Best Movies of the 2000s You Should Have Watched By Now

Listing down some of the best movies of the decade requires deep thought and knowledge. The last decade was an eventful year in Hollywood, people saw some extraordinary films which redefined cinema. Like every big Hollywood fan, even I've tried to come up with my own choices on which were the best movies of the 2000s. So here they are...
We all have our favorite pick in movies we love to see again and again. Some of us prefer adventure, others prefer comedy, some are glued to romance and some only look for drama films. The last decade saw some great movies which were all perfect in some or the other way. Some movies were well written political dramas, some had pirates saving the sea with a little twist of romance involved in it, some had shown brutal war facts while others were just feel good movies.

So how to create a list about the best movies of the decade out of so many choices? It is really simple. Of course start with your personal favorites, but never forget those films that made an impression.

It doesn't matter if a film didn't cross $100M at the box office, but if it succeeded in providing you with a life changing experience, it is worth mentioning. But first let's start with my top 5 choices.

* The decade in cinema taken for reference: 2000 to 2009.

Index
Author's Top 5

There will Be Blood, 2007
Probably the best film of the decade and of Daniel Day-Lewis' career, There will be Blood ranks #1 for all the reasons. The story, the acting, the direction, the location, the music etc. etc. It is a story of a wicked man who hits an oil jackpot and how the money and glory turns him into a sadistic heartless maniac. This is a must-watch and an actual definition of what a real movie is like.

The Dark Knight, 2008
Bow down to the direction of Christopher Nolan and amazing chemistry between Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. The best part from the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight is a different experience altogether. In this chapter, Batman finally faces his arch rival, the evil and sadistic Joker. There is not a single aspect of the film which I am not thankful for and like millions of other I still wish Ledger was around to experience the appreciation of his brilliant performance.

The Departed, 2006
Another great film from Martin Scorsese, The Departed is nothing short of a masterpiece. I really can't put a finger on any one good reason to watch this film, there are just too many. Nicholson, Damon, Wahlberg and DiCaprio have given splendid performances. This is one fine tale of cops and criminals that keeps you glued in front of the TV at all times.

No Country for Old Men, 2007
The Coen brothers are known for making complex films and this one is no less. Adapted from the classic novel written Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men is perhaps one of the best adapted screenplays that does complete justice to the book. Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin have done a great job but it is Javier Bardem that really makes it timeless. The movie does get a little violent in the middle, hence it isn't suited for the faint-hearted.

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, 2004
Once in a while there comes a romantic story where the boy and girl do much more than running around and falling in love. Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind is brilliant complicated movie that demands your full attention. I won't give out any details about this one, you need to see it. This is also one of the few films that show Carrey in a totally different avatar.
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Best Romantic Movies of the 2000s
  • Keeping the Faith (2000)
  • The Tao of Steve (2000)
  • Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
  • Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  • Lost in Translation (2003)
  • A Walk to Remember (2002)
  • Before Sunset (2004)
  • Sideways (2004)
  • Wicker Park (2004)
  • The Notebook (2004)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  • Come Early Morning (2006)
  • The Painted Veil (2006)
  • Atonement (2007)
  • P.S. I Love You (2007)
  • Last Chance Harvey (2008)
  • The Reader (2008)
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Best Comedy Movies of the 2000s
  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • Rush Hour 2 (2001)
  • Ocean's Eleven (2001)
  • Zoolander (2001)
  • Serendipity (2001)
  • Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
  • Ghost World (2001)
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  • Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
  • About a Boy (2002)
  • Something's Gotta Give (2003)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • Must Love Dogs (2005)
  • Junebug (2005)
  • The 40-Year Old Virgin (2006)
  • The Holiday (2006)
  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  • A Good Year (2006)
  • The Pink Panther (2006)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2006)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • Knocked Up (2007)
  • Dan in Real Life (2007)
  • Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
  • Waitress (2007)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008)
  • Zack and Miri make a Porno (2008)
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
  • Sex and the City (2008)
  • Get Smart (2008)
  • Up in the Air (2009)
  • 500 Days of Summer (2009)
  • The Hangover (2009)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Series
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Best Drama Movies of the 2000s
  • Billy Elliot (2000)
  • Traffic (2000)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Ghost World (2001)
  • The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
  • Monster's Ball (2001)
  • Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • 8 Mile (2002)
  • Gangs of New York (2002)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • Frida (2002)
  • Road to Perdition (2002)
  • The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
  • The Pianist (2002)
  • The Hours (2002)
  • 11:14 (2003)
  • 21 Grams (2003)
  • Big Fish (2003)
  • Cold Mountain (2003)
  • The Last Samurai (2003)
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
  • Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • The Motorcycle Diaries (2003)
  • The Aviator (2004)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Passion of the Christ (2004)
  • Ray (2004)
  • Capote (2005)
  • Jarhead (2005)
  • Cinderella Man (2005)
  • Crash (2005)
  • Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
  • The Constant Gardener (2005)
  • Match Point (2005)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  • Munich (2005)
  • Syriana (2005)
  • Walk the Line (2005)
  • 10 Items or Less (2006)
  • Babel (2006)
  • Dreamgirls (2006)
  • The Queen (2006)
  • Little Children (2006)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • United 93 (2006)
  • The Assassination of Jeese James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
  • Reign Over Me (2007)
  • Stomp the Yard (2007)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • Changeling (2008)
  • Doubt (2008)
  • Frost/Nixon (2008)
  • Seven Pounds (2008)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • Milk (2008)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • The Duchess (2008)
  • The Wrestler (2008)
  • A Serious Man (2009)
  • An Education (2009)
  • Crazy Heart (2009)
  • Invictus (2009)
  • Precious (2009)
  • My Sister's Keeper (2009)
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • The Messenger (2009)
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Best War Movies of the 2000s
  • Black Hawk Down (2001)
  • Pearl Harbor (2001)
  • Beyond Enemy Lines (2001)
  • Below (2002)
  • Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
  • We Were Soldiers (2002)
  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
  • Flags of our Fathers (2006)
  • Black Book (2006)
  • 300 (2007)
  • The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • Darfur (2009)
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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Best Action Movies of the 2000s
  • Mission Impossible II (2000)
  • Romeo Must Die (2000)
  • Swordfish (2001)
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
  • Bad Company (2002)
  • The Bourne Identity (2002)
  • Bad Boys II (2003)
  • The Hulk (2003)
  • Ong-Bak (2003)
  • The Rundown (2003)
  • Cradle 2 The Grave (2003)
  • X2: X-Men United (2003)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  • Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)
  • District B13 (2004)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • Walking Tall (2004)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
  • Sin City (2005)
  • Mission Impossible III (2006)
  • Apocalypto (2006)
  • Crank (2006)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • Hitman (2007)
  • 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • Ip Man (2008)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Defiance (2008)
  • Never Back Down (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Rambo (2008)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Fast and the Furious 4 (2009)
  • Ninja Assassin (2009)
  • Crank: High Voltage (2009)
  • Fighting (2009)
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Best Animated Movies of the 2000s
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
  • Millennium Actress
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • Shrek (2001)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • Ice Age (2002)
  • The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Steamboy (2004)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • Shrek 2 (2004)
  • The Polar Express (2004)
  • Corpse Bride (2005)
  • Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  • Cars (2006)
  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Monster House (2006)
  • The Simpsons Movie (2007)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • Persepolis (2007)
  • Sword of the Stranger (2007)
  • Bolt (2008)
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • Wall-E (2008)
  • Coraline (2009)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • 9 (2009)
  • The Secret of Kells (2009)
  • Up (2009)
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Best Sci-fi/Fantasy Movies of the 2000s
  • Hollow Man (2000)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • Donnie Darko (2001)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
  • Kate and Leopold (2001)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  • Planet of the Apes (2001)
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  • Minority Report (2002)
  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers (2002)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • Peter Pan (2003)
  • Underworld (2003)
  • 2009 Lost Memories (2003)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  • I, Robot (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Van Helsing (2004)
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • War of the Worlds (2005)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • Zathura (2005)
  • Eragon (2006)
  • Night at the Museum (2006)
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
  • Children of Men (2006)
  • Underworld: Evolution (2006)
  • Beowulf (2007)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • The Golden Compass (2007)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (2007)
  • I Am Legend (2007)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles (2007)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
  • 2012 (2009)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
  • Avatar (2009)
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Best Horror/Thriller Movies of the 2000s
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • Memento (2000)
  • Along Came a Spider (2001)
  • Jeepers Creepers (2001)
  • The Others (2001)
  • The Devil's Backbone (2001)
  • 28 Days later (2002)
  • Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
  • The Ring (2002)
  • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2002)
  • Insomnia (2003)
  • May (2002)
  • Spider (2002)
  • Ripley's Game (2002)
  • Wrong Turn (2003)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  • Willard (2003)
  • Gothika (2003)
  • Alien vs. Predator (2004)
  • Cube Zero (2004)
  • Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
  • The Grudge (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Saw (2004)
  • Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
  • Cellular (2004)
  • The Machinist (2004)
  • Secret Window (2004)
  • Next Door (2005)
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
  • An American Haunting (2005)
  • Flightplan (2005)
  • A History of Violence (2005)
  • White Noise (2005)
  • Red Eye (2005)
  • Dark Water (2005)
  • The Descent (2005)
  • Saw II (2005)
  • Saw III (2006)
  • The Woods (2006)
  • Silent Hill (2006)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • Lady in the Water (2006)
  • V for Vendatta (2006)
  • The Prestige (2006)
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
  • 1408 (2007)
  • Teeth (2007)
  • 28 Weeks later (2008)
  • The Girl Next Door (2007)
  • Paranormal Activity (2007)
  • The Orphanage (2007)
  • Halloween (2007)
  • Mr. Brooks (2007)
  • Zodiac (2007)
  • Disturbia (2007)
  • Cloverfield (2008)
  • Home Movie (2008)
  • Righteous Kill (2008)
  • The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
  • Orphan (2009)
  • Saw VI (2009)
  • Grace (2009)
  • Antichrist (2009)
  • Chloe (2009)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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Best Documentaries of the 2000s
  • Bowling for Columbine (2002)
  • Comedian (2002)
  • Spellbound (2002)
  • The Fog of War (2003)
  • Touching the Void (2003)
  • Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
  • Super Size Me (2004)
  • Grizzly Man (2005)
  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)
  • Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
  • Iraq in Fragments (2007)
  • Sicko (2007)
  • Man on Wire (2008)
  • Waltz with Bashir (2008)
  • Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
Choosing the best films of the decade is really not that simple, however, I've tried hard to include all the films that are worth watching. Nevertheless, if you still think there are names that should be added to make this list better, please mention them and I'll soon feature it.
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