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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.)

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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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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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

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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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    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

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    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

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

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    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones

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    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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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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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

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