Best Movies of 2003

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Best Movies of 2003
Best Movies of 2003
TOP Movies: Mystic River (2003), Finding Nemo (2003), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Lost in Translation (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), 21 Grams (2003), Bruce Almighty (2003), The Last Samurai (2003), Big Fish (2003), Monster (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Bad Boys II (2003), The Station Agent (2003), Love Actually (2003), Brother Bear (2003), Elf (2003), House of Sand and Fog (2003), School of Rock (2003), Identity (2003).
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List of Best Movies

Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, emotional, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, sexual abuse, police investigation, child abuse, loss of child, murder, childhood, pedophilia, death in the family, investigation, child rape ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, contemporary, 60s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 201 min.
Story: Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, exciting, breathtaking, captivating ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, good versus evil, adventure, magical, wizards, warrior, imaginary kingdom, battles, courage, sword and sorcery, sword fight, ancient ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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Finding Nemo (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting ...
Style: feel good, sweet, sentimental, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: friendship, adventure, shark, animals, family, memory loss, courage, father son relationship, talking animals, friends, ocean, rescue ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new south wales, pacific ocean, sydney australia, australia
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 17th-century pirate, quarrels with a rival pirate bent on pillaging Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow decides to help the girl's love save her.
Style: exciting, entertaining, fairy tale, dark fantasy, colourful ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, date night ...
Plot: pirate, adventure, ship, treasure hunt, treasure, fantasy world, curses spells and rituals, disney, british empire, pirate ship, weirdo, pirate captain ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: caribbean, jamaica
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Genre: Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.
Style: slasher, scary, disturbing, macabre, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, torture, sadistic horror, insanity, psychopath, murder, chainsaw, monster, masked killer, massacre, kidnapping, graphic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: texas, austin texas, latin america, usa, mexico
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who ...
Style: tense, suspense, exciting, stylized, bloody ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: revenge, vengeance, martial arts, mentor, female protagonist, one man army, dark humor, dark hero, tough girl, organized crime, female warrior, warrior ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: japan, tokyo, austin texas, asia, usa ...
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, depressing, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, age difference, midlife crisis, older man younger woman relationship, friendship, unlikely friendships, adultery, fish out of water, culture clash, unlikely couple, actor, character study ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ...
Style: exciting, tense, epic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: ship, napoleonic wars, sea battle, navy, adventure, leadership, battles, naval battle, heroic mission, sailboat, escapades, naturalist ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, france, brazil, europe, pacific ocean
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The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Six months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has ...
Style: philosophical, saga, futuristic, exciting, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cyberpunk, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, post apocalypse, future dystopia, chosen one, alternate reality, man versus machine, prophecy, oracle, rebel, fight ...
Time: future, distant future, year 2003, 23rd century, 2000s ...
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21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: mind bending, emotional, gloomy, depressing, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, guilt, drugs, drug addiction, suicide attempt, redemption, mathematician, tragedy, multiple storylines, grief, hit and run, faith ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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Bruce Almighty (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bruce Nolan toils as a "human interest" television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Grace, Bruce remains unfulfilled. At the end of the worst day in his life, he angrily ridicules ...
Style: light, inspirational, funny, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night, date night
Plot: god, wish come true, divine intervention, supernatural ability, religion, supernatural power, chosen one, redemption, magic, wish fulfillment, dog, miraculous event ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: mount everest
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, serious, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: samurai, war, warrior, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, self discovery, battles, sword fight, katana, loyalty, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, pacific ocean, san francisco
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Big Fish (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true ...
Style: surreal, feel good, touching, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, father son relationship, fish, adventure, fantasy world, witch, journey, parents and children, mermaid, surrealism, magic realism, magic ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1940s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: texas, usa, alabama, paris france, miami ...
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Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, harsh, disturbing, psychological, depressing ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, lesbian love, rape, gay, sexual abuse, female serial killer, destructive relationship, mental illness, murder, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.
Style: futuristic, exciting, thought provoking, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, distopia, virtual reality, alternate reality, chosen one, post apocalypse, man versus machine, warrior, freedom, technology gone awry, save the world ...
Time: future, distant future, 23rd century, 2000s, near future ...
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Bad Boys II (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Out-of-control, trash-talking buddy cops Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey of the Miami Narcotics Task Force reunite, and bullets fly, cars crash and laughs explode as they pursue a whacked-out drug lord from the streets of Miami to the barrios of ...
Style: funny, entertaining, humorous, exciting, buddy movie ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: buddy cop, police, drug lord, gunfight, gangsters, chase, african american, foul language, friendship between men, partners against crime, violent, car chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, cuba, usa, puerto rico ...
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The Station Agent (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.
Style: tragicomedy, touching, humorous, sincere, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: loneliness, bittersweet, friendship, depression, small town, solitude, loss, inheritance, grief, death, prejudice, loner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, canada, manhattan new york city, newfoundland
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Love Actually (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.
Style: feel good, romantic, sentimental, touching, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: christmas, love and romance, love, holiday, marriage, love story, relationships, couple relations, first love, looking for love, infidelity, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, marseille, milwaukee wisconsin ...
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Brother Bear (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When an impulsive boy named Kenai is magically transformed into a bear, he must literally walk in another's footsteps until he learns some valuable life lessons. His courageous and often zany journey introduces him to a forest full of wildlife, ...
Style: touching, fairy tale, feel good, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers
Plot: disney, friendship, animals, talking animals, adventure, family, unlikely friendships, native americans, bear, brother brother relationship, transformation, brotherhood ...
Time: stone age, prehistory, 1890s, prehistoric times
Place: antarctica, alaska
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Elf (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, light, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, holiday, father son relationship, santa claus, christmas spirit, elf, winter, north pole, goofy hero, toys, adventure, snow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, empire state building manhattan new york city, usa, south pole, manhattan new york city
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House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: depression, life is a bitch, tragedy, justice, tragic event, eviction, immigrants, character study, complex characters, secrets, dysfunctional family, honest ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: california, san francisco, usa, iran
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School of Rock (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fifth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' ...
Style: feel good, funny, sexy, humorous, buddy movie ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, chick flick ...
Plot: teacher, music, school, rock band, rock music, music band, musician, teachers and students, rock and roll, battle of the bands, student, rock concert ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: california, new york, usa, los angeles
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Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, scary, suspenseful, mind bending, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mystery, murder mystery, mental disorder, investigation, motel, stranded, split personality, dissociative identity disorder, characters killed one by one, psychiatrist, psycho ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: nevada, usa, florida
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American Splendor (2003)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Style: realistic, stylized, semi serious, sincere, cynical ...
Plot: writer's life, depression, loneliness, artist, antisocial behavior, writers, art, character study, loser, superhero, rising to stardom, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 50s, 70s
Place: usa, ohio, cleveland ohio, new york
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Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother, Erica. Left in the care of ...
Style: romantic, feel good, light, touching, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: age difference, elderly, opposites attract, romance, love triangle, golden years, older man younger woman relationship, love story, love and romance, couples, unlikely couple, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, new york, usa, afghanistan, france ...
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Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: rebellion, bully, coming of age, violence, friendship, corporal punishment, private school, rebelliousness, boarding school life, life is a bitch, boarding school, humiliation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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Freaky Friday (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Mother and daughter bicker over everything -- what Anna wears, whom she likes and what she wants to do when she's older. In turn, Anna detests Tess's fiancé. When a magical fortune cookie switches their personalities, they each get a peek ...
Style: funny, humorous, light, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids, family outing ...
Plot: body swapping, high school, mother daughter relationship, teenager, child as adult, wedding, switching bodies, switching roles, soul transference, adult as child, mother daughter conflict, generation gap ...
Time: 2000s, 80s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Italy, Romania, UK
Duration: 154 min.
Story: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind ...
Style: romantic, epic, sincere, emotional, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, civil war, love story, survival, loss of family member, war, love, romance, slavery, getting home, loss of loved one ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century, victorian era, 50s
Place: south carolina, north carolina, usa, ancient greece, appalachia ...
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Seabiscuit (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
Style: inspirational, feel good, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: horse, horse race, racehorse, follow your dream, sport, underdog, against the odds, depression, animal training, coach, jockey, rags to riches ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: california, chicago illinois, tijuana mexico, pasadena california, albuquerque new mexico ...
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Hulk (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers massive radiation exposure in his laboratory that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.
Style: intense, stylized, exciting, serious, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, genetics, experiment gone awry, mutant, chase, transformation, technology, mad scientist, military, adventure, dark hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: san francisco, california, central america, new york, south america
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