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

Updated August 6, 2019 7.7k votes 506 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.

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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell

    Released2004

    Directed byJared Hess

    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 which...  more
  • 2
    476
    276

    Juno

    Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Elliot Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager girl confronting an...  more
  • 3
    323
    295

    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    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 first-time...  more
  • 4
    312
    325

    Nacho Libre

    Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera

    Released2006

    Directed byJared Hess

    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 Gutiérrez...  more
  • 5
    259
    313

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    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
  • 6
    238
    297

    Garden State

    Zach Braff, Natalie Portman

    Released2004

    Directed byZach Braff

    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
  • 7
    199
    286

    Lost in Translation

    Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson

    Released2003

    Directed bySofia Coppola

    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 film...  more
  • 8
    175
    268

    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

    Kat Dennings, Michael Cera

    Released2008

    Directed byPeter Sollett

    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 of the...  more
  • 9
    154
    264

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett

    Released2004

    Directed byWes Anderson

    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. on...  more
  • 10
    107
    238

    Stranger than Fiction

    Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman

    Released2006

    Directed byMarc Forster

    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, and...  more
  • 11
    105
    240

    I Heart Huckabees

    Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    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
  • 12
    89
    233

    Lars and the Real Girl

    Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer

    Released2007

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    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....  more
  • 13
    81
    217

    Be Kind Rewind

    Jack Black, Mos Def

    Released2008

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    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
  • 14
    73
    222

    Elizabethtown

    Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2005

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    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 athletic...  more
  • 15
    36
    214

    Broken Flowers

    Bill Murray, Sharon Stone

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    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 embarks on a...  more
  • 16
    29
    188

    Running with Scissors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2006

    Directed byRyan Murphy

    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 Bening,...  more
  • 17
    31
    198

    Charlie Bartlett

    Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings

    Released2007

    Directed byJon Poll

    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 to the...  more
  • 18
    24
    180

    Me and You and Everyone We Know

    John Hawkes, Miranda July

    Released2005

    Directed byMiranda July

    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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    5
    177

    Winter Passing

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2005

    Directed byAdam Rapp

    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