Top 10 Films of 2000

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10. Frequency (Gregory Hoblit, USA)
Easily the most entertaining big-budget Hollywood film of the year. Hoblit’s time-travelling film is part “Back To The Future”, part “Quantum Leap”, and it all comes together with a great murder mystery plot.

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9. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears, USA)
Stephen Frears’ honest if Americanised version of Nick Hornby’s novel is an enjoyable story of romance and music.
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8. Best In Show (Christopher Guest, USA)
Christopher Guest and his usual band of character actors aim their collective improvised comedy routine at obsessive dog owners. The funniest film of 2000.
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7. Remember the Titans (Boaz Yakin, USA)
“Remember The Titans” might be sentimental but its important message of integration and multicultural understanding isn’t preached or over done. Crucially, Yakin tells us a great story of an American high school football team and their rise to glory with all the blood, sweat and tears you’d expect from a sports movie. Coupled with that is the underlying but ever present racism that has been magnified by the school system’s recent abolishment of segregation. As two of the team’s best players – one white, one black – come to find friendship in each other, and a renewed strength of character on and off the field, the racial boundaries crack throughout the team and the local community.
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6. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, USA)
“The Sixth Sense” was good, this is a masterpiece. You won’t see the ending coming. Ultimately the film completely strips a tired genre of its conventions and puts them back together again in a reenergised, reconstituted way. It’s best to know as little as possible about the film before seeing it.
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5. Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh, USA)
Steven Soderbergh brings Erin Brockovich’s real life tale of unemployed, single mum turned ace investigative lawyer to the big screen with the style we’ve come accustomed to. It’s a very uplifting film, injecting new life in the little guy versus big bully plotline.
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4. American Psycho (Mary Harron, USA)
Christian Bale became an instant superstar as murderous sex fiend Patrick Bateman. Mary Harron’s film brilliantly investigates the obsessive nature of corporate upper-class America in the 1980s with suave sophistication and brutal violence.
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3. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, USA)
Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiography charting the young life of William Miller as he tries to forge a career in rock n roll journalism is a charming and touching tale of growing up and great music.
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2. Memento (Christopher Nolan, USA)
One of the most original films ever made, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece tells its intriguing murder mystery backwards.
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1. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson, USA)
Curtis Hanson has remained the quiet genius amongst Hollywood directors, releasing films infrequently over a career spanning nearly 40 years. In the late 1980s he’s remembered for the Hitchcockian “The Bedroom Window” and pot boiling thriller “Bad Influence” by those lucky enough to see them. More people caught “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” and “The River Wild in the early 1990s. But he finally received the recognition his directing prowess deserved when he released the massive critical hit “L.A. Confidential”. This was followed three years later with “Wonder Boys” which, for me, is his greatest achievement. Michael Douglas has rarely been better in the role of disgruntled writer Grady Tripp who has to deal with the various social problems of his friends and associates while trying to come to terms with his own neurosis. The film features a great script by Steve Kloves who brings Michael Chabon’s characters to vivid life. Robert Downey Jr.’s small but perfect performance is worth the price of admission alone.

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Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Encore Entertainment Reply

    Love the Erin Brockovich inclusion (it’s become hated over the years), it rounds out my top 7 that year with Chocolat, Billy Elliot, You Can Count On Me and Traffic, Before Night Falls and Quills.

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    James Ewing Reply

    Wow, I didn’t realize High Fidelity and Almost Famous came out in the same year. I definitely love Almost Famous more, but I’m biased being a more of a writer than a music aficionado.

    Unbreakable and Remember the Titans were both films I use to like a lot but now I don’t know what I liked in them before.

    I must say, I find your lack of Requiem for a Dream disturbing. It’s one of the most effective and powerful films I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t checked it out, do so as soon as possible.

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    Red Reply

    Remember the Titans is quite possibly my favorite sports movie of all time. Major League and Caddyshack are up there, but they are completely different animals than RtT.

    “You Can Count on Me” would definitely top my list, followed by “Beau Travail”, “Dancer in the Dark”, “In the Mood for Love”, “Amores Perros”, “Yi Yi”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, “Almost Famous”, “Gladiator”, and “Requiem for a Dream”.

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    Dan Reply

    @James I know Requiem has a lot of fans, I’ve just never been one. I’d probably put it down to the fact it’s too downbeat for my tastes.

    @Red It’s great to see you’re a Remember The Titans fan, Red. I also think it’s one of the most powerful sports movies ever made.

    @Encore Yeah, I still love Erin after all these years! Julia Roberts is excellent and Soderbergh brings a true-life tale to life with the sort of vigour and style he became known for.

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    Heather Reply

    Aside from Erin Brockovich this is a very solid list. That movie makes my skin crawl with mediocrity.

    High praise for adding Frequency. What a surprisingly brilliant, and entertaining film.

    Besides you added Wonder Boys, American Psycho, AND Memento in your Top Five. We are officially BFF’s.

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    Heather Reply

    AND Almost Famous. Just beautiful.

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    Dan Reply

    @Heather – Apart from Erin Brockovich (which is actually one of my favourite Soderbergh films/and Julia Roberts performances), I’m glad we see eye to eye! Really glad you like Wonder Boys – it’s one of those films that I think was unfairly forgotten. Hopefully with my high rating here, and on my Top 50 of the decade (https://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/1756) – more people will see it. Great film. 😉

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    Heather Reply

    I agree. I remember being blown away by it but for some reason it seems to have slipped between the cracks of memory for me over the years. I have to do a rewatch and review it.

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    Aiden R. Reply

    A little sad that Memento didn’t nab the top spot (my #1 movie of the past decade), but Wonder Boys was pretty great, huh? Need to watch that one again. And way to throw Frequency on the list, people always forget about that one. Good stuff.

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    Marc Reply

    I like your placement of Memento and American Psycho, but am more overjoyed with Frequency finding a spot on this list!! I really love that movie and it is severely underrated. I like the sci-fi aspect but I think I like the father/son connection the most. Talk about a hidden gem…its going to be one of the films I talk about in my next “Off the Beaten Path” series.

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