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

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  2. 2
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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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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

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    Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem

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    ranked low on reranks Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris

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    often listed Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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

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

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  13. 13
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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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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 Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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

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  18. 18
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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    ranked low on reranks Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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

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    often listed Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Jared Leto

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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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    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Mary Sheyla

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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay

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    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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    Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Benicio del Toro

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Daniel Craig, Eva Green

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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    Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Daniel Craig

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    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris

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    often listed Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clive Owen

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    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson

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

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