2003

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1. 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: 1,395,409 | Gross: $377.85M

2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

A former assassin known as 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.

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

Votes: 847,648 | Gross: $70.10M

3. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 25-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, Claire Danes

Votes: 334,809 | Gross: $150.37M

4. X2 (2003)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen

Votes: 455,996 | Gross: $214.95M

5. 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: 122,473 | Gross: $60.06M

6. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

90 Metascore

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.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 811,537 | Gross: $380.84M

7. Cabin Fever (2002)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

A group of 5 college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent

Votes: 67,508 | Gross: $21.16M

8. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 330,484 | Gross: $45.06M

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 916,948 | Gross: $305.41M

10. The Rundown (2003)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 89,485 | Gross: $47.73M

11. The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron

Votes: 310,100 | Gross: $106.13M

12. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 361,452 | Gross: $59.70M

13. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 227,829 | Gross: $46.57M

14. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 458,164 | Gross: $281.49M

15. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

R | 129 min | Action, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 397,420 | Gross: $139.31M

16. 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 killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

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

Votes: 117,977 | Gross: $80.57M

17. Final Destination 2 (2003)

R | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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: 133,493 | Gross: $46.96M

18. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

30 Metascore

In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 152,028 | Gross: $66.47M

19. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Music

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Adam Pascal

Votes: 231,534 | Gross: $81.26M

20. Holes (2003)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 66,069 | Gross: $67.41M

21. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

Adventurer Lara Croft goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora's Box, before an evil scientist finds it, and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 115,224 | Gross: $65.66M

22. Bruce Almighty (2003)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

46 Metascore

A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 329,655 | Gross: $242.83M

23. 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: 175,848 | Gross: $104.57M

24. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 173,260 | Gross: $173.40M

25. Scary Movie 3 (2003)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

Cindy must investigate mysterious crop circles and video tapes, and help the President in preventing an alien invasion.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Regina Hall, Pamela Anderson

Votes: 122,438 | Gross: $110.00M

26. Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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: 190,453 | Gross: $102.54M

27. 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: 377,639 | Gross: $66.26M

28. 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: 230,806 | Gross: $51.97M

29. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy

47 Metascore

Elle Woods heads to Washington D.C. to join the staff of a congresswoman in order to pass a bill to ban animal testing.

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Bob Newhart, Regina King

Votes: 52,614 | Gross: $90.19M

30. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 127,600 | Gross: $95.64M

31. Old School (2003)

R | 88 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Piven

Votes: 197,493 | Gross: $75.59M

32. Hulk (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas

Votes: 230,536 | Gross: $132.18M

33. Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Documentary

70 Metascore

The comedic stylings of four sort-of famous funnymen are brought to the big screen courtesy of this 2002 documentary.

Director: C.B. Harding | Stars: Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy

Votes: 4,050 | Gross: $0.60M

34. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

45 Metascore

A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Votes: 67,923 | Gross: $63.86M

35. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

57 Metascore

Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce ... See full summary »

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce

Votes: 41,628 | Gross: $2.00M

36. Darkness Falls (2003)

PG-13 | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

23 Metascore

A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield Ford, Antony Burrows, Lee Cormie

Votes: 27,794 | Gross: $32.55M

37. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Director: Audrey Wells | Stars: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 40,689 | Gross: $43.61M

38. How to Deal (2003)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A teenager (Moore), disillusioned by too many examples of love gone wrong, refuses to believe that true love exists. Then this new guy (Ford) comes along...

Director: Clare Kilner | Stars: Mandy Moore, Trent Ford, Dylan Baker, Allison Janney

Votes: 8,628 | Gross: $14.11M

39. Thirteen (2003)

R | 100 min | Drama

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Vanessa Hudgens

Votes: 73,665 | Gross: $4.60M

40. Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Family

46 Metascore

With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Piper Perabo

Votes: 83,072 | Gross: $138.61M

41. The Cat in the Hat (2003)

PG | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

19 Metascore

Two bored children have their lives turned upside down when a talking cat comes to visit them.

Director: Bo Welch | Stars: Mike Myers, Spencer Breslin, Dakota Fanning, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 41,359 | Gross: $101.15M

42. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

45 Metascore

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.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg, Kathryn Hahn

Votes: 179,134 | Gross: $105.81M

43. 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: 356,732 | Gross: $44.59M