Movies You Missed: 00s

Stretching from excellent (hopefully in time) to good, or rather very good popcorn, these movies never found the audience they deserved.
List continuously updated as I find new movies undeservedly overlooked.
For now the list is unranked, but when I get around to more I'll take the time and rank them according to quality in my eyes.
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1.
Speak (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak. (89 mins.)
Director: Jessica Sharzer
“ Kristen Stewart most certainly can act, and here she proves you shouldn't judge her from the Twilight saga's shadow.
Jessica Sharzer's only feature film thus far, but hopefully she'll get around to more. She's the talent, but when people don't watch this they might not deserve more from her? ” - ZapperLife
 
2.
Ten Inch Hero (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Piper moves to Santa Cruz, California to go to the Institute of Art. When she was 15 she gave birth to a daughter... (102 mins.)
Director: David Mackay
“ A feelgood movie with heart, warmth and chemistry from the entire cast. ” - ZapperLife
 
3.
Keith (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Natalie has it all: yearbook editor, scholarship to college, star athlete, reigning social queen. Then Keith enters her life... (93 mins.)
Director: Todd Kessler
“ Another movie staring Elisabeth Harnois that never got the attention it deserved. The story isn't exactly original, but it's so well balanced it works out really well. The leading duo has chemistry, the movie got both heart, charm and a light story with a message. ” - ZapperLife
 
4.
All the Real Girls (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister. (108 mins.)
“ One of the better realistic romance stories out there. David Gordon Green's best movie in my book. Great dialogues, well acted and a nice story. ” - ZapperLife
 
5.
In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Broke and alone on New Year's Eve, Wilson just wants to spend the rest of a very bad year in bed. But, when his best friend convinces him to post a personal ad, he meets a woman bent on finding the right guy to be with at midnight. (90 mins.)
Director: Alex Holdridge
“ From its blunt start (give it more than ten minutes), it slowly develops into a very well balanced and warm story. A New Year story worthy of being told. ” - ZapperLife
 
6.
The Consequences of Love (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid. (100 mins.)
“ Italian movie taking place in Switzerland, where a man owned by the Cosa Nostra lives his dull everyday life in a hotel. A quiet movie crossed somewhere between Lost in Translation and Das Leben der Anderen, and almost as good. ” - ZapperLife
 
7.
Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free. (87 mins.)
Director: Guy Ferland
“ A strong story on a troubled High School student, touching on many important topics. Excellent lead performance by Ben Foster. ” - ZapperLife
 
8.
Defendor (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as 'Defendor', combs the city streets at night, in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Stebbings
“ A superhero without powers, but a lot warmer, real and heartfelt than Kick-Ass. Woody is brilliant in the lead, and strong support cast. The story of Arthur Poppington shouldn't be missed by anyone. Well crafted and executed by Peter Stebbings. ” - ZapperLife
 
9.
Fish Tank (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
“ Kate Jarvis with an impressive debut in the lead. Andrea Arnold written and directed. A more realistic take on the story of growing up without a bright future, unlike the ghetto stories Hollywood most often tell. ” - ZapperLife
 
10.
Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home. (104 mins.)
“ McAvoy, Garai and Robertson delivers strong performances on a difficult subject. A movie which probably will make you rethink your image of disabled people and their life's worth, at least until you wake up the next day. ” - ZapperLife
 
11.
My Life Without Me (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before. (106 mins.)
Director: Isabel Coixet
“ Sarah Polley is great as the young woman finding out she's dying. We follow her own take on how to live the remaining days. ” - ZapperLife
 
12.
Mary and Max (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
“ With only about 20k ratings at imdb I'll have to say too many still have missed out on this one, despite it being at the Top 250 list at the moment. Two unlikely pen-pals and their story is touching. ” - ZapperLife
 
13.
Ip Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ Also only about 20k votes, and this is the movie making me believe in martial arts as a genre again. The bio-drama combined with great martial art is probably the best of its kind in decades. ” - ZapperLife
 
14.
Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Wallace and Gromit try out a number of their latest inventions which rarely work as planned. (20 mins.)
“ The crazy inventions shown off in short segments by Wallace and Gromit. Original, detailed and beautiful claymation. ” - ZapperLife
 
15.
District B13 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb. (84 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ To Parkour actions what Hong Kong of the 80/90s was to over the top actions. With just below 25k votes there's still way too many out there not enjoying the combined beauty of Morel and Besson.
Still. Don't expect anything from the story. This is about the action sequences all the way. ” - ZapperLife
 
16.
Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A transfer student to a rough high school tries joining the cheer-leading squad and she not only faces off against the head cheerleader, but against her former school in preparation for a cheer-off competition. (99 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
“ It might be my weakness for Hayden, but I've always thought this straight to video sequel is the best in the series. For what it is, it's quite enjoyable as light entertainment. ” - ZapperLife
 
17.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
“ A new movie with the same feel as the old golden ones from Japan. A different kind of samurai, and this movie is all about the drama and characters. ” - ZapperLife
 
18.
Priceless (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor. (106 mins.)
“ French rom-com with a lot better humor and story than most coming out of Hollywood. Audrey Tautou is as always both beautiful and doing a great job in the lead. ” - ZapperLife
 
19.
Head-On (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life... (121 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
“ Fatih Akin's drama-romance from Germany about two opposites sharing only Turkish decent and a death wish. ” - ZapperLife
 
20.
Wicker Park (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His belief leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold in order to trail her. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
“ I'm no fan of Hartnett, but Kruger and Byrne makes this well worth anybody's time. ” - ZapperLife
 
21.
Water Lilies (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance. (85 mins.)
Director: Céline Sciamma
“ French coming of age story from the Paris suburbs. Intriguing drama centered around three teenage girls a summer. ” - ZapperLife
 
22.
Wimbledon (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A pro tennis player has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. Fortunately for him, he meets a young player on the women's circuit who helps him recapture his focus for Wimbledon. (98 mins.)
“ One of my favorite guilty pleasures with under 25k votes at imdb. Dunst and Bettany have chemistry, it's charming and adorable much thanks to the mix of British and American and did I mention it's Kirsten Dunst for heavens sake....
Yeah. Another one in the light entertainment department, but far better than anything starring Gerard Butler, Ashton Kutcher or any of the other wannabees of today. ” - ZapperLife
 
23.
Anything for Her (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail. (96 mins.)
Director: Fred Cavayé
“ The original later remade into The Next Three Days starring Russel Crowe and Elisabeth Banks.
This one is better, grittier, tighter scripted and Diane Kruger and Vincent Lindon doesn't do anything worse than the Hollywood stars.
Choose quality, chose the original. ” - ZapperLife
 
24.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ With just above 20k votes, this masterpiece is sadly overlooked. A quiet journey about life, the circle of life and the simplicity of it all. Beautiful, light on dialogue and heavy on vision.
A truly must see from Ki-duk Kim. ” - ZapperLife
 
25.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ With 35k votes this is seen by many and balancing on the cut-off of this list, but it's till way too good to not be seen by a lot more. Ryan Gosling is amazing as usual, and this drama is original and heartwarming cinema. ” - ZapperLife
 
26.
My Sassy Girl (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend... (123 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
“ South Korean rom-com. A rollercoaster ride. Some huge ups and some slow down periods, but overall more people should choose this wat ahead of the American remake with Elisha Cuthbert, even if it's with Elisha Cuthbert.... ” - ZapperLife
 
27.
Millennium Actress (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career. (87 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ Anime from the late Satoshi Kon. A different kind of romance story, and one tale that deserves a lot more viewers. Not as good as his best work, but imaginative, some great highs and great animations. ” - ZapperLife
 
28.
The Visitor (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ Grumpy old professor learns about life, racism and prejudice. ” - ZapperLife
 
29.
What a Girl Wants (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election. (105 mins.)
Director: Dennie Gordon
“ The teenage quota of guilty pleasure overlooked. Bynes is brilliant in this, and proves once again her comedic talent well overshadows most Hollywood-actresses doing rom-coms. Colin Firth is of course also as usual great, but this is the Amanda Show. Too bad she retired. ” - ZapperLife
 
30.
Griffin & Phoenix (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
GRIFFIN AND PHOENIX is a poignantly funny love story about two people who face a seemingly insurmountable obstacle that may stand between them and a last chance at love. (102 mins.)
Director: Ed Stone
“ A flawed movie, but nevertheless overlooked. Peet and Mulroney have chemistry, and it's not your everyday take on the romance story either. ” - ZapperLife
 
31.
The Cake Eaters (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed. (86 mins.)
“ This one's flawed as well, but if for no other reason you should watch to make sure Kirsten Stewart get the attention she deserves on better performances than that of Bella Swan. ” - ZapperLife
 
32.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister. (91 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
“ With both Emily Blunt and Amy Adams in the leads, you should get around to watch this before both turn into superstars you get sick of. I wont, but I do adore both of them. A quirky story with charm. ” - ZapperLife
 
33.
Dedication (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The romantic comedy follows a misogynistic children's book author who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend. (95 mins.)
Director: Justin Theroux
“ Mandy Moore in a more serious role for once, and the movie that made me believe Justin Theroux actually have something to offer behind the camera. Flawed and uneven, but sadly overlooked still. ” - ZapperLife
 
34.
Saved! (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her. (92 mins.)
Director: Brian Dannelly
“ Forgotten in the shadow of Mean Girls, Saved! is a triumph starring Jena Malone, Mandy Moore and Macauley Culkin leading the youth cast. On the older side Mary-Louise Parker and Martin Donovan helps making this a satirical look at the hypocrisy of church at a Christian High School. ” - ZapperLife
 
35.
Starter for 10 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University. (92 mins.)
Director: Tom Vaughan
“ An uneven quirky comedy, but with great cast and acting from McAvoy, Hall and Eve. Set in 1985, a working class boy got a lot to learn about the world as he heads for higher education. ” - ZapperLife
 
36.
The Gymnast (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The talented Jane Hawkins (Dreya Weber, Lovely & Amazing) was an impressive gymnast at the top of her game until a devastating injury ended her career... (96 mins.)
Director: Ned Farr
“ Quiet drama that excels in showing everyday problems without false highs. A couple of cliched ones, but mostly intriguing. ” - ZapperLife
 
37.
Kontroll (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ A strange and bizarre experience, but a lot of quality. ” - ZapperLife
 
38.
He Was a Quiet Man (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An office worker inadvertently becomes a hero after he saves a woman's life. (95 mins.)
“ Both Slater and Cuthbert does better than usual, and the result is an overlooked piece of film-making without an easy subject. ” - ZapperLife
 
39.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart. (80 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
“ Michelle Williams is excellent in the lead. Reichardt's slow paced low budget movie is a caring and focused little movie without much disturbance taking our eyes away from Williams performance. ” - ZapperLife
 
40.
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East. (99 mins.)
“ Jean Dujardin is really good in this funny spy-spoof, taking us back to the birthstages of the 007-moviefranchise. ” - ZapperLife
 
41.
Paper Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island. (110 mins.)
“ A heartwarming tale with excellent performances from Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone. ” - ZapperLife