Best Films Of 2003

Every list of this nature is obviously a work in progress, as nobody has seen every film from 2003, with the exception of perhaps a few professional film critics. If you have seen every single film from 2003 and you are not employed as a film critic, please, get off the couch and get a life!
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1.
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
“ 8.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
2.
21 Grams (2003)
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A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
“ 8.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
3.
Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. (106 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
“ 8.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
4.
Love Actually (2003)
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Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ 8/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
5.
In the Cut (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
New York writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood. (119 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ 8/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
6.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ 8/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
7.
The Cooler (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation. (101 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
“ 8/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
8.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
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Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams. (138 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
9.
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners. (126 mins.)
Director: Vadim Perelman
“ 8/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
10.
The Life of David Gale (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row. (130 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ 8/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
11.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith. (129 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
12.
Swimming Pool (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics. (102 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ 7.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
13.
The Last Samurai (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ 7.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
14.
The Rundown (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
15.
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
16.
School of Rock (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. (108 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
17.
Wonderland (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes. (104 mins.)
Director: James Cox
“ 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
18.
Old School (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
19.
Gothika (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done. (98 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
20.
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Based on the true story of the rise and fall of poker legend Stu "The Kid" Ungar. (120 mins.)
Director: A.W. Vidmer
“ 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
21.
The Dreamers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots. (115 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
22.
Anger Management (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Dave Buznik is a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger-management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
“ 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
23.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made. (116 mins.)
Director: Donald Petrie
“ Sure, this is a pretty silly film at times, but it is also very funny at times. And wow, Hudson steals so many scenes with the kind of genuine flair and beauty that few actresses in history can even compare. 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
24.
Paycheck (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased. (119 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
25.
Matchstick Men (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly. (116 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 7/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
26.
To Kill a King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I. (102 mins.)
Director: Mike Barker
 
27.
Young Adam (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits. (98 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
“ 6.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
28.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
“ 6.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
29.
S.W.A.T. (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it. (117 mins.)
Director: Clark Johnson
 
30.
The Recruit (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency. (115 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
31.
Stander (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber. (111 mins.)
Director: Bronwen Hughes
“ 6.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother
 
32.
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A beautiful gold digger matches wits with a shrewd Beverly Hills divorce lawyer who is increasingly attracted to her. (100 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ 6.5/10 ” - TheAnimalMother