Best Movies of 2003

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1. Just Married (2003)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

28 Metascore

A young newlywed couple honeymoon in Europe, where obstacles challenge their ability to sustain the marriage.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Christian Kane, David Moscow

Votes: 65,652 | Gross: $56.13M

2. Final Destination 2 (2003)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: A.J. Cook, Ali Larter, Tony Todd, Michael Landes

Votes: 145,283 | Gross: $46.96M

3. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

45 Metascore

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg, Kathryn Hahn

Votes: 198,132 | Gross: $105.81M

4. Old School (2003)

R | 88 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Piven

Votes: 207,961 | Gross: $75.59M

5. Bringing Down the House (2003)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy

39 Metascore

When a lonely guy meets a woman on the internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to get him to prove her innocence, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright

Votes: 33,943 | Gross: $132.72M

6. Agent Cody Banks (2003)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

41 Metascore

A government agent trains Cody Banks in the ways of covert operations that require younger participants.

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff, Andrew Francis, Angie Harmon

Votes: 31,662 | Gross: $47.81M

7. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 242,342 | Gross: $46.57M

8. What a Girl Wants (2003)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

41 Metascore

An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election.

Director: Dennie Gordon | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 56,707 | Gross: $35.99M

9. Anger Management (2003)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

Dave Buznik is a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 196,682 | Gross: $135.65M

10. Identity (2003)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes

Votes: 216,034 | Gross: $52.16M

11. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

56 Metascore

Lizzie McGuire has graduated from middle school and takes a trip to Rome, Italy with her class. And what was supposed to be only a normal trip, becomes a teenager's dream come true.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Clayton Snyder, Hallie Todd

Votes: 34,159 | Gross: $42.67M

12. Bruce Almighty (2003)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

46 Metascore

A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 356,438 | Gross: $242.83M

13. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 902,077 | Gross: $380.84M

14. Alex & Emma (2003)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

32 Metascore

A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, David Paymer, Sophie Marceau

Votes: 12,708 | Gross: $14.21M

15. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

48 Metascore

The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database.

Director: McG | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, Bernie Mac

Votes: 116,593 | Gross: $100.83M

16. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy

47 Metascore

Elle Woods heads to Washington, D.C. to join the staff of a Representative in order to pass a bill to ban animal testing.

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Bob Newhart, Regina King

Votes: 58,732 | Gross: $90.19M

17. How to Deal (2003)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A teenager (Moore), disillusioned by too many examples of love gone wrong, refuses to believe that true love exists. Then this new guy (Ford) comes along...

Director: Clare Kilner | Stars: Mandy Moore, Trent Ford, Dylan Baker, Allison Janney

Votes: 9,014 | Gross: $14.11M

18. American Wedding (2003)

R | 96 min | Comedy

43 Metascore

It's the wedding of Jim and Michelle and the gathering of their families and friends, including Jim's old friends from high school and Michelle's little sister.

Director: Jesse Dylan | Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy

Votes: 187,328 | Gross: $104.57M

19. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 101,128 | Gross: $32.54M

20. Freaky Friday (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

70 Metascore

An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life for one freaky Friday.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould

Votes: 118,885 | Gross: $110.23M

21. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Horror

37 Metascore

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Votes: 106,487 | Gross: $82.62M

22. Uptown Girls (2003)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

33 Metascore

A grown-up woman, who kept her childish instincts and behavior, starts working as a nanny of a 8-year-old girl, who actually acts like an adult. But in the end everything turns to its right places.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Heather Locklear, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 33,871 | Gross: $36.92M

23. My Boss's Daughter (2003)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

15 Metascore

After a man is asked to house sit for his boss, he becomes determined to get closer to the boss's daughter, but events keep unfolding that stop him from achieving his goal.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Andy Richter, Molly Shannon

Votes: 27,441 | Gross: $15.55M

24. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy

36 Metascore

A thirty-something former child star hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Alyssa Milano, Craig Bierko

Votes: 13,244 | Gross: $22.73M

25. Cabin Fever (2002)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

Five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent

Votes: 71,548 | Gross: $21.16M

26. Secondhand Lions (2003)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

52 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 49,876 | Gross: $41.41M

27. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Music

82 Metascore

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Adam Pascal

Votes: 254,037 | Gross: $81.26M

28. Mystic River (2003)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

84 Metascore

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

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum

Votes: 399,781 | Gross: $90.14M

29. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror

38 Metascore

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, Erica Leerhsen

Votes: 125,881 | Gross: $80.57M

30. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 37,114 | Gross: $52.28M

31. Scary Movie 3 (2003)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

Cindy must investigate mysterious crop circles and video tapes, and help the President in preventing an alien invasion.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Regina Hall, Pamela Anderson

Votes: 132,096 | Gross: $110.00M

32. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 207,103 | Gross: $173.40M

33. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 407,802 | Gross: $59.70M

34. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

A depressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 102,892 | Gross: $59.69M

35. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 130,395 | Gross: $60.06M

36. Something's Gotta Give (2003)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet

Votes: 106,792 | Gross: $124.73M

37. Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

37 Metascore

A high school loser pays a cheerleader to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool.

Director: Troy Byer | Stars: Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Jordan Burg, Jackie Benoit

Votes: 7,740 | Gross: $21.90M

38. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

45 Metascore

A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Votes: 74,449 | Gross: $63.86M

39. Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Family

46 Metascore

With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Piper Perabo

Votes: 89,488 | Gross: $138.61M

40. Peter Pan (2003)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 63,567 | Gross: $48.46M

41. Daddy Day Care (2003)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family

39 Metascore

Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs. This inspires them to open their own day-care center.

Director: Steve Carr | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Anjelica Huston, Steve Zahn

Votes: 60,882 | Gross: $104.30M



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