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2000s In Film

List of years in film (table)
In home video
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
In television
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

This article is about the 2000s decade in film.

Events

Thousands of full-length films were produced during the first decade of the 21st Century. Building on developments in the 1990s, computers are used to create effects that would have previously been more expensive, from the subtle erasing of surrounding islands in Cast Away (leaving Tom Hanks' character stranded with no other land in sight) to the vast battle scenes such as those in Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix and 300.

In addition, film genres not known for their popular appeal in North America became increasingly attractive to filmgoers: films in foreign languages like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Passion of the Christ and Letters from Iwo Jima; and documentary films like An Inconvenient Truth, March of the Penguins, Super Size Me, and Fahrenheit 9/11, became very successful.

Also gaining popularity was the use of Computer-generated imagery (CGI) to produce films. These types of films were originally seen in the 1990s with the likes of Toy Story and its sequel Toy Story 2, but CGI films became more popular in 2001 with the release of Shrek. Other popular CGI films include Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc. and Ratatouille. In addition, Up became the second animated feature ever to receive an Oscar nomination for The Best Picture.

The 2000s also saw a resurgence of several genres. For example, Gladiator, Moulin Rouge!, and Spider-Man increased the popularity of the Epic, Musical, and comic book genres, respectively.

Highest-grossing films

The list has more 2008 and 2007 films in the top 50 than any other year, each with eight. They are followed by 2009, 2005 and 2004, each with six. Figures are given in United States dollars (USD).

List of worldwide highest-grossing films
Rank Title Studios Worldwide gross Year Ref.
1 Avatar 20th Century Fox $2,713,395,000 2009
[# 1]
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema $1,119,110,941 2003
[# 2]
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Walt Disney Pictures $1,066,179,725 2006
[# 3]
4 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $1,001,921,825 2008
[# 4]
5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Warner Bros. $974,733,550 2001
[# 5]
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Walt Disney Pictures $960,996,492 2007
[# 6]
7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $938,212,738 2007
[# 7]
8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Warner Bros. $929,359,401 2009
[# 8]
9 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema $925,282,504 2002
[# 9]
10 Shrek 2 DreamWorks Animation $919,838,758 2004
[# 10]
11 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. $895,921,036 2005
[# 11]
12 Spider-Man 3 Sony Pictures/Columbia $890,871,626 2007
[# 12]
13 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky $887,566,024 2009
[# 13]
14 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. $878,643,482 2002
[# 14]
15 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Line Cinema $870,761,744 2001
[# 15]
16 Finding Nemo Disney/Pixar $864,625,978 2003
[# 16]
17 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $848,754,768 2005
[# 17]
18 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures $834,969,807 2009
[# 18]
19 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $821,708,551 2002
[# 19]
20 Shrek the Third DreamWorks Animation $798,958,162 2007
[# 20]
21 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Warner Bros. $795,634,069 2004
[# 21]
22 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Paramount Pictures $786,636,033 2008
[# 22]
23 Spider-Man 2 Sony Pictures $783,766,341 2004
[# 23]
24 The Da Vinci Code Columbia $758,239,851 2006
[# 24]
25 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Walden Media/Disney $745,011,272 2005
[# 25]
26 The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $742,128,461 2003
[# 26]
27 2012 Sony Pictures/Columbia $736,257,842 2009
[# 27]
28 Transformers DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures $709,709,780 2007
[# 28]
29 Up Disney/Pixar $683,004,164 2009
[# 29]
30 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Summit Entertainment $669,259,961 2009
[# 30]
31 Ice Age: The Meltdown 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky $655,388,158 2006
[# 31]
32 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Walt Disney Pictures $654,264,015 2003
[# 32]
33 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox $649,398,328 2002
[# 33]
34 Kung Fu Panda DreamWorks Animation $631,744,560 2008
[# 34]
35 The Incredibles Disney/Pixar $631,442,092 2004
[# 35]
36 Hancock Columbia Pictures $624,386,746 2008
[# 36]
37 Ratatouille Disney/Pixar $623,707,397 2007
[# 37]
38 The Passion of the Christ Icon Productions $611,899,420 2004
[# 38]
39 Mamma Mia! Universal Pictures $609,841,637 2008
[# 39]
40 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa DreamWorks Animation $603,900,344 2008
[# 40]
41 Casino Royale Sony/MGM/Columbia $594,239,066 2006
[# 41]
42 War of the Worlds DreamWorks / Paramount $591,745,540 2005
[# 42]
43 Quantum of Solace MGM / Columbia $586,090,727 2008
[# 43]
44 I Am Legend Warner Bros. $585,349,010 2007
[# 44]
45 Iron Man Paramount $585,133,287 2008
[# 45]
46 Night at the Museum 20th Century Fox $574,480,450 2006
[# 46]
47 King Kong Universal $550,517,357 2005
[# 47]
48 Mission: Impossible II Paramount $546,388,105 2000
[# 48]
49 The Day After Tomorrow 20th Century Fox $544,272,402 2004
[# 49]
50 Madagascar DreamWorks SKG $532,680,671 2005
[# 50]

Highest-grossing film per year

Year Title Studio(s) Worldwide Gross Ref.
2000 Mission: Impossible II Paramount $546,288,105
[# 48]
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Warner Bros. $974,733,550
[# 5]
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema $925,282,504
[# 9]
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema $1,119,110,941
[# 2]
2004 Shrek 2 DreamWorks SKG $919,838,758
[# 10]
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. $895,921,036
[# 11]
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Disney $1,066,179,725
[# 3]
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Disney $960,996,492
[# 6]
2008 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $1,001,842,429
[# 4]
2009 Avatar 20th Century Fox $2,713,395,000
[# 1]

Most acclaimed films of the decade

According to They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?, a site which numerically calculates reception among critics, the most acclaimed films of the 2000s are:

  1. In the Mood for Love
  2. Mulholland Dr.
  3. Yi Yi
  4. Spirited Away
  5. Werckmeister Harmonies
  6. There Will Be Blood
  7. Russian Ark
  8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  9. Caché/Hidden
  10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  11. The Gleaners & I
  12. Tropical Malady
  13. Talk to Her
  14. Punch-Drunk Love
  15. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  16. Platform
  17. Blissfully Yours
  18. Lost in Translation
  19. Dancer in the Dark
  20. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

According to Metacritic, which analysed many of the notable 'best films of the decade' lists to compile the results, the top twenty films most often and most notably included in these lists are

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  3. Mulholland Drive
  4. No Country For Old Men
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  7. Spirited Away
  8. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  10. The Dark Knight
  11. Amelie
  12. Children of Men
  13. Memento
  14. Pan's Labyrinth
  15. United 93
  16. Wall-E
  17. Almost Famous
  18. Brokeback Mountain
  19. Far from Heaven
  20. Lost in Translation

As well as this, the ten films released in the 2000s which got the highest average critic scores according to Metacritic are

  1. Pan's Labyrinth
  2. 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days
  3. Ratatouille
  4. Spirited Away
  5. The Hurt Locker
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  7. Sideways
  8. Wall-E
  9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  10. 35 Shots of Rum

List of films

0–9

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

See also

References

Highest-grossing films
  1. ^ a b "Avatar (2009)".  
  2. ^ a b "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)".  
  3. ^ a b "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)".  
  4. ^ a b "The Dark Knight (2008)".  
  5. ^ a b "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)".  
  6. ^ a b "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)".  
  7. ^ "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2793007)".  
  8. ^ "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)".  
  9. ^ a b "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)".  
  10. ^ a b "Shrek 2 (2002)".  
  11. ^ a b "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)".  
  12. ^ "Spider-Man 3 (2007)".  
  13. ^ "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)".  
  14. ^ "Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets (2002)".  
  15. ^ "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)".  
  16. ^ "Finding Nemo (2003)".  
  17. ^ "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)".  
  18. ^ "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)".  
  19. ^ "Spider-Man (2002)".  
  20. ^ "Shrek the Third (2007)".  
  21. ^ "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)".  
  22. ^ "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)".  
  23. ^ "Spider-Man 2 (2004)".  
  24. ^ "The Da Vinci Code (2006)".  
  25. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)".  
  26. ^ "The Matrix Reloaded (2003)".  
  27. ^ "2012 (2009)".  
  28. ^ "Transformers (2007)".  
  29. ^ "Up (2009)".  
  30. ^ "The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)".  
  31. ^ "Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)".  
  32. ^ "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Peal (2003)".  
  33. ^ "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)".  
  34. ^ "Kung Fu Panda (2008)".  
  35. ^ "The Incredibles (2004)".  
  36. ^ "Hancock (2008)".  
  37. ^ "Ratatouille (2007)".  
  38. ^ "The Passion of the Christ (2004)".  
  39. ^ "Mamma Mia! (2008)".  
  40. ^ "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)".  
  41. ^ "Casino Royale (2006)".  
  42. ^ "War of the Worlds (2005)".  
  43. ^ "Quantum of Solace (2008)".  
  44. ^ "I Am Legend (2007)".  
  45. ^ "Iron Man (2008)".  
  46. ^ "Night at the Museum (2006)".  
  47. ^ "King Kong (2005)".  
  48. ^ a b "Mission: Impossible II (2000)".  
  49. ^ "The Day After Tomorrow (2004)".  
  50. ^ "Madagascar (2005)".  
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