10 Best Hollywood Movies Released in 2007

Best Hollywood Movies Released in 2007

Best Hollywood Movies Released in 2007 is the 7th installment of our series of best movies of the 20th century.

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Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia, for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use an unwanted male abortionist, Bebe. The bleakness of the storyline expresses a dark socio-political critique in the twilight years of a repressive dictatorship.

Year: 2007
Language: Romanian
Released: 14 Sep 2007
Runtime: 113 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Writer: Cristian Mungiu
Actors: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean
Metascore: 97
IMDB: 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

 

9The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By turns brutal and lyrical, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD contemplates the phenomenon of celebrity from various perspectives. Opening on the first encounter between Jesse James and his eventual killer, Bob Ford, it traces the strange and fitful rhythms of their relationship.

At the time of this fateful meeting, 34-year-old Jesse and his older brother, James, are planning the James Gang’s final train robbery. Bob, just 19, asks to become a “sidekick,” but is dismissed by Frank and all but ignored by Jesse.

The film’s narrator lets us know that the only reason the gang is a little thin is that original members are dead or in prison. Still believing in the James Gang dime novels he’s read since his childhood, Bob tags along with his slightly less-enamored brother, Charlie, eventually insinuating himself into Jesse’s story until he appears undeniable, even inevitable.

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English, Danish
Released: 19 October 2007
Runtime: 160 min
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Western
Director: Andrew Dominik
Writer: Andrew Dominik (screenplay), Ron Hansen (novel)
Actors: Brad Pitt, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger
Metascore: 68
IMDB: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

8Gone Baby Gone

Gone Baby Gone

Patrick, a blue-collar punk PI with very little education and no law enforcement experience and Angie, his more refined and realistic girlfriend, gets involved in a child kidnapping case, which goes badly.

Patrick commits murder for a good cause, but he wants it all his way: he refuses to learn from his many mistakes and sheer lack of knowledge. Soon, good (and bad) men are dead or behind bars, and families are destroyed.

Angie is forced to leave Patrick because of the concept: the best interest of the child becomes so much more than the sum of the words to her.

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English
Released: 19 October 2007
Runtime: 114 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Ben Affleck (screenplay), Aaron Stockard (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)
Actors: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris
Metascore: 72
IMDB: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

7Superbad

Superbad

Counting down the days until they part ways, the lifelong friends and high school seniors, Seth and Evan, set their minds on the best distraction: losing their virginity before heading off to college.

Of course, as this is easier said than done, only the fake ID of the team’s third-wheel buddy, Fogell, and rivers of alcohol can help them impress the opposite sex, in the summer’s biggest party, which is only hours away.

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Now, as a desperate search for booze in the town’s liquor stores begins, an unexpected brush with the law threatens to put a premature end to the boys’ hot dream. However, the clock is ticking, the stakes are high, and their ambitious plan must bear fruit before the end of the night. How well does it feel to be superbad?

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English
Released: 17 Aug 2007
Runtime: 113 min
Genre: Comedy
Director: Greg Mottola
Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Actors: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader
Metascore: 76
IMDB: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

6Persepolis

Persepolis

In 1970s Iran, Marjane ‘Marji’ Satrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled by the hated Shah’s defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

However, as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent about this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life.

However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and her homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.

Year: 2007
Rated: PG-13
Language: French, English, Persian, German
Released: 22 Feb 2008
Runtime: 96 min
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, Family, History, War
Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Writer: Marjane Satrapi (comic), Vincent Paronnaud (scenario)
Actors: Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Simon Abkarian
Metascore: 90
IMDB: 8.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

5Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Based on Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction best-seller Into the Wild, Sean Penn’s adaptation martyrs Christopher McCandless as an intelligent, idealistic, 24-year-old college graduate who gives his trust fund to Oxfam, burns the remainder of his cash and takes off on an extended journey into the wilderness.

Chris makes a life-changing impression on everyone he meets, including two hippies; a grain elevator foreman; a 16-year-old folk singer; and, most touchingly, a lonely elderly man. Despite the seemingly deep human connections he fosters throughout his tramping days, Chris is single-mindedly focused on one goal: getting to Alaska and living off the land for a few months all by himself.

In fact, he arrives there early in the film, camping out in a “magic” bus that had been parked long ago as a crude base camp; flashbacks fill in the two years leading up to that point. The back-and-forth between Chris’ days in Alaska and his time as Alexander the hitchhiker is effective, poignantly reminding the viewer of the kind of big-hearted man he could have resumed being had he been able to walk back out of the wilderness.

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English, Danish
Released: 19 October 2007
Runtime: 148 min
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Director: Sean Penn
Writer: Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)
Actors: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone
Metascore: 73
IMDB: 8.1

4Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Remy, a provincial rat with a wonderful sense of smell, hates garbage and risks death to enter a human kitchen where he discovers real food and the cooking of a five-star chef, Anton Gusteau, author of “Anyone Can Cook”.

On the day Remy learns his hero has died, he is evicted and ends up alone in Paris. By luck, he discovers Gasteau’s restaurant, down to three stars and run by a frozen-food-hawking chef. As Remy enters, so does Linguini, a clumsy youth hired as a garbage boy.

To save the soup that Linguini accidentally fouls, Remy throws in some ingredients; the soup is a success, and Linguini’s career as a chef is born. Can Remy find a way to maintain the fiction and use his gift?

Year: 2007
Rated: G
Language: English, French
Released: 29 June 2007
Runtime: 111 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava(co-director)
Writer: Brad Bird (screenwriter), Jan Pinkava (original story by), Jim Capobianco (original story by), Brad Bird (original story by), Emily Cook (additional story material)
Actors: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy
Metascore: 96
IMDB: 8.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

 

3There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

The film follows the rise to power of Daniel Plainview – a charismatic and ruthless oil prospector, driven to succeed by his intense hatred of others and desperate need to see any and all competitors fail.

When he learns of oil-rich land in California that can be bought cheaply, he moves his operation there and begins manipulating and exploiting the local landowners into selling him their property.

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Using his young adopted son H.W. to project the image of a caring family man, Plainview gains the cooperation of almost all the locals with lofty promises to build schools and cultivate the land to make their community flourish.

Over time, Plainview’s gradual accumulation of wealth and power causes his true self to surface, and he begins to slowly alienate himself from everyone in his life.

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English, American Sign Language
Released: 25 January 2008
Runtime: 158 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson (written for the screen by), Upton Sinclair (novel)
Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Stringer, Matthew Braden Stringer, Jacob Stringer
Metascore: 93
IMDB: 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

 

2Zodiac

Zodiac

Robert Graysmith is a cartoonist who works for the San Francisco Chronicle. His quirky ways irritate Paul Avery, a reporter whose drinking gets in the way of doing his job. The two become friends thanks to a shared interest: the Zodiac killer. Graysmith steadily becomes obsessed with the case, as Avery’s life spirals into drunken oblivion. Graysmith’s amateur sleuthing puts him onto the path of David Toschi, a police inspector who has thus far failed to catch his man; Sherwood Morrill, a handwriting expert; Linda del Buono, a convict who knew one of the Zodiac’s victims; and others. Graysmith’s job, his wife and his children all become unimportant next to the one thing that really matters: catching the Zodiac.

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English
Released: 02 Mar 2007
Runtime: 157 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: David Fincher
Writer: James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Robert Graysmith (book)
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr.
Metascore: 78
IMDB: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

 

1No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

“Can’t help but compare yourself against the old times.” Pondering the changes between his father’s generation and his own, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) sounds weary. But even if today’s outlaws are extremely vicious and absurdly cunning, he reasons that at some point “You have to say, ‘Okay, I’ll be part of this world.'”

The consequences of this choice for Ed Tom make up one part of the Coen Brothers’ NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. As the lawman in a West Texas border town circa 1980, Ed Tom is pursuing two men. First up is local cowboy/Vietnam veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), who’s stumbled on close to $2 million in drug money and taken it in the aftermath of an exceedingly bloody shoot-out.

Ed Tom hopes to bring Llewelyn in before he’s found by the second man, notorious killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), who intends to get the money back, both for his employers and for his own psychopathic satisfaction.

The film follows each man’s journey as they elude and hunt one another, crossing all manner of borders in the process — between ethical and criminal, professional and personal, America and Mexico. Their intersections ultimately lead to bloodshed and revelation.

Year: 2007
Rated: R
Language: English, Spanish
Released: 21 Nov 2007
Runtime: 122 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Writer: Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay), Cormac McCarthy (novel)
Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson
Metascore: 91
IMDB: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%


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