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10 2000s Movies That Became Instant Classics, According To Reddit

Everything Everywhere All at Once has taken the world by storm in the past few months, and given that TikTok videos are now being made about the multiversal movie, it’s safe to say that it’s an instant classic. The film pulled off action sequences that have never been seen before and managed to tell a unique and very personal story inside of a huge and ambitious concept.

Only a handful of movies have been labeled as classics as soon as they were released, and Redditors have their own opinions about movies branded as instant classics, too. Between an anime that found a huge American audience, a mostly-adlibbed comedy, and a kitschy film that actually started a whole zeitgeist, these films have been constantly talked about ever since their releases.

Shrek (2001)
Shrek leaving the outhouse

Redditor Stayinyerlanepls thinks Shrek instantly became a classic in 2001, positing, “It’s amazing how much cultural impact an animated movie about ogres has had.” As soon as Shrek hit theatres 21 years ago, everyone knew that it would stand the test of time. The film had boundary-pushing animation, even compared to Pixar, and it was the first ever movie to win Best Animated Picture at The Academy Awards.

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Even though movies that heavily reference pop culture don’t tend to age well, Shrek somehow overcame that and is just as popular today, despite being filled with jokes about pop stars who were popular at the time. And it has surprisingly become ogre a meme and is all over TikTok, which must count for something.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)
Captain Jack Sparrow standing at the mast of his ship in Pirates of the Caribbean

To say that The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was based on a theme park ride, it somehow became one of the biggest movies of 2003. Octopuswhatsup thinks the swashbuckling movie became an instant classic in 2003, noting, “An absolute masterpiece cinematic gem. All the rest were ‘meh’ at best, just trying to recapture the magic.”

The 2003 movie is wildly entertaining, features some groundbreaking digital effects, and introduces the most iconic cinematic pirate of all time, Jack Sparrow. And as the Redditor alludes to, not even the critically scathed sequels have managed to tarnish The Black Pearl’s legacy, proving just how much of an instant classic it is.

Spirited Away (2001)
Chihiro and No Face on the train in Spirited Away

Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away spoke to both adults and children when it was first released, which is a big hint that an animated movie will transcend the modest US success it was destined for. Sportswiz72 believes the 2001 anime is an instant classic because of just how unique it was at the time. The Redditor notes, “Just about every Studio Ghibli film is an instant classic, but Spirited Away was so gracefully dark, it could never be duplicated.”

What mostly proves the movie is an instant classic is that it actually managed to find huge audiences in English-speaking countries. While most Studio Ghibli movies and other foreign language films are successful, they rarely have the success that Hollywood movies do, but Spirited Away made just over $355 million worldwide, massively overperforming with a modest $15 million budget (via Box Office Mojo).

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)
The news team in Anchorman

User Bigsz thinks Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy became an instant classic in 2004 because of how endlessly quotable it was. The Redditor hilariously recalls, “The day it came out, everyone seemed to have the entire transcript memorized.” Between “I love lamp” and “60% of the time, it works every time.” The news anchors’ dialogue is ingrained in every fan’s brain, and even non-fans of the movie know the quotes well.

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But, along with the laugh-out-loud lines, the Channel 4 news team make up some of the most beloved comedy characters ever, and it started the movie careers of so many now-bankable stars. And, as there was a sequel set in the 80s, it’s about time the trilogy was rounded out with a threequel set in the 90s.

Superbad (2007)
Seth and Evan on the street in Superbad

Redditor Ofsquire believes Superbad became an instant classic for its depiction of 2000s higher schoolers. The Redditor claims, “Superbad will always relate to teenage kids I believe. I love watching it to get a big nostalgia trip from when I was in high school. That movie is so well done.”

While shows like Skins and Euphoria attempt to realistically portray high school life, getting rejected by crushes and getting turned down at liquor stores seemed to resonate with many audience. The 2007 movie is one of the best movies for millennials because of how relatable it is, and not even the John Hughes-directed coming-of-age 80s movies do as good of a job at accurately depicting teenagers.

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Marie Antoinette And Her Ladies

User Srubbingbubbles simply comments, “Marie Antoinette,” as an instant classic, and given how different it is from its peers, the Redditor isn’t wrong. Period dramas about royal families usually follow the same structure, but writer-director Sofia Coppola has such a unique approach to the subject. Using the technique that she established with Lost in Translation, the filmmaker takes a minimal approach to the life of the former Queen of France.

The film is light on dialogue and the actions tell the story. Coppola also doubles down on her post-modern approach, as the 1700s-based movie is full of contemporary indie music, and Antoinette has a closet full of Converse All-Star sneakers. However, there’s just as much of an argument to be made that the movie is a classic, but it wasn’t instant, as the 2006 film was booed at the Cannes Film Festival,

Idiocracy (2006)

Mike Judge’s Idiocracy follows Joe, a man with an average IQ who is frozen and then thawed out 500 years later. He awakens to find that civilization is completely ruined and that he’s the smartest man in America. Cameoloveus thinks the movie is an instant classic but notes, “Unfortunately that turned out to be less ‘movie’ and more ‘prophecy.’

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The Redditor is exaggerating a little, as farmers and watering do not crop with Gatorade, and the President of the United States has yet to wear the Star-Spangled Banger as a cape. But with social media allowing people to see so much more of what’s going on in the world, it’s easy to see why the user would think such a thing.

Taken (2008)
Bryan Mills shows Marko a picture in Taken

Reddit user 5s-are-cool thinks Taken was an instant classic, and between its immediate influence on the action genre and shock value that’s still talked about today, the Redditor makes a great choice. Though Liam Neeson had starred in action movies before, such as Darkman and Batman Begins, it was Taken that made audiences look at the actor as an action hero. The 2008 movie is another release that overperformed at the box office, as it made $227 million off of a budget of just $25 million (via Box Office Mojo). And that success turned it into a franchise with two sequels.

While movies like John Wick are praised for the meticulous gun-fu action sequences and violence, Taken did it first. The film was shockingly violent and one of the most intense and thrilling revenge movies ever, and it has Neeson’s best fight scenes. The film had such an impact on the movie industry, as it influenced so many other action movies in the following years, including most Neeson-starring films.

The Room (2003)
Tommy screams on a roof top in The Room

User Max_Danage points to 2003’s independently made The Room as the most obvious instant classic. The Room was an instant classic, but not in a good way. The film immediately became a film that was passed around by friends, and they were in sheer disbelief that a movie like this could get made.

The film is terribly made, the acting is hilariously bad, and the editing is atrocious, but there’s something about it that makes it so alluring. Johnny became a popular character meme immediately after the film’s release because of the ridiculous dialogue and how it was delivered. It’s such a surprising classic that a comedy was made about the making of the film, The Disaster Artist.

The Fast And The Furious (2001)
Letty looks sideways while sitting inside a car in The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and Furious series has grown into an unstoppable force at this point, but the huge moneymaking blockbusters could hardly be called instant classics. However, the original 2001 movie that started it all is a different beast entirely. Usual_Ranger8164 thinks the film is an instant classic, and though the film was badly received by critics, it was a huge hit amongst general audiences.

But what truly cements it as an instant classic is how it started an entire zeitgeist. Following the movie, everybody was putting decals on their cars, and street racing video games were quickly thrown into development to capitalize on the trend. While the 2001 film isn’t loved by everybody, few other films had such an immediate and lasting impact on the world.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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