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The Best 2000s Thriller Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite suspense films that were released in the 2000s

The greatest ‘00s thriller movies are chock full of big stars, unforgettable heroes, and seat-gripping suspense. The 2000s saw the return of Batman, an Oscar for Martin Scorsese, and Tarantino returning in top form.


What are the best ‘00s thriller movies? Christopher Nolan had a big decade, giving us the
Dark Knight trilogy that reimagined Batman as a darker, grittier hero. Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker earned him a posthumous Oscar nod. Nolan also wrote and directed the psychological thriller Memento, a film that plays with chronology and sequencing, presenting a muddled but captivating picture. Martin Scorsese directed The Departed, an intense crime thriller set in Boston, a marked departure from his usual New York setting. Another significant 2000s suspense movies on this list is American Psycho. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis and starring Christian Bale (also of The Dark Knight fame), the film is known for its gruesome violence and unforgiving portrayal of Manhattan’s upper crust.


Here, you’ll also find films like
The Hurt Locker, an unflinching story of bomb diffusers in the embattled Middle East. Did we include your ultimate ‘00s thriller movie? Help us re-rank this list by adding anything we missed and be sure to vote up your favorites! 
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Eastern Promises is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Tatiana Maslany
Eastern Promises is a 2007 British-Canadian-American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg, from a screenplay written by Steven Knight. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent ...more
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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris
Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of ...more
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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie. In the film, ...more
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Munich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush
Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more
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The Devil's Backbone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi
The Devil's Backbone is a 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz. It was independently ...more
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Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright
Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of ...more
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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney
Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast ...more
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The White Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Rainer Bock, Birgit Minichmayr, Susanne Lothar
The White Ribbon is a 2009 black-and-white German-language drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke. Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte darkly depicts society and ...more
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson
Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more