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List Rules 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 Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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340 167
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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236 126
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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208 141
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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272 143
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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239 130
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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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237 172
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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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164 153
There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

10
298 161
Inception is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

11
206 139
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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208 93
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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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155 106
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Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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223 137
Up is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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198 138
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The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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233 177
Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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200 105
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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209 147
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Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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192 124
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Shaun of the Dead Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

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173 130
Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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207 117
Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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153 136
Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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104 47
Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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143 89
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

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86 52
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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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191 126
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Amélie Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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96 54
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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153 113
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Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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159 126
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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211 145
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Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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183 116
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The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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175 89
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Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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198 90
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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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128 96
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City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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82 64
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Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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101 81
Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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105 83
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

39
178 124
The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
The Hangover Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

40
87 42
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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79 57
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Snatch Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones

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118 120
Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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82 34
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The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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68 19
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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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92 49
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Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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82 66
Training Day is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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57 41
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The King's Speech Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

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92 83
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In Bruges Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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82 65
Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Road to Perdition Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

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130 94
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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell