Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 2003: Audience Picks Revealed!

Roll out the red carpet and grab your popcorn, because we’re about to take a cinematic journey back to 2003! A year that gifted us with an eclectic mix of cinematic gems, from heart-stopping thrillers to tear-jerking dramas, and of course, those unforgettable comedies that still tickle our funny bones. But which films truly stole the show and won the hearts of audiences worldwide? We’ve crunched the numbers, tallied the votes, and now it’s time to lift the curtain on the top 20 fan-favorite movies of 2003. So, whether you’re a film buff, a casual movie-goer, or just curious to see if your favorite made the cut, sit back, relax, and let’s rewind to a year that was truly a blockbuster in the world of cinema. Lights, camera, action!
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Release Date: 2003-12-01

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Action

“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” is a captivating fantasy film released in 2003. Set in the mystical world of Middle-earth, it follows Aragorn, Gandalf, and their companions as they fight to protect Gondor from the evil forces of Sauron. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam embark on a perilous journey to destroy the powerful ring in the heart of Mordor. With an incredible cast including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, and Ian McKellen, this epic adventure is hailed as one of the best movies of 2003.

Cast: Elijah Wood (Frodo) , Sean Astin (Sam) , Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) , Andy Serkis (Gollum / Sméagol) , Ian McKellen (Gandalf) , Billy Boyd (Pippin) , Dominic Monaghan (Merry) , Miranda Otto (Éowyn) , David Wenham (Faramir) , John Noble (Denethor) , Orlando Bloom (Legolas) , John Rhys-Davies (Gimli / Treebeard (voice)) , Bernard Hill (Théoden) , Karl Urban (Éomer) , Liv Tyler (Arwen) , Lawrence Makoare (Witchking / Gothmog) , Ian Holm (Bilbo) , Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) , Hugo Weaving (Elrond) , Sean Bean (Boromir) , Marton Csokas (Celeborn) , Paul Norell (King of the Dead) , Alan Howard (The Ring (voice)) , Noel Appleby (Everard Proudfoot) , Ali Astin (Elanor Gamgee)

Directors: Peter Jackson

Writers: Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens

Tags: elves, dwarf, orcs, based on novel or book, suspicion, volcano, bravery, addiction, honor, royalty, troll, brutality, ghost, wizard, quest, live action and animation, sword and sorcery



Release Date: 2003-11-21

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Action

“Oldboy” is a gripping thriller released on November 21, 2003, that follows the story of a desperate businessman who finds himself imprisoned, drugged, and tortured for a staggering 15 years. With no memory of how he ended up in this nightmare, he embarks on a relentless quest for revenge against his captors. Starring Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung, and an ensemble cast, this movie is hailed as one of the best voted films of 2003.

Cast: Choi Min-sik (Oh Dae-su) , Yoo Ji-tae (Lee Woo-jin) , Kang Hye-jung (Mi-do) , Kim Byeong-ok (Mr. Han) , Ji Dae-han (No Joo-hwan) , Oh Dal-su (Park Cheol-woong) , Lee Seung-shin (Hypnotist) , Yoon Jin-seo (Lee Soo-ah) , Oh Tae-kyung (Young Dae-su) , Yoo Yeon-seok (Young Woo-jin) , You Il-han (Young Joo-hwan) , Oh Gwang-rok (Suicidal Man) , Park Myung-shin (Young-ja) , Lee Dae-yeon (Beggar) , Kim Su-hyun (Chief Secretary) , Yong-ih (Delivery Man) , Syd Lim (Man) , Mun Seong-Bok (Woo-jin’s Bodyguard) , Yoon Jin-yul (Guard) , Park Jae-Woong (Cheol-woong’s Guard) , Seo Myeong-Seok (Cigarette Gangster) , Lee Young-hee (Watch) , Han Jae-duk (Teacher) , Kim San (Electronics store) , Kwak Jung-ae (Nun)

Directors: Park Chan-wook

Writers: Park Chan-wook, Nobuaki Minegishi, Hwang Jo-yoon, Lim Joon-hyung, Garon Tsuchiya

Tags: hypnosis, sushi restaurant, rage and hate, notebook, daughter, hostility, sin, revenge, loneliness, torture, based on manga, urination, anger, catholic, incest, neo-noir, asian origins, remade, south korea, hammer, driven to suicide

Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder

Release Date: 2003-05-02

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“Hey, I just came across this amazing movie called ‘Memories of Murder’ from 2003. It’s a gripping crime thriller set in South Korea during the late 1980s. The story follows two determined detectives as they try to crack the country’s first-ever series of rape-and-murder cases. With a talented cast led by Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It’s definitely a must-watch!”

Cast: Song Kang-ho (Detective Park Doo-man) , Kim Sang-kyung (Detective Seo Tae-yoon) , Kim Roi-ha (Detective Cho Yong-koo) , Song Jae-ho (Sergeant Shin Dong-chul) , Byun Hee-bong (Sergeant Koo Hee-bong) , Go Seo-hee (Officer Kwon Kwi-ok) , Ryu Tae-ho (Jo Byung-soon) , Park No-shik (Baek Kwang-ho) , Park Hae-il (Park Hyeon-gyu) , Jeon Mi-seon (Kwok Seol-yung) , Seo Young-hwa (Woman from hill) , Woo Go-na (Kim So-hyun) , Choi Jong-ryul (Kwang-ho’s Father) , Yoo Seung-mok (Journalist) , Shin Hyun-jong (Autopsy) , Jung In-sun (Girl in ending scene) , Lee Jae-eung (Boy in opening scene) , Kwon Byung-gil (Doctor Noh) , Park Hyun-young (School Nurse) , Yoon Ga-hyun (Shaman) , Kwon Hyeok-pung (Investigator at So-Hyun’s crime scene) , Jo Deok-jae (Investigator at So-Hyun’s crime scene) , Jo Moon-ee (Pharmacist) , Baek Bong-ki (Cop dressed as woman) , Kim Joo-ryoung (Nurse)

Directors: Bong Joon-ho

Writers: Bong Joon-ho, Kim Kwang-rim, Shim Sung-bo

Tags: corruption, rape, detective, assassin, victim, investigation, police, based on true story, murder, based on play or musical, serial killer, torture, brutality, killer, neo-noir, south korea

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Release Date: 2003-10-10

Genres: Action, Crime

“Kill Bill: Vol. 1” is a thrilling revenge flick released in 2003. Starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, and more, it follows the story of an assassin who survives a brutal attack by her employer and fellow assassins. Determined to seek vengeance, she meticulously plans her retaliation against those who wronged her.

Cast: Uma Thurman (Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo) , Lucy Liu (O-Ren Ishii) , Vivica A. Fox (Vernita Green) , Daryl Hannah (Elle Driver) , David Carradine (Bill) , Michael Madsen (Budd) , Julie Dreyfus (Sofie Fatale) , Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo Yubari) , Shin’ichi Chiba (Hattori Hanzo) , Gordon Liu Chia-hui (Johnny Mo) , Michael Parks (Earl McGraw) , Michael Bowen (Buck) , Jun Kunimura (Tanaka) , Kenji Ohba (Bald Guy (Sushi Shop)) , Yuki Kazamatsuri (Proprietor) , James Parks (Edgar McGraw) , Sakichi Sato (Charlie Brown) , Jonathan Loughran (Trucker) , Yoshiyuki Morishita (Tokyo Business Man) , Tetsuro Shimaguchi (Crazy 88 #1 (Miki)) , Kazuki Kitamura (Crazy 88) , Yoji Tanaka (Crazy 88) , Sō Yamanaka (Crazy 88) , Juri Manase (Crazy 88 #6 (Girl)) , Akaji Maro (Boss Ozawah)

Directors: Quentin Tarantino

Writers: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman

Tags: japan, coma, martial arts, kung fu, showdown, asia, yakuza, sword, bride, vigilante, sword fight, revenge, female yakuza, animated scene, wedding, samurai sword, eye patch, retribution

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Release Date: 2003-07-09

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Action

“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” is a thrilling adventure set in the 18th century. It follows the story of Jack Sparrow, a charismatic pirate, who finds himself in a rivalry with another pirate while trying to protect Port Royal. When the governor’s daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow joins forces with her love interest to rescue her. Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Geoffrey Rush, this action-packed film was released on July 9, 2003, and is considered one of the best movies of that year.

Cast: Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow) , Orlando Bloom (Will Turner) , Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann) , Geoffrey Rush (Hector Barbossa) , Jack Davenport (James Norrington) , Jonathan Pryce (Weatherby Swann) , Lee Arenberg (Pintel) , Mackenzie Crook (Ragetti) , Damian O’Hare (Gillette) , Giles New (Murtogg) , Angus Barnett (Mullroy) , David Bailie (Cotton) , Michael Berry Jr. (Twigg) , Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Bo’sun) , Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) , Treva Etienne (Koehler) , Zoe Saldaña (Anamaria) , Guy Siner (Harbormaster) , Ralph P. Martin (Mr. Brown) , Paula J. Newman (Estrella) , Paul Keith (Butler) , Dylan Smith (Young Will) , Lucinda Dryzek (Young Elizabeth) , Luke de Woolfson (Frightened Sailor) , Michael Sean Tighe (Seedy Looking Prisoner)

Directors: Gore Verbinski

Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert

Tags: exotic island, blacksmith, east india company, gold, jamaica, skeleton, british empire, governor, pirate, swashbuckler, 18th century, caribbean sea, aftercreditsstinger, pirate ship, british navy, tortuga, based on theme park ride



Release Date: 2003-05-19

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“Dogville” is a captivating movie released in 2003 that takes place in a minimalist small-town setting. The story revolves around a mysterious woman named Grace, played by Nicole Kidman, who seeks refuge from criminals in this two-faced town. As she works hard to win the favor of the townspeople, tensions rise, leading to contempt and abuse towards Grace. With an incredible cast including Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, and James Caan, this film offers a thought-provoking exploration of human nature and the consequences of judgment.

Cast: Nicole Kidman (Grace Margaret Mulligan) , Harriet Andersson (Gloria) , Lauren Bacall (Ma Ginger) , Jean-Marc Barr (Man with the big Hat) , Paul Bettany (Tom Edison) , Blair Brown (Mrs. Henson) , James Caan (The Big Man) , Patricia Clarkson (Vera) , Jeremy Davies (Bill Henson) , Ben Gazzara (Jack McKay) , Philip Baker Hall (Tom Edison Senior) , Thom Hoffman (Gangster) , Siobhan Fallon Hogan (Martha) , Zeljko Ivanek (Ben) , John Randolph Jones (Gangster) , Udo Kier (Man in the Coat) , Cleo King (Olivia) , Miles Purinton (Jason) , Bill Raymond (Mr. Henson) , Chloë Sevigny (Liz Henson) , Shauna Shim (June) , Stellan Skarsgård (Chuck) , Evelina Brinkemo (Athena) , Anna Brobeck (Olympia) , Tilde Lindgren (Pandora)

Directors: Lars von Trier

Writers: Lars von Trier

Tags: rape, bondage, refugee, mountain, village life, blackmail, american dream, bank robber, mountain village, exploitation, rocky mountains, woman martyr, physical work, wanted poster, forced labour, last judgment, slavery, recession, friendship, police, hoodlum

Big Fish

Big Fish

Release Date: 2003-12-25

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Drama

“Big Fish” is a heartwarming and captivating movie released on December 25, 2003. Starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, and an incredible ensemble cast, it tells the story of Edward Bloom, a man known for his larger-than-life tales and adventures. As his son, William, tries to uncover the truth behind his father’s extraordinary life, the film takes us on a journey filled with mystery, love, and the power of storytelling.

Cast: Ewan McGregor (Younger Ed Bloom) , Albert Finney (Older Ed Bloom) , Billy Crudup (Will Bloom) , Jessica Lange (Older Sandra Bloom) , Helena Bonham Carter (Younger & Older Jenny/The Witch) , Alison Lohman (Younger Sandra Bloom) , Robert Guillaume (Older Dr. Bennett) , Marion Cotillard (Josephine) , Steve Buscemi (Norther Winslow) , Danny DeVito (Amos Calloway) , David Denman (Don Price – Age 18-22) , Missi Pyle (Mildred) , Loudon Wainwright III (Beamen) , Deep Roy (Mr. Soggybottom) , Matthew McGrory (Karl the Giant) , Arlene Tai (Jing) , Ada Tai (Ping) , Perry Walston (Ed Bloom – Age 10) , Hailey Anne Nelson (Jenny – Age 8) , R. Keith Harris (Ed’s Father) , Grayson Stone (Will Bloom – Age 6-8) , Miley Cyrus (Ruthie – Age 8) , Karla Droege (Ed’s Mother) , Zac Gardner (Zacky Price – Age 10) , John Lowell (Don Price – Age 12)

Directors: Tim Burton

Writers: John August, Daniel Wallace

Tags: circus, witch, parent child relationship, fish, fishing, love of one’s life, leech, story teller, apoplectic stroke, fair, mermaid, cancer, relationship, gentle giant, magic realism

Mystic River

Mystic River

Release Date: 2003-03-03

Genres: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery

“Mystic River” is a gripping drama released in 2003 that revolves around the lives of three childhood friends. Their bond is shattered when one of them experiences a devastating family tragedy. Starring an incredible cast including Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon, this movie is a must-watch for its powerful performances and intense storyline.

Cast: Sean Penn (Jimmy Markum) , Tim Robbins (Dave Boyle) , Kevin Bacon (Sean Devine) , Laurence Fishburne (Sergeant Whitey Powers) , Marcia Gay Harden (Celeste Boyle) , Laura Linney (Annabeth Markum) , Kevin Chapman (Val Savage) , Tom Guiry (Brendan Harris) , Emmy Rossum (Katie Markum) , Spencer Treat Clark (Silent Ray Harris) , Andrew Mackin (John O’Shea) , Adam Nelson (Nick Savage) , Robert Wahlberg (Kevin Savage) , Jenny O’Hara (Esther Harris) , John Doman (Driver) , Cameron Bowen (Young Dave) , Jason Kelly (Young Jimmy) , Connor Paolo (Young Sean) , T. Bruce Page (Jimmy’s Father) , Miles Herter (Sean’s Father) , Cayden Boyd (Michael Boyle) , Tori Davis (Lauren Devine) , Jonathan Togo (Pete) , John Franchi (Bar Patron) , Ed O’Keefe (Communion priest)

Directors: Clint Eastwood

Writers: Dennis Lehane, Brian Helgeland

Tags: child abuse, loss of loved one, sexual abuse, based on novel or book, repayment, suppressed past, arbitrary law, boston, massachusetts, workers’ quarter, massachusetts, loyalty, whodunit, guilt, childhood sexual abuse, vengeance, poker race, massachusetts, usa, sex abuse

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

Release Date: 2003-12-05

Genres: Drama, Action, War

“The Last Samurai” is a captivating movie released in 2003, starring Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, and Timothy Spall. Set in Japan, it tells the story of Nathan Algren, an American soldier hired to train the Japanese army in modern warfare. However, as he immerses himself in the samurai culture, he develops a deep respect for their honorable principles and decides to fight alongside them against those who seek to destroy their way of life.

Cast: Tom Cruise (Nathan Algren) , Ken Watanabe (Moritsugu Katsumoto) , Timothy Spall (Simon Graham) , Tony Goldwyn (Colonel Bagley) , Hiroyuki Sanada (Ujio) , Koyuki (Taka) , Shin Koyamada (Nobutada) , Billy Connolly (Zebulon Gant) , Togo Igawa (General Hasegawa) , Shichinosuke Nakamura (Emperor Meiji) , Masato Harada (Omura) , William Atherton (Winchester Rep) , Chad Lindberg (Winchester Rep Assistant) , Scott Wilson (Ambassador Swanbeck) , Ray Godshall Sr. (Convention Hall Attendee) , Masashi Odate (Omura’s Companion) , John Koyama (Omura’s Bodyguard) , Satoshi Nikaido (N.C.O.) , Shintaro Wada (Young Recruit) , Shun Sugata (Nakao) , Sosuke Ikematsu (Higen) , Aoi Minato (Magojiro) , Seizô Fukumoto (Silent Samurai) , Shoji Yoshihara (Sword Master) , Kosaburo Nomura IV (Kyogen Player #1)

Directors: Edward Zwick

Writers: John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz

Tags: japan, loss of loved one, war crimes, sense of guilt, swordplay, general, samurai, war veteran, katana, sword, arms deal, homeland, emperor, language barrier, self-discovery, mountain village, foreign legion, mercenary, campaign, insurgence, leader, war strategy, gettysburg, slaughter, soldier, period drama, alcoholic, u.s. soldier, japanese army, warrior, 19th century, war trauma

Good Bye, Lenin!

Good Bye, Lenin!

Release Date: 2003-02-13

Genres: Comedy, Drama

“Good Bye, Lenin!” is a heartwarming and humorous film set in 2003. It follows Alex Kerner, played by Daniel Brühl, who faces a unique challenge when his mother wakes up from a coma after the fall of the Berlin Wall. To protect her fragile health, Alex must go to great lengths to hide the truth about the political changes that occurred, as his mother was a devoted communist. With a talented cast and a release date of February 13, 2003, this movie promises to be a captivating and emotional journey through a son’s love and determination to shield his mother from a shocking reality.

Cast: Daniel Brühl (Alexander ‘Alex’ Kerner) , Katrin Sass (Christiane Kerner) , Chulpan Khamatova (Lara) , Maria Simon (Ariane Kerner) , Florian Lukas (Denis) , Alexander Beyer (Rainer) , Burghart Klaußner (Robert Kerner) , Michael Gwisdek (Klapprath) , Christine Schorn (Ms. Schäfer) , Jürgen Holtz (Mr. Ganske) , Jochen Stern (Mr. Mehlert) , Stefan Walz (Taxi Driver / Sigmund Jähn) , Eberhard Kirchberg (Dr. Wagner) , Hans-Uwe Bauer (Dr. Mewes) , Jürgen Vogel (Das Küken) , Elke Werner (Saleslady) , Peter Kurth (X-TV Boss) , Martin Brambach () , Michael Gerber () , Ernst-Georg Schwill () , Marc Bischoff () , Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey () , Mennan Yapo () , Fritz Roth () , Armin Dillenberger ()

Directors: Wolfgang Becker

Writers: Wolfgang Becker, Bernd Lichtenberg

Tags: bureaucracy, berlin wall, police state, loss of loved one, coma, husband wife relationship, german democratic republic, socialism, single

The Life of David Gale

The Life of David Gale

Release Date: 2003-02-21

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Crime

“The Life of David Gale” is a thought-provoking movie released in 2003 that revolves around a man who opposes capital punishment. Accused of murdering a fellow activist, he finds himself on death row. Starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, and Laura Linney, this gripping film delves into the complexities of justice and the fight against the death penalty.

Cast: Kevin Spacey (David Gale) , Kate Winslet (Bitsey Bloom) , Laura Linney (Constance Hallaway) , Rhona Mitra (Berlin) , Gabriel Mann (Zack Stemmons) , Matt Craven (Dusty Wright) , Jim Beaver (Duke Grover) , Melissa McCarthy (Nico the Goth Girl) , Cleo King (Barbara Kreuster) , Lee Ritchey (Joe Mullarkey) , Brandy Little (Motel Waitress) , Leon Rippy (Braxton Belyeu) , Jesse De Luna (Supervising Guard) , Vernon Grote (Door Guard) , Larissa Wolcott (Jo Edna the Babysitter) , Sean Hennigan (Ross) , Charles Sanders (John) , Marco Perella (TV Host) , Michael Crabtree (Governor Hardin) , Julio Cedillo (Officer Ramirez) , Christopher Meister (Officer Hasermann) , Cliff Stephens (University President) , James Huston (DeathWatch Chief / TV Reporter) , Chris Warner (Hospital Orderly) , Julia Lashae (New Homeowner)

Directors: Alan Parker

Writers: Charles Randolph

Tags: prison, journalist, texas, professor, death penalty, death row, interview, murder, reporter, intern, innocent, activist

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Release Date: 2003-09-18

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Lost in Translation” is a heartwarming movie released in 2003 that tells the story of two lost souls who find solace in each other’s company during their visit to Tokyo. The film stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as a washed-up movie star and a neglected wife, respectively, who form an unlikely bond while being away from their lives in America. With its pensive atmosphere and captivating performances, this movie is definitely worth watching if you’re in the mood for a touching and thought-provoking story.

Cast: Bill Murray (Bob Harris) , Scarlett Johansson (Charlotte) , Giovanni Ribisi (John) , Anna Faris (Kelly) , Akiko Takeshita (Ms. Kawasaki) , Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe (Press Agent) , Kazuko Shibata (Press Agent) , Take (Press Agent) , Ryuichiro Baba (Concierge) , Akira Yamaguchi (Bellboy) , Catherine Lambert (Jazz Singer) , Françoise Dubois (Sausalito Piano) , Tim Leffman (Sausalito Guitar) , Gregory Pekar (American Businessman #1) , Richard Allen (American Businessman #2) , Diamond Yukai (Commercial Director) , Jun Maki (Suntory Client) , Nao Asuka (Premium Fantasy Woman) , Tetsuro Nakagawa (Stills Photographer) , Kanako Nakazato (Make-Up Person) , Fumihiro Hayashi (Charlie Brown) , Hiroko Kawasaki (Hiroko) , Daikon (Bambie) , Asuka Shimuzu (Kelly’s Translator) , Ikuko Takahashi (Ikebana Instructor)

Directors: Sofia Coppola

Writers: Sofia Coppola

Tags: upper class, japan, adultery, hotel room, age difference, photographer, commercial, karaoke, homesickness, culture clash, midlife crisis, jet lag, pop star, unsociability, loneliness, tokyo, japan, unlikely friendship, aftercreditsstinger, woman director

21 Grams

21 Grams

Release Date: 2003-09-06

Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller

“21 Grams” is a gripping drama released in 2003 that tells the story of three individuals whose lives intertwine after a tragic accident. Starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Danny Huston, the movie explores the lives of a sick mathematician, a suburban housewife, and a reformed ex-convict. With a stellar cast and a thought-provoking plot, this film is definitely worth a watch.

Cast: Sean Penn (Paul Rivers) , Naomi Watts (Cristina Peck) , Danny Huston (Michael Peck) , Carly Nahon (Cathy) , Claire Pakis (Laura) , Benicio del Toro (Jack Jordan) , Nick Nichols (Boy) , Charlotte Gainsbourg (Mary Rivers) , John Rubinstein (Gynecologist) , Eddie Marsan (Reverend John) , Loyd Keith Salter (Fat Man) , Antef A. Harris (Basketball Guy) , Melissa Leo (Marianne Jordan) , Marc Musso (Freddy (as Marc Thomas Musso)) , Teresa Delgado (Gina) , Trent Dee (Guard (as Terry Dee Draper)) , Tony Guyton (Guard #2) , Wayne E. Beech, Jr. (Inmate #1) , Keith Lamont Johnson (Inmate #2) , Clea DuVall (Claudia) , David Chattam (Caddie #1 (as David Chattam Jr.)) , John Boyd West (Caddie #2) , Jeff Schmidt (Caddie #3) , Tony Vaughn (Al) , Paul Calderon (Brown)

Directors: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Writers: Guillermo Arriaga

Tags: life and death, loss of loved one, transplantation, suicide attempt, new mexico, ex-detainee, sadness, rage and hate, widow, faith, car crash, multiple storylines



Release Date: 2003-12-24

Genres: Crime, Drama

“Monster” is a gripping and intense movie released on December 24, 2003. Starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci, it tells the true story of a troubled woman who seeks revenge after being brutally assaulted. This powerful film explores her journey as she transforms into the United States’ first female serial killer.

Cast: Charlize Theron (Aileen Wuornos) , Christina Ricci (Selby Wall) , Bruce Dern (Thomas) , Lee Tergesen (Vincent Corey) , Annie Corley (Donna) , Pruitt Taylor Vince (Gene / Stuttering “John”) , Marco St. John (Evan / Undercover “John”) , Marc Macaulay (Will / Daddy “John”) , Scott Wilson (Horton / Last “John”) , Rus Blackwell (Cop) , Tim Ware (Chuck) , Stephan Jones (Lawyer) , Brett Rice (Charles) , Kaitlin Riley (Teenage Aileen) , Cree Ivey (7-Year-Old Aileen) , Catherine Mangan (Justy) , Magdalena Manville (Bar Lap Girl) , T. Robert Pigott (Bartender) , Romonda Shaver (Employment Agent) , Glenn R. Wilder (Restaurant Manager) , Elaine Stebbins (Wife at Accident) , Kane Hodder (Undercover Cop) , Christian Stokes (Undercover Cop) , Lyllian Barcaski (Bar Girl) , Nonalee Davis (Bar Girl)

Directors: Patty Jenkins

Writers: Patty Jenkins

Tags: prostitute, rape, sexual abuse, death penalty, motel, based on true story, murder, betrayal, serial killer, poverty, prostitution, heartbreak, mental illness, woman director

The Dreamers

The Dreamers

Release Date: 2003-09-01

Genres: Drama, Romance

“The Dreamers” is a captivating movie released in 2003 that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring Michael Pitt, Eva Green, and Louis Garrel, the film follows the story of Matthew, who becomes friends with Isabelle and Theo. As their friendship deepens, they embark on a sensual journey of exploration and desire, where boundaries are pushed and anything becomes possible.

Cast: Michael Pitt (Matthew) , Eva Green (Isabelle) , Louis Garrel (Theo) , Anna Chancellor (Mother) , Robin Renucci (Father) , Jean-Pierre Kalfon (Himself) , Jean-Pierre Léaud (Himself) , Florian Cadiou (Patrick) , Pierre Hancisse (First Buff) , Valentin Merlet (Second Buff) , Lola Peploe (The Usherette) , Ingy Fillion (Theo’s Girlfriend)

Directors: Bernardo Bertolucci

Writers: Gilbert Adair

Tags: paris, france, love triangle, hotel, sexuality, flat, bathing, riot, first time, students’ movement, crush, american, twins, incest, polyamory



Release Date: 2003-04-25

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

“Identity” is a thrilling movie released in 2003 that takes place at a remote desert motel during a storm. Starring John Cusack, Ray Liotta, and Amanda Peet, it follows a group of strangers who become the target of a deranged murderer. As tension rises and the body count increases, the travelers must unravel the mystery and figure out who among them is the killer.

Cast: John Cusack (Ed) , Ray Liotta (Rhodes) , Amanda Peet (Paris) , John Hawkes (Larry) , Alfred Molina (Dr. Malick) , Clea DuVall (Ginny) , John C. McGinley (George York) , William Lee Scott (Lou) , Jake Busey (Robert Maine) , Pruitt Taylor Vince (Malcolm Rivers) , Rebecca De Mornay (Caroline Suzanne) , Carmen Argenziano (Defense Lawyer) , Marshall Bell (District Attorney) , Leila Kenzle (Alice York) , Matt Letscher (Assistant District Attorney) , Bret Loehr (Timmy York) , Holmes Osborne (Richter Taylor) , Frederick Coffin (Detective Varole) , Joe Hart (Bailiff Jenkins) , Michael Hirsch (Naked Businessman) , Terence Bernie Hines (Bailiff) , Stuart M. Besser (Frozen Body)

Directors: James Mangold

Writers: Michael Cooney

Tags: prostitute, detective, nevada, prisoner, rain, motel, weather, psychopath, ex-cop, stranded, murder, serial killer, slasher, psychological thriller, whodunit, storm, psychiatrist, convict, thunderstorm, rainstorm, split personality, mental disorders, murder mystery, dissociative identity disorder, isolated place

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Release Date: 2003-11-14

Genres: Adventure, Drama, War

“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” is a gripping 2003 historical drama set during the Napoleonic Wars. Led by the determined Captain of the British Royal Navy, played by Russell Crowe, the film follows the thrilling pursuit of a French warship across two oceans. With a devoted crew by his side, including the ship’s thoughtful surgeon portrayed by Paul Bettany, this intense adventure explores the captain’s struggle to balance duty, glory, and the safety of his men.

Cast: Russell Crowe (Captain Jack Aubrey) , Paul Bettany (Dr. Stephen Maturin) , James D’Arcy (1st Lt. Thomas Pullings) , Robert Pugh (Mr. Allen, Master) , David Threlfall (Preserved Killick, Captain’s Steward) , Lee Ingleby (Midshipman Hollom) , Max Pirkis (Midshipman Blakeney) , Max Benitz (Midshipman Calamy) , Billy Boyd (Barrent Bonden, Coxswain) , Edward Woodall (2nd Lt. William Mowett) , Chris Larkin (Captain Howard, Royal Marines) , George Innes (Joe Plaice, Able Seaman) , Richard McCabe (Mr. Higgins, Surgeon’s Mate) , Mark Lewis Jones (Mr. Hogg, Whaler) , Jack Randall (Midshipman Boyle) , Richard Pates (Midshipman Williamson) , Ian Mercer (Mr. Hollar, Boatswain) , Tony Dolan (Mr. Lamb, Carpenter) , Bryan Dick (Joseph Nagle, Carpenter’s Mate) , Joseph Morgan (William Warley, Cpt. of Mizzentop) , William Mannering (Faster Doudle, Able Seaman) , Patrick Gallagher (Awkward Davies, Able Seaman) , Alex Palmer (Nehemiah Slade, Able Seaman) , John DeSantis (Padeen, Loblolly Boy) , Ousmane Thiam (Black Bill, Killick’s Mate)

Directors: Peter Weir

Writers: Peter Weir, John Collee, Patrick O’Brian

Tags: based on novel or book, surgeon, navy, ship, epic, royal navy, historical fiction, period drama, napoleonic wars, naturalist, frigate, self surgery, sea battle, weevil, high seas, naval warfare, 19th century, galapagos islands, galapagos, naval battle, english navy

A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters

Release Date: 2003-06-13

Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery

“A Tale of Two Sisters” is a captivating psychological thriller released in 2003. The movie follows two sisters who return home after one of them is released from a mental institution, only to encounter disturbing events involving their stepmother and the ghosts that haunt their house. With a talented cast including Lim Soo-jung, Moon Geun-young, and Yum Jung-ah, this film is a must-watch for fans of dark family mysteries.

Cast: Lim Soo-jung (Su-mi) , Moon Geun-young (Su-yeon) , Yum Jung-ah (Eun-joo) , Kim Kap-soo (Moo-hyeon) , Park Mi-hyun (Birth Mother) , Lee Seung-bi (Mi-hee) , Woo Ki-hong (Sun-kyu) , Lee Dae-yeon (Doctor)

Directors: Kim Jee-woon

Writers: Kim Jee-woon

Tags: loss of loved one, amnesia, stepmother, sister, tragedy, vengeful ghost

Love Actually

Love Actually

Release Date: 2003-09-07

Genres: Comedy, Romance, Drama

“Love Actually” is a heartwarming romantic comedy released in 2003. Set in London, the movie follows the lives of eight couples as they navigate the complexities of love and relationships. With a star-studded cast including Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Lincoln, and Keira Knightley, this film beautifully captures the ups and downs of love, reminding us that relationships are never simple.

Cast: Alan Rickman (Harry) , Bill Nighy (Billy Mack) , Colin Firth (Jamie Bennett) , Emma Thompson (Karen) , Hugh Grant (The Prime Minister) , Laura Linney (Sarah) , Liam Neeson (Daniel) , Martine McCutcheon (Natalie) , Andrew Lincoln (Mark) , Keira Knightley (Juliet) , Chiwetel Ejiofor (Peter) , Gregor Fisher (Joe) , Heike Makatsch (Mia) , Kris Marshall (Colin Frissell) , Lúcia Moniz (Aurelia) , Martin Freeman (John) , Rodrigo Santoro (Karl) , Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Sam) , Rowan Atkinson (Rufus, jewellery salesman) , Rory MacGregor (Engineer) , Sienna Guillory (Jamie’s girlfriend) , Lulu Popplewell (Daisy, Karen’s daughter) , Joanna Page (Just Judy) , Nina Sosanya (Annie) , Frank Moorey (Terence, who’s in charge)

Directors: Richard Curtis

Writers: Richard Curtis, Emma Freud

Tags: holiday, london, england, love at first sight, usa president, marseille, france, war on terror, office, christmas party, bars and restaurants, press conference, language barrier, prime minister, rock star, school performance, valentine’s day, heathrow airport, multiple storylines, christmas



Release Date: 2003-01-21

Genres: Action, Thriller, Crime, Adventure

“Ong-Bak” is an action-packed martial arts film released in 2003. It follows the journey of a young martial artist who ventures into the city to retrieve a stolen sacred statue head, only to find himself battling the dangerous underworld. Starring Tony Jaa and Petchtai Wongkamlao, this thrilling movie showcases impressive fight sequences and a captivating storyline.

Cast: Tony Jaa (Ting) , Petchtai Wongkamlao (Humlae / Dirty Balls / George) , Patrarin Punyanutatam (Muay Lek) , Suchao Pongwilai (Komtuan) , Chumphorn Thepphithak (Uncle Mao) , Cheathavuth Watcharakhun (Peng) , Wannakit Sirioput (Don) , Rungrawee Barijindakul (Ngek) , Chatthapong Phantana-Angkul (Saming) , Nudhapol Asavabhakhin (Toshiro) , Pornpimol Chookanthong (Waan) , Udom Songsaeng (Meun) , Boonsri Yindee (Hom) , Dan Chupong (Bodyguard 4) , Erik Markus Schuetz (Pearl Harbour) , Sawang Rodnuch (Noi) , Pumwaree Yodkamol (Muay Lek) , Sukanya Kongkawong (Waitress) , Sutin Rodnuch (Jamnean)

Directors: Prachya Pinkaew

Writers: Prachya Pinkaew, Panna Rittikrai, Suphachai Sittiaumponpan

Tags: martial arts, thailand, sculpture, fighter, gay interest, muay thai, fate

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