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List Rules Vote up film directors based only on their work released between 2000 and 2009

The best directors of the 2000s rank among some of the greatest living directors and most among the best directors of all time. These talented filmmakers have brought the world ten years of extraordinary cinema including blockbusters, art films, instant classics, fright fests, and naturally, Academy Award winners. From the Lord of the Rings trilogy to Kill Bill 1 and 2 to the Dark Knight trilogy (lots of series in the oughts...) and beyond, the best movies of the '00s were often helmed by these great directors of the decade. Between 2000 and 2009, Steven Spielberg put out catch Me If You Can and Munich, Joel and Ethan Coen had O Brother, Where Art Thou? and No Country for Old Men, and Christopher Nolan had Memento and Inception in addition to the Batman franchise.

These top directors of the '00s are are no slouches, and their filmographies show it. If you don't see your favorite director of the decade on the list, make sure to add them and see if others share your point of view.
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Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Memento (00), Insomnia (02), Batman Begins (05) - Memento (00), Insomnia (02), Batman Begins (05), The Prestige (06), The Dark Knight (08)

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108 42
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Gangs of New York (02), The Aviator (04), The Departed (06) - Gangs of New York (02), The Aviator (04), The Departed (06)

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103 58
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (03), Kill Bill Vol. 2 (04), Death Proof (07) - Kill Bill Vol. 1 (03), Kill Bill Vol. 2 (04), Death Proof (07), Inglourious Basterds (09)

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93 49
Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (01), The Two Towers (02), The Return of the King (03) - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (01), The Two Towers (02), The Return of the King (03), King Kong (05), The Lovely Bones (09)

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99 48
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Space Cowboys (00), Blood Work (02), Mystic River (03) - Space Cowboys (00), Blood Work (02), Mystic River (03), Million Dollar Baby (04), Flags of Our Fathers (06), Letters from Iwo Jima (06), Changeling (08), Gran Torino (08), Invictus (09)

6
97 63
Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
A.I. (01), Minority Report (02), Catch Me If You Can (02) - A.I. (01), Minority Report (02), Catch Me If You Can (02), The Terminal (04), War of the Worlds (05), Munich (05), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (08)

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87 44
Ang Lee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (00), Hulk (03) Brokeback Mountain (05) - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (00), Hulk (03) Brokeback Mountain (05), Lust, Caution (07), Taking Woodstock (09)

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51 25
Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator - Gladiator (00), Hannibal (01), Black Hawk Down (01), Matchstick Men (03), Kingdom of Heaven (05), A Good Year (06), American Gangster (07), Body of Lies (08)

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60 24
David Fincher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Fight Club, Seven, Being John Malkovich - Panic Room (02), Zodiac (07), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (08)

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63 40
Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Punch-Drunk Love (02), There Will Be Blood (07) - Punch-Drunk Love (02), There Will Be Blood (07)

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73 42
Joel & Ethan Coen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Joel & Ethan Coen O Brother, Where Art Thou? (00), The Man Who Wasn't There (01) - O Brother, Where Art Thou? (00), The Man Who Wasn't There (01), The Ladykillers (04), No Country for Old Men (07), Burn After Reading (08), A Serious Man (09)

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44 31
Guillermo del Toro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ibetolis added The Devil's Backbone (01), Blade II (02), Hellboy (04) - The Devil's Backbone (01), Blade II (02), Hellboy (04), Pan's Labyrinth (06), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (08)

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42 31
Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Apollo 13, American Graffiti, A Beautiful Mind - How the Grinch Stole Christmas (00), A Beautiful Mind (01), The Missing (03), Cinderella Man (05), The Da Vinci Code (06), Frost/Nixon (08), Angels & Demons (09)

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47 34
Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ibetolis added The Royal Tenenbaums (01), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (04), The Darjeeling Limited (07) - The Royal Tenenbaums (01), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (04), The Darjeeling Limited (07), Fantastic Mr. Fox (09)

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20 6
Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Jeff Martinez added Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

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37 23
David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ibetolis added Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead - Mulholland Drive (01), Rabbits (02), Inland Empire (06), 42 One Dream Rush (09)

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25 27
Brad Bird is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
The Incredibles (04), Ratatouille (07) - The Incredibles (04), Ratatouille (07)

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38 24
Darren Aronofsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
jarment26 added Requiem for a Dream (00), The Fountain (06), The Wrestler (08) - Requiem for a Dream (00), The Fountain (06), The Wrestler (08)

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33 39
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
The Hurt Locker, Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty - K-19: The Widowmaker (02), The Hurt Locker (08)

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16 4
Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
American Beauty, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

21
40 44
J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
jarment26 added Mission: Impossible III (06), Star Trek (09) - Mission: Impossible III (06), Star Trek (09)

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13 2
Danny Boyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire

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11 9
Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
levalex88 added Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke

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6 0
Ruben Östlund is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Force Majeure, Involuntary, Play

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6 0
Cristian Mungiu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Beyond the Hills

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14 14
Edgar Wright is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Shaun of the Dead (04), Hot Fuzz (07)

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12 3
Werner Herzog is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
What Dreams May Come, Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man

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34 31
James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
jarment26 added Ghosts of the Abyss (03), Aliens of the Deep (05), Avatar (09) - Ghosts of the Abyss (03), Aliens of the Deep (05), Avatar (09)

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29 34
Steven Soderbergh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Erin Brockovich (00), Traffic (00), Ocean's Eleven (01) - Erin Brockovich (00), Traffic (00), Ocean's Eleven (01), Full Frontal (02), Solaris (02), Ocean's Twelve (04), Bubble (05), The Good German (06), Ocean's Thirteen (07), Che (08), The Girlfriend Experience (09), The Informant! (09)

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11 3
Alejandro González Iñárritu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Birdman, Babel, Amores perros

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10 4
Nick Park is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, A Close Shave

32
8 2
Michel Gondry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Green Hornet, Be Kind Rewind

33
8 3
Paolo Sorrentino is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Il Divo, This Must Be the Place, The Great Beauty

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7 2
Roger Michell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Notting Hill, Morning Glory, Hyde Park on Hudson

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8 3
Vladimir Bortko is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Taras Bulba, The Master and Margarita, Idiot: Vol. 1

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8 3
Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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18 19
John Lasseter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
coolmountain5812 added Cars (06) - Cars (06)

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12 24
Fernando Meirelles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Maids (01), City of God (02), The Constant Gardener (05) - Maids (01), City of God (02), The Constant Gardener (05), Blindness (08)

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7 3
Philipp Stölzl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added North Face, Erased, The Physician

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7 3
Jean-Pierre Améris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Romantics Anonymous, Romantics Anonymous, Bad Company

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7 3
Andrei Kravchuk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added The Italian, Admiral

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7 3
Alexander Sokurov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Russian Ark, The Sun, Faust

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6 2
Abel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Bad Lieutenant, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

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7 3
Sam Raimi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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6 2
Yoav Shamir is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Flipping Out, Defamation, Defamation

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5 1
Matteo Garrone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Gomorrah, Reality, First Love

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9 6
Paul Greengrass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, Captain Phillips

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5 1
George Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Babe, Mad Max 2, Mad Max

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5 1
Henry Selick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Coraline

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4 0
Miguel Gomes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August, The Face You Deserve