The first ten years of the new century were good to movies. Every genre seemed to be represented in the top movies of the decade. For people my age, this was also the decade where our tastes matured, and sometimes went the opposite direction as well (American Pie). This was when my generation got to know a new James Bond and see Indiana Jones once again.

Comic books became a new source for film makers with Spiderman, Batman Begins, and Iron Man. Each of these films was just the beginning to series that were wildly successful. In addition to comic books, other series also began with Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Transformers all coming to the screen for the first time.

Russell Crowe made the 2000s his own, starting with Gladiator he starred in the Best Picture of 2000. That movie also got him an Oscar for Best Actor. In 2001 he followed that up with another great performance in A Beautiful Mind, also a Best Picture winner. Continuing throughout the decade he would continue to shine with films like Cinderella Man, American Gangster, and Body of Lies.

In addition to Crowe some other actors also made it big. Sean Penn took two Best Actor Awards home for his work in Mystic River and Milk. The second film was one of a number of movies made during the decade which focused on true stories of real people. This genre would grow in the 2000s to included Frost/Nixon, Invictus, Good Night, and Good Luck, Walk the Line, Hotel Rwanda, A Beautiful Mind, Ali, and Pollock.

For the women in Hollywood this was also a fantastic decade. Every year saw a different woman take home the Best Actress statue at the Oscars. Perhaps none was as significant as Halle Berry’s win in 2001 for Monster’s Ball. That award was the first for an African-American actress in a leading role. Berry wasn’t the only one finding success.

In the 2000s we found Nemo, had (500) Days of Summer, and got to embark on a fantastic mission with The Lord of the Rings. So many great series and films were produced during this amazing decade. Here are the films I’ve reviewed from the 2000s:

Don’t for get about the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, or 2010s!


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