00s Movies

What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?  

Dan Hopper
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List Rules Vote up which movies best represent the twee, surreal, pseudo-indie vibe that was ALL THE RAGE from 2003-2008.

For a brief period in the mid-2000s, Hollywood had a VERY specific idea of what made a movie "good": Ultra-dry humor, mumbled dialogue, twee hand-drawn fonts all over the poster and credits, and long shots of directionless youths staring at ceilings and out train windows while an indie soundtrack played. It wasn't a "genre" of movies per se, but they felt spiritually similar in so many ways.

Which movies were the most mid-2000s? Throw on a Shins song and gaze wide-eyed into the list below.

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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for ...more
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Juno is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman
Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more
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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more
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Nacho Libre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Peter Stormare
Nacho Libre is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and Mike White. It was loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta, aka Rev. Sergio ...more
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more
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Garden State is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons
Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman, a ...more
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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Faris
Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The ...more
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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playli... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Kat Dennings, Michael Cera, Mimi Imfurst
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peter Sollett and starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Written by Lorene Scafaria and based on the novel ...more
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Wes Anderson. It is Anderson's fourth feature length film, released in the U.S. ...more
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I Heart Huckabees is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher, Mark Wahlberg
I ♥ Huckabees is a 2004 American philosophical comedy film from Fox Searchlight. It was produced and directed by David O. Russell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Baena. The film stars an ...more
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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah
Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, ...more
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Lars and the Real Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but socially awkward young man (Ryan Gosling) develops a romantic yet platonic relationship with a doll.
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Be Kind Rewind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Jack Black, Mos Def, Sigourney Weaver
Be Kind Rewind is a 2008 comedy-drama film from New Line Cinema, written and directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jack Black, Mos Def, Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover and Mia Farrow. The film first ...more
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Elizabethtown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Alec Baldwin
Elizabethtown is a 2005 American romantic tragicomedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Alec Baldwin has a small role as a CEO of an ...more
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Charlie Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings, Drake
Charlie Bartlett is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Jon Poll. The screenplay by Gustin Nash focuses on a teenager who begins to dispense therapeutic advice and prescription drugs ...more
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Broken Flowers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Bill Murray, Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange
Broken Flowers is a 2005 French-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and produced by Jon Kilik and Stacey Smith. The film focuses on an aging "Don Juan" who ...more
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Running with Scissors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Evan Rachel Wood
Running with Scissors is a 2006 American black comedy film based on Augusten Burroughs' 2002 memoir of the same name, written and directed by Ryan Murphy, and starring Joseph Cross, Annette ...more
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Me and You and Everyone We Kno... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
John Hawkes, Miranda July, Tracy Wright
Me and You and Everyone We Know is a 2005 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Miranda July and stars July, John Hawkes, Miles Thompson, Brandon Ratcliff, Natasha Slayton, ...more
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Winter Passing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What's The Mid-2000s-est Movie Of All Time?
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Ed Harris
Winter Passing is a 2005 American film. It is the directorial debut of playwright Adam Rapp, also known for his work on the show The L Word. The film stars Zooey Deschanel and Ed Harris, with ...more