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The 100 Best Movies of the 2000's: 40-31

Alright.  Are you guys ready for movies 40-31?  No?  Too bad, cause here they are!

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40. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears, 2000)

High Fidelity

Based on an equally exceptional book, High Fidelity follows Rob, who after breaking up with a girlfriend decides to revisit his past failed relationships, all while managing a failing record store and his two inept employees, Barry and Dick.  High Fidelity dared to ask the that timeless question: “What came first?  The music or the misery?  Am I miserable because I listen to pop music, or do I listen to pop music because I’m miserable?”

The greatest breakup movie ever made, High Fidelity spoke to an entire disillusioned, music-loving, list-making generation of misanthropes.  It also served as an introduction to Jack Black for many people, which you are probably either really grateful for or really upset about.  Either way, it made an impact.

39. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)

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The world didn’t know it, but it was just waiting for this badass eighties-influenced cowboy/gangster car-chase arthouse movie to come along and kick its ass.  Following your standard ‘lone cowboy rides into town, gets involved in some crazy shit, falls for a girl, then rides out’ format, Drive contains a lot of scenes of people staring longingly at each other, punctuated by short bursts of sudden, shocking violence.  It also has a terrifying villainous turn from Albert Brooks, playing WAY outside his wheelhouse as a Jewish gangster that just loves to cut fools.

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Eric Zipper Eric Zipper is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. When he's not making you laugh, playing video games, or watching movies, he's probably sleeping. Follow him on Twitter @erzip
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