Dan Smith's Top 45 Films of 2003

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1. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 446,140 | Gross: $0.71M

2. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

Votes: 127,585 | Gross: $4.06M

3. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 384,972 | Gross: $66.26M

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,454,401 | Gross: $377.85M

5. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror

42 Metascore

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 61,874 | Gross: $3.68M

6. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 96,704 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Open Water (2003)

R | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

Director: Chris Kentis | Stars: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Michael E. Williamson

Votes: 47,456 | Gross: $30.61M

8. Jigureul jikyeora! (2003)

Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang | Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Yun-shik Baek, Jung-min Hwang, Jae-yong Lee

Votes: 7,059 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Waildeu kadeu (2003)

117 min | Action, Crime

Two detectives investigate a string of horrific murders in Seoul and zero in on a sadistic gang leader who carries an actual ball and chain.

Director: Yoo-jin Kim | Stars: Dong-kun Yang, Jin-young Jung, Chae-young Han, Ju-bong Gi

Votes: 287

10. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 66,717 | Gross: $4.56M

11. The Station Agent (2003)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin

Votes: 63,278 | Gross: $5.74M

12. Saints and Soldiers (2003)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama, War

56 Metascore

Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.

Director: Ryan Little | Stars: Corbin Allred, Alexander Polinsky, Kirby Heyborne, Larry Bagby

Votes: 19,086 | Gross: $1.31M

13. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror

38 Metascore

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, Erica Leerhsen

Votes: 121,046 | Gross: $80.57M

14. The Locals (2003)

88 min | Horror, Thriller

Two best friends, Grant and Paul, hit the country road for a night of fun, but unfortunately take a short cut to their fate... where they meet the Locals.

Director: Greg Page | Stars: Johnny Barker, Dwayne Cameron, Kate Elliott, Aidee Walker

Votes: 1,913

15. Love Object (2003)

R | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

45 Metascore

The twisted tale of Kenneth, socially insecure technical writer who forms an obsessive relationship with "Nikki", an anatomically accurate silicone sex doll he orders over the Internet. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parigi | Stars: Desmond Harrington, Melissa Sagemiller, Udo Kier, Rip Torn

Votes: 3,223

16. Mou gaan dou II (2003)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng

Votes: 15,332

17. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 367,629 | Gross: $44.59M

18. Willard (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will.

Director: Glen Morgan | Stars: Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Harring, Jackie Burroughs

Votes: 16,449 | Gross: $6.89M

19. Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

42 Metascore

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 195,085 | Gross: $102.54M

20. American Wedding (2003)

R | 96 min | Comedy

43 Metascore

It's the wedding of Jim and Michelle and the gathering of their families and friends, including Jim's old friends from high school and Michelle's little sister.

Director: Jesse Dylan | Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy

Votes: 179,765 | Gross: $104.57M

21. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston

Votes: 210,154 | Gross: $16.25M

22. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)

R | 84 min | Horror

32 Metascore

Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."

Director: Rob Schmidt | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 99,463 | Gross: $15.42M

23. Underworld (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

42 Metascore

Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen

Votes: 236,064 | Gross: $51.97M

24. I'm Not Scared (2003)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Riccardo Zinna

Votes: 13,465 | Gross: $1.62M

25. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 70,253 | Gross: $2.38M

26. PTU (2003)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Simon Yam, Suet Lam, Ruby Wong, Maggie Siu

Votes: 3,631

27. 11:14 (2003)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

65 Metascore

The events leading up to an 11:14 p.m. car crash, from five very different perspectives.

Director: Greg Marcks | Stars: Henry Thomas, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 41,581

28. Final Destination 2 (2003)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: A.J. Cook, Ali Larter, Tony Todd, Michael Landes

Votes: 137,440 | Gross: $46.96M

29. Identity (2003)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes

Votes: 205,863 | Gross: $52.16M

30. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Yasuda

Votes: 44,476 | Gross: $0.85M

31. Osama (2003)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama

83 Metascore

After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a pre-teen girl is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother.

Director: Siddiq Barmak | Stars: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Khwaja Nader, Mohammad Arif Herati

Votes: 8,185 | Gross: $1.13M

32. Mystic River (2003)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

84 Metascore

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum

Votes: 382,619 | Gross: $90.14M

33. Hak bak sam lam (2003)

104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man becomes a cop in order to take down the police superintendent who may have killed his father, and that of a vengeful Triad boss.

Directors: Marco Mak, Jing Wong | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Jordan Chan, Raymond Ho-Yin Wong, Gillian Chung

Votes: 574

34. Out of Time (I) (2003)

PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

63 Metascore

A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes, Dean Cain

Votes: 52,022 | Gross: $40.91M

35. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 49,672

36. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 883,156 | Gross: $70.10M

37. The United States of Leland (2003)

R | 108 min | Drama

37 Metascore

A young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives.

Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey, Chris Klein

Votes: 21,673 | Gross: $0.34M

38. Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

R | 104 min | Horror

36 Metascore

Set a few days after the original, a championship basketball team's bus is attacked by The Creeper, the winged, flesh-eating terror, on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Jonathan Breck, Ray Wise, Nicki Aycox, Garikayi Mutambirwa

Votes: 53,330 | Gross: $35.67M

39. The Recruit (2003)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Thriller

56 Metascore

A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht

Votes: 123,038 | Gross: $52.80M

40. Elephant (2003)

R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson

Votes: 79,266 | Gross: $1.23M

41. The Missing (I) (2003)

R | 137 min | Adventure, Thriller, Western

55 Metascore

In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd

Votes: 30,619 | Gross: $26.90M

42. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 126,190 | Gross: $60.06M

43. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 62,495 | Gross: $120.28M

44. In the Cut (2003)

R | 119 min | Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

New York City writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective, who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Nuccio

Votes: 20,316 | Gross: $4.75M

45. Geoul sokeuro (2003)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

An ex-cop, now working as a security guard in a shopping mall, tries to uncover the secret behind a series of mysterious deaths linked to mirrors.

Director: Sung-ho Kim | Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Myung-Min Kim, Hye-na Kim, Ju-bong Gi

Votes: 2,987

46. Dead End (I) (2003)

R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa | Stars: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden

Votes: 23,190



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