The 2000s were a fantastic decade for films. We were treated to a wide range of genres, stories, and characters that shaped today’s films. From timeless classics to groundbreaking blockbusters, the following list highlights some of the best movies of the 2000s.
- The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight is widely regarded as one of the best superhero movies ever. Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece features a stellar cast led by Christian Bale as Batman, Heath Ledger as the Joker, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. The film is a dark and gritty take on the Batman mythos filled with intense action and psychological drama. The movie was a massive success at the box office and won two Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for Ledger.
- Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is widely considered the best of the bunch. The Return of the King is an epic fantasy adventure that follows the members of the Fellowship as they journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. The movie is filled with thrilling action sequences and powerful emotional moments, making it one of the most beloved films of the decade. The movie won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.
- The Departed (2006)
The Departed is Martin Scorsese’s crime epic about two men on opposite sides of the law. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as an undercover cop trying to take down a notorious crime boss. At the same time, Matt Damon is an infiltrator trying to stay alive in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. The movie is an intense and gripping tale of loyalty, betrayal, and survival. The Departed won four Oscars, including Best Picture.
- The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles is an animated superhero comedy from Pixar. The movie follows a family of superheroes as they attempt to live a normal life while secretly fighting crime. The movie is filled with action, humor, and some surprisingly emotional moments. The Incredibles was a huge hit at the box office and won two Oscars, including Best Animated Feature.
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
No Country for Old Men is an intense crime thriller by the Coen brothers. The movie follows a hunter who stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and is pursued by a relentless killer. The movie is filled with intense suspense and gripping tension, as well as some of the best performances of the decade. No Country for Old Men won four Oscars, including Best Picture.
- Inception (2010)
Inception is Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic about a team of thieves who use dream-sharing technology to perform corporate espionage. The movie is a complex and thrilling story filled with stunning visuals and mind-bending action sequences. Inception was a massive success at the box office and won four Oscars.
- The Prestige (2006)
The Prestige is another classic from Christopher Nolan. The movie is a dark and twisted tale about two rival magicians who will stop at nothing to one-up each other. The movie is filled with intense suspense, gripping twists, and some of the best performances of the decade. The Prestige was a moderate success at the box office but received critical acclaim.
- There Will Be Blood (2007)
There Will Be Blood is a drama by Paul Thomas Anderson about an oil prospector in the early 20th century. The movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis in one of the most iconic performances of the decade. The movie is a dark and intense exploration of greed and power, and it won two Oscars, including Best Actor for Day-Lewis.
- The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network is a biographical drama about the founding of Facebook. The movie follows Mark Zuckerberg and his friends as they build the social media giant from the ground up. The movie is a fascinating and entertaining look at the modern tech world, and it was a massive success at the box office. The Social Network won three Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay.
- Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire is a rags-to-riches story about a young man from the slums of Mumbai who competes in the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The movie is a heartwarming and uplifting tale filled with colorful characters and beautiful cinematography. The movie was a massive success at the box office and won eight Oscars, including Best Picture.