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From the glittering cabarets of Belle Epoque France to the windswept plains of Middle Earth, the best movies of the 2000s transported audiences to fantastical new realms. These are the best Oscar-nominated movies of the 2000s, as ranked by you, fellow movie-lover. The award-winners from this decade forged new territory in cinematic achievement, from special effects and costuming to outstanding performances. Many of these Oscar nominated 2000s movies are considered some of the best films of all time.

What films will you find on this list of 2000s Oscar-winning movies? The decade started off with a bang with Gladiator taking home the Oscar for Best Picture in 2000. Russell Crowe also won his own Oscar that same year for playing the lead character of Maximus Decimus Meridius. Chicago is another great movie that was nominated for the Academy's top prize in the '00s.

Jamie Foxx may best be known for his comedic work, but his film Ray was nominated for several Oscars in 2004. Other great nominees and winners featured on this list include the quiet drama Brokeback Mountain, the quirky comedy Little Miss Sunshine, and the tense historical epic There Will Be Blood.

Which of these Oscar nominated 2000s films is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list.
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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger Nominated in 2009. Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael ...more

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano Nominated in 2007. There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel ...more

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson Won Best Picture in 2007. No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western thriller directed, written, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. The film stars Tommy Lee ...more

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin Won Best Picture in 2006. The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen Won Best Picture in 2000. Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush Nominated in 2005. 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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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Nominated in 2007. Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama war film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler Nominated in 2001. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson Nominated in 2002. Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...more

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon Nominated in 2003. Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler Won Best Picture in 2003. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat Nominated in 2000. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler Nominated in 2002. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette Nominated in 2006. Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Nominated in 2009. Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Chicago Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger Won Best Picture in 2002. Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy crime film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. ...more

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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Lost in Translation Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris Nominated in 2003. Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It was her second feature film after The Virgin Suicides. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett ...more

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The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Aviator Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani Nominated in 2004. The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood Nominated in 2009. District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film ...more

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan Won Best Picture in 2008. Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson. It was co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an ...more

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Babel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Babel Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning Nominated in 2006. Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The multi-narrative ...more

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Capote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener Nominated in 2005. Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including ...more

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Traffic Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas Nominated in 2000. Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a ...more

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Hurt Locker Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner Won Best Picture in 2009. The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was ...more

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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Up in the Air George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis Nominated in 2009. Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more

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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Queen Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell Nominated in 2006. The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen ...more

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard Won Best Picture in 2001. A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva ...more

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank Won Best Picture in 2004. Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an ...more

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Michael Clayton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Michael Clayton George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson Nominated in 2007. Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy, starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack. The film chronicles the ...more

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Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels Nominated in 2005. Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more

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The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning Nominated in 2008. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by David Fincher. The storyline by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord is loosely based on the 1922 short ...more

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Milk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Milk James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin Nominated in 2008. Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more

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Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Frost/Nixon Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen Nominated in 2008. Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the ...more

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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox Nominated in 2002. The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The ...more

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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Hours Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore Nominated in 2002. The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on ...more

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Sideways Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church Nominated in 2004. Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. A film adaptation from Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two ...more

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In the Bedroom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
In the Bedroom Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson Nominated in 2001. In the Bedroom is a 2001 American crime drama film directed by Todd Field, and dedicated to Andre Dubus, whose short story Killings is the source material on which the screenplay, by Field and ...more

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Master and Commander: The Far ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan Nominated in 2003. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 epic historical drama film co-written and directed by Peter Weir, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey, with Paul Bettany as Stephen ...more

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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Nominated in 2006. Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American war film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from ...more

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A Serious Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
A Serious Man Simon Helberg, Richard Kind, Adam Arkin Nominated in 2009. A Serious Man is a 2009 dark comedy written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both ...more

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez Nominated in 2009. 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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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue Nominated in 2001. Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Crash Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris Won Best Picture in 2005. Crash is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described "passion ...more

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Reader Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin Nominated in 2008. The Reader is a 2008 German-American romantic drama film based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. The film was written by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry. ...more

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates Nominated in 2009. The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton Nominated in 2009. Precious is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey ...more

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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart Nominated in 2000. Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia ...more

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Ray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Ray Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard Nominated in 2004. Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced and directed by Taylor Hackford, and ...more

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Chocolat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Chocolat Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina Nominated in 2000. Chocolat is a 2000 American-British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, and was directed by Lasse Hallström. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Nelson ...more

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman Nominated in 2007. Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more