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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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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson
Won Best Picture in 2007. No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) ...more
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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya
Nominated in 2006. Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the ...more
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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Daniel Day-Lewis, CiarĂ¡n 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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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 a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more
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Up is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Munich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Capote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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 stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The ...more
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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner
Won Best Picture in 2009. The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the conflict in Iraq. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay ...more
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Juno is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Master and Commander: The Far ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Milk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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