The Best Movies of the 2000s

#15.  The Aviator [2004]: Martin Scorsese brought to life the curious but tragic story of Howard Hughes in this wonderful film.  The film follows Hughes’ life as he weaves in and out of various pursuits such as producing successful films, dating some of Hollywood’s most prominent leading ladies, and waging a war against Pan Am Airlines.  In yet another Oscar-worthy performance, Leonardo DiCaprio is brilliant if not haunting in the lead role as Hughes.  Despite Hughes’ major triumphs, he was also plagued by an obsessive-compulsive disorder.  As this disorder plays an increasingly larger role in his life through time, DiCaprio portrays Hughes’ darker days with great skill.  A coterie of other fine actors complement this film.  Most notably Cate Blanchett [as Katherine Hepburn] who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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