28 Movies From the Early 2000s We’re Re-Watching ASAP

Mackenzie Dunn
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Some movies just take you back. For us, nothing beats the nostalgia of a classic early 2000s flick. Made in the time of flip phones and clunky iPod classics, Juicy Couture tracksuits, and Lancôme Juicy Tube lip glosses, these movies embrace all the best parts of the new millennium. Sure, they may make a us feel a little old (yes, 13 Going on 30 came out a full 16 years ago), and yes, a lot of them are lacking the kind of diversity we need to see more of in film, but in many ways, they make us wistful for the time that was known as the rom-com boom.

From must-see romances like The Notebook to quippy, quotable, female-lead films like Mean Girls and Legally Blonde, in our opinion, the best part about these feel-good flicks is that they’re the kind of movies you can watch over and over again. That's why we compiled a list of 28 early 2000s movies (in chronological order) for the next time you need something to watch. If you're not already feeling nostalgic, we promise you will be by the end of this list.

1. Almost Famous (2000)

When a teenage journalist is offered the chance to follow an up-and-coming band and write about the experience for Rolling Stone magazine, his eyes are opened to an entirely new world. The film might be 20 years old, but its critical acclaim (and Kate Hudson’s hilarious, over-the-top performance) still holds up.