Best Movies of the 2000s: Top 40 Films of the 2000s, Ranked!

The 2000s was all about couture, slim eyebrows, low-rise skirts, MTV’s Cribs, and more. And the films were, of the time. We scanned the files to compile the best films, which reminds you how amazing it has been in a decade. From Elle Woods, we all remember that we can do like The Notebook, which makes us all believe in love. Maybe it was one of the last decades before streaming made it so that we could watch all of these movies at the cinema with buttery popcorn in the less comfortably placed seats. In the 2000s, the old Hollywood stereotypes were Tinsel town in all-new storylines.

So, let’s discuss the Best 40 Best Movies of 2000!

10. Casino Royale

Director:Martin Campbell
Genre:Action, Mystery And Thriller, Adventure 
Starring:Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench
Released Date:17 November 2006
IMDB Rating:8.0

Casino Royale is a 2006 espionage film, the 21st film in the Eon Productions series by James Bond, and the 3rd adaptation of the novel by Ian Fleming. It is the film produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures and was the first Bond film produced by Eon to be co-produced by Columbia. It was made by Martin Campbell and written by Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis. 

The plot goes around Bond, bankrupting terrorist banker Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker match at the Casino Royale in Montenegro. Bond falls in love with Vesper, a treasury agent assigned to provide the funds he needs for the game. The film begins with Quantum of Solace. The world’s largest James Bond film won $606 million before Skyfall’s release in 2012.

9. Kill Bill: Volume One

Director:Quentin Tarantino
Genre:Action, Sports And Fitness
Starring:Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah
Released Date:10 October 2003
IMDB Rating:8.1

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a U.S. martial arts film by Quentin Tarantino (American Housewife Season 5) in 2003. Uma, the Bride, and her chief, Bill (David Carradine), who tries to kill her and their unborn child, takes vengeance on a squad of killers (Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox). She’s going into Tokyo, and she’s against the yakuza there. Like martial arts, samurai cinema, wild black exploitation, Spaghetti Westerns, Kill Bill was a tribute to grindhouse cinema by Tarantino.

It features a Production I.G. anime series. It is the beginning of two Kill Bill films produced in one single production. Volume 1 was the biggest Tarantino movie in the world before Inglourious Basterds and was more than 180 million in a budget of 30 million dollars (2009). In the following year, its Volume 2 was published.

8. Inglourious Basterds

Director:Quentin Tarantino
Genre:Comedy, Drama, War
Starring:Brad Pitt(Handsome man), Diane Kruger, Eli Roth
Released Date:21 August 2009
IMDB Rating:8.3

A 2009 war movie by Quentin Tarantino was written and produced by Inglourious Basterds. The movie tells two complots to murder the German Nazis: Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent), film owner, and a squad of American Jewish soldiers headed by First lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt). The S.S. Colonel Hans Landa, who tracks the Raine party, is Christoph Waltz’s colonel.

The title was inspired by the Macaroni fighting film by the Italian director Enzo G. Castellari, The Inglorious Bastards (1978). Ungotten Basterds grew more than $321 theatres to make Tarantino’s highest film before Django Unchained (2012). One Time in Hollywood exceeded it in their awarded several nominations, including eight nominations for Academy Awards (Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay).

7. Up

Director:Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Genre:Animation, Kids And Family, Adventure, Comedy 
Starring:Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
Released Date:29 May 2009
IMDB Rating:8.2

Up was made in 2009 by Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney pictures. It is an American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film. The film focuses on an old widower named Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) and named Russell (Jordan Nagai); Carl sets out to pursue his dream to see South American wilds and fulfill a commitment to his late wife Ellie by binding thousands in the ball to his home. The first animated and 3D film to be released on May 29, 2009, opened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. 

This film was made the sixth top film of 2009, with over $735 million. Many people label it one of the greatest animated films ever. The movie was nominated for another three, including Best Picture, making it history’s second most lively film to be named (the first Pixar movie to earn such a nomination), followed by beauty and beast (1991).

6. Memento

Director:Christopher Nolan
Genre:Mystery And Thriller 
Starring:Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Released Date:1 March 2017
IMDB Rating:8.4

Memento is a suspense film by 2000 American neo-noirs, produced by Suzanne and Jennifer, directed by Christopher Nolan (My Policeman). Jonathan Nolan wrote the story of ‘Memento Mori’ from the premise in 2001, made this film based on a pitch. Guay Pearce, a man who has a memory deficit due to an accident and has anterograde amnesia (incapacity to create fresh memories). He searches people who murdered his wife, using a complex tattoo scheme to monitor data.

Memento premiered on Sept 5, 2000, at the 57th International Film Festival in Venice and was released on Mar 16, 2001, in the United States. Critiques were lauded for their nonlinear plot recollection, interpretation, sadness, and self-disappointment, and for their $4.5 million budget, they received $40 million. Memento was awarded several awards, including the Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing nominations.

5. No Country For Old Men

Director:Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genre:Crime, Drama, Mystery, And Thriller 
Starring:Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
Released Date:21 November 2007
IMDB Rating:8.1

No Country for Old Men movie is an American 2007 Neo-Western mystery thriller based on a 2005 Cormac McCarthy, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film is set in the desert scenery of 1980 in West Texas, with stars by Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin (Dune). The movie revisits the themes of fate, conscience; the Coen brothers had traveled in Blood Simple (1984) and Fargo (1996).

The film follows three main roles: Llewelyn Moss (Brolin), a Vietnam War veteran and miner who falls upon a large sum of money in the desert; Anton Chigurh (Bardem), a secret hitman who is tasked with increasing the money; and Ed Tom Bell (Jones), a hitman in pursuit of Moss.

4. The Departed

Director:Martin Scorsese
Genre:Crime, Drama, Mystery, And Thriller 
Starring:Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
Released Date:6 October 2006
IMDB Rating:8.5

The Departed is a film by Martin Scorsese and produced by William Monahan, an American crime thriller in 2006. The movie Infernal Affairs from Hong Kong 2002 is based on the real Boston Winter Hill Gang. The story goes around Colin Sullivan’s character based on John Connolly, the crooked FBI agent, and Frank Costello based on the Irish and American gangster Whitey Bulger. 

The Departed received several prizes, including four Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplays, and Best Movie Editing at the 79th Academy Honors. Scorsese won the first prize for Best Director, and Wahlberg was named Best Supporting Actor.

3. Gladiator

Director:Ridley Scott
Genre:Action, History, Drama, Adventure 
Starring:Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
Released Date:5 May 2000
IMDB Rating:8.5

The Gladiator is an epic 2000 historical film drawn by David Franzoni, John Logan (Penny Dreadful City of Angels), and William Nicholson, directed by Ridley Scott. DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures co-produced the film. Crowe depicts Maximus Decimus Meridius by the assassination and takes the throne of Commodus, the ambitious son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Reduced to slavery, Maximus becomes a gladiator and rises in the arena to avenge.

The film gains positive reviews, praising the acting (especially Crowe and the performance of Phoenix), Scott’s directing, visuals, the screenplay, sequences of events, the musical score, and the importance of his creation. The box office hit, with $187.7 million in the U.S. and $457 million as the second-largest film from 2000. The film was honored for many prizes, including 5 for Best Picture, Best Actor for Crowe, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects.

2. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

Director:Peter Jackson
Genre:Adventure, Fantasy
Starring:Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
Released Date:17 December 2003
IMDB Rating:8.9

The Lord of Rings: The Return of the King was an epic adventure film of 2003 directed on the 3rd volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson. The film, produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Jackson, and Fran Walsh and written by Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Jackson, is the final version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Continuing with The Two Towers, Frodo, Sam and Gollum take their final path to Mount Doom in Mordor, destroying the One Ring, unaware of Gollum’s true intentions, and along with Sauron and his legions in Minas Tirith, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and the others.

It was headed by The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002). Both reviewers and viewers widely praised the film, which saw milestones in cinema and the imagination of films. It was $1.1 billion globally, making it the most highest-grossing film in 2003, the second-largest ever film, and the highest-grossing film released by New Line Cinema.

1. The Dark Knight

Director:Christopher Nolan
Genre:Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Starring:Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
Released Date:Jul 18, 2008
IMDB Rating:9.0

This movie is based on the 2008 superhero stuff by Christopher Nolan. The D.C. Comics superhero Batman is the basis of Nolan’s Trilogy and the Batman with Christian Bale in early 2005. It is supported by Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman. The film is an alliance between Bruce Wayne / Batman (Bale), police Lieutenant James Gordo (Oldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Eckhart) in Gotham City, attacked by the anti-anarchist masterpiece.

This film was the best movie of its ten years and one of the best superheroic movies of all time for its screenplay, visual effects, music scores, mature themes, concerts (especially Ledger’s), and direction. 

So, these are all about The Best Movies of the 2000s! If you want to take a glimpse of all the further 30 Ranked Movies with their respective details, then have a look below:

RankMovieRelease DateDirectorIMDB Rating
11.Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind19 March 2004 (USA)Michel Gondry8.3
12.Pan’s Labyrinth11 October 2006 (Spain)Guillermo del Toro8.2
13.There Will Be Blood10 December 2007 (New York)Paul Thomas Anderson8.2
14.Children Of Men22 September 2006Alfonso Cuarón7.9
15.American Psycho14 April 2020Mary Harron7.6
16.28 Days Later27 June 2003 (USA)Danny Boyle7.6
17.Donnie Darko19 January 2001 (USA)Richard Kelly8.0
18.City Of God2002 (Russia)Fernando Meirelles8.6
19.Zodiac20 July 2007 (India)David Fincher7.7
20.Almost Famous13 September 2000 (USA)Cameron Crowe6.8
21.Million Dollar Baby11 March 2005 (India)Clint Eastwood8.1
22.District 911 September 2009 (India)Neill Blomkamp7.9
23.Avatar18 December 2009 (India)James Cameron7.8
24.Inside Man16 March 2006 (Netherlands)Spike Lee7.6
25.Mulholland Drive (2002)16 May 2001 (Cannes)David Lynch7.9
26.Anchorman Initial28 June 2004 (Los Angeles)Adam McKay7.2
27.High Fidelity28 March 2000 (USA)Stephen Frears7.5
28.Moon12 June 2009Duncan Jones7.9
29.Requiem For A Dream6 October 2000 (New York)Darren Aronofsky8.3
30.Monster’s Ball26 December 2001 (Los Angeles)Marc Forster7.0
31.Dead Man’s Shoes1 October 2004 (United Kingdom)Shane Meadows7.6
32.Before Sunset17 June 2004 (Switzerland)Richard Linklater8.1
33.Precious6 November 2009 (USA)Lee Daniels7.3
34.This Is England27 April 2007 (United Kingdom)Shane Meadows7.7
35.A.I.: Artificial Intelligence26 June 2001 (New York)Steven Spielberg7.2
36.X-Men United (2003)30 April 2003 (Norway)Bryan Singer7.4
37.The Pianist (2002)6 September 2002 (Poland)Roman Polanski7.8
38.Walk The Line18 November 2005James Mangold7.8
39.Collateral (2004)6 August 2004 (USA)Michael Mann7.5
40.Broken Flowers (2005)5 August 2005 (USA)Jim Jarmusch7.2


The 2000s were an exciting time for movies. It was coming off the end of the ’90s, which has a tonne of cool classics, the ante when it happened to narrative filmmaking. The 2000s was an era of trying new things like fancy flip phones, nu-metal, and DVDs—the decade where home film watching grew massively in quality and, thanks to improvements in CGI.

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