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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.)

Vote for your favorite '00s movies on the list below, and if you want to have more of an impact on the rankings (and maybe sneak some of your own favorite films on there), re-rank the list and make your own version.

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    Gary Oldman, Anthony Michael Hall, Heath Ledger

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    Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm

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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving

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    Elijah Wood, Bernard Hill, Hugo Weaving

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    Michael Sheen, Al Hunter Ashton, Russell Crowe

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    Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jorja Fox

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald

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    Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger, Ellen Page

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    Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst

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    David Bowie, Ricky Jay, Andy Serkis

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    Kathy Najimy, Jeff Garlin, Andrew Stanton

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    Albert Brooks, Eric Bana, Ellen DeGeneres

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Barry Del Sherman, Ciarán Hinds

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    Maggie Cheung, Rod Taylor, Christoph Waltz

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    Ken Watanabe, Gary Oldman, Linus Roache

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    Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, James Badge Dale

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    Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly

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    Jessica Hynes, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran

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    Jack Davenport, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Bloom

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    Mark Andrews, Delroy Lindo, Ed Asner

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    Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdú, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Robert Downey Jr., Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear

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    Jared Leto, Zach Grenier, Kevin Scott Mack

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    Jared Leto, Reg E. Cathey, Guinevere Turner

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    Michelle Yeoh, Cheng Pei-pei, Zhang Ziyi

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    Mathieu Kassovitz, Jamel Debbouze, Spencer Tracy

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    George Clooney, Chris Thomas King, Holly Hunter

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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    Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Jean Reno

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    Seu Jorge, Gero Camilo, Jonathan Haagensen

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    Vinnie Jones, Benicio del Toro, Rade Šerbedžija

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    Adrien Brody, Borys Szyc, Frank Finlay

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    Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Emma Thompson

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    Ethan Hawke, Dr. Dre, Tom Berenger

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Eli Wallach

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    Jena Malone, Noah Wyle, Daveigh Chase

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    Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Frederick W. Smith

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    Vincent Cassel, John Lithgow, Cameron Diaz

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    Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Isaach de Bankolé

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    Michael Gambon, Adrian Scarborough, Ramona Marquez

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    Ralph Fiennes, Jordan Prentice, Brendan Gleeson

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    Holly Hunter, Mark Andrews, Brad Lewis

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    Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Cameron Crowe, Paul Thomas Anderson, Caroline Lagerfelt

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    Giovanni Ribisi, Bill Murray, Lisle Wilkerson

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    Julianne Moore, Ed Westwick, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Anthony LaPaglia

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