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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
Christopher Nolan 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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Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Martin Scorsese 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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Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Quentin Tarantino 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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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Clint Eastwood 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)

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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Peter Jackson 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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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Steven Spielberg 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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Ang Lee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ang Lee 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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Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ridley Scott 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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David Fincher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
David Fincher Fight Club, Seven, Being John Malkovich - Panic Room (02), Zodiac (07), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (08)

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Joel & Ethan Coen is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Paul Thomas Anderson Punch-Drunk Love (02), There Will Be Blood (07) - Punch-Drunk Love (02), There Will Be Blood (07)

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Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ron Howard 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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Guillermo del Toro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ibetolis added Guillermo del Toro 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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Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ibetolis added Wes Anderson 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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David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ibetolis added David Lynch Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead - Mulholland Drive (01), Rabbits (02), Inland Empire (06), 42 One Dream Rush (09)

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Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Jeff Martinez added Tim Burton Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

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Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker, Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty - K-19: The Widowmaker (02), The Hurt Locker (08)

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Brad Bird is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Brad Bird The Incredibles (04), Ratatouille (07) - The Incredibles (04), Ratatouille (07)

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Darren Aronofsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
jarment26 added Darren Aronofsky 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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J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
jarment26 added J.J. Abrams Mission: Impossible III (06), Star Trek (09) - Mission: Impossible III (06), Star Trek (09)

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Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Sam Mendes American Beauty, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

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Yoav Shamir is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Yoav Shamir Flipping Out, Defamation, Defamation

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
jarment26 added James Cameron 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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Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
levalex88 added Hayao Miyazaki Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke

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Werner Herzog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Werner Herzog What Dreams May Come, Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man

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Nick Park is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Nick Park Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, A Close Shave

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Steven Soderbergh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Steven Soderbergh 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!

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Paolo Sorrentino is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Paolo Sorrentino Il Divo, This Must Be the Place, The Great Beauty

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Philipp Stölzl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Philipp Stölzl North Face, Erased, The Physician

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Jean-Pierre Améris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Jean-Pierre Améris Romantics Anonymous, Romantics Anonymous, Bad Company

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Vladimir Bortko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Vladimir Bortko Taras Bulba, The Master and Margarita, Idiot: Vol. 1

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Andrei Kravchuk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Andrei Kravchuk The Italian, Admiral

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Alexander Sokurov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Alexander Sokurov Russian Ark, The Sun, Faust

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Paul Greengrass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Paul Greengrass The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, Captain Phillips

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Andrzej Wajda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Andrzej Wajda Ashes and Diamonds, Kanał, Katyń

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Roger Michell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Roger Michell Notting Hill, Morning Glory, Hyde Park on Hudson

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Abel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Abel Ferrara Bad Lieutenant, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

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Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Sofia Coppola The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Edgar Wright is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Edgar Wright Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Shaun of the Dead (04), Hot Fuzz (07)

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Ruben Östlund is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Ruben Östlund Force Majeure, Involuntary, Play

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Cristian Mungiu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Cristian Mungiu 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Beyond the Hills

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Matteo Garrone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Matteo Garrone Gomorrah, Reality, First Love

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Fernando Meirelles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Fernando Meirelles 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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John Lasseter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
coolmountain5812 added John Lasseter Cars (06) - Cars (06)

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Danny Boyle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Danny Boyle Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire

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Taylor Hackford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Taylor Hackford Ray, The Devil's Advocate, An Officer and a Gentleman

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Miguel Gomes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Miguel Gomes Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August, The Face You Deserve

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Konstantin Lopushansky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Konstantin Lopushansky Dead Man's Letters, Dead Man's Letters, Russian Symphony

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Eddie Perez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
actionfan added Eddie Perez Con Air, The Book of Eli, The Green Hornet

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Michael Winterbottom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Michael Winterbottom 24 Hour Party People, The Killer Inside Me, A Mighty Heart