If you’ve ever read my blogs, you’ll know a few things about me. I’m basically an eighty year old man in a 30 year old’s body, my sister had a cringey horse obsession for a few years, and my roommate Zack stole my MiniDV camera in college. Another thing that I’ve complained about ad nauseum is how badly I hated rewinding VHS tapes back in the day.
I mean, I really hated it. I always did it, because I’m not a degenerate, but goodness could those tapes not hurry up?!
Given my somewhat exaggerated discontent with VHS tapes, you can only imagine my elation when DVDs hit the scene. No longer would I watch a movie, only to be have to stand next to the VCR for what felt like an eternity while the tapes rewound. No, DVDs made all that pain go away.
DVDs flew off of the shelves in the late 90s and into the 2000s. People everywhere tossed their VHS tapes away and bought DVDs instead. Which leads us to today’s list. You’ll find some interesting films here. You’ll also notice a theme. These are the top selling DVDs of the 2000s.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Who doesn’t love this movie? Dory is hilarious, Nemo is cute, and the sea turtles are legends. I’m proud to see that this movie is #1 on the list.
I’ll be honest on this one: I’m not a huge Cars fan. I mean, I find the movie to be fine. I don’t really see why it would be the #2 selling DVD OF ALL TIME, but hey, it’s there. These are facts, whether I like it or not.
This movie single-handedly revived superhero movies. Toby Maguire was the perfect Spider-Man, and the movie holds up.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Not only is this the best superhero movie ever made (come at me, Avengers fans), it’s just a great overall movie. Heath Ledger’s performance will live on forever as the nihilistic Joker. Too good.
If there’s one movie whose hype I never understood, it’s this one. People talked about Avatar like it was going to change movies for the rest of time. I found the storyline flat, the visuals fine, and I wondered how the writers of Fern Gully didn’t sue James Cameron for everything he’s worth for shamelessly copying their movie.
Shrek 2 (2004)
Honestly, this movie being here on this list threw me for a loop. Why on earth did so many people buy Shrek 2? What about Shrek 1? Why Shrek at all?! What a world we live in.
Say what you want about Shia Lebeuf, but this movie is a crowd pleaser. I remember watching it in the theaters and being blown away by the special effects, Megan Fox, and how cool Shia was. The subsequent Transformers franchise...not so much.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The movie that exposed the world to Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean was a fresh take on an old genre. Johnny Depp kills it, though this film was the apex of the franchise, in my opinion.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
I think this movie was OK, but I really can’t remember. What was it even about? All I know is that they pivoted away from Jack Sparrow and focused more on Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley, a reality about which I was totally nonplussed.
The Incredibles (2005)
The Incredibles is legitimately in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. I love it, and I’m so happy that it’s in the top 10!
So there you have it! Those are the top selling DVDs of the 2000s. I’m actually surprised at how many movies on there I legitimately enjoyed. It’s also not too surprising that most are kids’ movies.