Best Action Movies of 2000

1.

Gladiator

7.0

In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2000-05-01
2.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

6.2

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's 'Odyssey'.

Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
Directed by: Joel Coen
Release date: 2000-08-30
3.

X-Men

6.0

Two mutants, Rogue and Wolverine, come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Release date: 2000-07-13
4.

The Patriot

6.0

After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, America, against the British, Benjamin reluctantly returns to his old life to protect his son.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Tchéky Karyo
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 2000-06-28
5.

Pitch Black

5.7

When their ship crash-lands on a remote planet, the marooned passengers soon learn that escaped convict Riddick isn't the only thing they have to fear. Deadly creatures lurk in the shadows, waiting to attack in the dark, and the planet is rapidly plunging into the utter blackness of a total eclipse. With the body count rising, the doomed survivors are forced to turn to Riddick with his eerie eyes to guide them through the darkness to safety. With time running out, there's only one rule: Stay in the light.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Claudia Black
Directed by: David Twohy
Release date: 2000-02-18
6.

Shanghai Noon

5.4

Chon Wang, a clumsy imperial guard trails Princess Pei Pei when she is kidnapped from the Forbidden City and transported to America. Wang follows her captors to Nevada, where he teams up with an unlikely partner, outcast outlaw Roy O'Bannon, and tries to spring the princess from her imprisonment.

Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Xander Berkeley, Roger Yuan
Directed by: Tom Dey
Release date: 2000-05-26
7.

Gone in Sixty Seconds

5.4

Upon learning that he has to come out of retirement to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother Kip's life, former car thief Randall "Memphis" Raines enlists help from a few "boost happy" pals to accomplish a seemingly impossible feat. From countless car chases to relentless cops, the high-octane excitement builds as Randall swerves around more than a few roadblocks to keep Kip alive.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Delroy Lindo, Will Patton
Directed by: Dominic Sena
Release date: 2000-06-09
8.

Miss Congeniality

5.2

When the local FBI office receives a letter from a terrorist known only as 'The Citizen', it's quickly determined that he's planning his next act at the Miss America beauty pageant. Because tough-as-nails Gracie Hart is the only female Agent at the office, she's chosen to go undercover as the contestant from New Jersey.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen, William Shatner
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Release date: 2000-12-14
9.

Mission: Impossible II

5.2

With computer genius Luther Stickell at his side and a beautiful thief on his mind, agent Ethan Hunt races across Australia and Spain to stop a former IMF agent from unleashing a genetically engineered biological weapon called Chimera. This mission, should Hunt choose to accept it, plunges him into the center of an international crisis of terrifying magnitude.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson
Directed by: John Woo
Release date: 2000-05-24
10.

Frank Herbert's Dune

5.0

A three part mini-series based on Frank Herbert's classic Science Fiction novel entailing politics, betrayal, lust, greed and the coming of a Messiah.

Release date: 2000-12-03
11.

Titan A.E.

4.9
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A young man finds out that he holds the key to restoring hope and ensuring survival for the human race, while an alien species called the Dredge are bent on mankind's destruction.
Starring: Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, Drew Barrymore, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane
Directed by: Gary Goldman, Don Bluth
Release date: 2000-06-16
12.

Hollow Man

4.8

Cocky researcher, Sebastian Caine is working on a project to make living creatures invisible and he's so confident he's found the right formula that he tests it on himself and soon begins to vanish. The only problem is – no-one can determine how to make him visible again. Caine's predicament eventually drives him mad, with terrifying results.

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Rhona Mitra
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Release date: 2000-08-04
13.

U-571

4.8

In the midst of World War II, the battle under the sea rages and the Nazis have the upper hand as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. However, after a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, the Allies realise this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, David Keith
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Release date: 2000-04-20
14.

The Way of the Gun

4.8

Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, James Caan, Taye Diggs
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Release date: 2000-09-08
15.

Space Cowboys

4.8

Frank Corvin, ‘Hawk’ Hawkins, Jerry O'Neill and ‘Tank’ Sullivan were hotdog members of Project Daedalus, the Air Force's test program for space travel, but their hopes were dashed in 1958 with the formation of NASA and the use of trained chimps. They blackmail their way into orbit when Russia's mysterious ‘Ikon’ communications satellite's orbit begins to degrade and threatens to crash to Earth.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, James Cromwell
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2000-07-31
16.

Charlie's Angels

4.7

Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray, Sam Rockwell
Directed by: McG
Release date: 2000-11-02
17.

Small Time Crooks

4.7

A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.

Starring: Woody Allen, Carolyn Saxon, Tracey Ullman, Michael Rapaport, Tony Darrow
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 2000-05-19
18.

Rules of Engagement

4.7

Part war movie, part courtroom thriller, this gripping drama finds a war hero put on trial for a rescue mission gone terribly wrong with only his doubtful friend and fellow marine to represent him.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Greenwood
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 2000-04-07
19.

The Yards

4.6

In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's battling with a minority-owned firm for contracts.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn
Directed by: James Gray
Release date: 2000-04-27
20.

Proof of Life

4.5

Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.

Starring: Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed, David Caruso
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 2000-12-08

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