Best Movies of 2003

Here are my selections for the best movies of 2003.
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1.
Finding Nemo (2003)
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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.)
 
2.
Mystic River (2003)
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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
 
3.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
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Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
4.
Lost in Translation (2003)
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
5.
Evil (2003)
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Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones... (113 mins.)
 
6.
The Station Agent (2003)
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When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss. (89 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
7.
I'm Not Scared (2003)
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A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner. (108 mins.)
 
8.
Swimming Pool (2003)
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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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Big Fish (2003)
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A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
11.
Man on the Train (2002)
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A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities... (90 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
12.
Monster (2003)
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Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
 
13.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
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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
 
14.
Cold Mountain (2003)
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In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart. (154 mins.)
 
15.
The Human Stain (2003)
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When a disgraced former college dean has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark, twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking fact about his own life that he has kept secret for 50 years. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
16.
Swimming Upstream (2003)
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The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton. (114 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
17.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
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An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman. (113 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
18.
Pieces of April (2003)
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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. (80 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges
 
19.
A Mighty Wind (2003)
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Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter. (91 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
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When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
22.
Thirteen (2003)
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A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. (100 mins.)
 
23.
Calendar Girls (2003)
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A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation. (108 mins.)
Director: Nigel Cole
 
24.
In the Cut (2003)
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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
 
25.
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life. (113 mins.)
Director: Audrey Wells
 
26.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
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Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
27.
Mambo Italiano (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay. (88 mins.)
 
28.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
29.
Holes (2003)
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A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason. (117 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
30.
Matchstick Men (2003)
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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
 
31.
The Recruit (2003)
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A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency. (115 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
32.
The Event (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of... (110 mins.)
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
 
33.
Wonderland (2003)
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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
 
34.
Sylvia (2003)
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Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. (110 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
 
35.
Luther (2003)
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During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation. (123 mins.)
Director: Eric Till
 
36.
X-Men 2 (2003)
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The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
37.
Underworld (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Selene, a beautiful warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons. (121 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
 
38.
The Eye (2002)
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A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts. (99 mins.)
 
39.
The Mother (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A grandmother has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter. (112 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell