10 Most Popular Movies Of 2007

Sunday, December 5 by Herbert Kanter

Seeing as it was one of the best years for films in recent memory, naming the 10 most popular movies of 2007 is something of a difficult task. From adaptations to sequels to original creations, the year featured many the top cinematic hits of the decade. 

  1. "Into the Wild" was Sean Penn's take on the timeless story of Chris McCandless, aka Alexander Supertramp, a young boy who escaped to the wilderness after he graduated college in search of a more genuine existence. His trials across the Western United States are captured beautifully by Penn, especially his ultimate jaunt to the Alaskan highlands. Based on the bestselling book by Jon Krakeaur, Into the Wild was one of the most popular and successful movies of 2007.
  2. "Juno" won first time writer Diablo Cody an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The tale of quirky young girl who becomes pregnant in high school, Juno features quick and witty dialogue and superb performances from young stars Ellen Page and Michael Cera. This sweet and wise indie film became one of the most popular movies of the year amongst people of all ages. 
  3. "No Country for Old Men" was the Coen Brothers adaptation of acclaimed writer Cormac McCarthy's western novel. A good old boy living near the Texas border comes across millions in drug money and a slew of abandoned bodies in the middle of the desert, thereby inciting a series of cataclysmic events which foretell a future that can only be written in blood. The winner of an Oscar for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men is one of the most popular movies of recent years.
  4. "There Will Be Blood" traces the history of oil use in the United States via the dogmatic and iconic mouthpiece of Daniel Day Lewis' brilliant acting skills. A beautifully and craftily filmed drama from infamous director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights), this movie was loosely based on Upton Sinclair's book Oil! 
  5. "Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End" was the third film in the Pirates trilogy, featuring a return of the original all-star cast of Johny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom. Though not as critically successful as its predecessors, At World's End was nonetheless the year's leading Box Office achiever, and cemented its place as one of the most popular films of 2007.
  6. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" tells the story of the early days of Lord Voldemort's return to corporeal form, and the official disbelief of this return by the Ministry of Magic and even several in Hogwarts School itself. Harry must now fight two evils: that of fear amongst his comrades, and that of the rising power which threatens all he loves and stands for. The fifth of seven installments in the series, the Order of the Phoenix became the most popular movie of 2007.
  7. "I am Legend" stars Will Smith in a retelling of the classic 1954 Richard Matheson novel of the same name, and the 1961 film The Omega Man. The world has become overwhelmed by a virus, vampires haunt the darkness while a lone doctor seeks a cure. It became one of the first in a series of popular apocalyptic tales in the late 2000's decade.
  8. "Transformers" was Michael Bay's take on the classic story on fighting machines which can transform into everyday mechanical items when not in full-fighting mode. It was one of the most popular movies of 2007 because of its flashy fight scenes, cinematic effects, and Megan Fox's abdomen. In reverse order.
  9. "300" was a brilliantly filmed tough guy film telling the story of a troupe of 300 Spartan soldiers fighting off an invading force of thousands against all odds. 
  10. "Sweeney Todd" starred Johnny Depp as the timeless demon barber in this 2007 re-take on the famous Broadway character, who has appeared in ensuing musicals and plays since the 1840's. Sweeney was acclaimed for its moody, gothic filming and the singing performances of the all-star cast.
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