The Best Movies of the '00s Films

The Best Movies of the '00s

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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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    - 163

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

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  2. 2
    + 352
    - 134
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  3. 3
    + 321
    - 125
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  4. 4
    + 222
    - 84
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  5. 5
    + 194
    - 107

    often listed
    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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  6. 6
    + 257
    - 104


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  7. 7
    + 221
    - 135
    Memento

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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  8. 8
    + 222
    - 96
    WALL-E

    ranked low on reranks
    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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  9. 9
    + 151
    - 120

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

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  10. 10
    + 198
    - 56
    Finding Nemo

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

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  11. 11
    + 193
    - 111


    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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  12. 12
    + 280
    - 121


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    + 183
    - 107
    The Prestige


    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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  14. 14
    + 142
    - 77
    Pan's Labyrinth


    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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  15. 15
    + 211
    - 103


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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  16. 16
    + 221
    - 138


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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  17. 17
    + 186
    - 74

    ranked low on reranks
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  18. 18
    + 181
    - 91
    Shaun of the Dead


    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

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  19. 19
    + 193
    - 117
    Kill Bill Volume 1


    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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  20. 20
    + 146
    - 101

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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  21. 21
    + 159
    - 96


    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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  22. 22
    + 194
    - 81

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

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  23. 23
    + 137
    - 69
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

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    + 91
    - 34
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?


    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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  25. 25
    + 149
    - 86
    Little Miss Sunshine


    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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  26. 26
    + 201
    - 113
    Iron Man


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

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  27. 27
    + 151
    - 104

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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  28. 28
    + 184
    - 110
    Amélie


    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    + 120
    - 74
    City of God


    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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    + 178
    - 98
    The Bourne Identity


    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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  31. 31
    + 179
    - 62
    Fight Club

    ranked low on reranks
    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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  32. 32
    + 96
    - 60


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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  33. 33
    + 78
    - 43
    The Pianist


    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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  34. 34
    + 171
    - 101


    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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    + 68
    - 18
    Hotel Rwanda

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

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  36. 36
    + 79
    - 45

    often listed
    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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  37. 37
    + 72
    - 37
    Snatch


    Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones

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  38. 38
    + 163
    - 86
    Donnie Darko


    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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  39. 39
    + 78
    - 26


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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  40. 40
    + 69
    - 35


    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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  41. 41
    + 78
    - 58
    Mystic River


    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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  42. 42
    + 72
    - 20
    The Incredibles

    ranked low on reranks
    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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  43. 43
    + 111
    - 106


    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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  44. 44
    + 122
    - 82


    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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  45. 45
    + 88
    - 75
    In Bruges


    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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  46. 46
    + 50
    - 31
    The King's Speech


    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

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  47. 47
    + 100
    - 83


    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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  48. 48
    + 74
    - 49


    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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  49. 49
    + 124
    - 83
    Minority Report

    ranked low on reranks
    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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  50. 50
    + 120
    - 102
    Lost in Translation


    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris

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