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The Top Directors of the 2000s

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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.


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    Ang Lee
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    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Chosen (2001)
    Hulk (2003)
    Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    Lust, Caution (2007)
    Taking Woodstock (2009)
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    Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
    There Will Be Blood (2007)
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    Quentin Tarantino
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    Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
    Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004)
    Death Proof (2007)
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    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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    David Fincher
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    Panic Room (2002)
    Zodiac (2007)
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
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    Danny Boyle
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    The Beach (2000)
    Strumpet (2001)
    28 Days Later (2002)
    Millions (2004)
    Sunshine (2007)
    28 Weeks Later (2007)
    Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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    Thank You for Smoking (2005)
    Juno (2007)
    Up in the Air (2009)
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    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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    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    The Missing (2003)
    Cinderella Man (2005)
    The Da Vinci Code (2006)
    Frost/Nixon (2008)
    Angels & Demons (2009)
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    Spike Jonze
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    Adaptation. (2002)
    Where The Wild Things Are (2009)
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    Lost in Translation (2003)
    Marie Antoinette (2006)
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    Kathryn Bigelow
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    The Weight of Water (2000)
    K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
    The Hurt Locker (2008)
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    Wes Anderson
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    The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
    The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
    Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
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    About Schmidt (2002)
    Sideways (2004)
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    Crash (2004)
    In the Valley of the Elah (2007)
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