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

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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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    Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

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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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    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay

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    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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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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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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

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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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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green

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    Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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

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