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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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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 Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

+ - 205 140
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

+ - 268 139
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 Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

+ - 234 169
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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

+ - 296 156
Inception is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

+ - 160 152
There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

+ - 203 138
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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The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

+ - 218 136
Up is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

+ - 230 175
Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

The Best '00s Christmas Movies 75+ Easter Eggs from Every Marvel Movie

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

+ - 195 104
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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Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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

+ - 171 130
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

+ - 203 116
Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

+ - 151 136
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

+ - 101 46
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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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

+ - 85 52
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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

+ - 190 126
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Amélie Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

+ - 152 112
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Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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

+ - 74 25
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Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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

+ - 157 126
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

+ - 181 116
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The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

+ - 194 90
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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

+ - 103 79
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

+ - 177 121
The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
The Hangover Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

+ - 99 80
Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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Snatch Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones

+ - 84 41
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

+ - 80 62
Training Day is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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

The Best '00s Western Movies The Best George Clooney Movies

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Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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In Bruges Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

+ - 56 40
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The King's Speech Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

+ - 106 93
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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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

+ - 65 19
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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi