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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.

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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. The film Gladiator similarly sparked the revival of epic films, while the Bollywood-inspired Moulin Rouge! sparked the revival of musical films in the Western world, where Bollywood musical films such as Lagaan and Devdas also began gaining mainstream exposure. The battle royale genre also began with the release of the Japanese film Battle Royale.

In addition, film genres not known for their popular appeal in North America became increasingly attractive to filmgoers: films in foreign languages like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Passion of the Christ and Letters from Iwo Jima; and documentary films like An Inconvenient Truth, March of the Penguins, Super Size Me, and Fahrenheit 9/11, became very successful.

Animated films in the 2000s included an increase in the use of computer-generated imagery, like in Shrek and Madagascar. Anime films gained popularity with the release of Spirited Away, stop-motion animated films regained popularity with the release of Chicken Run, while motion-capture animated films gained popularity with The Polar Express.

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Highest-grossing filmsEdit

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

Highest-grossing film per yearEdit

Year Title Studio(s) Worldwide Gross Ref.
2000 Mission: Impossible 2 Paramount $546,288,105
[# 48]
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Warner Bros. $974,733,550
[# 5]
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema $925,282,504
[# 9]
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema $1,119,110,941
[# 2]
2004 Shrek 2 DreamWorks SKG $919,838,758
[# 10]
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. $895,921,036
[# 11]
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Disney $1,066,179,725
[# 3]
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Disney $960,996,492
[# 6]
2008 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $1,001,842,429
[# 4]
2009 Avatar 20th Century Fox $2,713,395,000
[# 51]

Most acclaimed films of the decadeEdit

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. In the Mood for Love
  2. Mulholland Drive
  3. Yi Yi
  4. Spirited Away
  5. Werckmeister Harmonies
  6. There Will Be Blood
  7. Russian Ark
  8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  9. Caché/Hidden
  10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  11. The Gleaners & I
  12. Tropical Malady
  13. Talk to Her
  14. Punch-Drunk Love
  15. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  16. Platform
  17. Blissfully Yours
  18. Lost in Translation
  19. Dancer in the Dark
  20. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

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

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino selected the following as the best films of the decade:[1]

  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

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. The Tree of Life
  7. Yi Yi
  8. No Country for Old Men
  9. Zodiac
  10. Children of Men

Moviefone's list of "50 Best Movies of the Decade" included the following films in the top five:[3]

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

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:[4]

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

List of filmsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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