Unbreakable is a 2000 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robin Wright Penn. Unbreakable tells the story of Philadelphia security guard, David Dunn, who slowly discovers that he is actually a real life superhero. The film is a study on the dimensions of comic books; it explores the analogies between the real world and the mythology of superheroes.
Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Cameron Crowe. The film is a "very close remake" of the 1997 Spanish film Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos), which was written by Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil. Vanilla Sky stars Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz (a reprise of her performance in Abre los ojos), Jason Lee, and Kurt Russell. The film is considered to be a cult classic.
Signs is a 2002 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin. Although the plot revolves around aliens and crop circles, producer Frank Marshall said, "It's really about human emotions set in motion by a supernatural event. " The film received generally positive critical reception and was one of the highest grossing films of 2002.
Minority Report is a 2002 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick. It is set primarily in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia in the year 2054, where "Precrime", a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on provided by three psychics called "precogs".
Enough is a 2002 American thriller film starring Jennifer Lopez as Slim, a young waitress who one day finds the man of her dreams in the diner where she works. A few years later, they have a young daughter, Gracie, and it is revealed that her "perfect" husband, Mitch is abusive towards her and is cheating on her.
Don't Say a Word is a 2001 psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas, Sean Bean and Brittany Murphy based on the novel of the same title by Andrew Klavan. Don't Say a Word was directed by Gary Fleder and written by Anthony Peckham and Patrick Smith Kelly.
New Best Friend is a low-budget movie that was released on April 12, 2002, based on a story by author James Edwards. This film was originally owned by MGM, which eventually let this film go. Since then, TriStar Pictures acquired the rights to distribute this film in the United States and some other territories, primarily for home video market; still, TriStar Pictures gave this film a limited theatrical release in the United States on April 12, 2002.
Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese film based on the novel of the same name and directed by Kinji Fukasaku. It was written by Kenta Fukasaku, and stars Takeshi Kitano and Tatsuya Fujiwara. The film aroused much controversy. A sequel, ', followed. The music soundtracks for both movies were composed, arranged and conducted by Masamichi Amano, performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and features pieces of classical music with some original composition.
Assassination Tango is a 2002 crime film produced and directed by and starring Robert Duvall. It is a thriller based in the steamy side of Argentine tango. Other actors include Rubén Blades, Kathy Baker and Duvall's wife, Luciana Pedraza. Francis Ford Coppola was one of the executive producers; the entire film was shot in Argentina.
The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film directed and written by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. The film stars Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz and others, and was distributed by New Line Cinema. The title is a reference to the butterfly effect, which theorizes that a change in something seemingly innocuous, such as a flap of a butterfly's wings, may have unexpected larger consequences in the future, such as the path a hurricane will travel.
Slow Burn is an American motion picture starring Ray Liotta, Jolene Blalock, and LL Cool J, which is notable for the extended period between production and eventual release. A crime drama, the film was produced in 2003, and finally given a showing at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.
Jurassic Park III is a 2001 film and the third and final in the Jurassic Park franchise. It is the only film in the series that is neither directed by Steven Spielberg nor based on a book by Michael Crichton, though numerous scenes in the movie were taken from Crichton's two books, Jurassic Park and The Lost World. The film takes place on Isla Sorna, the island from the second film, after a divorced couple hires Dr. Alan Grant to help them find their son.
Secret Window is a psychological thriller movie, starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King, featuring a musical score by Philip Glass and Geoff Zanelli. The story appeared in King's collection Four Past Midnight. The film was released on March 12, 2004, by Columbia Pictures.
Frequency is a 2000 film that contains elements of the time travel, thriller, and alternate history film genres. It was directed by Gregory Hoblit and written by Toby Emmerich. The film stars Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel as father and son, Frank and John Sullivan respectively. It was filmed in Toronto and New York City. The film gained mostly favorable reviews following its release and was released in DVD format on October 31, 2000.
What Lies Beneath is a 2000 American supernatural thriller/horror film directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as a well-to-do couple who experience a strange haunting that uncovers secrets about their past. The film is deliberately Hitchcockian in style.
Murder by Numbers is a 2002 psychological thriller film directed by Barbet Schroeder. It is loosely based on the Leopold and Loeb case. The film was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
Hannibal is a 2001 thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the Thomas Harris novel of the same name. Set ten years after The Silence of the Lambs, the premise is that Hannibal Lecter's only surviving victim, the extremely wealthy Mason Verger, is determined to capture, torture, and kill him. The film's locations alternate between Italy and the United States.
Dirty Pretty Things is a movie directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steven Knight, a drama about two illegal immigrants in London. It was produced by the Celador Films production company. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won a British Independent Film Award for "Best Independent British Film" in 2003.
Red Dragon is a 2002 thriller film, based on the novel of the same name written by Thomas Harris and featuring psychiatrist and serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The film was directed by Brett Ratner and written by Ted Tally, who also wrote the screenplay for The Silence of the Lambs; it stars Edward Norton as FBI agent Will Graham and Anthony Hopkins as Lecter — a role he had, by then, played twice before in The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal.
In the Cut is an erotic thriller film, written and directed by Jane Campion and starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Campion's screenplay is an adaption of the novel of the same name.
Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is loosely based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. Oldboy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. The film follows the story of one Oh Dae-Su, who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor's motives.
Runaway Jury is a 2003 American drama/thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz. It is an adaptation of John Grisham's The Runaway Jury.