Most iconic movies from 2000 to 2009?

Yappi

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This topic came up the other day talking about iconic movies. There were many that we could think of from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. When it came to the 2000s, we struggled to name many movies that we would define as iconic. Maybe it was the age of the people in the discussion, so I'm throwing this out to see what movies that were released between 2000 and 2009 that would be defined as iconic. For this conversation, iconic is something that is considered influential, recognizable, and revered.
 

hubman

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Harry Potter (SF)
Bourne Identity (SF)
Love Actually
Saw (SF)
Batman Begins (SF)
DreamGirls
300
Iron Man (SF)
Slumdog Millionaire
My standards may be a little low , but maybe some of these reach that level. A few of them started franchises (SF)
 

nupanther

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Interesting topic. I googled best movies of the 2000s and it was dominated by rom coms and movies for a youthful demographic. So if the discussion involved 20-30 y/o females they can rattle off many.
The one iconic movie (A movie I've never watched) that would fall under Yappis definition would be Brokeback mountain. One that I've and others on here have watch that MAY fall is Remember the Titans
 

nwwarrior09

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I'm sure many would disagree, but I would consider certain comedy films from that period such as Tropic Thunder and Borat to be "iconic" as parts of them that would have been widely seen as hilarious in their time have probably become controversial with changing PC standards. Some of these edgier films probably wouldn't get the greenlight today.
 

Yappi

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Maybe that was part of the problem for us naming iconic movies. Too many of the movies at the turn of the century relied more on special effects than the actual storytelling while others were becoming edgier in a way that didn't carry through because of shifting norms.
 

ronnie mund

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There Will Be Blood was the best movie of the 2000's. Fight me.

Gladiator
Dark Knight
No Country for Old Men
The Departed
Hangover
V for Vendetta
40-Year-Old Virgin
Lord of the Rings
 
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Yappi

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Interesting topic. I googled best movies of the 2000s and it was dominated by rom coms and movies for a youthful demographic. So if the discussion involved 20-30 y/o females they can rattle off many.
The one iconic movie (A movie I've never watched) that would fall under Yappis definition would be Brokeback mountain. One that I've and others on here have watch that MAY fall is Remember the Titans
I also never saw Brokeback Mountain but put it in the iconic category. Also agree about Remember the Titans.

This is the top 10 from Rotten Tomatoes:
The Dark Knight (2008)**
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)**
Lost In Translation (2003)
Spirited Away (2002)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Children of Men (2006)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Iron Man (2008)**

** These are the ones I would classify as iconic. But I hesitate a little on The Dark Knight.
 
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irish_buffalo

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No Country for Old Men

But I agree with Yappi. Have said it for several years now. Studios are catering to a world demographic these days and the Asian market LOVES blow em up action flicks with Vin Diesel dialogue. .
 

Yappi

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This is the top 10 from the 90s:

Pulp Fiction (1994)**
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)**
The Lion King (1994)**
Titanic (1997)**
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Before Sunrise (1995)
Jurassic Park (1993)**
Toy Story 2 (1999)**
Thelma & Louise (1991)**
The Matrix (1999)**

** These are the ones I would classify as iconic. I would put the original Toy Story before part 2 because it started the franchise.

What makes the 90s movies more iconic is that people still recite lines from these movies or act out scenes and people know them immediately.
 

eastisbest

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Does "iconic" imply representative, not just best or good?

Were there movies about Enron, Madrof, the housing bubble? I'd think those iconic.
 

nwwarrior09

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For comedy, I'd also have to throw Napoleon Dynamite in there. For the genre, over time it's probably remained as recognizable, quotable and uniquely original as any comedic film from the decade...no matter how many people probably found it to be a dumb or annoying film.

All genres I think I'd have to have Gladiator, No Country for Old Men and The Dark Knight on my list.
 

Auggie

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Definition of iconic. 1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon. 2a : widely recognized and well-established an iconic brand name. b : widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence

I need to think on this but a couple that popped into my mind that have very memorable scenes or characters.

Some iconic scenes>

2000 Almost Famous:

2007 No Country for Old Men:

2009 Up:
 

Yappi

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Does "iconic" imply representative, not just best or good?

Were there movies about Enron, Madrof, the housing bubble? I'd think those iconic.
For this conversation, iconic is something that is considered influential, recognizable, and revered.

I'm not sure any of those movies would be "recognizable" or "revered". And yes, iconic doesn't necessarily mean best or good.
 

eastisbest

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No Country for Old Men, the Harry Potter movies and the Lord of the Rings movies are good choices.
If you're young,.. they will be defining "iconic" for 2000-2009. "Up" might very well qualify. That opening scene is for sure revered. Finding Nemo might too.
 

Sig Hansen

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Glad to see others like No Country for Old Men. It's my personal all-time favorite film. There Will Be Blood is #2

I will add Casino Royale, In Bruges and Inglorious Basterds
 

arizonawildcat

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Harry Potter (SF)
Bourne Identity (SF)
Love Actually
Saw (SF)
Batman Begins (SF)
DreamGirls
300
Iron Man (SF)
Slumdog Millionaire
My standards may be a little low , but maybe some of these reach that level. A few of them started franchises (SF)
"300" prrpbably the gayest movie of 2000-2020
 

ohiopup

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Other Films from this decade

Erin Brockovich
Cast Away
U-571

A Beautiful Mind
Black Hawk Down

Ray
The Aviator
Hotel Rwanda

Good Night, and Good Luck
Munich
Capote
Walk the Line

Chicago
Gangs of New York
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Cold Mountain
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

The Departed
Letters From Iwo Jima
The Queen

There Will Be Blood
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Frost/Nixon

The Hurt Locker
The Blind Side

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irish_buffalo

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Other Films from this decade

Erin Brockovich
Cast Away
U-571

A Beautiful Mind
Black Hawk Down

Ray
The Aviator
Hotel Rwanda

Good Night, and Good Luck
Munich
Capote
Walk the Line

Chicago
Gangs of New York
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Cold Mountain
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

The Departed
Letters From Iwo Jima
The Queen

There Will Be Blood
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Frost/Nixon

The Hurt Locker
The Blind Side

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Great list ohiopup.

Forgot all about Gangs of New York and The Departed. Those both are right there with No Country IMO.

There Will Be Blood was awesome but mostly due to Daniel Day-Lewis.

Unsure if iconic but someone else mentioned Kill Bill's which I loved as well. Not a big comic book guy but loved the Batman Trilogy with Bale.
 

eastisbest

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Of the comicbooks movies, wasn't Ironman the first of the Avengers movies? That was 2008. A History of Violence, Road to Perdition, Sin City, V representing the non Superhero genre. I'd want to include Watchmen basically because the tv-series seems to be striking a chord but the movie.... eh.

If we're really going to include movies that future generations will see as iconic of the slow descent of society into their dystopian, cultural abyss, we have to include

Catwoman.
 

KingKong24

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Have to include Avatar for the simple fact that it brought 3D movies back to theaters and was the highest grossing movie of all time for 10 years.
 

Auggie

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Here are mine for the decade>

One of the decade's big stories captured in film>


The most accessible film from the decade's best studio>


The start to the dominate franchise in cinema>
 
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