Almost Famous
AMC Movie List

Favorite Movies 2000s

It’s been a great ten years for cinema. How would you rank these top picks from‘s Tim Dirks?

rank title points votes your vote
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The movie that kicked off Peter Jackson's monumental trilogy, based upon the writings of J.R.R. Tolkein about a hobbit charged with saving Middle Earth.
1038 5416
2 The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan's second Bat-tale, and one of the biggest summer blockbusters ever, in which Christian Bale’s Batman is upstaged by Heather Ledger’s demented Joker.
1017 5783
3 The Departed
A violent gangster-crime movie adapted from a Hong Kong thriller by Martin Scorsese, with Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon.
884 5040
4 No Country for Old Men
The Coen brothers Oscar-winning portrait of evil in the character of a terrifying killer (Javier Bardem) in pursuit of drug money in the hands of a war vet (Josh Brolin).
550 4784
5 Finding Nemo
Pixar’s breakthrough movie about a clownfish (Albert Brooks)’s search for his missing son – and the highest-grossing computer-animated film to date.
539 4751
6 Up
Pixar's imaginative modern-day adventure classic featuring a grouchy widower (voice of Ed Asner) who flies away in a house buoyed by birthday balloons.
501 4545
7 Shrek
Te first of DreamWorks' revisionist fairy tales about a green ogre (Mike Myers), who serves as Prince Charming to Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz).
451 4541
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The pirate movies that introduced us to a legendary nemesis (Davy Jones), a love triangle, and Johnny Depp as the eccentric Capt. Jack Sparrow.
414 4852
Disney/Pixar's cautionary tale about a robot who brings humanity back from the brink; a thoughtful hit flick that won an Oscar for its story of love and hope.
126 4550
10 Casino Royale
A re-energizing reboot of the long-running James Bond action series with rugged British talent Daniel Craig as a brutally fierce 007.
71 4541
11 Avatar
James Cameron's ground-breaking 3D scifi epic set in the year 2154, about invasive Earth-dwellers bent on colonizing the distant alien moon of Pandora.
-55 4937
12 Memento
A film noir by writer/director Christopher Nolan – told in reverse -- featuring a tattooed protagonist (Guy Pearce) with short-term memory loss.
-243 4105
13 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The first movie in the blockbuster franchise based on J.K. Rowling wizardry books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.
-422 4234
14 The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Judd Apatow's comedy that signaled the return of raunchy R-rated fare, about a middle-aged male virgin (Steve Carell) seeking a sex partner and finding love.
-496 4436
15 Slumdog Millionaire
A Bollywood-inspired Best Picture winner from Danny Boyle about a Mumbai teenager who wins a TV trivia contest against all odds.
-581 4379
16 The Pianist
Roman Polanski's semi-autobiographical recount of the horrors of the Holocaust, seen through the eyes of a Polish-Jewish musician (Adrien Brody).
-622 3804
17 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Charlie Kaufman's artful romantic fantasy about the lobotomizing erasure of painful romantic memories between ex-lovers (Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet).
-691 4027
18 Almost Famous
Cameron Crowe pays tribute to his days as a teenage rock journalist on the road with up-and-coming ‘70s band Stillwater and groupie Kate Hudson.
-759 3757
19 Requiem for a Dream
Darren Aronofsky's portrait of drug addiction recounts the harrowing stories of characters played by Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Connelly.
-893 3651
20 Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola's breakthrough movie about two alienated Americans "lost" in Tokyo: an aging actor (Bill Murray) and an unfulfilled wife (Scarlett Johansson).
-990 3736
21 March of the Penguins
Beautifully narrated by Morgan Freeman, a depiction of the resilient lives of Emperor penguins struggling to survive in their harsh Antarctic climate.
-1097 3677
22 Mulholland Dr.
Director David Lynch's mind-twister about a contract hit, dashed dreams, suicide and shifting identities, with Naomi Watts as a cipher at the heart of the tale.
-1454 3462
23 Brokeback Mountain
Ang Lee’s eloquently filmed story about a secret romance, mournful longing and tragedy shared by two ‘60s farmhands (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal).
-1586 4318
24 25th Hour
Spike Lee's examination of racial hatred, fears and prejudice, as channeled through the character of convicted New York drug dealer (Edward Norton).
-1736 3364
25 Fahrenheit 9/11
Michael Moore's controversial tirade against the Bush administration, its war on terror, and government corruption.
-1768 4110