Best Movies of 2003

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Best Movies of 2003
Best Movies of 2003
TOP Movies: Finding Nemo (2003), Mystic River (2003), Lost in Translation (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), 21 Grams (2003), Big Fish (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003), The Last Samurai (2003), Bruce Almighty (2003), Monster (2003), The Station Agent (2003), Oldboy (2003), Bad Boys II (2003), Love Actually (2003), House of Sand and Fog (2003), American Splendor (2003), The Barbarian Invasions (2003), Brother Bear (2003), Elephant (2003).

List of Best Movies

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, captivating, exciting, breathtaking, stylized ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, warrior, friendship, imaginary kingdom, adventure, imaginary, battles, wizards, magical, elf, heroic, monster ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: new zealand
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 969K
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, touching, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, adventure, talking animals, family, shark, underwater, journey, friends, father son relationship, courage, rescue, odd couple ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: pacific ocean, new south wales, australia, sydney 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, dark fantasy, humorous, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night, date night, kids
Plot: pirate, adventure, ship, curses spells and rituals, pirate ship, sea battle, british empire, treasure, weirdo, gold, ocean or sea, fantasy world ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: caribbean, jamaica
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 429K
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, neo noir, twist ending, bleak ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, mystery, child abuse, child molestation, death in the family, sexual abuse, loss of child, child rape, innocence lost, loss of daughter, murder ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 70s, contemporary, 60s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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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, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, older man younger woman relationship, actor, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
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: exciting, tense, non-linear, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, one man army, mentor, dark humor, tough girl, dark hero, female warrior, organized crime, warrior, revenge, hate, master warrior ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s, 90s ...
Place: usa, asia, tokyo, japan, pasadena california
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: ship, sea battle, navy, napoleonic wars, battles, ocean or sea, adventure, naval battle, heroic mission, leadership, escapades, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s
Place: brazil, europe, england, pacific ocean, france
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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, exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, chosen one, alternate reality, post apocalypse, man versus machine, virtual reality, precognition, save the world, rebel, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, distant future, 2000s ...
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 7.6
 227K
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, gloomy, psychological, non-linear, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, guilt, redemption, tragedy, suicide attempt, death in the family, crimes, hopes, loss, desperation, mathematics, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 422K
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, sentimental, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, adventure, witch, storytelling, fantasy world, family relations, circus, journey, fish, escapades, mermaid, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, morocco, russia, texas, miami ...
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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: exciting, bleak, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, alternate reality, freedom, chosen one, warrior, virtual reality, save the world, precognition, post apocalypse, resistance ...
Time: future, distant future, 21st century, 2000s, 23rd century
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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: exciting, captivating, serious, stylized, epic ...
Plot: warrior, samurai, battles, self discovery, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, war, loyalty, friendship, japanese history, honor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 379K
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, humorous, inspirational, witty, funny ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night
Plot: wish come true, god, miraculous event, responsibility, chosen one, supernatural ability, deal, supernatural power, divine intervention, dog, god or devil, switching roles ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: mount everest
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 140K
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, psychological, disturbing, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, rape, misanthrope, lesbian love, destructive relationship, tragic love, death sentence, homeless, murder, death penalty ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, ohio, miami
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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: sincere, touching, humorous, captivating, tragicomedy ...
Plot: loneliness, friendship, solitude, depression, small town, inheritance, dwarf, bittersweet, lifestyle, human nature, small town life, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, canada, newfoundland
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 530K
Oldboy (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Style: bleak, twist ending, psychological, brutal, atmospheric ...
Plot: revenge, incest, father daughter incest, vengeance, mind game, loneliness, confined, older man younger woman relationship, sin, twists & turns, torture, brother sister incest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1988, 80s, year 2003 ...
Place: korea, asia, south korea, new york, stockholm sweden ...
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 6.6
 236K
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: humorous, stylized, exciting, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: buddy cop, drug lord, friendship between men, two man army, fbi, gunfight, undercover, drug dealing, partners, gang war, buddies, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, cuba, usa, amsterdam ...
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 7.6
 443K
Love Actually (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France
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, sentimental, romantic, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: christmas, love and romance, first love, marriage, couple relations, looking for love, fall in love, workplace romance, family relations, love at first sight, holiday, unrequited love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, marseille, england, united kingdom ...
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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: bleak, psychological, tense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: depression, eviction, immigrants, life is a bitch, tragic event, loss of son, american dream, human nature, tragedy, compassion, muslim, anger ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century
Place: california, san francisco, usa, iran
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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: neurotic, realistic, stylized, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: writer's life, antisocial behavior, loneliness, depression, artist, self discovery, rising to stardom, social misfits, ambition, lifestyle, new job, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: usa, ohio, new york, cleveland ohio
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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries ...
Style: touching, sentimental, clever, philosophical, emotional ...
Plot: dying, friendship, professor, illness, haunted by the past, culture clash, reunion, friends, death, cancer, family relations, heroin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, future, middle ages
Place: canada, quebec, united states, china, alaska ...
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 100K
Brother Bear (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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, inspirational, humorous, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: friendship, talking animals, disney, adventure, family, animals, human becomes animal, hunting, animal life, grizzly bear, unlikely friendships, brother brother relationship ...
Time: prehistory, 1890s, prehistoric times
Place: alaska, antarctica
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 87K
Elephant (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: school shooting, mass murder, student, teacher, atrocity, violence spree, classmate, school, massacre, suicide, bomb, shooting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
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 7.3
 232K
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, suspenseful, mind bending, surprise ending, psycho film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, motel, psychiatrist, split personality, mystery, stranded, characters killed one by one, investigation, psycho terror ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, united states, florida
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 7.0
 235K
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: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, not serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, holiday, christmas movie, christmas spirit, elf, santa claus, goofy hero, father son relationship, fish out of water, corporate world, north pole, orphan ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, south pole, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
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 7.1
 282K
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, humorous, realistic, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, date night, kids
Plot: music band, teacher, rock band, teachers and students, rock music, music, musician, school, guitarist, idealism, contests and competitions, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, california
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 68K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: horse, horse race, racehorse, underdog, follow your dream, against the odds, businessman, animal training, marriage, divorce, cowboy, horse trainer ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: baltimore, new york, san francisco, pasadena california, albuquerque new mexico ...
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 7.2
 142K
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: captivating, emotional, touching, sincere, epic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, slavery, getting home, loss of family member, friendship, soldier, survival, civil war, lovers reunited, couple relations, loss of loved one ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: usa, south carolina, north carolina, atlantic ocean, appalachia
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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: feel good, humorous, romantic, light, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: opposites attract, age difference, golden years, love triangle, romance, elderly, unlikely couple, playwright, love and romance, looking for love, fall in love, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, paris france, afghanistan, manhattan new york city ...
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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, suspenseful, rough, serious, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, hitchhiker, murder, torture, disfigurement, sadistic horror, chainsaw, psychopath, white trash, cannibal, evil man, graphic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, latin america, usa, mexico
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