Blast Yourself Back to the Past With These Early 2000s Movies on Netflix
We know it's 2020, but these early-2000s movies on Netflix are some of the most entertaining flicks you can stream right now. Bring on the nostalgia when you watch these high-school comedies, action movies, family-friendly movies, and even sexy romances that will take you back to the days of Juicy tracksuits and flip phones. These films from the aughts (aka the first decade of the 2000s) are all gems in one way or another — they were either critical successes, cult movies that have turned into classics, or movies so bad, they're actually good. Whatever the case, we can assure you that you'll definitely want to revisit your favorites. And if you haven't seen some of the hits on this list, what are you possibly waiting for?
Grab the popcorn and get ready for a wild night in, because these early-2000s Netflix movies are about to take you for a ride back in time.
— With Haley Lyndes, Shannon Vestal Robson, Corinne Sullivan
Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
We pretty much worship any movie Zac Efron is in, but we have to admit, Charlie St. Cloud is a must-see film in its own right. It's based on a book by Ben Sherwood and tells the story of teenage sailor Charlie St. Cloud, who must choose between keeping a promise to his deceased younger brother or pursuing a relationship with Amanda Crew's character.
A team of mercenaries specialize in psychological heists, walking in the minds of their targets to steal ideas. When they're asked to plant an idea instead, their leader's own deeply damaged psyche threatens the whole team's ability to complete the heist and return to reality before they're stuck in a timeless dreamscape for eternity.
The Lake House (2006)
A lonely doctor begins writing letters to a frustrated architect who lives in his former lake house, only to discover that they're living two years apart.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
In the third installment of The Matrix, Neo is stuck at a subway station where he's in between Machine City and The Matrix.
V For Vendetta (2005)
A dystopian thriller about a masked figure who tries to start a revolution through various terrorist attacks.
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
Josh Hartnett stars in this rom-com as a recently dumped bachelor who decides to take a vow of celibacy for the 40 days of Lent. Of course, as soon as he swears off sex, the perfect woman walks into his life.
Baby Mama (2008)
Romance, surrogacy, fart jokes, and unexpected friendship collide in this 2008 comedy starring Tina Fey as a woman who's having trouble conceiving and Amy Poehler as the unlikely woman who ends up carrying a baby for her.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Quentin Tarantino's alt-history dark comedy focuses on a mismatched group of fighters determined to get violent revenge on Nazis. The Jewish-led group includes Allied officers, a German actress-turned-spy, and a Jewish theater owner whose family was murdered — and they've all got their own dreams of brutal vengeance.
The Social Network (2010)
This biographical film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake as they reenact the rise of Facebook and how its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, went from a Harvard undergrad to one of the youngest billionaires ever.
Scary Movie (2000)
This flick mocks all scary movies that came before it. With references to Scream, The Blair Witch Project, and more, Scary Movie will have you laughing at how ridiculous some of the plots really are. Get ready to be entertained.
Fun With Dick & Jane (2005)
Husband and wife, Dick (played by Jim Carey) and Jane (played by Téa Leoni), find themselves broke and jobless. Unsure of what to do, they turn to crime to keep afloat.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Alice wakes up in a Raccoon City hospital to find her town's been overrun by zombies. Putting her life on the line, Alice decides to investigate the force that started it all.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
This film is an absolute must-watch. Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, the movie tells the tale of Benjamin Button, a man who was born old and ages backward.
Follow marine Anthony Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Staff Sgt. Sykes (Jamie Fox) as we learn about their lonely days spent at war, and the comedic relief they use to get through it.
Center Stage (2000)
A group of teens push themselves to their limits in order to get into the American Ballet Academy, but can they overcome their physical and mental stress?
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
This extension of the Scary Movie franchise has a supernatural spin to it. References to movies such as The Exorcist and The House on Haunted Hill will leave you spooked but laughing to your core.
Just Friends (2005)
An uncool teenage boy is desperately in love with his best friend, but she doesn't return his feelings and he leaves, heartbroken. When they reconnect ten years later, though, there might be a spark between them after all.
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Amanda Bynes captures our hearts in this movie, and it's hard not to fall for her costar Colin Firth, too. In search of a father she's never met, Daphne (Bynes) hops across the pond to find out her father is an established politician.
Alex Hitchens (Will Smith), aka "The Date Doctor," is an expert when it comes to every relationship but his own. In the romantic comedy Hitch, he learns that his games don't work on a gossip columnist who he falls for, and things get even messier when her latest story is about one of Alex's clients.
The Patriot (2000)
During the American Revolution, a young man enlists to fight against the British, frustrating his pacifist father. When he's captured, his father takes up arms to rescue him, forming a group of patriot fighters who prove invaluable to the overall colonial war effort.
The Tourist (2010)
Follow Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie as they evade the authorities in this movie that takes place across Europe.
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Just after marrying who he thinks is the ideal woman (Malin Akerman), one man (Ben Stiller) encounters another woman (Michelle Monaghan) on his honeymoon who makes him rethink everything.
Failure to Launch (2006)
Hey, remember when Matthew McConaughey was "that rom-com guy"? He stars with Sarah Jessica Parker in this comedy about a 35-year-old who just won't leave home and the woman his parents hire to charm him into leaving.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks star in this comedy about two best friends and roommates who resort to dabbling in the adult film industry to get out of debt. What ensues complicates their relationship and results in a much wilder experience than they expected.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Based on a true story, this sweet movie tells the story of modern New Yorker Julie (played by Amy Adams), who decides to take on all 524 recipes in Julia Childs' notoriously daunting cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, because how hard could it be? Also, Meryl Streep was born to play just about every role she's ever played, but the larger-than-life Julia Child might be one of her best.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
In the epic quest for love, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is after the dreamy delivery girl, Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). The only problem? Defeating all seven of her evil exes before he can win her heart.
Julianne Moore stars in this erotic thriller as a woman who — when she suspects her husband (played by Liam Neeson) isn't being faithful — hires a call girl (played by Amanda Seyfried) to see if she can tempt him into cheating. Spoiler alert: the call girl ends up tempting them both.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
What starts out as a sweet, if slightly unsettling, tale of friendship between two young boys turns into a shockingly sad movie about one of the worst atrocities in human history.
Dear John (2010)
Starring (an oftentimes shirtless) Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, this romance tells the story of a soldier and an idealistic college student who embark on a tumultuous seven-year relationship, which only grows in intensity, even though it is often interrupted by John's increasingly dangerous deployments.
The Longshots (2008)
There's so much to love about this movie. For starters, it's directed by Fred Durst, and it stars Ice Cube and Keke Palmer. But, it's also an entertaining comedy-drama based on Jasmine Plummer, the first female to play in a Pop Warner football tournament.
Starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman, Hancock tells the story of a has-been superhero who's forced to hire a public relations expert to save his image.
Country Strong (2010)
Country singer Kelly (Gwyneth Paltrow) goes on a revival tour to win back her career. The singer takes Beau, a new romantic interest and emerging country artist, on the road with her. However, life on tour ends up being more challenging than they thought.
Step Brothers (2008)
Brennan (John. C Reilly) and Dale (Will Ferrell) are grown men who both happen to live with their parents. When Brennan's mom marries Dale's dad, all chaos breaks loose, and a sibling rivalry starts to form.
The Other Guys (2010)
Two NYC detectives, played by Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg, finally get a chance to prove themselves when a minor case turns into a full-blown investigation. But do they have what it takes?
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Aaron (Jonah Hill) is an executive at a record company who gets assigned to what appears to be an easy task: to get British rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) back on tour. However, once the star discovers the love of his life is in town, things get dicey.
Die Another Day (2002)
All Bond films are totally sexy, but the 20th film in the franchise takes sexy to a whole new level when it pairs Pierce Brosnan with Halle Barry, who plays a hot NSA agent named Jinx and who has some serious sexual chemistry with Bond.
What happens with Cher and Christina Aguilera (who play a theater proprietor and a small-town girl with a big dream) team up to revive a musical burlesque club back to its former glory? Some extremely sexy dance numbers, of course.
The Invention of Lying (2009)
In a world where everyone tells the truth, Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) finds a way to lie. The untruths lead him to fame, fortune, and even a few girls.
Where the Money Is (2000)
Starring Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino, Where the Money Is tells the story of an aging bank robber who decides to fake a stroke to escape prison. His scheme works. However, the nurse assigned to him has another plan.
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Follow a group of singles and couples through their relationships in He's Just Not That Into You. Complete with cheating, rekindled love, and everything in between, this is the rom-com of all rom-coms.
The Bounty Hunter (2010)
Milo Boyd is a bounty hunter who hasn't had the best luck until he gets assigned to bring in his ex-wife, Nicole (Jennifer Aniston), who he thinks will be a breeze. However, Nicole's not as easy to catch as he thought.
Yes Man (2008)
Carl (Jim Carrey) is stuck in a negative hole and decides to attend a seminar to help himself out of it, where he learns the power of saying yes. Carl starts saying yes to everything, making him more positive and even scoring a new love interest.
Freedom Writers (2007)
A dedicated teacher (Hilary Swank) takes on a class of students deemed "unteachable." Although challenging, the students come around to learning and even start journaling about their lives.
Life as We Know It (2010)
Holly and Eric may not really like each other, but when tragedy strikes and they have to become the guardian of their friends' baby, they set their differences aside.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
This Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory remake tells the same story as the original, but with a different cast (Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore) and much less singing.
This movie is the epitome of a YA film: teen girls, a huge rivalry, and a bit of romance.
Valentine's Day (2010)
Follow everyone's love stories (or lack thereof) in this movie about Valentine's Day that has an absolutely stacked cast.
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Carrie Bradshaw and her girl gang take their sexual escapades to the (Mr.) big screen for a second time, though this time, they embark on an exotic vacation in Abu Dhabi, where Carrie unexpectedly comes face to face with an old flame.