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The Best Movies of the 2000s 

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List Rules 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), for movies, it seems easier to organize it differently. (Most people don't consider movies released in 1990 to be '80s movies, for example.) So, what are the best 2000s movies? 

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 Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Up is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

Released: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

Released: 2002

Directed by: Doug Liman

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Amélie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of the 2000s
Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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