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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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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Nominated in 2001.
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Won Best Picture in 2003.

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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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    Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Nominated in 2009.

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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Won Best Picture in 2006.
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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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 Blood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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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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    Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Nominated in 2006.
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    Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Nominated in 2006.
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    The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2002

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Nominated in 2002.

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    Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed bySofia Coppola

    Nominated in 2003.

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    Munich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Nominated in 2005.

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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

    Nominated in 2000.

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Nominated in 2007.
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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Nominated in 2009.
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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Nominated in 2003.

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    Milk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Milk

    James Franco, Sean Penn

    Released2008

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Nominated in 2008.

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    Master and Commander: The Far  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Nominated in 2003.
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    Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

    Nominated in 2005.
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    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Won Best Picture in 2009.

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Nominated in 2009.
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    A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    A Beautiful Mind

    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

    Released2001

    Directed byRon Howard

    Won Best Picture in 2001.
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    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Nominated in 2004.

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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 2000s
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Won Best Picture in 2004.

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