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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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  • Letters from Iwo Jima1
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Nominated in 2006.
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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring2

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Nominated in 2001.
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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King3
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Won Best Picture in 2003.
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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers4
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Nominated in 2002.
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  • No Country for Old Men5
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    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Won Best Picture in 2007.
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  • Up6
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Nominated in 2009.
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  • The Departed7
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Won Best Picture in 2006.
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  • Gladiator8
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Won Best Picture in 2000.
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  • There Will Be Blood9
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    There Will Be Blood

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Nominated in 2007.
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  • Michael Clayton10
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    Michael Clayton

    George Clooney, Tilda Swinton

    Released2007

    Directed byTony Gilroy

    Nominated in 2007.
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  • Little Miss Sunshine11
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Nominated in 2006.
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  • Avatar12
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Nominated in 2009.
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  • The Blind Side13
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Nominated in 2009.
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  • Munich14
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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Nominated in 2005.
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  • The Pianist15
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    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2002

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Nominated in 2002.
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  • A Beautiful Mind16
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    A Beautiful Mind

    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

    Released2001

    Directed byRon Howard

    Won Best Picture in 2001.
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  • Mystic River17
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Nominated in 2003.
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  • Milk18
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    Milk

    James Franco, Sean Penn

    Released2008

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Nominated in 2008.
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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon19
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

    Nominated in 2000.
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  • The Hurt Locker20
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2009

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Won Best Picture in 2009.
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  • Million Dollar Baby21
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Won Best Picture in 2004.
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  • Lost in Translation22
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    Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed bySofia Coppola

    Nominated in 2003.
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  • The Aviator23
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Nominated in 2004.
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  • Capote24
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    Capote

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper

    Released2005

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Nominated in 2005.
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  • Crash25
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    Crash

    Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Haggis

    Won Best Picture in 2005.
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