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The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s

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List RulesVote up the top films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture between 2000 and 2009.

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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  • The Hurt Locker26
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Won Best Picture in 2009.
    The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team...  more
  • Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire27

    Released2009

    Directed byLee Daniels

    Nominated in 2009.
    Precious is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels. Precious is...  more

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  • Up in the Air28
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    Up in the Air

    George Clooney, Anna Kendrick

    Released2009

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Nominated in 2009.
    Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by...  more

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  • Inglourious Basterds29
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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Nominated in 2009.
    Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by...  more

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  • Good Night, and Good Luck30
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    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    Nominated in 2005.
    Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and...  more

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  • Chocolat31
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    Chocolat

    Johnny Depp, Judi Dench

    Released2000

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Nominated in 2000.
    Chocolat is a 2000 American-British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by...  more
  • Brokeback Mountain32
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

    Nominated in 2005.
    Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a...  more
  • A Serious Man33
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    A Serious Man

    Simon Helberg, Richard Kind

    Released2009

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Nominated in 2009.
    A Serious Man is a 2009 dark comedy written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan...  more

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  • Slumdog Millionaire34
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    Slumdog Millionaire

    Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor

    Released2008

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Won Best Picture in 2008.
    Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle Jamal Malik, a young...  more
  • Frost/Nixon35
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    Frost/Nixon

    Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

    Released2008

    Directed byRon Howard

    Nominated in 2008.
    Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the...  more

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  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button36
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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Nominated in 2008.
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by...  more
  • Seabiscuit37
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    Seabiscuit

    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Ross

    Nominated in 2003.
    Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on...  more

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  • Michael Clayton38
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    Michael Clayton

    George Clooney, Tilda Swinton

    Released2007

    Directed byTony Gilroy

    Nominated in 2007.
    Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy,...  more

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  • The Queen39
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    The Queen

    Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen

    Released2006

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Nominated in 2006.
    The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's...  more
  • Gangs of New York40
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    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Nominated in 2002.
    Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th...  more
  • Atonement41
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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Nominated in 2007.
    Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian...  more
  • Babel42
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    Babel

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2006

    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu

    Nominated in 2006.
    Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and...  more
  • An Education43
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    An Education

    Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan

    Released2009

    Directed byLone Scherfig

    Nominated in 2009.
    An Education is a 2009 coming-of-age drama film, based on a memoir of the same name by British...  more

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  • Moulin Rouge!44
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    Moulin Rouge!

    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne

    Released2001

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Nominated in 2001.
    Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced,...  more
  • The Hours45
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    The Hours

    Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep

    Released2002

    Directed byStephen Daldry

    Nominated in 2002.
    The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring...  more
  • Juno46
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Nominated in 2007.
    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by...  more

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  • Finding Neverland47
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    Finding Neverland

    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

    Released2004

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Nominated in 2004.
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  • Ray48
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Nominated in 2004.
    Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray...  more

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  • Sideways49
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    Sideways

    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Nominated in 2004.
    Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and...  more
  • Erin Brockovich50
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    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Nominated in 2000.
    Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by...  more