Favorite Films

Since I’m writing about screenplays and films, it’s only fair that I give you a sense of my tastes. So here’s a list of my favorite films since the year 2000.

Now let me stress something: I’m not saying these are the best films from the 21st century. They’re just my personal favorites. Nothing more, nothing less. In fact, I know for a fact that some of them really aren’t that good. They’re guilty pleasures. I mean, if this list went back to the ’90s, it would definitely include Deep Blue Sea, Tremors, and The Bodyguard!

If a certain film isn’t on here, it’s either because I wasn’t a huge fan or maybe I just haven’t seen it. At the same time, maybe there are a few listed here that you haven’t come across, in which case I would recommend them.

A word of warning: I’m a miserable old bastard, which means that I’m not a huge fan of musicals or animations, and I’m very picky about my comedies, so these genres are a little under-represented. That said, if you think there’s something missing, drop me a line at al@realdealscreenwriting.com. Maybe I just haven’t seen it and and I’m always on the lookout for good movies!

Without further ado, and in alphabetical order, here are my favorite movies from 2000 onward:

12 Years a Slave
127 Hours
3:10 to Yuma
A Beautiful Mind
A Knight’s Tale
About a Boy
American Sniper
Apocalypto
Arbitrage
Argo
Arrival
Batman Begins
Birdman
Boiler Room
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Boyhood
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Brokeback Mountain
Captain America: Civil War
Casino Royale
Cast Away
Catch Me If You Can
Changing Lanes
Charlie Wilson’s War
Children of Men
Contagion
Creed
Croupier
Dallas Buyers Club
Dark Blue
Deadpool
Deja Vu
District 9
Django Unchained
Dreamgirls
Dredd
Eagle Eye
Edge of Tomorrow
End of Watch
Erin Brockovich
Ex Machina
Fast Five
Flight
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Fury (2014)
Gladiator
Gone Baby Gone
Gran Torino
Gravity
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hellboy
Hitch
House of Flying Daggers
Identity
In Bruges
In Good Company
Infernal Affairs
Inglourious Basterds
Interstellar
Iron Man
Jet Li’s Fearless
John Wick
John Wick: Chapter Two
King Kong
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Layer Cake
Life of Pi
Logan
Lord of War
Love Actually
Mad Max: Fury Road
Man on Fire
Margin Call
Memento
Milk
Million Dollar Baby
Moon
Moulin Rouge!
Mud
Nacho Libre
Nightcrawler
No Country for Old Men
Oldboy (2003)
Pain and Gain
Pan’s Labyrinth
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pitch Black
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Road to Perdition
Rush (2013)
Safe House
Saw
Seabiscuit
Sherlock Holmes
Shrek
Shrek 2
Sicario
Sideways
Skyfall
Slumdog Millionaire
Smokin’ Aces
Snatch
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Taken
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Accountant
The American
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Big Short
The Bourne Identity
The Butterfly Effect
The Constant Gardener
The Dark Knight
The Departed
The Equalizer
The Fighter
The Good Shepherd
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grey
The Host (2006)
The Hurt Locker
The Imitation Game
The Incredibles
The Karate Kid (2010)
The King’s Speech
The Kite Runner
The Last King of Scotland
The Last Samurai
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Orphanage
The Others
The Prestige
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Revenant
The Ring
The Social Network
The Town
The Way of the Gun
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wrestler
There Will Be Blood
Toy Story 3
Training Day
Triple 9
Tropic Thunder
Troy
True Grit
Trumbo
Unbreakable
Under the Skin (2014)
War of the Worlds
What Lies Beneath
Whiplash
X-Men: First Class
Zero Dark Thirty
Zodiac
Zoolander