The Best movies of 2003


The early 00's gave us the iPod, Micro scooters, and Myspace. George Bush was president, kids were wearing Heelys and Hip Hop was dominating the charts. It was a great time for film franchises like X-Men, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the LOTR trilogy as well as some more questionable outings with Matrix 2 & 3 and the Star Wars Prequels.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The final instalment in the epic trilogy was a great cinematic achievement and will forever hold significance in the film industry. The films were released over 3 years so the momentum and excitement never waned and after the Battle of Helm's Deep everyone couldn't wait to see what the final had in store. It didn't disappoint. The storming of Minas Tirith and the final battle of Pelennor Fields were nothing short of perfection. If you haven't seen The Return of the King in a while it's time to fire up the extended editions and say goodbye to your weekend.

Finding Nemo

Who didn't love Finding Nemo? It was an instant hit for Disney Pixar and has since become a classic. The story of Marlin, a cautious Clown Fish who must go on a dangerous adventure to rescue his son. Along the way, he is joined by a forgetful Blue Tang fish as they journey across the Great Barrier Reef.

Kill Bill Vol 1

Hyper violent, dark, funny and very rewatchable. Quentin Tarantino delivers one of his best movies with Kill Bill. It's a story of revenge; an assassin wakes up from a four-year coma to track down the people who did an unspeakable thing to her.

Lost in Translation

We really liked Lost in Translation when it came out in 2003 and it still holds up today. The casting is excellent and the pace and script are brilliant. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson the movie takes place in Tokyo where gradually the two discover a friendship in each other.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2003 kicked off the hugely successful Pirates o the Caribbean franchise with the highly entertaining "Curse of the Black Pearl". Johnny Depp crafted the character of Captain Jack Sparrow making him one of the great and most loved characters in film history. This swashbuckling adventure sees a blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) team up with Captain Sparrow to free the love of his life from pirates.


A dark, intense and disturbing movie with an outstanding performance from Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos. Monster follows the life of Aileen a prostitute who moves to Florida and falls in love with the young and reserved Selby Wall. The pair try to build a legitimate life together but Aileen returns to her old ways and ends up down a dark path of murder.

Big Fish

Will Bloom returns home to care for his dying father, who had a penchant for telling unbelievable stories. After he passes away, Will tries to find out if his tales were really true. Starring Ewan McGregor and directed by Tim Burton this is a much-loved beautiful story and feel-good film.


Directed by Park Chan-wook Oldboy has become a classic and its appeal goes beyond just fans of Korean film. With a score of 8.4 on IMDB and 81% on rotten tomatoes, it's actually one of the highest-rated of 2003 and it's easy to see why. The plot twists, cinematography, action scenes and acting are all phenomenal. Just don't accidentally watch the 2013 remake with Josh Brolin.

X2: X-Men United

A good few years before the MCU changed cinema X-Men were laying the foundations. With an incredibly strong cast, good writing and a much less jacked Hugh Jackman X2 delivered probably the best film in the original trilogy. Following on from 2000's X-Men, X2 sees Colonel William Stryker kidnap Professor X and attack his school, resulting in the X-Men teaming up with their archenemy Magneto to stop him.


Holes is a really fun family film from 2003 staring Shia LaBeouf (the child star version). Shia plays Stanely Yelnats whose family is cursed with bad luck for eternity. When Stanley steals a baseball player's cleats, he is sent to Camp Green Lake, an unusually run place where the kids spend each day digging holes in the desert.

What's your favourite movie from 2003?