Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 2003

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2003.

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. Finding Nemo
  2. The Station Agent
  3. Lost in Translation
  4. The Five Obstructions*
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  6. Dogville*
  7. Time of the Wolf*
  8. The Story of the Weeping Camel*
  9. Café Lumiere
  10. Pieces of April
  11. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  12. Last Life in the Universe
  13. X2: X-Men United
  14. American Splendor (review)
  15. The Triplets of Bellville
  16. The Best of Youth*
  17. Goodbye, Dragon Inn*
  18. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  19. Whale Rider
  20. The Fog of War
  21. Kill Bill, Vol. 1
  22. Lost in La Mancha
  • Lost in La Mancha
  • I Capture the Castle
  • All the Real Girls
  • A Mighty Wind (review)
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • Crimson Gold
  • Thirteen
  • Down With Love
  • Matchstick Men
  • Touching the Void
  • Coffee and Cigarettes
  • The Dreamers
  • Cold Mountain
  • The Barbarian Invsions
  • Intolerable Cruelty
  • Open Range
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Spring Summer Fall Winter…and Spring
  • Shattered Glass
  • Holes
  • Peter Pan
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • House of Sand and Fog
  • The Human Stain
  • Levity
  • Monster
  • Swimming Pool
  • Love Actually
  • Northfork
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 2003
7:35 in the Morning
A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Ji-woon)
A Talking Picture (Manoel de Oliveira)
At Five in the Afternoon
Baramnan gajok
Basic (John McTiernan)
Bon Voyage
Bright Future
Bright Young Things
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There
Bukowski: Born into This
Cinema 16
Code 46
Cowards Bend the Knee (Guy Maddin)
Deliver Us from Eva
Doppelganger (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
End of the Century
Father and Son (Alexander Sokurov)
Ghosts of the Abyss
Go Further
Good Bye, Lenin!
Good Morning, Night
Gozu (Takashi Miike)
Head of State
Il Miracolo
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Mike Hodges)
I’m Not Scared (Gabriele Salvatores)
Imagining Argentina
Japanese Story
Jesus, You Know (Ulrich Seidl)
Johnny English
Kitchen Stories (Bent Hamer)
Kôhî jikô
La Petite Lili
Le Cerf-volant
Les Sentiments
Lian zhi feng jing
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen)
Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho)
Monsieur Ibrahim
My Architect: A Son’s Journey
My Flesh and Blood
My Life Without Me
No Rest for the Brave (Alain Guiraudie)
Not on the Lips (Alain Resnais)
Off the Map
Open Water
Owning Mahowny
Playing ‘In the Company of Men’ (Arnaud Desplechin)
Raja (Jacques Doillon)
Rhinoceros Eyes
Runaway Jury
S-21 (Rithy Panh)
Schultze Gets the Blues
Segreti di stato
Shara (Naomi Kawase)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Sjaj u ocima
Son frère (Patrice Chereau)
Stuck on You (Bobby and Peter Farrelly)
Take My Eyes
Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette)
The Agronomist
The Animation Show
The Blind Swordsman: Zatôichi
The Company (Robert Altman)
The Cooler
The Corporation (Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott)
The Far Side of the Moon (Robert Lepage)
The Flower of Evil (Claude Chabrol)
The Forest for the Trees (Maren Ade)
The Hunted (William Friedkin)
The Memory of a Killer
The Mother
The Rundown
The Same River Twice
The Shape of Things
The Story of Marie and Julien (Jacques Rivette)
Timeline (Richard Donner)
Tokyo Godfathers
Tom Dowd & the Language of Music
Toutes ces belle promesses (Jean-Paul Civeyrac)
Tupac: Resurrection
Twentynine Palms (Bruno Dumont)
Two Cars, One Night
Untold Scandal (Lee Je-yong)
Vai e Vem (João César Monteiro)
Vibrator (Ryuichi Hiroki)
Voices of a Distant Star (Makoto Shinkai and Steven Foster)
Waiting for the Clouds (Yesim Ustaoglu)
West of the Tracks (Wang Bing)
Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano)
Zero Day (Ben Coccio)
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