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

Updated August 6, 2019 3.9k votes 505 voters 5.3k views19 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    382
    79

    Napoleon Dynamite

    Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell
    Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and...  more
  • 2
    228
    132

    Juno

    Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner
    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by...  more
  • 3
    155
    141

    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston
    Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut...  more
  • 4
    149
    156

    Nacho Libre

    Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera
    Nacho Libre is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and...  more
  • 5
    125
    149
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama...  more
  • 6
    114
    142

    Garden State

    Zach Braff, Natalie Portman
    Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring...  more
  • 7
    96
    136

    Lost in Translation

    Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia...  more
  • 8
    84
    128

    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

    Kat Dennings, Michael Cera
    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peter...  more
  • 9
    74
    125

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed, co-written,...  more
  • 10
    50
    114

    I Heart Huckabees

    Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher
    I ♥ Huckabees is a 2004 American philosophical comedy film from Fox Searchlight. It was...  more
  • 11
    50
    114

    Stranger than Fiction

    Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman
    Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster,...  more
  • 12
    39
    104

    Be Kind Rewind

    Jack Black, Mos Def
    Be Kind Rewind is a 2008 comedy-drama film from New Line Cinema, written and directed by...  more
  • 13
    43
    111

    Lars and the Real Girl

    Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer
    Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but...  more
  • 14
    31
    94

    Charlie Bartlett

    Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings
    Charlie Bartlett is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Jon Poll. The screenplay by...  more
  • 15
    35
    106

    Elizabethtown

    Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst
    Elizabethtown is a 2005 American romantic tragicomedy-drama film written and directed by...  more
  • 16
    29
    91

    Running with Scissors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin
    Running with Scissors is a 2006 American black comedy film based on Augusten Burroughs' 2002...  more
  • 17
    18
    102

    Broken Flowers

    Bill Murray, Sharon Stone
    Broken Flowers is a 2005 French-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim...  more
  • 18
    11
    87

    Me and You and Everyone We Know

    John Hawkes, Miranda July
    Me and You and Everyone We Know is a 2005 American romantic comedy-drama film written and...  more
  • 19
    5
    85

    Winter Passing

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell
    Winter Passing is a 2005 American film. It is the directorial debut of playwright Adam Rapp,...  more