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20 Greatest Movies of Each Year 2000s

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Criteria: The movies are ranked according to their initial and lasting acclaim, influence as well as initial and lasting popularity.

List Begun: 2021-11-02
20 Greatest Movies of Each Year 2000s

20 Greatest Movies of 2009

  #. Movie Title - (Directors Name)

  1. Avatar - (James Cameron)
  2. Inglourious Basterds - (Quentin Tarantino)
  3. Up - (Pete Docter & Bob Peterson)
  4. District 9 - (Neill Blomkamp)
  5. A Prophet - (Jacques Audiard)
  6. The White Ribbon - (Michael Haneke)
  7. Fantastic Mr. Fox - (Wes Anderson)
  8. Up in the Air - (Jason Reitman)
  9. The Secret in Their Eyes - (Juan José Campanella)
10. Coraline - (Henry Selick)
11. A Serious Man - (Joel and Ethan Coen)
12. The Hangover - (Todd Philips)
13. Star Trek - (J.J. Abrams)
14. Moon - (Duncan Jones)
15. Precious - (Lee Daniels)
16. (500) Days of Summer - (Marc Webb)
17. An Education - (Lone Scherfig)
18. Mother - (Bong Joon-ho)
19. In the Loop - (Armando Iannucci)
20. Dogtooth - (Yorgos Lanthimos)

Avatar movie poster

20 Greatest Movies of 2008

  1. The Dark Knight - (Christopher Nolan)
  2. WALL·E - (Andrew Stanton)
  3. The Hurt Locker - (Kathryn Bigelow)
  4. Slumdog Millionaire - (Danny Boyle)
  5. Let the Right One In - (Tomas Alfredson)
  6. The Wrestler - (Darren Aronofsky)
  7. Waltz with Bashir - (Ari Folman)
  8. Iron Man - (Jon Favreau)
  9. Milk - (Gus Van Sant)
10. Gran Torino - (Clint Eastwood)
11. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - (David Fincher)
12. Departures - (Yôjirô Takita)
13. In Bruges - (Martin McDonagh)
14. Synecdoche, New York - (Charlie Kaufman)
15. The Class - (Laurent Cantet)
16. Gomorrah - (Matteo Garrone)
17. Man on Wire - (James Marsh)
18. Ponyo - (Hayao Miyazaki)
19. Hunger - (Steve McQueen)
20. Cloverfield - (Matt Reeves)

The Dark Knight movie poster

20 Greatest Movies of 2007

  1. There Will Be Blood - (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. No Country for Old Men - (Joel & Ethan Coen)
  3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days - (Cristian Mungiu)
  4. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - (Julian Schnabel)
  5. Ratatouille - (Brad Bird)
  6. Persepolis - (Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi)
  7. Atonement - (Joe Wright)
  8. Zodiac - (David Fincher)
  9. Juno - (Jason Reitman)
10. Into the Wild - (Sean Penn)
11. The Bourne Ultimatum - (Paul Greengrass)
12. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - (Andrew Dominik)
13. Eastern Promises - (David Cronenberg)
14. Hot Fuzz - (Edgar Wright)
15. Once - (John Carney)
16. Superbad - (Greg Mottola)
17. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - (Tim Burton)
18. Michael Clayton - (Tony Gilroy)
19. The Orphanage - (Juan Antonio Bayona)
20. American Gangster - (Ridley Scott)

There Will Be Blood movie poster

20 Greatest Movies of 2006

  1. Pan's Labyrinth - (Guillermo del Toro)
  2. The Lives of Others - (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
  3. The Departed - (Martin Scorsese)
  4. Children of Men - (Alfonso Cuarón)
  5. Little Miss Sunshine - (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
  6. Casino Royale - (Martin Campbell)
  7. Borat - (Larry Charles)
  8. Letters from Iwo Jima - (Clint Eastwood)
  9. The Host - (Bong Joon-ho)
10. The Queen - (Stephen Frears)
11. Volver - (Pedro Almodóvar)
12. United 93 - (Paul Greengrass)
13. Babel - (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
14. The Prestige - (Christopher Nolan)
15. Syndromes and a Century - (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
16. Black Book - (Paul Verhoeven)
17. This Is England - (Shane Meadows)
18. Inland Empire - (David Lynch)
19. Still Life - (Jia Zhangke)
20. Apocalypto - (Mel Gibson)

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20 Greatest Movies of 2005

  1. Brokeback Mountain - (Ang Lee)
  2. Caché - (Michael Haneke)
  3. A History of Violence - (David Cronenberg)
  4. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu - (Cristi Puiu)
  5. Good Night, and Good Luck. - (George Clooney)
  6. Capote - (Bennett Miller)
  7. Grizzly Man - (Werner Herzog)
  8. Munich - (Steven Spielberg)
  9. Batman Begins - (Christopher Nolan)
10. Sin City - (Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller)
11. Walk the Line - (James Mangold)
12. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - (Nick Park & Steve Box)
13. L'Enfant - (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
14. The Squid and the Whale - (Noah Baumbach)
15. The Constant Gardener - (Fernando Meirelles)
16. Pride & Prejudice - (Joe Wright)
17. Match Point - (Woody Allen)
18. The 40-Year-Old Virgin - (Judd Apatow)
19. King Kong - (Peter Jackson)
20. Paradise Now - (Hany Abu-Assad)

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20 Greatest Movies of 2004

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - (Michel Gondry)
  2. Million Dollar Baby - (Clint Eastwood)
  3. The Incredibles - (Brad Bird)
  4. Sideways - (Alexander Payne)
  5. The Aviator - (Martin Scorsese)
  6. Downfall - (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
  7. Shaun of the Dead - (Edgar Wright)
  8. Howl's Moving Castle - (Hayao Miyazaki)
  9. Spider-Man 2 - (Sam Raimi)
10. Kill Bill: Volume 2 - (Quentin Tarantino)
11. Before Sunset - (Richard Linklater)
12. Kung Fu Hustle - (Stephen Chow)
13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - (Alfonso Cuarón)
14. House of Flying Daggers - (Zhang Yimou)
15. Tropical Malady - (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
16. Collateral - (Michael Mann)
17. 2046 - (Wong Kar-wai)
18. The Bourne Supremacy - (Paul Greengrass)
19. Saw - (James Wan)
20. Vera Drake - (Mike Leigh)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind movie poster

20 Greatest Movies of 2003

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - (Peter Jackson)
  2. Finding Nemo - (Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich)
  3. Oldboy - (Park Chan-wook)
  4. Lost in Translation - (Sofia Coppola)
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - (Gore Verbinski)
  6. Kill Bill: Volume 1 - (Quentin Tarantino)
  7. Dogville - (Lars von Trier)
  8. Mystic River - (Clint Eastwood)
  9. Memories of Murder - (Bong Joon-ho)
10. The Triplets of Belleville - (Sylvain Chomet)
11. The Return - (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
12. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - (Peter Weir)
13. Big Fish - (Tim Burton)
14. Elephant - (Gus Van Sant)
15. 21 Grams - (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
16. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring - (Kim Ki-duk)
17. The Barbarian Invasions - (Denys Arcand)
18. Love Actually - (Richard Curtis)
19. American Splendor - (Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman)
20. The Fog of War - (Errol Morris)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King movie poster

20 Greatest Movies of 2002

  1. City of God - (Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund)
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - (Peter Jackson)
  3. The Pianist - (Roman Polanski)
  4. Talk to Her - (Pedro Almodóvar)
  5. Far from Heaven - (Todd Haynes)
  6. Adaptation. - (Spike Jonze)
  7. 28 Days Later - (Danny Boyle)
  8. Hero - (Zhang Yimou)
  9. Bowling for Columbine - (Michael Moore)
10. Russian Ark - (Alexander Sokurov)
11. Punch-Drunk Love - (Paul Thomas Anderson)
12. Infernal Affairs - (Andrew Lau & Alan Mak)
13. The Hours - (Stephen Daldry)
14. Chicago - (Rob Marshall)
15. The Man Without a Past - (Aki Kaurismäki)
16. Catch Me if You Can - (Steven Spielberg)
17. The Son - (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
18. Gangs of New York - (Martin Scorsese)
19. About Schmidt - (Alexander Payne)
20. Minority Report - (Steven Spielberg)

City of God movie poster

20 Greatest Movies of 2001

  1. Spirited Away - (Hayao Miyazaki)
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - (Peter Jackson)
  3. Mulholland Dr. - (David Lynch)
  4. Amélie - (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  5. Y tu mamá también - (Alfonso Cuarón)
  6. A Beautiful Mind - (Ron Howard)
  7. The Royal Tenenbaums - (Wes Anderson)
  8. Shrek - (Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson)
  9. Moulin Rouge! - (Baz Luhrmann)
10. A.I. Artificial Intelligence - (Steven Spielberg)
11. Donnie Darko - (Richard Kelly)
12. Ghost World - (Terry Zwigoff)
13. The Piano Teacher - (Michael Haneke)
14. In the Bedroom - (Todd Field)
15. Monsters, Inc. - (Pete Docter)
16. The Others - (Alejandro Amenábar)
17. Gosford Park - (Robert Altman)
18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - (Chris Columbus)
19. Ocean's Eleven - (Steven Soderbergh)
20. Black Hawk Dawn - (Ridley Scott)

Spirited Away movie poster

20 Greatest Movies of 2000

  1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - (Ang Lee)
  2. Gladiator - (Ridley Scott)
  3. Memento - (Christopher Nolan)
  4. In the Mood for Love - (Wong Kar-wai)
  5. Requiem for a Dream - (Darren Aronofsky)
  6. Amores Perros - (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
  7. Yi Yi - (Edward Yang)
  8. Almost Famous - (Cameron Crowe)
  9. Werckmeister Harmonies - (Béla Tarr)
10. Dancer in the Dark - (Lars von Trier)
11. O Brother, Where Art Thou? - (Joel & Ethan Coen)
12. Traffic - (Steven Soderbergh)
13. Battle Royale - (Kinji Fukasaku)
14. Billy Elliot - (Stephen Daldry)
15. Erin Brockovich - (Steven Soderbergh)
16. American Psycho - (Mary Harron)
17. Snatch - (Guy Ritchie)
18. X-Men - (Bryan Singer)
19. Cast Away - (Robert Zemeckis)
20. High Fidelity - (Stephen Frears)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon movie poster
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