Best Hollywood Movies Released In 2003 is the 3rd installment of our series of best movies of the 20th century. Most of these are the absolute classics that received numerous awards.
Best Hollywood Movies Released In 2003
In OLDBOY, businessman Oh Dae-Su is drunk one night and is arrested. While a friend picks him up from the police station, he’s suddenly and mysteriously abducted. He finds himself in a room where he’s served meals, given a TV, and gassed every night at bedtime.
He was locked up there for 15 long years, without explanation. After a time, he begins punching the walls, practice fighting, to take out his anger. He also makes an escape attempt, and is nearly out, but finds himself suddenly released.
He goes looking for something to eat and meets chef Mi-do. She takes pity on him and brings him to her home. He becomes obsessed with figuring out why he was imprisoned and who did it. Little does he know the danger he will face, as well as the horrible truths he will discover.
Released: 21 Nov 2003
Runtime: 120 min
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Chan-wook Park
Writer: Garon Tsuchiya (story), Nobuaki Minegishi (comic), Chan-wook Park (character created by: Oldboy, Vengeance Trilogy), Chan-wook Park (screenplay), Joon-hyung Lim (screenplay), Jo-yun Hwang (screenplay)
Actors: Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is troubled by violent visions she’s had since she was a child. Her nightmares began when she and her dad (Sam Shepard) were in a car accident. Joanna’s blurry nightmares are sometimes unreadable, but always violent.
Trying to keep safe, she works as a salesperson for a trucking company, always on the road or in hotel rooms. Restless, she says. “Sometimes, I think that if I keep moving forward, nothing bad will happen to me.”
Her intuition is both right and wrong. Ultimately, she goes to the location of one of her visions — a small-town bar in Texas. She finds a farmhouse where a murder occurred and has a few close encounters, one with her ex-boyfriend Kurt (Adam Scott), who apparently followed her (and then tries to rape her).
Joanna’s savior is predictably unlikely and gallant — and brings his own baggage. Not only does Terry (Peter O’Brien) stop Kurt’s assault, he also follows him into the street and beats him nearly senseless. Watching from her hotel room window, Joanna is intrigued.
Released: 25 June 2003
Runtime: 110 min
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Writer: Vladimir Moiseenko, Aleksandr Novototskiy-Vlasov
Actors: Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Nataliya Vdovina
4Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation centers on American movie star Bob (Bill Murray), who is in Tokyo to appear in whiskey ads, and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), an unemployed wife who is there with her photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). Everything in Japan makes Bob and Charlotte feel out of place.
Neither can get to sleep, and their bleary disorientation contrasts with the sensory overload of Tokyo. But it’s not just their brains that are out of focus; it is their hearts and souls as well. Both have a lot of trouble connecting to others, both are in transition.
Bob and Charlotte connect in a way they don’t understand. But they do understand that it is precious to them to feel that way — or just to feel. And they treat that feeling with touching delicacy. She takes him to a karaoke club.
He takes her to the emergency room when she hurts her toe. They don’t exchange life stories, discover that they love the same poem, or have any of the usual movie indicators that they are soul-mates. They just understand each other a little and like each other a little more. And that is a very nice thing to observe.
Language: English, Japanese, German, French
Released: 03 Oct 2003
Runtime: 102 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer: Sofia Coppola
Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Akiko Takeshita, Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
3Memories of Murder
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, South Korea, a young and beautiful woman was found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear.
Detective Park Doo-Man and Detective Cho Yong-Koo, two brutal and stupid local detectives without any technique, investigate the murder using brutality and torturing the suspects, without any practical result.
Detective Seo Tae-Yoon from Seoul comes to the country to help the investigation and is convinced that a serial-killer is killing the women. When a third woman is found dead in the same “modus-operandi”, the detectives find the lead of the assassin.
Language: Korean, English
Released: 02 May 2003
Runtime: 132 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Writer: Bong Joon Ho, Kwang-rim Kim (play), Sung-bo Shim
Actors: Kang-ho Song, Sang-Kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song
Mystic River explores the impact of an unbearable tragedy on two generations in a community bounded by the river of the title. When they were kids, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave were causing mischief when a man posing as a cop told Dave to get in his car.
Dave was molested for days until he ran away. As adults, Jimmy (Sean Penn), Dave (Tim Robbins), and Sean (Kevin Bacon) are no longer friends. They’re reunited by the murder of Jimmy’s daughter Katie (Emmy Rossem).
Sean is the detective assigned to the case, Dave and his wife Celeste (Marcia Gay Harden) provide comfort and support to Jimmy’s family after Katie’s death.
As Jimmy and Sean both use whatever resources they have to find out what happened to Katie, the past pulls at them. The characters and their stories grow more and more tangled, like strands of seaweed swept by strong currents.
Released: 15 October 2003
Runtime: 138 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)
Actors: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
1Kill Bill: Vol. 1
The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad consists of five most deadly killers, led by Bill. There is O’Ren-Ishii as Cottonmouth, Elle Driver as California Mountain Snake, Vernita Green as Copperhead, Budd as Sidewinder.
And there is The Bride, whose name is not spoken, who wanted to quit because she was pregnant. One day, somewhere in the Texas desert, The Bride wanted to marry the love of her life.
Then Bill and her former colleagues showed up and killed everyone there. But they did not do a good enough job: The Bride survives, barely, and is in a coma for four years. Her colleagues know this but won’t kill her in her sleep, it would just ruin the reputation.
One day, The Bride awakens. For her, not a second has consciously passed, and after she realizes all the things that have happened, The Bride decides to take revenge. Bloody revenge.
On every single one of those who betrayed her. First on her death list is Cottonmouth, who has become the yakuza boss of Tokyo, Japan, second in line is Copperhead, who chose a more decent life as well. The Bride sets out to take back what was once hers: Her life.
Language: English, Japanese, French
Released: 10 October 2003
Runtime: 111 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino (character The Bride), Uma Thurman (character The Bride)
Actors: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
This concludes our list of Best Hollywood Movies Released In 2003. Do you agree with our list? Which is your favorite movie of 2003? Do let us know in the comments below.