Let me set the scene: It’s a Friday night, you’re sitting on your couch, and you’re flipping through your streaming services for a movie to watch. The frozen pizza or popcorn is heating up, and maybe a glass of wine is sitting on the coffee table. You know you want to watch a classic movie, but aren’t totally sure which one.

Make it a birthday party

Now, let me make a suggestion: What about a movie from 2000? Several iconic ones were released that year and are hitting their 21st anniversary this year. Maybe use that magic number as an excuse to pour a glass of wine and toast these classic flicks. We have a roundup of our favorite five and details on where you can stream them.

Miss Congeniality

If you’re feeling an action-comedy-crime, check out “Miss Congeniality.” In this movie, the well-loved Sandra Bullock plays an FBI agent who goes undercover in a beauty pageant to prevent a bombing. And even better, she’s not quite “beauty pageant material,” making the film all that more funny. This movie was released on Dec. 14, 2000 and you can watch it on HBO Max.

Bring It On

Released on Aug. 22, 2000, “Bring It On” is full of cheerleader fun. It’s about a high school cheerleading squad who finds out their captain stole the routines from an inner-city school and now must hurry to be championship-ready. With actresses like Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union, this rom-com sports movie isn’t one to miss. You can watch it on Peacock, a free streaming service.

Almost Famous

Starring Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit, and Billy Crudup, “Almost Famous” is an adventure-comedy-drama movie that was released on Sept. 13, 2000. It’s another classic high school film about a boy who writes an article for Rolling Stone Magazine about a new rock band he gets to go on tour with. You can watch this pick on Amazon Prime for $3.99.

Erin Brockovich

In the mood for a movie based on a true story? “Erin Brockovich” is a great choice that’s both inspiring and dramatic. Starring Julia Roberts, this movie is about a single, unemployed mother who brings down a power company that’s polluting the water supply. “Erin Brockovich” was released on March 14, 2000, so it already had its 21st anniversary! You can watch it on Amazon Prime for $3.99 or Peacock if you’ve paid for the premium version.

Charlie’s Angels

Gulp, if you are thinking wait… the show is a classic, but the movie CAN’T be that old, you are not alone. Still, the movie spin-off from the show of our youth is turning 21 and the movie version of “Charlie’s Angels,” is both sexy and hilarious. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu play detectives who use their physical skills, technological skills, and attractiveness to retrieve stolen software. This movie was released on Oct. 22, 2000 and you can watch it on Amazon Prime.

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About Ashley Broadwater

Ashley Broadwater is a freelance writer and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She's been published in POPSUGAR, Medium, and more. You'll find her writing about body positivity, relationships, mental health, and entertainment regularly.

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