Counting Down The 25 Most Impactful Films of the 2000s

25. Requiem for a Dream (2000)


Requiem for a Dream represented an early millennial viewing “challenge” – you would puff your chest out, and proudly announce, “I watched Requiem for a Dream, have you?” The ultimate anti-drug film, Darren Aronofsky’s frenzied masterpiece gave action-style editing cuts to a tragic narrative – something we didn’t think would be revolutionary until it happened. The world of addiction and substance dependency has never looked more frightening. Its terribly effective use of harsh fluorescent lighting puts us in the world of a horror movie more than anything – no film has ever (or since) demonstrated the pure terror of what addiction can do to our bodies, minds, and souls.