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The Best Directors of the 2000s  

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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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Werner Herzog is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
What Dreams May Come, Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man
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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Ruben Östlund is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Force Majeure, Involuntary, Play
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Edgar Wright is listed (or ranked) 29 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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J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 30 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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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
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Vladimir Bortko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Taras Bulba, The Master and Margarita, Idiot: Vol. 1
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Michel Gondry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Green Hornet, Be Kind Rewind
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George Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Babe, Mad Max 2, Mad Max
35
Cristian Mungiu is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Roger Michell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Notting Hill, Morning Glory, Hyde Park on Hudson
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Michael Mann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Heat, The Last of the Mohicans, The Aviator
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Abel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Andrzej Wajda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Ashes and Diamonds, Kanał, Katyń
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Gus Van Sant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Good Will Hunting, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Milk
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Paolo Sorrentino is listed (or ranked) 41 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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James Mangold is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
jarment26 added The Wolverine, Oliver & Company, Walk the Line
Kate & Leopold (01), Identity (03), Walk the Line (05), 3:10 to Yuma (07)
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Philipp Stölzl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added North Face, Erased, The Physician
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Jean-Pierre Améris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Romantics Anonymous, Romantics Anonymous, Bad Company
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Andrei Kravchuk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added The Italian, Admiral
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Alexander Sokurov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Russian Ark, The Sun, Faust
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Yoav Shamir is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Flipping Out, Defamation, Defamation
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Michael Winterbottom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
24 Hour Party People, The Killer Inside Me, A Mighty Heart
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Robert Altman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
MASH, Nashville, The Player
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Matteo Garrone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added Gomorrah, Reality, First Love