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35 Best Movies of the 2000s

The 2000s was a great decade for movies. Some of the best movies of all time were released in this decade.

From heart-warming romances to action-packed thrillers, there is something for everyone on this list. So sit back, relax, and enjoy as we countdown the best movies of the 2000s.

Best movies of the 2000s

The Dark Knight
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger (Actors)

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight reunites Christian Bale with director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat known as The Joker.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin (Actors)

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring.

Gladiator - Extended
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen (Actors)

Gladiator

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

No Country for Old Men
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones (Actors)

No Country For Old Men

A man takes $2 million cash from the scene of a desert shootout and is pursued by the local sheriff and a psycho-killer hitman. Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Bardem), and Best Director.

The Departed
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson (Actors)

The Departed

Martin Scorsese’s crime drama “The Departed” is set in South Boston where the state police force is waging an all-out war to take down the city’s top organized crime ring.

Inglourious Basterds
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bo Svenson, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth (Actors)

Inglourious Basterds

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theater owner’s vengeful plans for the same.

Up (Bonus Content)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai (Actors)

Up

Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredrickson, part rascal and part dreamer, takes to the sky by tying thousands of balloons to his house. Unbeknownst to Carl, a young Wildnerness Explorer named Russell becomes an unexpected stowaway for the journey.

Memento
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano (Actors)

Memento

A man juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox (Actors)

Kill Bill: Volume One

“The Bride” awakens from a coma and heads out to seek bloody revenge.

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Casino Royale

Based on Ian Fleming’s first 007 novels, James Bond must thwart a dangerous Russian spy who is funding global terrorists from winning a baccarat game worth millions. The 21st film in the most successful film series in cinematic history. | Stream on Netflix

There Will Be Blood
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor (Actors)

There Will Be Blood

A sprawling epic about family, faith, power, and oil. The story chronicles the life of Daniel Plainview, who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner into a self-made oil tycoon.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Winslet (Actors)

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Relationship on the skids leads one partner, then the other, to a neurologist who specializes in removing all memories of a person from one’s brain.

Pan's Labyrinth
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil (Actors)

Pan’s Labyrinth

In the authoritarian Spain of 1944, the young stepdaughter of an army officer escapes into an eerie fantasy world of her own making. Winner of 3 Academy awards for Cinematography, Art Direction, and Makeup. Subtitled.

28 Days Later
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston (Actors)

28 Days Later

A deadly virus transforms humans into bloodthirsty, rage-filled zombies that leave a handful of survivors on the run for their lives.

Children of Men
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine (Actors)

Children Of Men

In the future, the world has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The film follows Theo (Clive Owen), who must protect the planet’s last remaining hope for a future generation.

District 9
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope (Actors)

District 9

From producer Peter Jackson and director, Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original science-fiction thriller where alien refugees, stranded on Earth, are exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg.

Donnie Darko
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore (Actors)

Donnie Darko

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking, and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes, and 12 seconds.

City Of God
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Matheus Nachtergaele, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora (Actors)

City Of God

In this electrifying film set among Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums, where oppressive crime and violence are rife, a frail young boy faces impossible odds as he pursues his ambition of becoming a professional photographer.
Zodiac
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards (Actors)

Zodiac

Based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real-life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s.

Avatar
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana (Actors)

Avatar

The future. Paraplegic war hero, Jake, is taken against his will to the planet of Pandora – a world inhabited by a race of humanoids called The Na’vi. Forced to exploit the valuable resources of the local population, Jake decides to turn against his human companions and join the planet’s people in an epic fight for survival.

American Psycho
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Reese Witherspoon, Chloë Sevigny, Christian Bale (Actors)

American Psycho

In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman, lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled with the detective, the fiance, the mistress, the coworker, and the secretary. This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.

Almost Famous
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Billly Crudup, Frances McDormand (Actors)

Almost Famous

In this acclaimed film by Cameron Crowe, a high school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman (Actors)

Million Dollar Baby

“I DON’T TRAIN GIRLS”, trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something’s different about the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn’s gym. All she wants is a fighting chance.

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Inside Man
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster (Actors)

Inside Man

Inside Man is the story of a tough cop, Detective Frazier, who matches wits with a clever bank robber, Dalton, in a tense hostage drama. As the dangerous cat-and-mouse game unfolds, a wild card emerges Madaline, a power broker with a hidden agenda, who injects even more instability into an already volatile situation.

Mulholland Dr.
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harrington (Actors)

Mulholland Drive (2002)

An aspiring actress seeking fame in the City of Angels comes upon a strange woman battling amnesia after a car crash.

Together they set out to uncover the mysterious strangers’ identity in a reality-defying journey from avant-garde director David Lynch.

Requiem for a Dream
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly (Actors)

Requiem For A Dream

Darren Aronofsky directs Oscar winners Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, and Ellen Burstyn in this hypnotic tale of four people each pursuing their vision of happiness.

Moon
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sam Rockwell, Dominique McElligott, Kaya Scodelario (Actors)

Moon

Sam Bell is nearing the completion of his 3-year-long contract with Lunar Industries, mining Earth’s primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon.

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Alone with only the base’s vigilant computer Gerty as his sole companion, Bell’s extended isolation has taken its toll.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell (Actors)

Anchorman

Enter the world of 1970s TV news, where Ron Burgundy and his loyal Channel 4 News Team are San Diego’s number 1 rated news source.

All is well in their male-dominated world of news until rising star reporter Veronica Corningstone turns it upside down.

High Fidelity
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Cusack, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet (Actors)

High Fidelity

An owner of a failing Chicago record store is forced to evaluate his troubled love life after his longtime girlfriend leaves him.

Monster's Ball
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger (Actors)

Monster’s Ball

Halle Berry won the 2001 Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a black waitress who falls in love with a racist white prison guard.

Before Sunset
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy (Actors)

Before Sunset

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.

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Dead Man's Shoes
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell (Actors)

Dead Man’s Shoes

A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

This is England
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley (Actors)

This Is England

Shane Meadows’ film is “A soulful blast from the past sparked by heart and a throbbing beat…a near-flawless gem,” and an “autobiographical homage to a lost world of youth.” – Dargis, NY Times

Precious
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey (Actors)

Precious

Viciously abused by her mother and pregnant by her father, Harlem teen Precious Jones has an unexpected chance at a different life when she enrolls in an alternative school.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor (Actors)

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

In the future, a cutting-edge android in the form of a boy (Haley Joel Osment) embarks on a journey to discover his true nature.

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