Some films just take you way back! For many, nothing beats the reminiscence of a classic 2000s flick. Filmed in the time of clunky iPod classics and flip phones, Lancôme Juice Tube lip-gloss, and Juicy Couture tracksuits, the movies embrace all the great parts of the millennium. Sure, they might make you feel a little old and most of them lack the type of diversity we all need to see in a movie, but in different ways, these movies make us reminisce about the 2000s.
From the female lead movies such as Mean Girls to quotable like Legally Blonde and romances like The Notebook, in our opinion; the best thing about these great movies is that they are the type of films you’d love to watch time and time again.
Superheroes, freefalling astronauts, Tenenbaums, techies, peasants, slaves, lovers, school kids, and gangsters- they are all here in our countdown of 5 great movies from before 2000 you should watch.
When a young journalist is given a chance to follow a new band and write about the escapades for Rolling Stone magazine, his eyes start seeing things differently. The movie maybe 20 years old, but its remarkable acclaim remains.
In the movie, Patrick Fugit is cast as a young and bright teenager, who was able to talk himself into a journalism assignment.
Love & Basketball
Love & Basketball is a romantic sports drama movie written by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Produced by Sam Kit and Spike Lee, these movie stars Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The movie tells the story of Monica Wright (Lathan) and Quincy McCall (Epps), next-door neighbors in LA, who are pursuing careers as basketball pros before ultimately falling for one another.
Released in April 2000 in the US, the movie received positive reviews from the critics, with most of the praise being directed at the performances, direction, script as well as emotional weight of the movie. However, the movie grossed £20.19 million around the world.
Requiem For A Dream
Requiem for a Dream is a psychological drama movie directed by Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, and Ellen Burstyn. The film is based on a 1978 novel by Hubert Selby Jr., by the same name. The movie depicts 4 characters severely affected by drug addiction and how it changes their emotional and physical states. The addiction causes them to become imposed on a world of desperation and delusion. As the movie progresses, every character deteriorates resulting in catastrophe.
The movie premiered in the Cannes Movie Festival, picked as the out-of-competition entry, closely followed by the US theatrical release in October 2000 by Artisan Entertainment. The movie received positive reviews from critics. The movie cast, music, editing, direction, and visual style were all praised.
Erin Brockovich is a biographical legal movie written by Susannah Grant and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The movie is a dramatization of Erin Brockovich’s story played by Julia Roberts, who was embroiled in a debacle with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company about its role in the Hinkley groundwater contamination issue. The movie got positive critical reactions and was very successful at the box office.
The movie got five nominations during the 73rd Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and the Best Picture. Julia Roberts, the star actor also won a Screen Actors Guild Award, A Golden Globe, and a BAFTA award.
Bring It On
Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku, All hail Kirsten Dunst for this cult classic cheerleading film that made almost every teenager wants to become a cheerleader. It was the first Bring It On Movie and was closely followed by 5 direct to video follow-ups, none of which features the original cast members. Released in the US in august 25,2000, the movie earned a global gross of about £65.63.
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