If you’re interested in seeing the 10 best movies from 2003, this list will provide you with all of the top films from that year. Refresh your memory and relive the cinematic treasures from 2003, which included stories about hobbits, horses, samurai warriors, and seafaring pirates.

  1. “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” - The epic finale of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2003. The sweeping battles and the quest to destroy the ring are captivating to watch and make this film one of the best movies of 2003.

  2. “Pirates of the Caribbean” - This swashbuckling action flick first introduced audiences to the eyeliner-wearing pirate, Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp). The constant adventures, witty dialogue, and insertions of humor make this movie one of the best of 2003.

  3. “Seabiscuit” - This Depression era drama stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Chris Cooper in a movie based on a true story. Maguire plays a jockey who beats all odds to take his horse, Seabiscuit, to the finish line first. The feel-good quality of the movie makes it one of the best of 2003.

  4. “The Last Samurai” - Tom Cruise is featured in this film set in the late 1800’s. He plays an American who enters Japan to crush the country’s rebellion, but soon finds himself adopting their ways. Ken Watanabe also shines in this intelligent action movie, making it one of the best of 2003.

  5. “The Italian Job” - The 2003 movie stars a host of famous actors, including Mark Walberg, Charlize Theron, and Edward Norton. They all participate in a huge Los Angeles heist by rigging a traffic jam.

  6. “Cold Mountain” - This Civil War drama tells the tale of a soldier played by Jude Law who journeys back home to the South to reach his love, played by Nicole Kidman. The epic story line and great supporting characters including Rene Zellweger make it one of the best movies of 2003.

  7. “Mystic River” - Starring actors like Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and Tim Robbins and directed by Clint Eastwood, this 2003 movie delivers on its promising cast and crew. The plot revolves around a group of friends, who must reunite after the death of one of their daughters to solve the mystery and uncover their pasts.

  8. “Old School” - This comedy is one of the best movies of 2003 because of its irreverent college humor. Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Luke Wilson have great comedic chemistry as a group of old friends who decide to start up their own fraternity.

  9. “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” - The action film directed by Quentin Tarantino contains plenty of action, blood, and genre mixing. Uma Thurman takes center stage as the revenge-seeking Bride, who faces down Vivica A. Fox and Lucy Liu’s characters in this first installment that is one of 2003’s best movies.

  10. “Big Fish” - This fantastical film is all about one son’s quest to find the truth about his father’s magical stories and anecdotes. Ewan McGregor stars and Tim Burton directs this best movie of 2003.