The 20 most influential movies of the 2000's

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1.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
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Responsible for the zombies craze wave. ” - seph82
 
2.
X-Men (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers. (104 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Although Spawn (1997) and Blade (1998) made a strong impression, X-Men is the real reason why nowaday, 5 superheroes movies are made evey minute. ” - seph82
 
3.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Brought the oriental art of fighting back in the lights and led ultimately to great inspired movies, such as Kill Bill and Hero. ” - seph82
 
4.
Superbad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ There were The 40 years old virgin and Knocked up before, but Apatow hilarious movie Superbad is really the one that redefined comedy. ” - seph82
 
5.
Juno (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Reitman's refreshing comedy was the surprise of the year and led to numerous comedy with lead females with an attitude. ” - seph82
 
6.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Japanese can make horror movies. Creepy and deeply emotionnal ones as well. This remake took America by surprise. ” - seph82
 
7.
Sin City (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
“ A piece of art in itself, this moving strip cartoon inspired many films to come (300 among others) ” - seph82
 
8.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ This movie redefined the action genre with a normal Joe as the lead character and clever plots. ” - seph82
 
9.
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ If X-Men brought back the superhero genre, Batman Begins and its sequel simply raised the bar, with the unmatched talent of Christopher Nolan ” - seph82
 
10.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Although I am not a fan of the serie, Saw came one year prior to Hostel and should be considered the movie that relaunch the exploitation, torture porn wave. ” - seph82
 
11.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott oscar winner brought back the peplum into the spotlight, with numerous (and unfortunately unequal) imitators. ” - seph82
 
12.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ I think that Lars Von Trier should be credited for relaunching the musical movie genre, despite Chicago oscar and Moulin Rouge effort. Maybe not as accessible, but the best (and the first) effort in this category in years. ” - seph82
 
13.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
“ Yes there was Roger and me prior to this movie and Moore's approach can be debated, but we can't argue that Bowling for Columbine simply redefined the documentary genre. ” - seph82
 
14.
Jarhead (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home. (125 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Before the hurt locker, Mendes tried to illustrate the (non?) war from a realistic point of view, from the emotionnal point of view of its protagonists. ” - seph82
 
15.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ First major Dennis Lehane book to be ported on screen, the other two adaptations (gone baby gone and Shutter Island) created a genre in themselves. ” - seph82
 
16.
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Even if I didn't like the movie, I have to admit that this movie is finally talking to a specific generation and dipected them with a true honesty. ” - seph82
 
17.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ It's hard to point out which animated movie has been the most influential. Spirited away and Persepolis among others, were piece of art, but I guess I'll have to go with Finding Nemo, a near perfect family film from Pixar and the best until Wall-E came out. ” - seph82
 
18.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Before Little miss sunshine, there was the Tenenbaums as the typical dysfunctionnal family. This overlooked movie inspired many dark comedies to come. ” - seph82
 
19.
Road to Perdition (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ This other Mendes entry brought a new light on the early 20th century mob scene. Inspired with its form many 2000 movies to come. ” - seph82
 
20.
Cloverfield (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. (85 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ Cloverfield inspired many handheld camera movies (for the best and worst), as paranormal activity among others. A strong start from a director we will hear of a lot in the future. ” - seph82