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.)

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    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


    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


    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


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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

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    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    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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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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


    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    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


    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


    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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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


    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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


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

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


    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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


    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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

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    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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


    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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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


    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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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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

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    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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


    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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


    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s


    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

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

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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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