2000s in film

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The decade of the 2000s in film involved many significant developments in the film industries around the world, especially in the technology used. Building on developments in the 1990s, computers were 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 The Matrix sequels and 300.

The 2000s saw the resurgence of several genres. Fantasy film franchises dominated the box office with The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Star Wars prequel trilogy (beginning in 1999), The Chronicles of Narnia, etc. Comic book superhero films became a mainstream blockbuster genre following the releases of X-Men, Unbreakable, and Spider-Man. Gladiator similarly sparked the revival of epic films, while the Bollywood-inspired Moulin Rouge! did the same for musical films in the Western world, where Indian musicals such as Lagaan and Devdas also began gaining mainstream exposure. Hong Kong fight choreographers like Yuen Woo-ping continued their influence in Hollywood with such martial arts films as Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2, even leading to wire fu techniques spreading into other subgenres alongside filmmaker John Woo's gun fu. The battle royale genre also began with the release of the Japanese film Battle Royale (2000).

In addition, film categories not known for their popular appeal in North America became increasingly attractive to moviegoers: foreign language films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero (2002), The Passion of the Christ, and Pan's Labyrinth; as well as documentary films like An Inconvenient Truth, March of the Penguins, Super Size Me, and Fahrenheit 9/11 became very successful.

Computer animation replaced traditional animation as the dominant medium for animated feature films in American cinema (especially with the release of Shrek): DreamWorks Animation was the dominant animation studio in that decade. Pixar and 20th Century Fox Animation followed close behind (the latter after Fox Animation Studios was closed down on October 31, 2000). Further extending to the exploration of motion capture technology in films such as Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists (2000), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) and The Polar Express (2004). Additionally, hand-drawn anime films gained more exposure outside of Japan with the release of Spirited Away. Stop-motion animated films regained popularity with the releases of Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Coraline.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

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

Highest-grossing film per year[edit]

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

Most acclaimed films of the decade[edit]

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]

  1. In the Mood for Love
  2. Mulholland Drive
  3. Yi Yi
  4. There Will Be Blood
  5. Spirited Away
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  7. Caché/Hidden
  8. Tropical Malady
  9. Lost in Translation
  10. City of God
  11. Brokeback Mountain
  12. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  13. WALL-E
  14. Talk to Her
  15. Dogville
  16. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  17. Russian Ark
  18. The White Ribbon
  19. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  20. No Country for Old Men

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. Amélie
  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

BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century poll of film critics listed the following as the top ten best films of the 2000s:[2]

  1. Mulholland Drive
  2. In the Mood for Love
  3. There Will Be Blood
  4. Spirited Away
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  6. Yi Yi
  7. No Country for Old Men
  8. Zodiac
  9. Children of Men
  10. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

The New York Times' list of "The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far" selected the following as the top five best films of the 2000s:[3]

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. Spirited Away
  3. Million Dollar Baby
  4. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  5. Yi Yi

Moviefone's list of "50 Best Movies of the Decade" included the following films in the top five:[4]

  1. Kill Bill
  2. City of God
  3. Battle Royale
  4. No Country for Old Men
  5. The Dark Knight

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino selected the following as the best and most influential films of the decade:[5]

  1. Battle Royale
  2. Anything Else
  3. Dogville
  4. The Host
  5. Joint Security Area
  6. Lost in Translation
  7. Memories of Murder
  8. Shaun of the Dead
  9. Team America: World Police
  10. Unbreakable

List of films[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Highest-grossing films
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