These are my 20 personal favorite films of the 2000s and they are not being ranked according to any criteria, other than I love them. So here they are, in alphabetical order:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001); The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002); The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
It was said that a film based on the J.R.R Tolkien novel series could never be accomplished, at least not in a way that could capture the epic feel of the story that has captured the minds of the generations of fans who love the story in a true cultish manner. In fact is could not be done in one film – it took three. Hobbits, men, orcs, dwarves, elves, ring-wraiths, wizards and much more are the chess players on this massive board called middle-earth. Director Peter Jackson was able to accomplish the impossible by not only piecing together a workable and watchable series, but by creating a worthy adaptation filled with wonderful shots of scenery, strong acting, and an incredible team of costume and make-up artists.
When put together, the 3 films create one epic re-telling of a hobbit’s journey to destroy the ultimate tool of a dark lord. Along the way he is aided by his friend and fellow warriors from all walks of life in their universal purpose to defend against evil. There are many decent performances in this masterpiece but my personal favorites are Viggo Mortensen as the ranger Aragorn and Ian McKellan as the wizard Gandalf - both roles are central to the films and each holds his own throughout.