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List of the top directors of the 2000s. From 2000 to 2009, the best directors of all time were able to push out some of their greatest endeavors yet. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies set high standards for the 21st century filmmakers, but other directors of the 2000s rose to the occasion. Look no further than the two Andersons, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson, whose indie films turned into box office hits during the decade.
Ron Howard, another actor-turned-director, impressed critics with A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, while Jason Reitman hit a three-for-three with movies like Thank You For Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air. Two female directors were also incredibly important in the 2000s, not only with Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, but also with Kathryn Bigelow changing the landscape forever with her 2009 Best Director Academy Award for The Hurt Locker.
Ang Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
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Ang Lee


Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
Chosen (2001)
Hulk (2003)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Lust, Caution (2007)
Taking Woodstock (2009)

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#60 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#25 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
There Will Be Blood (2007)

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#26 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#12 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#11 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
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Peter Jackson


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
King Kong (2005)
The Lovely Bones (2009)

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#37 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#81 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#96 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#17 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Ruben Östlund


Ruben Östlund is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
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Philipp Stölzl


Philipp Stölzl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
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Vladimir Bortko


Vladimir Bortko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
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Steven Soderbergh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
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Steven Soderbergh


Erin Brokovich (2000)
Traffic (2000)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Full Frontal (2002)
Solaris (2002)
Eros (2005)
Ocean's Twelve
Bubble (2006)
The Good German (2006)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Che (2009)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
The Informant! (2009)

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#91 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#23 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#28 on Times The Oscars Got It Right and The Golden Globes Failed

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