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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.)

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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    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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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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    There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    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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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

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    Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    City of God is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    Amélie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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    Snatch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Snatch Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones

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    Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    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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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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

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    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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    The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


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

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    Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s

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    In Bruges Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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