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The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 90-81

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88. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski, 2003)


When Pirates first came out, nobody expected great things from a film based on a theme park ride.  However, the movie had a secret weapon up its sleeve: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow — the iconic, swaggering, consistently drunk hero that paved the way to two shitty sequels and a countless number of terrible impressions from your friends.  But at the time, no one had ever seen a character like Captain Jack, who was so cool and funny that he even made Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly palatable.  And that’s no easy feat.

87. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)

Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical look at music and journalism, Almost Famous defies expectations.  By showing us the inner workings of a rock band through the eyes of a fresh-eyed twenty-something journalist, Crowe simultaneously builds up and dispels the mythos of the rock band, portraying its members as Rock Gods who are still unflinchingly human.  The film originally contained a scene where the main character played ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for his mom that lasted the entire length of the song.  While this was understandably cut, it should give you some idea of this movies dedication to it’s subject matter.

It also has that famous and awesome scene where everyone sings ‘Tiny Dancer’ on a bus.

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