Best Thriller Movies of 2003

1.

Dogville

6.5

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Release date: 2003-05-19
2.

Mystic River

6.4

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2003-10-07
3.

The Matrix Reloaded

6.1

Six months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has discovered his superpowers including super speed, ability to see the codes of the things inside the matrix and a certain degree of pre-cognition. But a nasty piece of news hits the human resistance: 250,000 machine sentinels are digging to Zion and would reach them in 72 hours. As Zion prepares for the ultimate war, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity are advised by the Oracle to find the Keymaker who would help them reach the Source. Meanwhile Neo's recurrent dreams depicting Trinity's death have got him worried and as if it was not enough, Agent Smith has somehow escaped deletion, has become more powerful than before and has fixed Neo as his next target.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Helmut Bakaitis
Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Release date: 2003-05-15
4.

21 Grams

6.1

This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will learn harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever.

Starring: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro, Danny Huston, Carly Nahon
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Release date: 2003-09-06
5.

X2

6.1

Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker. Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey must join their usual nemeses – Magneto and Mystique – to unhinge Stryker's scheme to exterminate all mutants.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Release date: 2003-04-24
6.

Identity

5.8

Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.

Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, Alfred Molina
Directed by: James Mangold
Release date: 2003-04-25
7.

The Matrix Revolutions

5.7

The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Mary Alice
Directed by: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Release date: 2003-11-05
8.

Underworld

5.6

Vampires and werewolves have waged a nocturnal war against each other for centuries. But all bets are off when a female vampire warrior named Selene, who's famous for her strength and werewolf-hunting prowess, becomes smitten with a peace-loving male werewolf, Michael, who wants to end the war.

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Shane Brolly, Bill Nighy
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Release date: 2003-09-19
9.

The Life of David Gale

5.6

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Rhona Mitra
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 2003-02-21
10.

Bad Boys II

5.5

Out-of-control, trash-talking buddy cops Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey of the Miami Narcotics Task Force reunite, and bullets fly, cars crash and laughs explode as they pursue a whacked-out drug lord from the streets of Miami to the barrios of Cuba. But the real fireworks result when Marcus discovers that playboy Mike is secretly romancing Marcus’ sexy sister.

Starring: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Mollà, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2003-07-18
11.

Matchstick Men

5.3

A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2003-09-01
12.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

5.3

It's been 10 years since John Connor saved Earth from Judgment Day, and he's now living under the radar, steering clear of using anything Skynet can trace. That is, until he encounters T-X, a robotic assassin ordered to finish what T-1000 started. Good thing Connor's former nemesis, the Terminator, is back to aid the now-adult Connor … just like he promised.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Release date: 2003-07-02
13.

Runaway Jury

5.2

A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.

Starring: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Bruce McGill, Bruce Davison
Directed by: Gary Fleder
Release date: 2003-10-09
14.

2 Fast 2 Furious

5.2

It's a major double-cross when former police officer Brian O'Conner teams up with his ex-con buddy Roman Pearce to transport a shipment of "dirty" money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone. But the guys are actually working with undercover agent Monica Fuentes to bring Verone down.

Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Ludacris
Directed by: John Singleton
Release date: 2003-06-05
15.

11:14

5.0

Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The story follows the chain of events of five different characters and five different storylines that all converge to tell the story of murder and deceit.

Starring: Henry Thomas, Blake Heron, Barbara Hershey, Hilary Swank, Clark Gregg
Directed by: Greg Marcks
Release date: 2003-05-16
16.

Wrong Turn

5.0

Chris crashes into a carload of other young people, and the group of stranded motorists is soon lost in the woods of West Virginia, where they're hunted by three cannibalistic mountain men who are grossly disfigured by generations of inbreeding.

Starring: Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Zegers
Directed by: Rob Schmidt
Release date: 2003-05-30
17.

S.W.A.T.

5.0

Hondo Harrelson recruits Jim Street to join an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Together they seek out more members, including tough Deke Kay and single mom Chris Sanchez. The team's first big assignment is to escort crime boss Alex Montel to prison. It seems routine, but when Montel offers a huge reward to anyone who can break him free, criminals of various stripes step up for the prize.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Josh Charles
Directed by: Clark Johnson
Release date: 2003-08-08
18.

The Rundown

4.9

When Travis, the mouthy son of a criminal, disappears in the Amazon in search of a treasured artifact, his father sends in Beck, who becomes Travis's rival for the affections of Mariana, a mysterious Brazilian woman. With his steely disposition, Beck is a man of few words -- but it takes him all the discipline he can muster to work with Travis to nab a tyrant who's after the same treasure.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken, Ernie Reyes, Jr.
Directed by: Peter Berg
Release date: 2003-09-26
19.

Swimming Pool

4.9

In the middle of this amusing thriller is a relationship between two different types of females, one is a well know British author and the other is a sex-crazed French teen. The two get into some relationship trouble while living together in this film of psychological imagery and an erotic exploration of the female body.

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Jean-Marie Lamour, Marc Fayolle
Directed by: François Ozon
Release date: 2003-05-18
20.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

4.8

To prevent a world war from breaking out, famous characters from Victorian literature band together to do battle against a cunning villain.

Starring: Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Release date: 2003-07-11

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