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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), 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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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

The Best '00s Christmas Movies The Best Pop Art Artists

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

345 172
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

240 132
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

215 142
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

277 145
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

244 131
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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

241 174
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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

168 156
There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

303 164
Inception is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

210 142
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

209 96
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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

225 139
Up is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

237 178
Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

156 109
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Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

The Best 00s Monster Movies These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

203 108
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

200 141
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The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

211 150
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Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

194 126
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Shaun of the Dead Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

177 133
Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

209 121
Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

153 139
Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

105 50
Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

88 54
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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

143 92
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

201 92
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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

193 129
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Amélie Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

163 127
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

97 56
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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177 90
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Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

154 115
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Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

212 147
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Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

184 117
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The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

75 27
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Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

83 65
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Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

128 98
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City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

108 86
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

91 43
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

180 127
The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
The Hangover Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

102 82
Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

70 20
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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

84 35
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The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

120 120
Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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80 57
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Snatch Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones

92 49
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Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

130 94
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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

57 41
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The King's Speech Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

84 62
Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

92 83
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In Bruges Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

82 66
Training Day is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of the '00s
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington