There’s something so nostalgic about the 2000s with its pink rhinestone flip phones, strawberry-flavored lip gloss and, let’s face it, unmatched drama.
So, watching a 2000s movie is the only natural choice when inviting your friends over for a chill girl’s night in.
Today, I’ll walk you through the top 2000s movies that will take your sleepover from drab to fab.
Throw on your Juicy jumpsuit and pop some butterfly clips in your hair because we’re going back to Y2K! Trust me, this is going to be so fetch.
Let’s get started!
- 1. Mean Girls (2004)
- 2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
- 3. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
- 4. Juno (2007)
- 5. Twilight (2008)
- 6. Mamma Mia! (2008)
- 7. The Notebook (2004)
- 8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
- 9. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
- 10. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
- 11. Sex and the City (2008)
- 12. Amélie (2001)
- 13. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
- 14. Spirited Away (2001)
- 15. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
- 16. Marley & Me (2008)
- 17. Love Actually (2003)
- 18. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
- 19. She’s the Man (2006)
- 20. Marie-Antoinette (2006)
- 21. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
- 22. The Brothers Grimm (2005)
- 23. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
- 24. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
- 25. A Cinderella Story (2004)
- 26. Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
- 27. The Family Stone (2005)
- Wrapping Things Up
1. Mean Girls (2004)
With its high school drama, Burn Book, and sneaky weight-gain protein bars, this movie is drop-dead iconic! If you’ve seen it before, Mean Girls will be like a blast in the past and have you chuckling at jokes you’ve heard a million times but still don’t lose their charm.
If you haven’t seen Mean Girls before, you are in for such a treat! It’s full of witty humor while also making some poignant points about the high school hierarchy, relationships, and identity.
Of course, I recommend watching this movie dressed in pink from head to toe since we all know, “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
This movie is the perfect blend of quirky, sad, and sentimental. Its eerie storyline is artfully combined with lovable, yet flawed, characters to create a viewing experience that will make you laugh, cry, and turn the person next to you and say, “That ain’t right.”
The movie centers around a memory-erasing machine that people are all too keen to use to forget their painful pasts and loves. However, it poses the question, “Can love really ever be forgotten?”
Featuring iconic actors, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, this film is one you’ll keep returning to again and again, whether it’s with your gaggle of gal pals or by yourself.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is best paired with a cozy sweater and a box of tissues for wiping away tears!
3. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
This rom-com classic will give you all the feels with its “the one who got away” storyline. The swoon-worthy Joseph Gorden-Levitt couples up with quirky fan-favorite Zoey Deschanel for this gripping film which embodies loss, love, grief, and desire.
If you or one of your girls are missing that special someone or feeling sentimental, I highly suggest this movie as it will help you navigate your emotions while following its gripping storyline.
Quickly summarized, 500 Days of Summer is about a commitment-phobe woman named Summer who leaves an everlasting mark on one lucky man named Tom. As Tom tries to move past his love for her, he remembers the special year they shared together.
Cozy up for this movie with a glass of chilled rosé and fluffy socks!
4. Juno (2007)
Featuring Michael Cera and (now) Elliot Page, this quirky coming-of-age movie is perfect for anyone struggling with what it means to grow up and find your sense of self.
Our anti-hero here is Juno, a normal 16-year-old who’s just found out she’s pregnant and decides she’s going to give the baby up for adoption.
However, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill teen pregnancy story. The characters and soundtrack are more than memorable, and the dialogue is understated yet powerful.
Juno’s general aesthetic is also just so eye-catching and really embodies the film’s journal-like quality.
When watching this movie I recommend grabbing a hot cup of tea and starting a cozy craft, like a knitting project.
5. Twilight (2008)
Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny that Twilight has turned into a cult favorite. With its constant gloomy filter, awkward character development, and thrilling love triangle, the movie is one that will get you talking.
If you haven’t seen Twilight before, I can only assume you’ve been living under a rock for the past 15 years. Basically, it follows an average high schooler who finds herself tugged between a mysterious vampire and a passionate werewolf. As the story evolves, she discovers more about their two conflicting cultures and must choose which one she wants to be with… for eternity!
When watching this movie, don your best “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob” shirt and a bowl of hearty mushroom ravioli (only the true fans will get this reference).
6. Mamma Mia! (2008)
Between you and me, I listen to the Mamma Mia! soundtrack on the daily. There’s just something about those iconic ABBA songs that put me in a good mood.
Featuring Hollywood legends like Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried, this movie’s dreamy storyline will leave you starstruck.
Every song will have you jumping out of your seat singing hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Money, Money, Money,” and shaking your hips to these timeless tunes.
In summary, Mamma Mia! follows a young woman who’s about to get married. Unsure of who her biological father is, she invites three of her mother’s past lovers to her wedding to find out which one was her mom’s baby daddy.
This movie will tug at your heartstrings and leave little time to spare between singing your lungs out and wiping away sentimental tears.
Pull on your favorite sparkly top and dancing shoes while watching this movie, and let your inner dancing queen shine!
7. The Notebook (2004)
What 2000s movie list would this be without this legendary rom-com? It’s your classic star-crossed lovers’ story of two people who are destined to be together amid turbulent circumstances. I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil this storyline’s most thrilling parts!
Here, everyone’s favorite stud, Ryan Gosling, plays the leading man, accompanied by Rachel McAdams.
Featuring love, drama, loss, and romance, this movie has it all, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time.
What pairs best with this iconic lovers’ tragedy? Tissues, tissues, and more tissues! (Seriously, you’ll need them.)
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
This movie’s title says it all. Romance? Check. Wedding? Check. Family drama? Triple check!
You’ll love watching this beloved film’s storyline play out as a Greek-American woman tries to introduce her husband-to-be to her larger-than-life family and plan the most extravagant Greek wedding you’ve ever seen!
If you come from a big, chaotic family (bonus points if they’re Greek), My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s family dynamics will feel all too relatable. I used to love watching this movie with my mom as a kid, and now as an adult, I can appreciate its witty humor even more.
While enjoying this movie, dig into the biggest and fattest Greek food spread you can get your hands on.
9. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
If you have a passion for fashion and have worked for someone eligible for the “World’s Worst Boss” award, this movie will hit too close to home.
Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), modeled after Vogue’s Anna Wintour, is one of the cruelest and coldest bosses protagonist Andrea Sachs (Anna Hathaway) has ever had, and she’s paying the price for becoming her assistant. However, as Andrea gets the hang of her new work environment, she finds herself transforming not only as an assistant but also as a person.
This movie has it all from stunning looks, gripping character development, and of course, the remarkable Stanley Tucci.
Enjoy this movie by wearing a cerulean sweater and eating a grilled cheese sandwich (one of Andrea’s favorites).
10. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
This quirky, yet lovable, Englishwoman just can’t catch a break or find love! Is she doomed to spend eternity alone?
Follow this beloved fan favorite as she tries to juggle work, life, and a tricky love triangle featuring British studs Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Our protagonist (played by Renée Zellweger) is all too relatable and you’ll be shouting at the screen, “Pull it together, Bridget!”
This movie’s witty British humor will have you chuckling the entire time and feeling all too seen. Every character has their own peculiar flaws and character development, which make them ultra-memorable.
Staying true to Bridget’s own diet, this movie can only be coupled with a bottle of wine and everything in your fridge.
11. Sex and the City (2008)
Look out world, it’s New York’s hippest writer and fashion icon: Carrie Bradshaw.
In this movie, the whole gang’s back together again for Carrie’s wedding, but will she get her happy ending after the ceremony takes a turn for the unexpected?
Sex and the City is a classic gal-pals movie night choice with its fashion-forward looks, luxurious lifestyle, and constant drama. Whether you think you’re more of a Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, or Charlotte, you’ll love every second of this iconic TV series turned movie.
Given Carrie’s stylish sensitivities, this movie can only be enjoyed with a string of pearls and the fanciest bottle of champagne you can get your hands on.
12. Amélie (2001)
Follow this quirky, young Parisien’s extraordinary life as she reimagines every scenario in her own whimsical way. Amélie (played by Audrey Tautou) embodies every girl’s inner child and the Parisien backdrop is the cherry on top of this incredibly special film.
I was definitely an over-imaginative kid with a collection of curated imaginary friends and fantasies, so this movie really spoke to me. You’ll love chatting with your friends about how you look at the world and rejoicing in this movie’s feminine surrealism.
When watching this movie, I recommend making a charcuterie board and finding the perfect bottle of French wine.
13. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
If you read and loved the Memoirs of a Geisha novel, you’ll fall in love with the cinematic masterpiece that is its film adaptation. Director Rob Marshall perfectly captures this wonderous novel’s unique characters and stunning Kyoto setting.
It features Academy Award-winner Michell Yeoh and is the perfect movie to watch with your girlfriends on a cozy night in. You’ll enjoy gossiping about the on-screen characters’ juicy pasts and speculating about what will happen next while never peeling your eyes away from the screen.
Having read the novel, I think this movie does a great job of encapsulating the original work’s juxtaposition of beauty and tragedy.
As this movie takes place in Japan, consider ordering a spread of sushi and miso soup to enjoy with your friends while watching it.
14. Spirited Away (2001)
I have to admit that I’m not the biggest anime fan, but Spirited Away stands out among the crowd when it comes to its masterful animation, thrilling storyline, and memorable characters.
The movie follows a young girl who is transported to the spirit world and must find her way out to save her parents but not without making a few friends (and enemies) along the way.
Spirited Away may not be your first thought when you think of “2000s movies” but it’s definitely one that you don’t want to miss.
Like Amélie, this movie follows the fantasies made reality of one girl, and experiencing this movie for the first (or millionth!) time with friends is the ultimate bonding experience.
This film is best paired with a hot cup of spiced tea and homemade cookies for the ultimate cozy vibes.
15. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
Move over rom-coms, here comes a rom-sci-fi that will quickly become one of your favorites. Modeled after a novel of the same name, The Time Traveler’s Wife follows an involuntary time traveler and his loyal wife who struggles to deal with his special trait.
While time traveler Henry (played by Eric Bana) is suddenly whipped through time to different moments in his life, his wife (played by Rachel McAdams) must cope with what it means to be with someone who experiences time differently.
This movie’s plot is already remarkably innovative, but its characters’ depth really seals the deal.
Pair this movie with a cozy pair of PJs and yummy snacks for the ultimate viewing experience.
16. Marley & Me (2008)
What’s more special than the relationship between a man and his dog?
Marley & Me is about one dog’s life (from puppyhood to old age) and how his every move affects his loving family. If you’ve ever had a crazy dog that seems to butt their nose in every situation, from Christmas to birthday parties, you’ll find this rom-com adorably relatable.
It speaks to how our furry friends play an important role in our lives, whether they’re cuddling up to us on the couch or eating out of the trash can.
When enjoying this film, cozy up on the couch with your favorite fluffy companion and keep a box of tissues within reach – you’ll thank me later.
17. Love Actually (2003)
While Love Actually is technically a Christmas movie, it can be enjoyed year-round.
With its witty humor and juicy drama, you’ll be reveling in 2000s nostalgia while being starstruck by its impressive cast of your favorite British actors, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and many, many more!
You’ll love watching several different stories unfold and intertwine on-screen and basking in its characters’ quirks.
So, whether you’re laughing at this movie’s most humorous moments or swooning over its eye candy, you’re sure to enjoy yourself the entire time.
If you’re watching this movie around the holidays, cuddle up with a mug of hot cocoa. Otherwise, settle in with a pint of ice cream and a glass of wine.
18. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Most of us are born as babies and die old, but Benjamin Button lives his life in reverse, being born as an old man and dying as a newborn.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will be one of the most charming and intriguing films you’ve seen in a long time. Its mysterious, yet emotional, plotline will have your eyes (and heart) glued to the screen.
Our protagonist, Benjamin, is played by Hollywood legend Brad Pitt, who does a memorable job of portraying his character’s pain and nuance. His main love interest, Daisy, is portrayed by Cate Blanchett, and her performance beautifully compliments Pitt’s.
Watch this movie with a glass of red wine, a box of specialty chocolates, and a shoulder to cry on.
19. She’s the Man (2006)
If you’re a soccer fanatic, you’ll love this sport-themed comedy where one girl must pretend to be her twin brother to play on the boy’s soccer team. Featuring a young Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, this movie will have you chucking at every silly scenario that our protagonist, Viola, finds herself in.
This is your classic who’s-who as Viola must go to any length to protect her true identity.
She’s the Man is fun, quirky, and the perfect movie to enjoy with your girls.
I recommend throwing on your favorite jersey and enjoying a spread of your favorite sports-themed treats while enjoying this classic rom-com.
20. Marie-Antoinette (2006)
From the magical mind of Sophia Coppola comes the semi-biographical flick Marie-Antoinette.
You may know this legendary French-Austrian aristocrat’s story, but you’ve never seen it reimagined like this. From Marie-Antoinette’s struggle to fit into this new world of lacey luxury to Louis XVI’s adorably awkward personality, this film has a lot to love.
You’ll be obsessed with this movie’s decadent pink aesthetic as it follows a young girl finding her place in the wonderous (yet petty) Versailles.
This film is one of my favorites and I love how the contemporary soundtrack juxtaposes the pre-French revolutionary backdrop.
Naturally, this movie should only be enjoyed with copious amounts of delicate French sweets like macarons, lemon tarts, and bonbons, all washed down with a bottle of pink champagne.
21. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
This quirky Wes Anderson movie is chock-full of adorably flawed characters that will tug on your heartstrings.
It follows three siblings who reached their creative and intellectual peaks in childhood and are now trying to understand their identities as adults. The movie’s Anderson-ian aesthetic will capture your attention as you watch this quirky family drama unfold.
The Royal Tenenbaums features all of Wes Anderson’s usual cast, including Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Enjoy this movie with a dirty martini in hand.
22. The Brothers Grimm (2005)
This fantastical movie is perfect for any gaggle of girls who have an undying love for fairytales. Director Terry Gilliam reimagines all your favorite Grimm fairy tales, bringing their original disturbing undertones to life.
Featuring your favorite studs, Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, this movie will instantly become a classic for anyone who wonders what mystical exorcisms and curses would actually look like outside of the pages of a book.
I recommend watching this visually stunning movie with a few fairytale-themed snacks, like “poison” candied apples and gingerbread cookies, all washed down with a pint of ale.
23. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey team up for this iconic rom-com that follows a writer testing out her theory that you can lose any man following her simple, yet manipulative, tricks. Little does she know, the man she’s chosen as her guinea pig has made a bet he’s set on not losing.
Hilariously charming, this film will have you covering your eyes with second-hand embarrassment and eagerly waiting to find out how these two determined characters can outwit one another.
When settling down for this movie, grab your favorite chips and dip along with a sparkling beverage.
24. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Starring Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen, this adaptation of the Jane Austen novel by the same name is one for the books! It has it all from romance to betrayal, to family drama, and perfectly captures the struggle an unmarried woman would have experienced during the early 19th century.
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, and their strained relationship, are just as captivating on-screen as they are in the original work and you’ll love gossiping about their unique chemistry with your girlfriends.
This movie is all about spilling the tea, so it’s only natural that you should watch it while sipping some from your fanciest china.
25. A Cinderella Story (2004)
You may be familiar with the Cinderella fairytale, but you’ve never seen it like this. Featuring the likes of Hillary Duff and Jennifer Coolidge, this movie is a modern twist on everyone’s favorite princess story.
Watch Samantha struggle to keep up with her stepmother and step-sisters’ demands while also finding true love online. Our protagonist, Samantha (Sam for short), knows real life isn’t a fairytale, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be magical.
If you, like me, are a big Jennifer Coolidge fan, you’ll watch this movie just for her iconic stepmother character – and love every second.
Watch this movie with a Cosmopolitan martini in hand while sneakily texting your own prince charming.
26. Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
There are few Hollywood names quite as legendary as Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, both of whom play this film’s saucy protagonists.
In Something’s Gotta Give, Harry Sanborn is a middle-aged playboy jesting his way through life while exclusively dating (much) younger women. That is until he finds himself at odds with Erica Bailey, a distinguished woman unwilling to fall for his player schemes.
You won’t want to miss this film’s charming, yet flawed, characters and the quirky situations they find themselves in as they prove you can find love at any age.
Tuck into this chick flick with a glass (or bottle) of prosecco and a few picky bits.
27. The Family Stone (2005)
Also starring Diane Keaton, The Family Stone is your classic odd-ball family Christmas movie. Featuring other notable actors such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel McAdams, this rom-com definitely made me tear up more than a few times.
Everett Stone brings his new girlfriend, Meredith Morton, home for the holidays. However, when she and his family begin to butt heads over their polar-opposite values, things in the Stone home get more than a little tense.
I watched this movie the other night and found myself sighing “Yikes!” more than a couple of times. This flick will prompt a lot of laughs and will definitely become a staple for you, whether or not you watch it during the holiday season.
I enjoyed this movie with a refreshing beer and a cozy throw blanket.
Wrapping Things Up
No era did rom-coms quite like the 2000s. While you may sometimes wince at their slightly outdated humor, these movies are sure to turn you into a bundle of laughs, a puddle of tears, or both.
So, whether you plan to spend your evening in with your girls painting your nails, applying a soothing face mask, or sipping on a cheap bottle of wine, these movies are sure to make your night all the more fun.
If you’re not sure what to wear for this girly night in, check out our article 19 Outfit Ideas for a Movie Night In and Out With Friends. It’s chock full of the trendiest and comfiest OOTDs of this year that will take your night from slouchy to chic.
Have you watched any of the movies on this list before, and if so, what did you think?
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Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.