Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 2000

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2000.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision.


  1. The Decalog (USA DVD release)
  2. Yi-Yi
  3. Almost Famous (review)
  4. The Wind Will Carry Us*
  5. The Emperor’s New Groove
  6. Beau Travail*
  7. You Can Count On Me
  8. The Virgin Suicides
  9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  10. High Fidelity
  11. Wonder Boys
  12. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai*
  13. The Color of Paradise*
  14. Best in Show
  15. Unbreakable
  16. Sexy Beast
  17. Erin Brockovich
  18. George Washington
  19. Pollock
  20. The House of Mirth
  21. The Big Kahuna
  22. X-Men
  23. Not of This World (Fuori Dal Mondo)*
  24. O Brother, Where Art Thou
  25. Amores Perros*
  26. Croupier*
  27. Dancer in the Dark*
  28. Chicken Run
  29. Divided We Fall
  30. The Vertical Ray of the Sun*
  • The Million Dollar Hotel
  • With a Friend Like Harry…
  • The King is Alive
  • State and Main
  • American Movie*
  • Cast Away
  • Thirteen Days
  • The Dish*
  • Tully
  • Billy Eliot
  • Girl on the Bridge*
  • Traffic
  • Bread and Tulips
  • Chocolat
  • Hamlet (Michael Almereyda)
  • Return to Me
  • Under the Sand
  • Shaft
  • Shadow of the Vampire
  • The Way of the Gun
  • Gladiator
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Nurse Betty
  • Timecode
  • Girlfight
  • Small Time Crooks
  • American Psycho
  • Pitch Black
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 2000
101 Reykjavík
A Modern Cannibal Tale
A Time for Drunken Horses
Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (Jonas Mekas)
Bamboozled (Spike Lee)
Battle Royale
Beat (Gary Walkow)
Before Night Falls
Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf)
Boiler Room
Bread and Roses
Brother (Takeshi Kitano)
Bruiser (George A. Romero)
Calle 54
Catastrophe (David Mamet)
Chopper (Andrew Dominik)
Chuck & Buck
Comedy of Innocence
Dark Days
Demons (Mario O’Hara)
Devils on the Doorstep (Jiang Wen)
Diamond Men
Diva Dolorosa
Dr T and the Women
Esther Kahn (Arnaud Desplechin)
Eureka (Shinji Aoyama)
Everybody’s Famous!
Everything Put Together
Faithless (Liv Ullman)
Gangster No. 1 (Paul McGuigan)
Ginger Snaps
Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett)
Il Partigiano Johnny
I’m the One That I Want
In Vanda’s Room (Pedro Costa)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
ivansxtc. (Bernard Rose)
Jiyuan qiaohe
Joe Gould’s Secret
Keep the River on Your Right:
La captive (Chantal Akerman)
La commune (Paris, 1871) (Peter Watkins)
La Lingua del santo
Last Resort
Les Destinees
Les Savates de Bon Dieu (Jean-Claude Brisseau)
Light Keeps Me Company
Liulian piao piao
Long Night’s Journey Into Day
Loser (Amy Heckerling)
Merci pour le chocolat (Claude Chabrol)
Mission to Mars (Brian De Palma)
Muri Romani (Jon Jost)
My Dog Skip
Mysterious Object at Noon (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Nine Queens
Our Lady of the Assassins
Palavra e Utopia
Paradise Express (Tikoy Aguiluz)
Paragraph 175
Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang-dong)
Platform (Jia Zhang-Ke)
Proof of Life
Scarlet Diva (Asia Argento)
Séance (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Selon Matthieu
Signs & Wonders
Space Cowboys (Clint Eastwood)
Suzhou River (Lou Ye)
Tears of the Black Tiger
The Child and the Soldier
The Day I Became a Woman
The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition
The Filth and the Fury
The Goddess of 1967
The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin)
The Hundred Steps
The Iron Ladies
The Isle
The Legend of Rita
The Man Who Cried
The Taste of Others (Agnes Jaoui)
The Weight of Water (Kathryn Bigelow)
The Yards (James Gray)
Third World Hero (Mike De Leon)
Time and Tide (Tsui Hark)
Together (Lukas Moodysson)
Two Family House
Urbania (Jon Shear)
Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (Hong Sang-soo)
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