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.)

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

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    + 352
    - 136
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  3. 3
    + 321
    - 127
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  4. 4
    + 222
    - 86
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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  5. 5
    + 194
    - 108

    often listed
    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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  6. 6
    + 258
    - 105


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  7. 7
    + 221
    - 136
    Memento

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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  8. 8
    + 222
    - 97
    WALL-E


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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  9. 9
    + 199
    - 57
    Finding Nemo

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

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  10. 10
    + 151
    - 121

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

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  11. 11
    + 193
    - 112


    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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  12. 12
    + 281
    - 122


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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  13. 13
    + 184
    - 108
    The Prestige


    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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  14. 14
    + 142
    - 78
    Pan's Labyrinth


    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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  15. 15
    + 211
    - 104


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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  16. 16
    + 221
    - 140


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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  17. 17
    + 186
    - 75

    ranked low on reranks
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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  18. 18
    + 182
    - 92
    Shaun of the Dead


    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

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    + 194
    - 118
    Kill Bill Volume 1


    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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  20. 20
    + 147
    - 102


    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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  21. 21
    + 159
    - 98


    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    + 194
    - 82

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

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  23. 23
    + 137
    - 70
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

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  24. 24
    + 149
    - 87
    Little Miss Sunshine


    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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  25. 25
    + 91
    - 35
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?


    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    + 201
    - 115
    Iron Man


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

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    + 151
    - 105

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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  28. 28
    + 184
    - 111
    Amélie


    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    + 120
    - 75
    City of God


    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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  30. 30
    + 181
    - 63
    Fight Club

    ranked low on reranks
    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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  31. 31
    + 178
    - 99
    The Bourne Identity


    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    + 97
    - 61


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    + 78
    - 44
    The Pianist


    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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  34. 34
    + 172
    - 102


    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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    + 73
    - 38
    Snatch

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones

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  36. 36
    + 165
    - 86
    Donnie Darko

    ranked low on reranks
    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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  37. 37
    + 68
    - 20
    Hotel Rwanda

    ranked low on reranks
    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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  38. 38
    + 79
    - 47

    often listed
    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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  39. 39
    + 78
    - 27


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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  40. 40
    + 69
    - 36


    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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  41. 41
    + 78
    - 59
    Mystic River


    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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  42. 42
    + 72
    - 22
    The Incredibles

    ranked low on reranks
    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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  43. 43
    + 111
    - 107

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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  44. 44
    + 88
    - 76
    In Bruges


    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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  45. 45
    + 122
    - 84


    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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  46. 46
    + 50
    - 32
    The King's Speech


    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

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  47. 47
    + 75
    - 50


    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    + 100
    - 84


    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    + 124
    - 84
    Minority Report


    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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  50. 50
    + 120
    - 103
    Lost in Translation


    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris

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