The Best Movie Every Year Since 2000 (According To BH)

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We took this one to the entire office with a simple objective: to determine what was the best film for each year since 2000. 

2000 – Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen



2001 – Training Day

Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn

2002 – Catch Me If You Can

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken

2003 – Oldboy 

Directed by Park Chan-wook
Starring Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung

2004 – Troy

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom



2005 – Walk The Line

Directed by James Mangold
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin

2006 – The Departed

Directed by Martin Scorsese 
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson

2007 – No Country For Old Men

Directed by the Coen Brothers
Starring Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

2008 – The Dark Knight

Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman



2009 – Inglourious Basterds

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender 

2010 – Inception

Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

2011 – Moneyball

Directed by Bennett Miller
Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

2012 – [Tied] Skyfall, Seven Psychopaths

Directed by Sam Mendes
Starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench



Directed by Martin McDonagh
Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson

2013 – [Tied] The Wolf Of Wall Street, Prisoners

Directed by Martin Scorsese 
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano

2014 – Whiplash 

Directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser



2015 – Sicario

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin

2016 – Manchester By The Sea

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Starring Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler

2017 – Bladerunner 2049

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Ryan Gosling, Ana De Armas, Harrison Ford

2018 – Isle Of Dogs 

Directed by Wes Anderson
Starring Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Ed Norton



2019 – 1917

Directed by Sam Mendes
Starring George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong

2020 – The jury’s still out, but check out some of our top contenders… 

Uncut Gems

Directed: Josh & Benny Safdie
Starring: Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, The Weeknd
Release Date: January 31st

Adam Sandler makes a spectacular return to form with his dramatic talents, with some even pegging him to land an Oscar for his performance. Uncut Gems follows a charismatic New York City jeweller and compulsive gambler looking for his “next big score.” This involves a series of high stakes bets and owing a lot of dangerous people money which obviously puts a lot of people in the crosshairs.

No Time To Die

Directed: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Jeffrey Wright, Christopher Waltz, Ralph Fiennes
Release Date: November 12th

This entry needs no explanation nor further hype. From what little we’ve seen so far, Daniel Craig’s send-off as the storied 007 promises to be a big one. Line up accordingly.

Top Gun: Maverick

Directed: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer
Release Date: TBA

Again, another entry that needs no explanation nor further hype. This one has been a long time coming, and old mate TC is pulling out all the stops in true action movie star fashion.

TENET

Directed: Christopher Nolan
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh
Release Date: TBA

As per the Christopher Nolan brand, cinema fans will get to enjoy yet another mind-bending flick which involves espionage, preventing WWIII, with an element of time travel.

The King’s Man

Directed: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Atterton, Rhys Ifans, Daniel Bruhl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance, Harris Dickson
Release Date: TBA

Go back to where it all started. Before Eggsy, Harry, and Merlin. Before the high-tech innovations. There were just a few exceptionally skilled individuals willing to do what needed to be done.

Dune

Directed: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem
Release Date: TBA

This is a project that positively screams ambition and potential. Though Sicario and Bladerunner 2049 director, Denis Villeneuve, certainly has his work cut out for him. For those who are unaware, this sci-fi epic is an adaptation of the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name and has long been labelled “unfilmable”. David Lynch tried and failed once with Kyle MacLachlan. But just look at the cast (and consider the mammoth talent behind the camera including Hans Zimmer). This is definitely one to look out for.