumultuous family life. Strengthened by Anne Heche's portrayal of their drug-addicted mother, this deeply moving film clinched Emmy Award nominations for its unflinching and redemptive look at the strength it takes to keep a family together against all odds.

  • Reviving Ophelia

    Reviving Ophelia

    Kim Dickens, Jane Kaczmarek, Peter Outerbridge
    97 votes
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Bobby Roth

    Showcasing the importance of strong familial bonds and courage, Reviving Ophelia follows the story of Marie (Jane Kaczmarek) and her daughter Elizabeth (Rebecca Williams) as they navigate the complexities of a toxic relationship with an abusive boyfriend. As Marie seeks to protect her daughter and heal the wounds inflicted, this heartwrenching Lifetime movie delicately captures the perseverance and love that triumphs over adversity, leaving viewers with a renewed sense of hope.

  • Too Young to Be a Dad
    Paul Dano, Kathy Baker, Bruce Davison
    283 votes
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Éva Gárdos

    Starring Paul Dano as the fifteen-year-old Matt, this Lifetime drama delves into the challenges of being a teen father as he faces the hurdles of parenthood with his girlfriend, Francesca (Katie Stuart). Exemplifying the consequences and hidden struggles of teenage pregnancy and fatherhood, Too Young to Be a Dad masterfully balances raw emotion and social commentary, which resonates with viewers even today.

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  • Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story
    Ellen Page, Thora Birch, Kelly Lynch
    140 votes
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Peter Levin

    Based on a true story, this inspiring Lifetime film tells the story of Liz Murray (Thora Birch), a young girl who triumphs over her difficult upbringing to attend Harvard University. Poignantly detailing her journey from dire circumstances to the hallowed halls of higher learning, Homeless to Harvard stands as a testament to the indomitable human spirit and its ability to achieve the unachievable, garnering a number of Emmy nominations and critical acclaim.

  • Lies My Mother Told Me
    Hayden Panettiere, Natasha Henstridge, Joely Richardson
    226 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Christian Duguay

    Starring Joely Richardson as the manipulative Lauren and Hayden Panettiere as her dutiful daughter, Haylei, Lies My Mother Told Me dives headfirst into the chilling depths of deception, betrayal, and criminal intrigue. As the web of lies surrounding their lives tightens, this suspense-laden Lifetime film delivers a powerful message of the lengths to which an individual will go to maintain control.

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