The 10 Best Movies of 2000

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1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ang Lee turns action into poetry and shares best-movie prize (close races are in) with…
Almost Famous
A boy's life in rock becomes a triumph for Cameron Crowe.

2. Gladiator: Ridley Scott's sly epic makes a classic hero of Russell Crowe. Are we not entertained?

3. Traffic: And you thought they stopped making scorching muckrakers? Steven Soderbergh disagrees.

4. Billy Elliot: Stephen Daldry's sleeper hit lets Jamie Bell dance to glory.

5. Croupier: A gamble from Mike Hodges and star Clive Owen that pays off as Y2K's coolest bet.

6. You Can Count On Me: Kenneth Lonergan's tale of siblings (Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo) hits where it hurts.

7. The House of MirthThe turn of the last century is revitalized by Terence Davies and fireball Gillian Anderson.

8. State and Main: David Mamet takes a comic bite out of the Hollywood hand that feeds him -- ouch!

9. Best in Show: Blue-ribbon laughs as master satirist Christopher Guest goes to the dogs.

10. Requiem for a Dream: Darren Aronofsky's virtuosity and the acting of Ellen Burstyn elevate a harrowing tale of addiction to exhilarating art.

From The Archives Issue 858: December 28, 2000