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The Best 2000s Thriller Movies

Updated June 27, 2019 752 votes 208 voters 7.6k 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 Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel... more on Wikipedia
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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of... more on Wikipedia
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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan.... more on Wikipedia
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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipedia
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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    A History of Violence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    A History of Violence

    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh... more on Wikipedia

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    Collateral is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Collateral

    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byMichael Mann

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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay... more on Wikipedia
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    Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Mulholland Drive

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch... more on Wikipedia

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David... more on Wikipedia

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2005

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    The Bourne Supremacy

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul... more on Wikipedia
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    Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Battle Royale

    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama

    Released2000

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

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    Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso... more on Wikipedia
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    Taken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

    Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative... more on Wikipedia
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    Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Unbreakable

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2000

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M.... more on Wikipedia
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    Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Thriller Movies
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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