Best Crime Movies of 2000

1.

Requiem for a Dream

6.7

The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Release date: 2000-10-06
2.

Snatch

6.6

The second film from British director Guy Ritchie. Snatch tells an obscure story similar to his first fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” There are two overlapping stories here – one is the search for a stolen diamond, and the other about a boxing promoter who’s having trouble with a psychotic gangster.

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Rade Serbedzija
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Release date: 2000-09-01
3.

American Psycho

6.1

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

Starring: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis
Directed by: Mary Harron
Release date: 2000-04-13
4.

Dancer in the Dark

5.8

Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.

Starring: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Release date: 2000-05-17
5.

Traffic

5.4

An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their comfortable suburban home. In Mexico, a flawed, but noble policeman agrees to testify against a powerful general in league with a cartel, and in San Diego, a drug kingpin's sheltered trophy wife must learn her husband's ruthless business after he is arrested, endangering her luxurious lifestyle.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Benicio del Toro, Jacob Vargas, Tomás Milián, Russell G. Jones
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2000-12-27
6.

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
7.

Frequency

5.3

When a rare phenomenon gives police officer John Sullivan the chance to speak to his father, 30 years in the past, he takes the opportunity to prevent his dad's tragic death. After his actions inadvertently give rise to a series of brutal murders he and his father must find a way to fix the consequences of altering time.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Andre Braugher, Elizabeth Mitchell, Noah Emmerich
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Release date: 2000-04-28
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.

Chopper

5.2

The true and intense story of Mark 'Chopper' Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison.

Starring: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field, Bill Young, Daniel Wyllie
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Release date: 2000-06-21
10.

Sexy Beast

5.1

The idyllic life of retired safecracker Gal is put at risk when a psychotic gangster from his past arrives at his villa in southern Spain, intent on bringing him out of retirement for one last job.

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman, James Fox
Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
Release date: 2000-09-13
11.

Saving Grace

4.9

Unexpectedly widowed, prim and proper housewife Grace Trevethyn finds herself in dire financial straits when she inherits massive debts her late husband had been accruing for years. Faced with losing her house, she decides to use her talent for horticulture and hatches a plan to grow potent marijuana which can be sold at an astronomical price, thus solving her financial crisis.

Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes, Tchéky Karyo, Jamie Foreman
Directed by: Nigel Cole
Release date: 2000-01-24
12.

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
13.

The Whole Nine Yards

4.8

A mobster named Jimmy the Tulip agrees to cooperate with an FBI investigation in order to stay out of prison; he's relocated by the authorities to a life of suburban anonymity as part of a witness protection program. It's not long before a couple of his new neighbors figure out his true identity and come knocking to see if he'd be up for one more hit, suburban style.

Starring: Matthew Perry, Bruce Willis, Natasha Henstridge, Amanda Peet, Michael Clarke Duncan
Directed by: Jonathan Lynn
Release date: 2000-02-18
14.

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
15.

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
16.

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
17.

Romeo Must Die

4.4

Two warring gang families (one African-American, the other Chinese) maneuver for bragging rights to the Oakland, California, docks. Hang Sing and Trish O'Day uncover a trail of deceit that leaves most of the warring factions dead … or worse!

Starring: Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, DMX
Directed by: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Release date: 2000-03-20
18.

Nurse Betty

4.4

What happens when a person decides that life is merely a state of mind? If you're Betty, a small-town waitress and soap opera fan from Fair Oaks, Kansas, you refuse to believe that you can't be with the love of your life just because he doesn't really exist. After all, life is no excuse for not living. Traumatized by a savage event, Betty enters into a fugue state that allows -- even encourages -- her to keep functioning... in a kind of alternate reality.

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, Greg Kinnear, Aaron Eckhart
Directed by: Neil LaBute
Release date: 2000-09-08
19.

Shaft

4.2

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him acquitted -- especially since he's paid a drug kingpin to kill the witness.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Busta Rhymes, Dan Hedaya
Directed by: John Singleton
Release date: 2000-06-15
20.

The Art of War

4.2

When ruthless terrorists threaten to bring down the United Nations, they frame the one man they believe can stop them: an international security expert named Shaw. Now he must run from his own allies and become a solitary force for good, as he tries to stop what could become World War III.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Donald Sutherland, Maury Chaykin, Anne Archer, Michael Biehn
Directed by: Christian Duguay
Release date: 2000-08-23

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