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Best Movies of the 2000s: Top 30 & Top 100 Films from 2000 to 2009

Best movies of the 2000s

Welcome to the Cinema of the 2000s

So you are one of those keen movie watchers, who like to travel back in time to experience the glamour of earlier cinematic eras. Well, you came to the right place! This list of the best movies of the 2000s is a real gem collection.

If this is your first time exploring the cinema of the 2000s, then it’s a good idea to start with watching the 30 highlighted movies of this collection. However, if you are already a fan of the decade, who saw most of the highlights and want some more, then you should check out the Top 100 list at the end of this article.

The Best Movies of the 2000s is an episode of FrameTrek’s Best Movies of All Time. An article series dedicated to identify the greatest films of each decade, chronologically. It starts with the Silent Era and goes all the way to our ever moving present.

So what was Cinema like in the 2000s?

The first decade of the new millennia brought plenty of significant developments in the movie industries around the world, but most importantly in the technology used.

Animated movies based on computer-generated imagery became increasingly popular, and they often featured incredible technological advances in CGI. Most of these films were creative, technically stunning movies made to be appealing to both children and adults.

The technological advancement of the 2000s opened a whole new world for feature films too. The decade spawned several new blockbusters featuring comic-book characters, fantastical tales and even CGI-animated characters.

New inventions like DVD, larger TV-s and sound systems helped to increase the quality of home movie watching. Also, the spread of digital technology made filmmaking less expensive than before. This resulted a wave of young movie makers entering the business.

However, nothing characterized the cinema of the 2000s more than the ever-increasing budgets, box-office returns, and benchmarks set for movies.

But the 2000s wasn’t only about technology and box office success. The decade is also noted for its unique, enigmatic and thought-provoking cult films that earned their places amongst the great classics of cinema, with their exquisite stories and pop-culture shifting narratives.

Many movies pushed the boundaries even further than expected, in areas such as drug use, sex, violence and gore. This resulted a mixed feedback from both the audience and the critics.

The 2000s also marks the launch of some the most iconic movie franchises of all time:

So yeah, there is plenty to talk about, when it comes to the Cinema of the 2000s, but this article concentrates on its Top 30 and Top 100 Films, so let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

After all, a cinematic era is as good as its greatest achievements. Thus, the finest way to explore a decade in film history, is through watching its finest films as a marathon.

Ready? Buckle up then, and let the best movies of the 2000s carry you to the Cinematic era they came from!

See FrameTrek's definition of 'Best' and the story behind this List (click to expand)

How to define ‘Best’?

That’s a pretty good question, since ‘Best’ is relative. A movie can be considered being among the best for multiple reasons, such as: Critical Acclaim, Audience Feedback, Box Office Performance, Awards and Nominations, Iconic Status, Popularity, Watchability, and even Personal Preference, or for being part of a famous list such as the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die or Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies list – or because that particular movie defined its era.

So how did we pick the Top 30 and Top 100 movies of the 2000s?

Well, it wasn’t simple, and it wasn’t easy! While composing the Best Films of the 2000s list, we tried to consider all of the factors mentioned in the ‘How to define Best’ paragraph, and then some.

We believe that the movies that made the cut should not compete with one another any further, so we will just present them in the order they were released in.

We picked 10 movies from each year of the 2000s cinema, thus created a Top 100 List, which can be found at the end of this article. We also highlighted three movies from each year of the decade, so there’s a Top 30 List too. Let’s start with that!

Revealing the Top 30 Films of the 2000s

A chronological presentation of the Best Movies from 2000 to 2009
– 3 movies from each year –

Gladiator (2000)

Gladiator 2000, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Best Movies of the 2000s
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Epic historical drama directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe

Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladitorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Gladiator among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Winner of 5 Oscars, including the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Academy Award, and also winner 5 BAFTA Awards
✓ Credited with reinventing the swords ‘n’ sandals genre and rekindling interest in entertainment centered around ancient Greek and ancient Roman culture


X-Men (2000)

X-Men 2000, Bryan Singer, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Best Films of the 2000s
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American superhero film directed by Bryan Singer and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen.

Faithful to the comics and filled with action, X-Men brings a crowded slate of classic Marvel characters to the screen with a talented ensemble cast and surprisingly sharp narrative focus.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is X-Men among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Winner of 6 Saturn Awards, including the ‘Best Science Fiction Film’ Award.
✓ Received positive reviews from critics, citing its performances, story, and thematic depth.
✓ The film’s critical and box office success spawned a reemergence of superhero films, a genre that became highly popular in the following decades.


Memento (2000)

Memento 2000, Christopher Nolan, Top Movies of the 2000s
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American neo-noir psychological thriller film, written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento’s fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Memento among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ It was acclaimed by critics, who praised its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception.
✓ Considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the US Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.


A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind 2001, Russell Crowe, Top Films of the 2000s
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American biographical drama film starring Russell Crowe.

Story: After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

The well-acted A Beautiful Mind is both a moving love story and a revealing look at mental illness.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is A Beautiful Mind among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Winner of 4 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award, also winner of 2 BAFTA Awards, and 4 Golden Globes
✓ One of the most popular and well-known movies of the 2000s


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Popular Movies of the 2000s
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Fantasy adventure film Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone adapts its source material faithfully while condensing the novel’s overstuffed narrative into an involving – and often downright exciting – big-screen magical caper.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Acclaimed by critics, who praised its sets, design, cinematography, visual effects and the performances of the principal cast
✓ It became the highest grossing film of 2001, and one of the highest grossing films of the 2000s
✓ An instant classic, and the first installment of one of the greatest movie franchises in history


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring 2001, Peter Jackson Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Popular Films of the 2000s
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Epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom

Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic to vivid life.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential fantasy films ever made.
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Winner of 4 Oscars, and nominee for another 9, also winner of 5 BAFTA Awards


Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Catch Me If You Can 2002, Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Best Movies of the 2000s
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Biographical crime film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks

With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that’s stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Catch Me If You Can among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Acclaimed by critics, who praised DiCaprio’s performance, Spielberg’s direction and the film’s score.
✓ One of the most popular and well-known movies of the 2000s.


Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man 2002, Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Best Films of the 2000s
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American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire

Not only does Spider-Man provide a good dose of web-swinging fun, it also has a heart, thanks to the combined charms of director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Spider-Man among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ The film received positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised Raimi’s direction and tone, the faithfulness and fidelity to the Spider-Man mythos, the action sequences, visual effects and the performances of the cast.
✓ Credited for redefining the modern superhero genre, as well as the summer blockbuster


The Pianist (2002)

The Pianist 2002, Roman Polanski, Adrien Brody, Top Movies of the 2000s
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Biographical war drama film produced and directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody

Story: A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Well-acted and dramatically moving, The Pianist is Polanski’s best work in years.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Pianist among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ It was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Also winner of 3 Academy Awards, and nominee for another 4, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and also included in BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century


Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo (2003), Pixar, Best Films of the 2000s
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Animated adventure family film produced by Pixar.

Breathtakingly lovely and grounded by the stellar efforts of a well-chosen cast, Finding Nemo adds another beautifully crafted gem to Pixar’s crown.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Finding Nemo among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ One of the highest grossing movies of the 2000s.
✓ Winner of 1 Oscar, and nominee for another 3.
✓ In 2008, the American Film Institute named it the 10th greatest animated film ever made.


Kill Bill (2003)

Kill Bill 2003, Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, Popular Movies of the 2000s
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Martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Uma Thurman

Kill Bill is admittedly little more than a stylish revenge thriller – albeit one that benefits from a wildly inventive surfeit of style.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Kill Bill among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Critical and box office success, also one of the most popular movies of the 2000s


Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Popular Films of the 2000s
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Fantasy swashbuckler film starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley

Story:
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead.
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Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Praised for its action sequences, writing, score, visuals and the performances of the cast, especially Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow
✓ A huge box office success, and one of the most popular and most influential films of the 2000s


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004, Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Best Movies of the 2000s
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Romantic science fiction tragicomedy film starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

Propelled by Charlie Kaufman’s smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry’s equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Winner of one Oscar, and 2 BAFTA Awards.
✓ Developed a cult following in the years after its release and has come to be regarded by many critics as one of the best films of the 21st century.


Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Million Dollar Baby 2004, Clint Eastwood, Best Films of the 2000s
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Sports drama film directed, co-produced, scored by and starring Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s assured direction – combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman – help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Million Dollar Baby among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Opened to widespread acclaim from critics, who praised Eastwood’s direction, the performance of the principal cast, and the film’s enormous emotional impact
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Winner of 4 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award


The Incredibles (2004)

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Animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and produced by Pixar.

Bringing loads of wit and tons of fun to the animated superhero genre, The Incredibles easily lives up to its name.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Incredibles among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Received widespread approval from critics and audiences, winning two Academy Awards and the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.
✓ It was the first entirely animated film to win the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
✓ It was a box office success, and it became one of the highest grossing movies of the 2000s


Sin City (2005)

Sin City 2005, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Top Films of the 2000s
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Crime anthology thriller written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, starring Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke.

Visually groundbreaking and terrifically violent, Sin City brings the dark world of Frank Miller’s graphic novel to vivid life.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Sin City among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Opened to wide critical and commercial success, gathering particular recognition for the film’s unique color processing.
✓ At the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Technical Grand Prize for the film’s “visual shaping”.


Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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Epic space-opera film written and directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen.

With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant – if still a bit uneven – conclusion.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Praised by critics for its action sequences, mature themes, musical score, visual effects, makeup and the performances of several cast members.
✓ It broke several box office records, becoming one of the highest grossing movies of the 2000s.


V for Vendetta (2005)

V for Vendetta 2005, Natalie Portman, Popular Films of the 2000s
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Dystopian political thriller starring Natalie Portman

Visually stunning and thought-provoking, V For Vendetta’s political pronouncements may rile some, but its story and impressive set pieces will nevertheless entertain.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is V for Vendetta among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised its plot, tone and the performance of the principal cast.
✓ An influential movie, seen by many political groups as an allegory of oppression by government.


300 (2006)

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Fictionalized historical action film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Gerard Butler

Story: King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men heroically fight the invading Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is 300 among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ The film received a standing ovation at the public premiere, and critics praised its original visuals and style.
✓ It was an instant box office hit, it became one of the most popular movies of the 2000s, and it developed a significant cult following


The Departed (2006)

The Departed (2006), Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Best Films of the 2000s
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Crime drama thriller directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson

Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Departed among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ It was a critical and commercial success, winning 4 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award


The Prestige (2006)

The Prestige (2006), Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Top Movies of the 2000s
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Science fiction drama thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson.

Story: After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.
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Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is a dazzling period piece that never stops challenging the audience.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Prestige among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ The film received positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised its plot twists, Nolan’s direction and the performances of Jackman and Bale.
✓ In 2020, Empire magazine ranked it among “The 100 Greatest Movies Of The 21st Century”.


No Country for Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men (2007), Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Top Films of the 2000s
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Neo-western crime thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin

Bolstered by powerful lead performances from Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men finds the Coen brothers spinning cinematic gold out of Cormac McCarthy’s grim, darkly funny novel.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is No Country for Old Men among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ The film won 76 awards on 109 nominations across multiple organizations including four Oscars, with one of them being the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award.
✓ The American Film Institute listed it as an AFI Movie of the Year, and the National Board of Review selected the film as the best of 2007.


Ratatouille (2007)

Ratatouille (2007), Pixar, Popular Movies of the 2000s
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Animated adventure comedy film produced by Pixar

Fast-paced and stunningly animated, Ratatouille adds another delightfully entertaining entry – and a rather unlikely hero – to the Pixar canon.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Ratatouille among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ It was a commercial and critical success. Critics praised Giacchino’s score, the voice acting and the animation.
✓ It won the Best Animated Feature Award from multiple associations including the Chicago Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the Annie Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics, the BAFTA, the Golden Globes, and even the Academy Awards.


The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Matt Damon, Popular Films of the 2000s
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Action thriller starring Matt Damon

The Bourne Ultimatum is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride. Another strong performance from Matt Damon and sharp camerawork from Paul Greengrass make this the finest installment of the Bourne trilogy.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Bourne Ultimatum among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Winner of 3 Academy Awards and 2 BAFTAs.
✓ The film received acclaim from critics, who praised the performances, action sequences, sound design, story, stunts, camerawork and John Powell’s musical score.


Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man (2008), Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Best Movies of the 2000s
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Superhero film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow

Powered by Robert Downey Jr.’s vibrant charm, Iron Man turbo-charges the superhero genre with a deft intelligence and infectious sense of fun.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Iron Man among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ It received praise from critics for its acting (particularly Downey’s), screenplay, direction, visual effects, and action sequences.
✓ It was selected by the American Film Institute as one of the ten best films of the year and by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.


The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008), Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Best Films of the 2000s
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Superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger

Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Dark Knight among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Winner of 2 Oscars, and nominee for another 6
✓ Considered one of the best films of its decade and one of the best superhero films of all time, the film received highly positive reviews, particularly for its action, score, screenplay, performances (particularly Ledger’s), visual effects, and direction, setting numerous records during its theatrical run.


WALL·E (2008)

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Animated science fiction film produced by Pixar

Wall-E’s stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar’s ingenuity, while its charming star will captivate younger viewers – and its timely story offers thought-provoking subtext.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is WALL·E among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Winner of 1 Oscar, and nominee for another 5
✓ Critically praised for its animation, story, voice acting, characters, and use of minimal dialogue.


Avatar (2009)

Avatar (2009), James Cameron, Top Films of the 2000s
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Epic science fiction film directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron

It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron’s singular gift for imaginative, absorbing filmmaking.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Avatar among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Winner of 3 Oscars, and nominee for another six. Also won two Golden Globes, two BAFTAs and ten Saturn Awards.
✓ It was a huge critical and commercial success. It broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing film worldwide. It was highly praised by critics for its groundbreaking visual effects.


Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Alternate history black comedy war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender

A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Inglourious Basterds among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
✓ Winner of 1 Oscar, and nominee for another 7, including the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Academy Award
✓ The film received positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised Trantino’s direction, and the performance of the principal cast


Up (2009)

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Animated comedy-drama produced by Pixar

An exciting, funny, and poignant adventure, Up offers an impeccably crafted story told with wit and arranged with depth, as well as yet another visual Pixar treat.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Up among the best movies of the 2000s?
✓ Winner of 2 Oscars, and nominee for another 3, including the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Academy Award. Also winner of two Golden Globes and two BAFTAs.
✓ It was a commercial and critical success. It received universal acclaim, with critics calling it one of the best animated films of all time.


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So there you have it: The 30 Greatest Movies of the 2000s

If you want to take a look at the ‘Top 30 Best Movies of the 2000s’ list without all that info between the titles, here’s a quick recap:

Top 30 Movies of the 2000s
Three films from each year, chronologically
- 2000 -
Gladiator 2000
Gladiator
Memento 2000
Memento
X-Men 2000
X-Men
*Part of the Collection: X-Men Cinematic Universe
- 2001 -
A Beautiful Mind 2001
A Beautiful Mind
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
*Part of the Collection: Wizarding World
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
*Part of the Collection: Middle Earth Cinematic Universe
- 2002 -
Catch Me If You Can 2002
Catch Me If You Can
Spider-Man 2002
Spider-Man
*Part of the Collection: Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy
The Pianist 2002
The Pianist
- 2003 -
Finding Nemo 2003
Finding Nemo
*Part of the Collection: Pixar’s Finding Duology
Kill Bill 2003
Kill Bill
*Part of the Collection: Kill Bill Duology
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
*Part of the Collection: Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
- 2004 -
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Million Dollar Baby 2004
Million Dollar Baby
The Incredibles 2004
The Incredibles
*Part of the Collection: Incredibles Duology
- 2005 -
Sin City 2005
Sin City
*Part of the Collection: Sin City Duology
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 2005
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
*Part of the Collection: Star Wars Cinematic Universe
V for Vendetta 2005
V for Vendetta
- 2006 -
300 2006
300
*Part of the Collection: 300 Duology
The Departed 2006
The Departed
The Prestige 2006
The Prestige
- 2007 -
No Country for Old Men 2007
No Country for Old Men
Ratatouille 2007
Ratatouille
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007
The Bourne Ultimatum
*Part of the Collection: The Bourne Franchise
- 2008 -
Iron Man 2008
Iron Man
*Part of the Collection: Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Dark Knight 2008
The Dark Knight
*Part of the Collection: Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy
WALL·E 2008
WALL·E
- 2009 -
Avatar 2009
Avatar
Inglourious Basterds 2009
Inglourious Basterds
Up 2009
Up
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Wait, there’s more!

If you’re a hardcore fan of the 2000s Cinema, and you already saw most of the movies in the Top 30 List above, than here’s the extended version for you:

TOP 100 FILMS OF THE 2000s
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The 100 Greatest Movies of the 2000s
Ten films from each year, chronologically
- 2000 -
Gladiator 2000
Gladiator
Memento 2000
Memento
X-Men 2000
X-Men
*Part of the Collection: X-Men Cinematic Universe
Snatch 2000
Snatch
Requiem for a Dream 2000
Requiem for a Dream
Cast Away 2000
Cast Away
American Psycho 2000
American Psycho
Unbreakable 2000
Unbreakable
*Part of the Collection: M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Trilogy
Meet the Parents 2000
Meet the Parents
*Part of the Collection: Fockers Trilogy
O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- 2001 -
A Beautiful Mind 2001
A Beautiful Mind
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
*Part of the Collection: Wizarding World
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
*Part of the Collection: Middle Earth Cinematic Universe
Monsters, Inc. 2001
Monsters, Inc.
*Part of the Collection: Pixar’s Monsters Duology
Donnie Darko 2001
Donnie Darko
Amélie 2001
Amélie
Spirited Away 2001
Spirited Away
Shrek 2001
Shrek
*Part of the Collection: Shrek and Puss Cinematic Universe
Ocean's Eleven 2001
Ocean's Eleven
*Part of the Collection: Ocean’s Quadrology
Training Day 2001
Training Day
- 2002 -
Catch Me If You Can 2002
Catch Me If You Can
Spider-Man 2002
Spider-Man
*Part of the Collection: Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy
The Pianist 2002
The Pianist
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
*Part of the Collection: Middle Earth Cinematic Universe
City of God 2002
City of God
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
*Part of the Collection: Wizarding World
The Bourne Identity 2002
The Bourne Identity
*Part of the Collection: The Bourne Franchise
Minority Report 2002
Minority Report
Ice Age 2002
Ice Age
*Part of the Collection: Ice Age Franchise
28 Days Later... 2002
28 Days Later...
*Part of the Collection: Rage Virus Duology
- 2003 -
Finding Nemo 2003
Finding Nemo
*Part of the Collection: Pixar’s Finding Duology
Kill Bill 2003
Kill Bill
*Part of the Collection: Kill Bill Duology
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
*Part of the Collection: Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
*Part of the Collection: Middle Earth Cinematic Universe
X2: X-Men United 2003
X2: X-Men United
*Part of the Collection: X-Men Cinematic Universe
The Matrix Reloaded 2003
The Matrix Reloaded
*Part of the Collection: The Matrix Trilogy
Oldboy 2003
Oldboy
*Part of the Collection: Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy
Big Fish 2003
Big Fish
Mystic River 2003
Mystic River
The Last Samurai 2003
The Last Samurai
- 2004 -
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Million Dollar Baby 2004
Million Dollar Baby
The Incredibles 2004
The Incredibles
*Part of the Collection: Incredibles Duology
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
*Part of the Collection: Kill Bill Duology
Spider-Man 2 2004
Spider-Man 2
*Part of the Collection: Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
*Part of the Collection: Wizarding World
The Notebook 2004
The Notebook

Shaun of the Dead 2004
Shaun of the Dead
I, Robot 2004
I, Robot
Troy 2004
Troy
- 2005 -
Sin City 2005
Sin City
*Part of the Collection: Sin City Duology
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 2005
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
*Part of the Collection: Star Wars Cinematic Universe
V for Vendetta 2005
V for Vendetta
Batman Begins 2005
Batman Begins
*Part of the Collection: Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
*Part of the Collection: Wizarding World
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
King Kong 2005
King Kong
The 40 Year Old Virgin 2005
The 40 Year Old Virgin
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
*Part of the Collection: Chronicles of Narnia Trilogy
Madagascar 2005
Madagascar
*Part of the Collection: Madagascar and Penguins Cinematic Universe
- 2006 -
300 2006
300
*Part of the Collection: 300 Duology
The Departed 2006
The Departed
The Prestige 2006
The Prestige
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
*Part of the Collection: Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
Pan's Labyrinth 2006
Pan's Labyrinth
Casino Royale 2006
Casino Royale
*Part of the Collection: Daniel Craig’s James Bond Franchise
Blood Diamond 2006
Blood Diamond
Children of Men 2006
Children of Men
Little Miss Sunshine 2006
Little Miss Sunshine
The Pursuit of Happyness 2006
The Pursuit of Happyness
- 2007 -
No Country for Old Men 2007
No Country for Old Men
Ratatouille 2007
Ratatouille
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007
The Bourne Ultimatum
*Part of the Collection: The Bourne Franchise
I Am Legend 2007
I Am Legend
Transformers 2007
Transformers
*Part of the Collection: Transformers Franchise
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
*Part of the Collection: Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
Into the Wild 2007
Into the Wild
Superbad 2007
Superbad
There Will Be Blood 2007
There Will Be Blood
Juno 2007
Juno
- 2008 -
Iron Man 2008
Iron Man
*Part of the Collection: Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Dark Knight 2008
The Dark Knight
*Part of the Collection: Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy
WALL·E 2008
WALL·E
Slumdog Millionaire 2008
Slumdog Millionaire
Gran Torino 2008
Gran Torino
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Taken 2008
Taken
*Part of the Collection: Taken Trilogy
The Hurt Locker 2008
The Hurt Locker
Kung Fu Panda 2008
Kung Fu Panda
*Part of the Collection: Kung Fu Panda Trilogy
In Bruges 2008
In Bruges
- 2009 -
Avatar 2009
Avatar
Inglourious Basterds 2009
Inglourious Basterds
Up 2009
Up
The Hangover 2009
The Hangover
*Part of the Collection: Hangover Trilogy
District 9 2009
District 9
Star Trek 2009
Star Trek
*Part of the Collection: Star Trek Franchise
Sherlock Holmes 2009
Sherlock Holmes
*Part of the Collection: Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes Duology
Zombieland 2009
Zombieland
*Part of the Collection: Zombieland Duology
Watchmen 2009
Watchmen
500 Days of Summer 2009
500 Days of Summer
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