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

Updated August 6, 2019 3.9k votes 504 voters 5.2k 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
    Napoleon Dynamite
    382
    79

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Juno
    228
    132

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Little Miss Sunshine
    155
    141

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Nacho Libre
    149
    156

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    125
    149

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Garden State
    114
    142

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Lost in Translation
    96
    136

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
    84
    128

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    74
    125

    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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    I Heart Huckabees
    50
    114

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Stranger than Fiction
    50
    114

    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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Be Kind Rewind
    39
    104

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Lars and the Real Girl
    43
    111

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Charlie Bartlett
    31
    94

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Elizabethtown
    35
    106

    Elizabethtown

    Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2005

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Elizabethtown is a 2005 American romantic tragicomedy-drama film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Running with Scissors
    29
    91

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Broken Flowers
    18
    102

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Me and You and Everyone We Know
    11
    87

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Winter Passing
    5
    85

    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,... more on Wikipedia