The 25 Best Movies of The 2000s: A Decade of Cinematic Excellence

The decade of 2000s is a decade that is quite hard to forget. It brought us the first ever reality TV show, the end of the Cold War, and 9/11. The decade had so many great moments and movies that it is impossible to pick just one or two.

Here’s out List of The 25 Best Movies from the 2000s:


National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub. It was written by Jim Kouf and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Jon Turteltaub, Harvey Keitel, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha.

National Treasure is a story about a historian who discovers clues to the location of the national treasure of the United States in his late grandfather’s notes and sets out to find it.

This movie was released in 2004 and became one of the highest-grossing films that year. It won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing at 74th Academy Awards in 2005 and grossed $350 million worldwide against its $75 million budget.

The movie has been praised for its unique storytelling and cinematography. It was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.


The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

The three films were shot back-to-back in New Zealand from January to September 2000, with Jackson’s Weta Digital providing digital effects, and composer Howard Shore composing new music for each film. It stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Liv Tyler and Cate Blanchett.

The Fellowship of the Ring was released on December 19th 2001 in the United States and on December 20th 2001 in Europe and Oceania as a result of its worldwide success at the box office.

23. CASINO ROYALE (2006)

Casino Royale is an action spy film set in London, with scenes shot at Pinewood Studios and on location in Montenegro, Italy, Scotland, Mexico City and Morocco. It was produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures. It was adapted from Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel of the same name. Casino Royale was released to critical acclaim and commercial success; it grossed over $600 million worldwide.


SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE brings to life the story of Jamal, an ex-con turned entrepreneur who has just been released from prison and must claw his way back to the top. With his own company, sky-high ambitions and a touch of flair for fashion, Jamal is a true slumdog.

21. CHICKEN RUN (2000)

This is a story about how the main protagonist, Rocky, tries to save his friends from their fate. He wants them to be free from their lives of being eaten by the farmer and living in fear. Rocky has no idea how he’s going to accomplish this feat.

Rocky is an underdog, and he knows it too. He has no idea what he’s doing but he never gives up on his dreams for freedom for his friends and himself.

20. CITY OF GOD (2002)

The movie CITY OF GOD is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-written by him and Paulo Lins. The film stars, as the young protagonist, a boy named Rocket who is taken in by the drug lord Zé Pequeno.

CITY OF GOD was produced on a budget of $6 million and was made with funds from the Brazilian National Film Board, which is the largest state body for filmmaking in Brazil.

The film received wide critical acclaim upon its release, with many critics praising its cinematography and soundtrack. CITY OF GOD won numerous awards including Best Film at both the 2003 Cannes Film Festival (where it was the first Brazilian film to win), Best Director at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, a nomination for Best Original Score at the 2006 Academy Awards, and Best Foreign Language Film at the 2005 Golden Globe Awards.


In the movie, a young boy and his new friend, an older girl with a severe case of osteoporosis, are thrust into a dark world where they must learn to trust each other in order to survive.

Although the movie was released in 2008, it is still relevant today because it tackles many important issues that society is facing today.

The film is set in Stockholm and tells the story of 12-year-old Oskar who befriends Eli. Eli has been living on her own since she was 6 years old and has learned how to live on her own with only one rule: never go outside at night. One night, when Oskar sneaks out to play outside, he meets Eli for the first time and soon realizes that she is not all that different from him.

18. A PROPHET (2009)

A PROPHET is a 2009 American science fiction film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It stars Hadiya Pendleton, David Oyelowo, and John Ortiz. The film was released on November 3, 2009 in the United States by Touchstone Pictures and on December 26, 2009 in the United Kingdom by Momentum Pictures.

The film tells the story of a young African-American woman named Lisa who is falsely imprisoned after being framed for murder and learns she has developed supernatural powers to communicate with animals.

She escapes from prison with help from her boyfriend, Denny, who has also been wrongly imprisoned for her murder. The two join forces with a group of other prisoners to escape from the facility and find their way back to their home city of Philadelphia.


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The Incredibles is a superhero film released in 2004 and directed by Brad Bird. It stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, and Spencer Fox as Mr. Incredible and his wife Elastigirl/Helen Parr/Nelson’s wife Evelyn.

The film follows the adventures of Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible), his wife Helen (Elastigirl) and their children Violet, Dashiell and Jack-Jack as they struggle to adjust to their new normal life after being forced into retirement from superheroics due to a government regulation that prevents superheroes from using their powers to help people without getting permission first.

16. BEFORE SUNSET (2004)

The film is a romantic drama that takes place over the course of one day, with the protagonist struggling to make his relationship work.

In this movie, the protagonist is trying to keep his love alive by taking her on a date. He takes her to a restaurant and they share an intimate meal together.

The couple spends most of their time at their favorite cafe, where they talk and share their thoughts about each other and their relationship.

The cafe is also where the couple first met and where they had their first kiss – which ultimately leads to them getting back together after some time apart.

15. WALL-E (2008)

WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the directorial debut of Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Reardon.

Set in a dystopian future where Earth has become uninhabitable, WALL-E follows the story of WALL-E, an abbreviation for “Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class,” an automated robot who has been assigned to clean up space debris left over from humanity’s abandoned planet.


Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the short story “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx. The film was released on November 26, 2005 and stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including the awards for Ledger’s supporting performance and Lee’s direction.

The film tells the story of two young cowboys who meet in 1963, fall in love, but are separated by an event that has lasting consequences for both of them. Brokeback Mountain is about how love can be difficult to define but impossible to ignore.

13. MEAN GIRLS (2004)

The movie Mean Girls is a popular comedy movie that was released in 2004. It is about the life of Cady Heron, a girl who attends an all-girls school in the suburbs of North America.

The main character, Cady Heron, is an only child who has been raised by her mother. Her father died when she was young and her mother has been raising her with strict rules and expectations. She is often bullied by girls at school because she doesn’t fit in with their clique. One day, she meets Damian Lillard and he helps her become popular by telling everyone that she’s “cool”.

The film stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, Rachel McAdams as Gretchen Wieners, Tina Fey as Regina George, Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith, Lizzy Caplan as Addie Singer and Emma Stone as Lauren Zizes.

12. THE WRESTLER (2008)

The movie The Wrestler focuses on the life of professional wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson. He is a troubled and broken man who has lost everything.

The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Mickey Rourke in the leading role. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

Mickey Rourke plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a professional wrestler who has struggled with drug addiction, alcoholism, and depression for years. In the film’s opening scene, Randy is shown standing in his living room with his wife Wendy (played by Marisa Tomei) as he tells her that he’s going to fight one last match to save their marriage. However, after the match he returns home to find that she has left him without explanation.

Randy spends the next few years fighting in a number of wrestling matches and slowly gaining back his life. After appearing in a match that inspires a fan to donate $500,000 for an Alzheimer’s research program, Randy is able to convince one of his sponsors, Mr. McMahon (played by John Cena), that he finally has what it takes to get back into the WWE. So Randy is given a chance to gain back his spot in the WWE.

In his first match back, Randy defeats The Miz and steals the WWE Championship that night. But soon after, he suffers a concussion from an attack by Alberto Del Rio, beginning what would be an extensive reign of poor performances until he finally falls from grace at WrestleMania 32.

11. UP (2009)

UP is an American computer-animated adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Pete Docter.

The story follows a widower named Carl Fredricksen who decides to fulfill his dream of building a house in the clouds and he finds a way to do so, but soon realizes that he has made an enormous mistake. when he realizes that the house is too heavy to leave the ground in his current condition. In order to save some money, Carl decides to take on a job at the local zoo.

Along with his loveable stray mutt Gus, they must embark on an adventure filled with laughter and heartbreak as they fight their way through a series of unfortunate events in order to save the zoo from closing down. This is an unpredictable, raw, and heartfelt must read for every teenager.

I love this movie because I relate a lot to Carl. His sense of adventure and desire to constantly explore is something that I share with him at times. The way he interacts with Gus is also something that I find really fascinating because they have such a unique relationship.

I love the way that the events in this movie show the importance of understanding your own desires and becoming content with pursuing them.

10. IRON MAN (2008)

Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film was directed by Jon Favreau, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson. The film focuses on Tony Stark’s journey to create his own suit of armor after he is captured by terrorists who force him to build a weapon of mass destruction.

The movie IRON MAN was released in 2008 and it was a huge success at the box office worldwide.

09. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)

SHAUN OF THE DEAD is a 2004 British horror comedy film written and directed by Edgar Wright. The film stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two friends who attempt to save the world from the apocalypse.

The movie is set in London, England during the zombie apocalypse. The story follows Shaun (Simon Pegg) as he tries to get his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) out of their apartment before she becomes a zombie.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD was a critical success and has been praised for its originality, dark humor, and social commentary on classism, consumerism, and capitalism.


The movie is about a man named Llewelyn Moss, who finds money and a gun that leads him to the hunt of a lifetime.

No Country For Old Men was released in 2007. It was directed by the Coen brothers and written by Cormac McCarthy. The film received universal acclaim from critics and has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Kelly Macdonald, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Shepard. It is based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name.

07. CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)

CHILDREN OF MEN is a 2006 British-American dystopian science fiction thriller film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and written by the Coen brothers.

This movie is set in 2027, in a world where women no longer give birth and society has been mostly destroyed by war, climate change and economic collapse. In this future world, people live underground to avoid the toxic atmosphere above ground. The film explores themes of isolation, desperation, violence and love.


E.S.T.S., aka Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is a 2004 romantic science-fiction black comedy film directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Tom Wilkinson as Joel Barish and Clementine Kruczynski respectively, both of whom undergo a procedure to erase memories in their minds.

After failing to achieve true love, Joel Barish has his memories of the relationship erased. He can remember nothing about his former partner, and must build a new life without her. One month later, Clementine Kruczynski also seeks to erase her memories of being engaged to Joel on the advice of her therapist.

Their lives intersect again in a café where they are each working, but their memories of one another do not. They then begin a relationship which is complicated by their mutual amnesia.

07. PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006)

The movie is a psychological thriller that focuses on the themes of identity, memory, and the nature of reality.

PAN’S LABYRINTH is one of the best movies ever made. It’s a psychological thriller that focuses on the themes of identity, memory, and the nature of reality. The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro and stars Tom Hiddleston as an artist who creates a painting in his studio that leads him down a dark path into a mysterious world where he has to remember who he really is before it’s too late.

The movie does not have any real plot or story arc but it does have some compelling characters with interesting storylines that make for an entertaining watch.

06. SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

SPIRITED AWAY is one of the best anime movies ever made. It’s a Japanese fantasy film that follows the adventures of a young girl named Chihiro, who is on a quest to return home after her parents are turned into pigs by an evil witch.

It’s one of those films that you can watch over and over again without getting bored. It’s also worth mentioning that it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2002 and received two other nominations as well.


LOST IN TRANSLATION is a 2003 film about an American businessman who travels to Tokyo to meet with his Japanese counterpart. The two men are attempting to sign a deal for their respective companies and the negotiations are going well until one of the businessmen goes missing.

The movie was adapted from the 1996 novel by Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro, who also wrote the screenplay for LOST IN TRANSLATION. The film is based on his experiences as a young man in postwar Japan, when he struggled with language and cultural barriers. LOST IN TRANSLATION won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay in 2004.

LOST IN TRANSLATION is a critically acclaimed movie that has been praised for its complex characters and captivating storyline.

04. THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. It is the third installment in Nolan’s Batman film series and stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Gary Oldman. The plot revolves around Batman’s efforts to take down the criminal mastermind known as The Joker.


In this movie, a rogue CIA agent has been hiding out in the Mediterranean. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is on the run from the CIA, which has been trying to kill him for years. The CIA’s new director (David Strathairn) is determined to find and kill Bourne once and for all.

The Bourne Ultimatum was released in 2007 and is the third installment of The Bourne Identity trilogy. This movie was directed by Paul Greengrass and starred Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.

02. JUNO (2007)

JUNO is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman, and written by Diablo Cody, about a pregnant teenager who wants to keep her child.

The film stars Ellen Page as the title character and Michael Cera as the father of her unborn child. It also features Jennifer Garner, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman, Anna Kendrick and many others in supporting roles.

01. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (2007)

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS is a romantic comedy about a woman who sets out to prove her ex-boyfriend is not the father of her child.

In 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, the protagonist, Vivian (played by Sandra Bullock), has been dating her boyfriend for three years and they have been living together for two.

One day she finds out that he is not the father of her daughter’s baby after being told by a friend. She then decides to set out on an adventure to find the real father of her daughter’s baby and keep him from leaving them.