Happy 21st! JB Hi-Fi are celebrating the films that kicked off the new millennium, and we’ve picked ten of the best to get your collection started…
A coming-of-age tale that rocks, writer-director Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical music odyssey follows a rookie reporter for Rolling Stone on the road with rock band Stillwater. Crowe received the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
A working class boy with a passion for ballet became the feel-good flick of 2000 and launched the career of 14-year-old star Jamie Bell, making his movie debut. The film received three Oscar nominations and was adapted as a stage musical in 2005.
Ostensibly The Great Escape with chooks, the first feature-length offering from Aardman Animations (of Wallace & Gromit fame) remains the highest grossing stop motion animated film to date. A sequel is currently in pre-production.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Director Ang Lee’s influential martial arts masterpiece brought subtitles and wuxia to the masses, made stars out Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh, and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture (winning Best Foreign Language Film).
Julia Roberts became the first actress to win the Oscar, BAFTA, SAG, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her portrayal of the eponymous, real-life environmental activist who took on a California energy company accused of pollution.
Ridley Scott reimagined the epic historical adventure with CGI (including a digital Colosseum) and a fiery lead performance from Russell Crowe, who duly won an Oscar. It’s also features the final performance from the late, great Oliver Reed.
John Cusack is perfectly cast as a record store owner prone to failed relationships and list-making in this cracking adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel. He’s upstaged, though, by Jack Black in his breakout role as the boisterous Barry. A TV series adaptation premiered in 2020.
Shot in the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, SA (the perfect location for a barren alien world), this scary sci-fi flick cemented Vin Diesel’s status as an action movie icon and spawned two sequels – The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and Riddick (2013).
A crime caper involving a stolen diamond, shady boxing promotion, gangsters, guns and geezers, Guy Ritchie’s second feature ranks alongside Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as one of his best. And the ensemble cast – including Brad Pitt, Jason Statham and Benicio del Toro – is a knockout!
The first bona fide Marvel blockbuster, which ushered in the superhero movie phenomenon that continues today. It also gave our own Hugh Jackman his signature role and launched him to Hollywood superstardom. One of the best X-Men films.