Temporal Top Ten – 2003


top ten

Number of movies seen from this year – 121
Number of movies reviewed – 79 (including 2 Encore Reviews)

2003 was a year which all the awards ceremonies were dominated by one film, which was the culmination of a 3 movie, 10+ hour adventure series that was even able to break the Oscar “unofficial shunning” of Science Fiction/Fantasy being considered part of the mainstream awards ceremonies.

In any other year, my #3 movie would have had much more of a chance to win awards because it’s a very engaging thriller that took home two acting Oscars.

To round out the Best Picture nominees that made my top ten, you will find #2, which is a heart warming movie that I fell in love with the first time I saw it and have enjoyed it immensely every time since because it is a movie about falling down and then having the ability and courage to stand up and try again over and over.

The other two nominees that year – Master and Commander and Lost in Translation are two movies that I just couldn’t get in to while watching them and personally don’t feel that they were movies that can be considered among the best of the year.

My Top Ten

10. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

9. Kill Bill – Vol. Ihouse of sand and fog

8. House of Sand and Fogfinding nemo

7. Finding Nemoswat

6. S.W.A.T.shattered glass

5. Shattered Glasstouching the void

4. Touching the Voidmystic river

3. Mystic Riverseabiscuit

2. Seabiscuitreturn of the king

1. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 2003

  1. 11:14
  2. 2 Fast 2 Furious
  3. 21 Grams
  4. 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out
  5. Agent Cody Banks
  6. Alex and Emma
  7. American Wedding
  8. Anger Management
  9. Bad Boys II
  10. Bad Santa
  11. Basic
  12. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
  13. Battlestar Galactica
  14. Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Three’s Company’
  15. Beyond Borders
  16. Big Fish
  17. Brother Bear
  18. The Brown Bunny
  19. Bruce Almighty
  20. Bulletproof Monk
  21. Calendar Girls
  22. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
  23. Cheaper by the Dozen
  24. Coast to Coast
  25. Cold Creek Manor
  26. Cold Mountain
  27. Confidence
  28. The Cooler
  29. The Core
  30. Daddy Day Care
  31. Daredevil
  32. Dark Blue
  33. DC 9/11:Time of Crisis
  34. Dreamcatcher
  35. Elephant
  36. Elf
  37. Finding Nemo
  38. Fog of War, The: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
  39. Freaky Friday
  40. Full-Court Miracle
  41. Gods and Generals
  42. Good Bye Lenin!
  43. A Guy Thing
  44. Head of State
  45. The Hebrew Hammer
  46. Holes
  47. Hollywood Homicide
  48. Hope Springs
  49. House of Sand and Fog
  50. How to Deal
  51. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  52. Hulk
  53. The Human Stain
  54. The Hunted
  55. Identity
  56. In the Cut
  57. The In-Laws
  58. Intermission
  59. Intolerable Cruelty
  60. The Italian Job
  61. Johnny English
  62. Just Married
  63. Kill Bill Volume 1
  64. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  65. The Last Samurai
  66. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  67. The Life of David Gale Encore Review
  68. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  Encore Review
  69. Lost in Translation
  70. Love Actually
  71. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  72. Matchstick Men
  73. The Matrix Reloaded
  74. The Matrix Revolutions
  75. Mona Lisa Smile
  76. Monster
  77. My Boss’s Daughter
  78. Mystic River
  79. Old School
  80. Oldboy
  81. Open Range
  82. Open Water
  83. The Order
  84. Out of Time
  85. A Painted House
  86. Paycheck
  87. Pieces of April
  88. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  89. Radio
  90. The Reagans
  91. The Recruit
  92. Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story
  93. Runaway Jury
  94. S.W.A.T.
  95. Saints and Soldiers
  96. Saving Jessica Lynch
  97. Scary Movie 3
  98. School of Rock
  99. Seabiscuit
  100. Shanghai Knights
  101. Shattered Glass
  102. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  103. Something’s Gotta Give
  104. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
  105. Statement, The
  106. Station Agent, The
  107. Stuck on You
  108. Tears of the Sun
  109. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  110. Thirteen
  111. Timeline
  112. Tokyo Godfathers
  113. Touching the Void
  114. Twin Towers
  115. Two Soldiers
  116. Under the Tuscan Sun
  117. Underworld
  118. Uptown Girls
  119. Wonderland
  120. Word of Honor
  121. X2


13 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 2003

  1. Good to see you like Shattered Glass as much as I did. I haven’t met many people who’ve seen it – and, most of the time, when I tell people that it proves Anikin can act, that the Star Wars’ writer/director is more to blame for Christensen’s poor performance in those flicks, folks disbelieve me.

    And number 1 is the obvious choice here – especially given that is the best in that very good franchise. Never did see #3. And while I appreciate #2, I don’t love it quite as much as you seem to.


    • yea, I’m a big fan of Shattered Glass and of HC’s work in it. He was also great in Life as a House.

      You should see #3 when you get a chance. I was very moved by it

      I understand what you mean by #2. I find it very powerful, but I tried reading the book and got annoyed with the writing style really quickly

      No one can argue about #1 being the best movie of the year (even those cranky old academy voters) 🙂


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  3. Good choice. Not my favourite from that year though. That would probably fall to Kill Bill but I don’t necessarily consider that a classic either to be honest. Interesting post as always.

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