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The Top Directors of the 2000s  

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List of the top directors of the 2000s. From 2000 to 2009, the best directors of all time were able to push out some of their greatest endeavors yet. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies set high standards for the 21st century filmmakers, but other directors of the 2000s rose to the occasion. Look no further than the two Andersons, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson, whose indie films turned into box office hits during the decade.
Ron Howard, another actor-turned-director, impressed critics with A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, while Jason Reitman hit a three-for-three with movies like Thank You For Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air. Two female directors were also incredibly important in the 2000s, not only with Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, but also with Kathryn Bigelow changing the landscape forever with her 2009 Best Director Academy Award for The Hurt Locker.
list ordered by
1
David Fincher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 57
Panic Room (2002)
Zodiac (2007)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2
Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 58
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
King Kong (2005)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
3
Ang Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 65
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
Chosen (2001)
Hulk (2003)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Lust, Caution (2007)
Taking Woodstock (2009)
4
Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 49
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
5
Danny Boyle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 63
The Beach (2000)
Strumpet (2001)
28 Days Later (2002)
Millions (2004)
Sunshine (2007)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
6
Steven Soderbergh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 56
Erin Brokovich (2000)
Traffic (2000)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Full Frontal (2002)
Solaris (2002)
Eros (2005)
Ocean's Twelve
Bubble (2006)
The Good German (2006)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Che (2009)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009)
The Informant! (2009)
7
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 56
Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004)
Death Proof (2007)
8
Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 50
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
9
Werner Herzog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 77

Invincible (2001)
Wheel of Time (2003)
The White Diamond (2004)
The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)
Grizzly Man (2005)
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? (2009)

10
Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 65
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Missing (2003)
Cinderella Man (2005)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Angels & Demons (2009)
11
Paolo Sorrentino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 49

One Man Up (2001)
The Consequences of Love (2004)
The Family Friend (2006)
Il Divo (2008)

12
Alexander Sokurov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 68

Taurus (2001)
Elegy of a Voyage (2001)
Russian Ark (2002)
Father and Son (2003)
The St. Petersburg Diary: Mozart. Requiem (2004)
The Sun (2005)
Elegy of a life: Rostropovich, Vishnevskaya (2006)
Alexandra (2007)

13
Ruben Östlund is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 45

Låt dom andra sköta kärleken (2000)
Family Again (2002)
The Guitar Mongoloid (2004)
Involuntary (2008)

14
Abel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 68

'R Xman (2001)
Mary (2005)
Go Go Tales (2007)
Chelsea on the Rocks (2008)
Napoli, Napoli, Napoli (2009)
Go Get Some Rosemary (2009)

15
Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 48
Lost in Translation (2003)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
16
Andrei Kravchuk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 57

The Christmas Miracle (2000)
The Italian (2005)
Admiral (2008)

17
Jason Reitman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 42
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Juno (2007)
Up in the Air (2009)
18
Yoav Shamir is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 49

Machssomim (Checkpoint, 2003)
5 Days (2005)
Flipping Out (2008)
Hashmatsa (Defamation, 2009)

19
Matteo Garrone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 51

Roman Summer (2000)
The Embalmer (2002)
First Love (2003)
Gomorroah (2008)

20
Andrzej Wajda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 93

The Condemnation of Franciszek Klos (2000)
The Revenge (2002)
Katyń (2007)
Sweet Rush (Tatarak, 2009)

21
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 68
The Weight of Water (2000)
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
22
Philipp Stölzl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 52

Baby (2002)
North Face (2008)

23
Vladimir Bortko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
Mollevangsvagen added age 73

Taras Bulba (2009)

24
Spike Jonze is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 50
Adaptation. (2002)
Where The Wild Things Are (2009)
25
Paul Haggis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Directors of the 2000s
age 66
Crash (2004)
In the Valley of the Elah (2007)