Top Twenty-Five Movies of 00's

The top twenty-five movies from 2000 to 2009, based on overall plot, character development, acting, and shock factor (which I consider highly).
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1.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ The Departed earns my top spot because I feel that it's a masterpiece. The first time I watched it, I came out both confused and in awe. I love it when I have to watch a movie a few more times to really understand it. The acting is amazing throughout, with a particular nod to Mark Wahlberg. Martin Scorsese directs this with aplomb, and I love that he isn't afraid to really tear apart a movie. The ending is phenomenal. ” - Bret Devies
 
2.
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.)
“ Christopher Nolan's first Batman film, as well as first dive into a comic book character. The villains, Ra'as Al Ghul and The Scarecrow are bold choices when the idea fueling the films is a realistic look at a comical world. Nolan was able to take two characters and change most things we take for granted with them, and instead of Batman fans hating it, they loved it. Christopher Nolan didn't bastardize the characters, he simply reinvented them. He took their personalities and themes, and adapted them into a real world scenario. That is what made this movie so great. ” - Bret Devies
 
3.
Watchmen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ It's not every day that you can watch a movie about superheroes, watch those superheroes kill people, and still see them as heroes. They aren't antiheroes, like The Punisher, and they don't become evil; they simply live in a world where it is sometimes necessary. We get to see superheroes that are more than that- they're human. We see Rorschach's disgust with a man who kidnapped a child, Comedian's askew view of the dark and gritty world around him, Dr. Manhattan lose his humanity and save it at the same time. Zack Snyder might be thrown a lot of negativity, but with Watchmen he proved himself capable. ” - Bret Devies
 
4.
Smokin' Aces (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing. (109 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ The epitomization of quite possibly my favorite genre. Roughly a dozen assassins and hitmen are all targeting the same man: Aces. Lots of action and violence throughout, with an underlying plot that is complex because it can be so easily overshadowed by the sub-plots between the hitmen. Smokin' Aces was unique amongst movies like it because it had no real main character. We didn't follow one man's path. Instead, we were shown a panoramic view of many. ” - Bret Devies
 
5.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ A legendary film, and one whose notoriety is so great that it has begun to draw away from the film. Batman's primary villain takes the screen with one of the most famous performances not just within Batman, but of all time. Heath Ledger leaves us with the performance of a lifetime, putting millions in awe. Aaron Eckhart lives up to Nolan's expectations, cast because of how well he fit his role in Thank You For Smoking. He equally became Two-Face, and he showed us without flaw how a man can hit rock bottom. The returning cast does great as well, and Nolan once again delivers a fantastic film. ” - Bret Devies
 
6.
Spun (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
 
7.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
8.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
9.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
 
10.
Cast Away (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. (143 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
11.
The Illusionist (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
12.
Crash (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
 
13.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
14.
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
15.
A Good Year (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
16.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
17.
Layer Cake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. (105 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
18.
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
 
19.
K-PAX (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations. (120 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
20.
Pandorum (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities. (108 mins.)
 
21.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he emerges whenever he loses his temper. However, Banner then must fight a soldier who unleashes himself as a threat stronger than he. (112 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
 
22.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
 
23.
Man on Fire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. (146 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
24.
Almost Famous (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
25.
Sin City (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 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.)