The year 2000 did not just mark the start of the 21st Century, but it became the year well-known for releasing many classic films that have remained some of the greatest and highest-rated films of all time.
X-Men, Final Destination, and Scary Movie were some of the first films released in the same year, but Rotten Tomatoes has narrowed the list down to the top ten that made an impact on the film industry.
Chicken Run is a stop-motion animated comedy film that chronicles a group of British chickens whose lives are dictated by the daily grind of laying eggs. They will eat them in the form of chicken pies if they stop laying eggs. Once an American rooster, Rocky Rhodes (Mel Gibson), crashes on their coop, Ginger (Julia Sawalha) pleads with Rocky to teach him and the rest of his coop to fly away to their freedom.
Chicken Run was rated by Rotten Tomatoes at 97 percent, and later became the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time. It grossed an estimated $227 million against a production budget of $42 to $45 million.
Yi Yi is a Taiwanese drama film that is told from three perspectives of the same family: the father and engineer, New Jersey (Wu Nien-jen), his teenage daughter Ting-Ting (Kelly Lee) and his young son Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang)
Edward Yang, Yi Yi's director, was honored as the Best Director at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, where the film made its debut, and also won the Palme dOr, the highest award awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. Yi Yi has a rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Memento is a film about a man named Leonard (Guy Pearce) and his attempts to track down the perpetrator who murdered his wife, Catherine (Jorja Fox). However, his task is rendered more difficult by his suffering from Anterograde Amnesia, a rare illness in which a person is unable to recall all of his activities prior to an accident or event.
Memento received a 93% rating from the public and film critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Five years after the release of the film in 2005, the Writers Guild of America included Memento in their list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written.
The Taste of Others
Agnes Jaoui, a French film producer and star, writes and directs The Taste of Others. Castella (Jean-Pierre Bacri) accepts his wife Anglique's (Christiane Millet) invitation to a performance of Racines Berenice, but instead of focusing on the show, he falls in love with Clara (Anne Alvaro).
His fascination with Clara intensifies when he decides to attend another performance of her and later joins her for lunch after the performance, and his relationship with his wife Angelique deteriorates. What makes the film unique is the comedic depiction of a somewhat controversial affair. The film received a 98% rating on the website.
You Can Count on Me
You Can Count on Me is a drama film directed by Kenneth Lonergan, who plays Sammy (Laura Linney) who is a protective mother of an eight-year-old son, Rudy (Mark Ruffalo). At work, Sammy struggles with a new manager and reconciles with an old boyfriend, while simultaneously protecting her son at all costs.
On Rotten Tomatoes, this film depicts the challenges of being a single mother, balancing working her own life with having to care for others' lives.
Traffic is a film that investigates America's drug war and is toldinthree distinct but interrelated stories. The first one involves two police officers, Javier Rodriguez (Benicio del Toro) and his partner Manolo Sanchez (Jacob Vargas), who discover that General Salazar (Tomas Milian), a prominent Mexican politician, is implicated secretly in corruption and playing the Cartels.
The second storyline follows an Ohio judge named Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas), who is in charge of directing drug control measures. His daughter, Helena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), is unemployed and continues to benefit from his business.
High Fidelity is a romantic comedy that follows the life of Rob Gordon (John Cusack), the owner of a failing record shop in Chicago, where he spends a lot of his time with his pal Barry Judd (Jack Black) but when his long-time girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) abruptly ends their relationship, he examines his previous failed romances.
Gordon discovers that he has never taken anything seriously and always has one foot out of the door, a recurring pattern that is present in his romantic life and personal ambition. High Fidelity received good reviews from the general public with a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Best in Show
Eugene Levy and Catherine OHara have collaborated and starred in eight films and a show together, one of them being Best in Show. In what is regarded as the country's most awaited dog competition show, the Mayflower Dog Show
Best in Show is a widely-loved comedy with a good premise and a talented cast. Gerry and Cookie Fleck (Eugene Levy and Catharine OHara), a yuppie (young urban professional) couple Meg and Hamilton Swan (Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock) and gay couple Scott Donlan and Stefan Vanderhoof (John Michael Higgins and Michael McKean) take pride in their dogs and compete against one another in America'
Dark Days by Marc Singer is a documentary that follows the lives of homeless individuals who live among Manhattan's underground tunnels that are no longer in use. Due to financial difficulties and in order to protect the tunnel residents who were at danger of being forcibly ejected by the Amtrak tunnel, the documentary had to be shot in just two and a half years.
Dark Days was nominated for three awards at the Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award: Documentary, Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary, and Freedom of Expression Award. On Rotten Tomatoes, Dark Days has a 94% approval rating.
The Filth and the Fury
The Filth and the Fury is a British rockumentary in punk style, which consists of unreleased archive footage of the Sex Pistols. The first film directed by Julien Temple is The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.
On Rotten Tomatoes, The Filth and the Fury depicts the Sex Pistols' rise, decline, and ultimately decline.