Best Drama Movies of 2000

1.

Gladiator

7.0
8.5/10

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.

Cast Away

6.5
7.8/10

Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny island with nothing but some flotsam and jetsam from the aircraft's cargo.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Paul Sanchez, Lari White
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 2000-12-22
3.

Remember the Titans

6.3
7.8/10

After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Ryan Hurst, Wood Harris, Hayden Panettiere
Directed by: Boaz Yakin
Release date: 2000-09-29
4.

Billy Elliot

6.3
7.7/10

Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, 11-year-old Billy Elliot stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes.

Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Release date: 2000-05-18
5.

Erin Brockovich

6.1
7.3/10

A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. She starts investigating and soon exposes a monumental cover-up.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger, Cherry Jones
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2000-03-17
6.

Unbreakable

6.0
7.3/10

An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead — and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his bones as fragile as glass.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Davis Duffield, Johnny Hiram Jamison
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Release date: 2000-11-13
7.

High Fidelity

6.0
7.5/10

When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to find out why they left, he keeps up his efforts to win Laura back.

Starring: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 2000-03-17
8.

The Virgin Suicides

5.9
7.2/10

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, James Woods, Kathleen Turner, A.J. Cook, Leslie Hayman
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Release date: 2000-04-21
9.

Chocolat

5.8
7.3/10

A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies float down the river the prejudices of the Mayor leads to a crisis.

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Leslie Caron
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Release date: 2000-12-14
10.

Dancer in the Dark

5.8
8.0/10

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
11.

Traffic

5.4
7.6/10

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
12.

Men of Honor

5.3
7.2/10

Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true story. Their relationship starts out on the rocks, but fate ultimately conspires to bring the men together into a setting of mutual respect, triumph and honor.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis, Hal Holbrook
Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.
Release date: 2000-09-13
13.

Frequency

5.3
7.4/10

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
14.

Love & Basketball

5.3
7.2/10

A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow into adulthood, they fall in love, but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They've followed the game all their lives and have no small amount of talent on the court. As Quincy and Monica struggle to make their relationship work, they follow separate career paths though high school and college basketball and, they hope, into stardom in big-league professional ball.

Starring: Chris Warren, Kyla Pratt, Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Alfre Woodard
Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Release date: 2000-04-21
15.

Finding Forrester

5.3
7.3/10

Gus Van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help from his new mentor Jamal receives a scholarship to a private school.

Starring: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, Busta Rhymes
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 2000-12-21
16.

You Can Count on Me

5.2
7.6/10

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.

Starring: Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Jon Tenney, Rory Culkin
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
Release date: 2000-11-17
17.

Pay It Forward

5.2
7.2/10

Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Release date: 2000-10-20
18.

Wonder Boys

5.2
7.4/10

Grady is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy author.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Katie Holmes, Rip Torn
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release date: 2000-02-22
19.

Before Night Falls

5.2
7.3/10

Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.

Starring: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Johnny Depp, Andrea Di Stefano, Santiago Magill
Directed by: Julian Schnabel
Release date: 2000-09-03
20.

Chopper

5.2
7.2/10

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

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