Criminally Underrated Movies 2000-2009

When these came out they didn't get the attention I felt like they deserved and to some extent, still don't.
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1.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
2.
The Fountain (2006)
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As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. (96 mins.)
 
3.
Primer (2004)
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Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. (77 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
 
4.
About Schmidt (2002)
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A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. (125 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
5.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
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A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. (120 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
6.
United 93 (2006)
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A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September eleventh, 2001, that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
7.
The Libertine (2004)
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The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work. (114 mins.)
 
8.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
9.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
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Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
10.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
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When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax. (117 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
11.
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
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An indiscretion between two close friends tears down their respective marriages. (101 mins.)
Director: John Curran
 
12.
Nurse Betty (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Comedy about a widow's post-traumatic obsession with a soap star. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil LaBute
 
13.
The Happening (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide. (91 mins.)
 
14.
Croupier (1998)
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An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel. (94 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ Released in the US in 2000. ” - orbitingthesun
 
15.
Insomnia (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. (118 mins.)
 
16.
The Hoax (2006)
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In what would cause a fantastic media frenzy, Clifford Irving sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s. (116 mins.)
 
17.
The Mother (2003)
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A grandmother has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter. (112 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
 
18.
War of the Worlds (2005)
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As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (116 mins.)
 
19.
Surrogates (2009)
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Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
20.
Frailty (2001)
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A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
 
21.
Being Julia (2004)
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Set in '30s London, the film involves stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge. (104 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
22.
The Pledge (2001)
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A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child. (124 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
23.
Shattered Glass (2003)
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The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles. (94 mins.)
Director: Billy Ray
 
24.
The Merchant of Venice (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
25.
Open Water (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When two divers find themselves stranded in the ocean, getting rescued becomes the least of their worries when a frenzy of hungry sharks close in on them. (79 mins.)
Director: Chris Kentis
 
26.
The House of Mirth (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved. (135 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
27.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
 
28.
XX/XY (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Three friends begin a dangerous three-way relationship that spirals out of control, leading to dire consequences that haunt them ten years later. (91 mins.)
Director: Austin Chick
 
29.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi. (142 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ The best of the new ones, and unfortunately people still trashed it. ” - orbitingthesun
 
30.
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. (129 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
 
31.
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream. (95 mins.)
Director: Niels Mueller
 
32.
Savage Grace (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies... (97 mins.)
Director: Tom Kalin
 
33.
Push (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two young Americans with special abilities must race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
34.
Chloe (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the family in danger. (96 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
35.
Speed Racer (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile. (135 mins.)
 
36.
Julia (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait. (144 mins.)
Director: Erick Zonca
 
37.
Pulse (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world. (90 mins.)
Director: Jim Sonzero
“ I like this one better than the original. ” - orbitingthesun
 
38.
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source. (108 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
 
39.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South. (91 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
40.
Below (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine. (105 mins.)
Director: David Twohy