These 10 movies turning 20 in 2023 will make you feel old

Want to feel old? "School of Rock," "Finding Nemo," and "The Italian Job" are among this list of 10 movies that are celebrating their 20th birthday in 2023.

Want to feel old? "School of Rock," "Finding Nemo," and "The Italian Job" are among this list of 10 movies that are celebrating their 20th birthday in 2023. (Disney Pixar and Paramount Pictures)

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20 YEARS AGO — Just the other day, I was sitting in my living room when I heard a loud bang from the basement. Undoubtedly, it was one of my kids destroying yet another piece of our home — but I'll never know.

That's because the noise made me turn my head, resulting in me hurting my back. Yes, a head turn can now hurt my back. When I was a kid, I'd ride my bike off a shed roof and hit the ground like a satellite returning to Earth's atmosphere. I'd then pop up, grab a popsicle and go play dodge ball for six hours.

My point is, I'm getting old. And the one thing that can make you feel old — more than a strained back from a head turn — is realizing the movies on this list are turning 20.

2003 gave us the final Concorde flight, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, French fries became freedom fries, and Lance Armstrong was still the darling of the cycling world with his fifth Tour de France win.

Let it set in that all of this happened 20 years ago ... and that means the movies on this list, which were all released in 2003, are celebrating their 20th birthday in 2023.


Release date April 18, 2003

Back when Shia LaBeouf was still a Disney channel favorite he starred in the family film "Holes." The movie is based on a novel and still delivers laughs and heart 20 years later. LaBeouf's career has changed drastically since then, but this movie still manages to please.

"X2: X-Men United"

Release date May 2, 2003

No, the first "X-Men" wasn't released 20 years ago, the second one was. "X2" is arguably the best of the franchise. Who remembers going to see this one in the theater?

"Daddy Day Care"

Release date May 9, 2003

While I don't consider "Daddy Day Care" a classic, it did make an exorbitant amount of money at the box office and spawned a sequel. One of the main reasons I put it on the list is because even though the movie is 20 years old, kids still love it. How do I know? Because my kids have watched it a dozen times and quote it repeatedly at our house.

"Finding Nemo"

Release date May 30, 2003

This one may feel like a shock to the system, but "Finding Nemo" is turning 20 in 2023. The Pixar movie is now a classic, and the kids who saw this in the theater with their parents are now watching it with their kids. This is one that will still be popular in another 20 years, and then 20 years after that.

"The Italian Job"

Release date May 30, 2003

The late 90s and early 2000s liked taking old heist movies and updating them. The 2003 incarnation of this trend was "The Italian Job." Watching it today, it's easy to spot the outdated jokes and wardrobe, but this movie is just as fun today as it was 20 years ago.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"

Release date July 9, 2003

While "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" was not the highest grossing film of 2003, it is likely the most rewatched of the list. Well, "Finding Nemo" may be, but this Disney hit was a big one. This is the movie that introduced the world to Captain Jack Sparrow and launched one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.

"Secondhand Lions"

Release date Sept. 19, 2003

"Secondhand Lions" was a quiet entry in the 2003 catalogue of movies, but it's one of the better titles of that year. The movie is heartfelt and fun. I challenge you to watch this film and not have a smile on your face as the credits roll. There is staying power to feel-good movies, and this one has stuck with me for two decades.

"School of Rock"

Release date Oct. 3, 2003

It's been 20 years since we learned the legend of the rent. Jack Black gave us one of his best films 20 years ago, and this movie has since generated a musical based on it and kept many of us quoting, "I have a headache and the runs. So I say, time for recess."


Release date Nov. 7, 2003

OK, you cotton-headed ninnymuggins, that Christmas movie you watch every year is turning 20. TWENTY! "Elf" quietly hit movie screens in late 2003 and Christmas has never been the same. Don't even pretend like you don't constantly quote this movie and watch it on at least an annual basis.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

Release date Dec. 17. 2003

While it's tough to rewatch a three-hour movie on the regular, plenty of fans have been doing just that for 20 years with "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." The movie made over a billion dollars and went on to win 11 Academy Awards, including best picture.

There are plenty of other movies turning 20 this year, but I only picked 10. What are your favorites that hit the big 2-0 this year? Let us know in the comments.

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John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. He also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome, and it just so happens, that these are the three things he writes about.


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