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The Best Movies of the '00s

List Criteria: Films that had their debut theatrical run between 2000 and 2009

List of the best films released between the years 2000 and 2009, the era frequently referred to as the '00s or the "aughts." Though the actual decade is typically counted from the first year (2001) through the tenth (2010), in movies, for movies, it seems easier to organize it differently. (Most people don't consider movies released in 1990 to be '80s movies, for example.)

The following list mixes films from every genre, and originating in nations from all around the globe. (European cinema seems overall more predominant, with a number of French, British and Italian films making appearances, but several Asian productions - from China, Japan and Korea - are also represented.) There is also a significant overlap of popular mainstream films (such as Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" and Peter Jackson's blockbuster "Lord of the Rings" trilogy) along with more art house or niche titles. Interestingly, a number of films that were not massive box office successes or particularly noteworthy on theatrical release have grown in esteem over the years. David Fincher's "Zodiac" was seen as a bit of a let-down when it came out, and was overshadowed by other notable 2007 releases like "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Bood," but now outperforms most of the director's other work in this decade. Similarly, the low-key comic adaptation "Ghost World" from Terry Zwigoff came and went in 2000 and now makes a high appearance on this list. (This may owe in part to the ongoing popularity of Scarlett Johansson, for whom "Ghost World" provided a breakthrough role.)

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    the people's #1 & most listed Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris

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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

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    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    ranked low on reranks Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Lucy Liu, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

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    ranked low on reranks Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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    Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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    ranked low on reranks Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

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    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Mary Sheyla

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay

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    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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    ranked low on reranks Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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    Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Benicio del Toro

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clive Owen

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

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    Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Daniel Craig

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder

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    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris

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    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    ranked low on reranks Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

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    ranked low on reranks Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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