I am one of those lucky bloggers who has a husband that
critiques reads all my posts. After I shared my post on the best 90s movies my husband asked when I was going to do one for films from the 80s and the 00s (2000s? How does one abbreviate that…?). I hadn’t planned on doing another, but he insisted.
Keeping that in mind, these films are a culmination of my favorites and his favorites. We have pretty similar taste, though, so my name is Audrey and I approve all these movies:
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Ok… not everyone is going to agree with this pick. Some people find Will Ferrell to be dumb and unfunny. (And in the case of Semi-Pro, Elf, and Blades of Glory I 100% agree with you.) But as a NASCAR fan, this movie cracks me up every single time I watch it. I swear a member of my family quotes this film at least twice a week. Yeah, it’s dumb, but it’s a comedy and I think it’s crazy funny.
The Incredibles (2004)
This is my favorite Pixar movie. (I’m unnaturally excited about the rumored sequel.) I think this movie appropriately sums up the frustrations and trials of every family (plus some superhero drama). I love that the men and women are equally kick-ass and flawed; I think it’s a super balanced movie with a very important message about family and friends, and being yourself in a world that might not always like you.
The Italian Job (2003)
This is an favorite in our house. We’re big fans of heist movies and fast cars, plus the cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, and Chalize Theron. It’s also easy to hate Edward Norton because he’s so bad you want to punch him… Right, Charlize?
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Oh, Leo… how did you JUST get an Oscar? I think this film is incredible and has an all-star cast (include some people that weren’t huge in 2002, but have skyrocketed to fame now). It’s a clever movie that makes you laugh and cry and shake your head and totally gives you mixed feelings about who to root for and who to despise. If you haven’t seen this film, I highly recommend it.
Ocean’s 11 (2001)
Oh look that that… another heist movie. This was back before Angelina ruined Brad. This is another one of those movies that made me fall for Julia Roberts. This movie has a great cast, too, and once you’ve fallen in love with Ocean’s crew you have two more movies you can watch with them! (Plus the 1960s version.)
We had a few runner-ups that didn’t quite make the cut, but I’d still recommend any day: Pearl Harbor | Inglourious Basterds| Cars
This list was tricky… I think the 90s had a lot of fun teen comedies while the 2000s were action-packed. You’ll never find super violent films on my lists (except I.B.) so it was a little tough with this decade. Chances are someday I’ll make a list of top 80s movie, too, so stick around.
What are some of your favorite movies from the 2000s?