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The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s  

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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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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Juno is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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
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Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Michael Clayton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas
Nominated in 2000. Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more
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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
Nominated in 2005. Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more
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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Ray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire
Nominated in 2003. Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is ...more
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A Serious Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Babel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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 film portrays ...more
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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman
Nominated in 2004. Finding Neverland is a 2004 American semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The ...more
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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan
Nominated in 2007. Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama 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, Romola ...more
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Chocolat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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 Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by ...more
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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Crash is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris
Won Best Picture in 2005. This movie 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 ...more
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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger
Won Best Picture in 2002. Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more