Best of 2003

21 Grams

Twenty One Grams Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.
  • Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Stars: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Danny Huston

Bad Santa

Bad Santa Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: 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, and the security boss discovers the plot.
  • Director: Terry Zwigoff
  • Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Lauren Graham, and Bernie Mac

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: 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, and Renée Zellweger


Elephant Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Stars: Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, and John Robinson

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: 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 and Lee Unkrich
  • Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Alexander Gould

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.
  • Director: Peter Webber
  • Stars: Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, and Tom Wilkinson

Good Bye, Lenin!

Good Bye Lenin Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: 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, and Chulpan Khamatova

House of Sand and Fog

House of Sand and Fog Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home’s new owners.
  • Director: Vadim Perelman
  • Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard


Identity Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rainstorm, 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, and Amanda Peet

In America

In America Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States.
  • Director: Jim Sheridan
  • Stars: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, and Sarah Bolger

Kill Bill, Volume 1

Kill Bill Volume 1 Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: 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, Daryl Hannah, and David Carradine

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: A faded movie star and a neglected young wife form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.
  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Giovanni Ribisi

Love Actually

Love Actually Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
  • Director: Richard Curtis
  • Stars: Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, and Martine McCutcheon

Matchstick Men

Matchstick Men Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former’s teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, and Alison Lohman


Monster Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Stars: Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci

Mystic River

Mystic River Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one loses a daughter.
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon


Oldboy Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.
  • Director: Chan-wook Park
  • Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: 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, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom

Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles.
  • Director: Billy Ray
  • Stars: Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, and Chloë Sevigny

Something’s Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.
  • Director: Nancy Meyers
  • Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, and Keanu Reeves

The Dreamers

The Dreamers Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the ’68 Paris student riots.
  • Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Stars: Michael Pitt, Eva Green, and Louis Garrel

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Return Of The King Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: 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: Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

Whale Rider

Whale Rider Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.
  • Director: Niki Caro
  • Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, and Vicky Haughton

X2: X-Men United

X2 X-Men United Movie Poster

  • Synopsis: 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, and Ian McKellen


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