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2000's Movies

Top 10 Movies of the 2000's

This section provides additional information on another are of focus within pop culture during the 2000's.

This is a top 10 list of the most successful and influential movies of the decade. As you will see not all movies are ranked solely on their box office success as some less successful films had a greater impact on society and culture during the 2000's.

Throughout this section, you will find the movie titles, a trailer or clip from each film, a film overview, the film's box office earnings, the production company, release date and the director to help identify influential producers and directors throughout the decades.

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#1 - Avatar (2009)

Release Date: December 18, 2009 Production Company: Lightstorm Entertainment / 20th Century Studios / Ingenious Media / Ratpac-Dune Entertainment

Director(s): James Cameron

Earnings: $2,845,899,541

Overview: On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet's environment is poisonous, human/Na'vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na'vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.

#2 - The Dark Knight (2008)

Release Date: July 18, 2008 Production Company: DC Comics / Warner Brothers Studios / Legendary Entertainment

Director(s): Christopher Nolan

Earnings: $999,046,281

Overview: With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.

#3 - Shrek 2 (2004)

Release Date: May 19, 2004 Production Company: Dreamworks Pictures / Universal Pictures

Director(s): Conrad Vernon, Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury

Earnings: $935,253,978

Overview: After returning from their honeymoon and showing home movies to their friends, Shrek and Fiona learn that her parents have heard that she has married her true love and wish to invite him to their kingdom, called Far Far Away. The catch is: Fiona's parents are unaware of the curse that struck their daughter and have assumed she married Prince Charming, not a 700-pound ogre with horrible hygiene and a talking donkey pal.

#4 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Release Date: June 24, 2006 Production Company: Jerry Bruckheimer Films / Walt Disney Productions

Director(s): Gore Verbinski

Earnings: $1,066,179,725

Overview: When ghostly pirate Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) comes to collect a blood debt, Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) must find a way to avoid his fate lest his soul be damned for all time. Nevertheless, the wily ghost manages to interrupt the wedding plans of Jack's friends Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley).

#5 - Spider-Man (2002)

Release Date: May 3, 2002 Production Company: Marvel Entertainment / Columbia Pictures / Laura Ziskin Productions

Director(s): Sam Raimi

Earnings: $821,706,375

Overview: "Spider-Man" centers on student Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) who, after being bitten by a genetically-altered spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider-like ability to cling to any surface. He vows to use his abilities to fight crime, coming to understand the words of his beloved Uncle Ben: "With great power comes great responsibility."

#6 - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Release Date: June 24, 2009 Production Company: Hasbro / Dreamworks Pictures / Paramount Pictures / Di Bonaventura Pictures

Director(s): Michael Bay

Earnings: $836,519,699

Overview: Two years after he and his Autobot friends saved the Earth from the Decepticons, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) faces a new battle: college. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime and the Autobots are working with a secret military organization and trying to make a home for themselves on Earth. When an ancient Decepticon known as The Fallen rises up to wreak vengeance, Sam and his girlfriend, Mikaela, must figure out the history of the Transformers on Earth and find a way to defeat The Fallen once and for all.

#7 - Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Release Date: May 19, 2005 Production Company: Lucasfilms / 20th Century Studios

Director(s): George Lucas

Earnings: $848,998,877

Overview: It has been three years since the Clone Wars began. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) rescue Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) from General Grievous, the commander of the droid armies, but Grievous escapes. Suspicions are raised within the Jedi Council concerning Chancellor Palpatine, with whom Anakin has formed a bond. Asked to spy on the chancellor, and full of bitterness toward the Jedi Council, Anakin embraces the Dark Side.

#8 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Release Date: December 17, 2003 Production Company: New Line Cinema / WingNut Films / Saul Zaentz Company

Director(s): Peter Jackson

Earnings: $1,120,214,046

Overview: The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien classic, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" presents the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the `one ring', while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.

#9 - Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Release Date: June 30, 2004 Production Company: Marvel Entertainment / Sony Pictures / Columbia Pictures

Director(s): Sam Raimi

Earnings: $794,697,557

Overview: When a failed nuclear fusion experiment results in an explosion that kills his wife, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) is transformed into Dr. Octopus, a cyborg with deadly metal tentacles. Doc Ock blames Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) for the accident and seeks revenge. Meanwhile, Spidey's alter ego, Peter Parker, faces fading powers and self-doubt. Complicating matters are his best friend's (James Franco) hatred for Spider-Man and his true love's (Kirsten Dunst) sudden engagement to another man.

#10 - The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Release Date: February 25, 2004 Production Company: Icon Productions / Newmarket Films

Director(s): Mel Gibson

Earnings: $622,313,635

Overview: In this version of Christ's crucifixion, based on the New Testament, Judas expedites the downfall of Jesus (Jim Caviezel) by handing him over to the Roman Empire's handpicked officials. To the horror of his mother, Mary (Maia Morgenstern), Magdalen (Monica Bellucci), whom he saved from damnation, and his disciples, Jesus is condemned to death. He is tortured as he drags a crucifix to nearby Calvary, where he is nailed to the cross. He dies, but not before a last act of grace.