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The Best 2000s Thriller Movies

Updated June 27, 2019 863 votes 210 voters 7.9k views35 items

List RulesVote 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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  • The Prestige1
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • The Departed3
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Memento7
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Sin City8
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    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

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  • American Psycho11
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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  • The Bourne Identity12
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Ocean's Eleven14
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    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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  • Mulholland Drive15
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    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • Collateral16
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    Collateral

    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byMichael Mann

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  • Sherlock Holmes17
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    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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  • A History of Violence18
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    A History of Violence

    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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  • The Devil's Backbone19
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    The Devil's Backbone

    Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes

    Released2001

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama

    Released2000

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

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  • Munich21
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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

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