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Top Films by Year (2000-2004)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

2000

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Memento Christopher Nolan 112
2 Gladiator** Ridley Scott 133
3 In the Mood for Love Kar-Wai Wong 148
4 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon* Ang Lee 176
5 Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky 382
6 Almost Famous Cameron Crowe 427
7 Amores perros Alejandro G. Iñárritu 518
8 Yi yi: A One and a Two... Edward Yang 540
9 High Fidelity Stephen Frears 651
10 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Joel Coen 683
11 Dancer in the Dark Lars von Trier 709
12 Best in Show Christopher Guest 717
13 Sexy Beast Jonathan Glazer 718
14 Battle Royale Kinji Fukasaku 842
15 Billy Elliot Stephen Daldry 847
16 Werckmeister Harmonies Béla Tarr 861
17 Snatch. Guy Ritchie 877
18 Erin Brockovich* Steven Soderbergh 908
19 Chicken Run Peter Lord and Nick Park 947
20 Traffic* Steven Soderbergh 1009
21 American Psycho Mary Harron 1079
22 The Gleaners & I Agnès Varda 1086
23 Remember the Titans Boaz Yakin 1138
24 Meet the Parents Jay Roach 1149
25 X-Men Bryan Singer 1158
26 George Washington David Gordon Green 1231
27 Cast Away Robert Zemeckis 1262
28 Chocolat* Lasse Hallström 1499
29 You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan 1582
30 Together Lukas Moodysson 1699
31 Songs from the Second Floor Roy Andersson 1720
32 Bring It on Peyton Reed 1728
33 Platform Zhangke Jia 1800
34 Girlfight Karyn Kusama 1828
35 Unbreakable M. Night Shyamalan 1833
36 Love & Basketball Gina Prince-Bythewood 1972
37 Wonder Boys Curtis Hanson 2081
38 Before Night Falls Julian Schnabel 2093
39 Pitch Black David Twohy 2165
40 The Circle Jafar Panahi 2172
41 Dark Days Marc Singer 2214

2001

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring* Peter Jackson 35
2 Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki 86
3 Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet 117
4 Donnie Darko Richard Kelly 146
5 Mulholland Dr. David Lynch 156
6 Moulin Rouge!* Baz Luhrmann 203
7 Shrek Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson 304
8 Y tu mamá también Alfonso Cuarón 373
9 The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson 404
10 Monsters, Inc. Pete Docter 531
11 A Beautiful Mind** Ron Howard 581
12 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Steven Spielberg 620
13 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Chris Columbus 639
14 Hedwig and the Angry Inch John Cameron Mitchell 724
15 Ghost World Terry Zwigoff 775
16 Bridget Jones's Diary Sharon Maguire 811
17 Zoolander Ben Stiller 814
18 Waking Life Richard Linklater 880
19 The Others Alejandro Amenábar 882
20 Black Hawk Down Ridley Scott 916
21 The Devil's Backbone Guillermo del Toro 942
22 Ocean's Eleven Steven Soderbergh 1027
23 Gosford Park* Robert Altman 1101
24 Ali Michael Mann 1139
25 The Piano Teacher Michael Haneke 1162
26 Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India Ashutosh Gowariker 1404
27 Dogtown and Z-Boys Stacy Peralta 1407
28 Monsoon Wedding Mira Nair 1514
29 The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) Zacharias Kunuk 1546
30 Legally Blonde Robert Luketic 1696
31 No Man's Land Danis Tanovic 1703
32 Band of Brothers David Frankel, Mikael Salomon, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Phil Alden Robinson, and Tony To 1710
33 Wet Hot American Summer David Wain 1713
34 Fat Girl Catherine Breillat 1805
35 The Man Who Wasn't There Joel Coen 1999
36 Session 9 Brad Anderson 2055
37 Time Out Laurent Cantet 2069
38 Winged Migration Jacques Perrin 2076
39 In the Bedroom* Todd Field 2092
40 Shaolin Soccer Stephen Chow 2147
41 Millennium Actress Satoshi Kon 2154
42 The Son's Room Nanni Moretti 2246
43 Training Day Antoine Fuqua 2247
44 Vanilla Sky Cameron Crowe 2252
45 Read My Lips Jacques Audiard 2265
46 Enemy at the Gates Jean-Jacques Annaud 2284
47 Nowhere in Africa Caroline Link 2373
48 Ichi the Killer Takashi Miike 2428

2002

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers* Peter Jackson 57
2 City of God Fernando Meirelles 119
3 The Pianist* Roman Polanski 376
4 28 Days Later… Danny Boyle 459
5 Talk to Her Pedro Almodóvar 476
6 Spider-Man Sam Raimi 520
7 Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore 560
8 Chicago** Rob Marshall 597
9 Adaptation. Spike Jonze 643
10 Far from Heaven Todd Haynes 650
11 Minority Report Steven Spielberg 652
12 Punch-Drunk Love Paul Thomas Anderson 731
13 Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chadha 853
14 Whale Rider Niki Caro 902
15 Hero Yimou Zhang 912
16 The Bourne Identity Doug Liman 922
17 Infernal Affairs Wai-keung Lau and Alan Mak 948
18 Spellbound Jeffrey Blitz 1047
19 25th Hour Spike Lee 1068
20 Secretary Steven Shainberg 1076
21 The Ring Gore Verbinski 1084
22 The Hours* Stephen Daldry 1097
23 Catch Me If You Can Steven Spielberg 1157
24 Road to Perdition Sam Mendes 1176
25 Irréversible Gaspar Noé 1185
26 Gangs of New York* Martin Scorsese 1195
27 Russian Ark Aleksandr Sokurov 1218
28 24 Hour Party People Michael Winterbottom 1263
29 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones George Lucas 1288
30 To Be and to Have Nicolas Philibert 1305
31 The Rookie John Lee Hancock 1458
32 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chris Columbus 1536
33 Signs M. Night Shyamalan 1539
34 Ice Age Chris Wedge 1592
35 The Quiet American Phillip Noyce 1635
36 Rabbit-Proof Fence Phillip Noyce 1664
37 Lilja 4-ever Lukas Moodysson 1742
38 Solaris Steven Soderbergh 1750
39 About a Boy Chris and Paul Weitz 1763
40 The Son Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne 1771
41 Ten Abbas Kiarostami 1846
42 About Schmidt Alexander Payne 1887
43 Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks Bing Wang 1895
44 Insomnia Christopher Nolan 1897
45 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Joel Zwick 1916
46 8 Mile Curtis Hanson 1931
47 Bus 174 José Padilha 1971
48 Bubba Ho-Tep Don Coscarelli 2025
49 Frida Julie Taymor 2059
50 The Man without a Past Aki Kaurismäki 2073
51 Bloody Sunday Paul Greengrass 2149
52 Distant Nuri Bilge Ceylan 2179
53 The Magdalene Sisters Peter Mullan 2224
54 Dirty Pretty Things Stephen Frears 2277
55 Ju-on: The Grudge Takashi Shimizu 2289
56 Sweet Sixteen Ken Loach 2300
57 In America Jim Sheridan 2331
58 Oasis Chang-dong Lee 2410

2003

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King** Peter Jackson 42
2 Lost in Translation* Sofia Coppola 169
3 Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton 237
4 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Quentin Tarantino 276
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Gore Verbinski 296
6 Oldboy Chan-wook Park 360
7 The Triplets of Belleville Sylvain Chomet 532
8 Dogville Lars von Trier 664
9 Love Actually Richard Curtis 726
10 X2 Bryan Singer 729
11 Capturing the Friedmans Andrew Jarecki 823
12 Mystic River* Clint Eastwood 840
13 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara Errol Morris 911
14 Touching the Void Kevin Macdonald 962
15 The Barbarian Invasions Denys Arcand 965
16 American Splendor Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini 1007
17 Big Fish Tim Burton 1054
18 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World* Peter Weir 1067
19 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring Ki-duk Kim 1115
20 Old School Todd Phillips 1121
21 The School of Rock Richard Linklater 1165
22 21 Grams Alejandro G. Iñárritu 1227
23 Elephant Gus Van Sant 1246
24 The Matrix Reloaded Lana and Lily Wachowski 1255
25 The Station Agent Thomas McCarthy 1274
26 Seabiscuit* Gary Ross 1286
27 The Best of Youth Marco Tullio Giordana 1358
28 Good Bye Lenin! Wolfgang Becker 1473
29 The Return Andrey Zvyagintsev 1479
30 Memories of Murder Joon-ho Bong 1600
31 Monster Patty Jenkins 1751
32 Elf Jon Favreau 1819
33 A Tale of Two Sisters Jee-woon Kim 1850
34 Tokyo Godfathers Satoshi Kon 1862
35 High Tension Alexandre Aja 1910
36 The Matrix Revolutions Lana and Lily Wachowski 1911
37 Freaky Friday Mark Waters 1914
38 Open Range Kevin Costner 1932
39 Tarnation Jonathan Caouette 2004
40 Los Angeles Plays Itself Thom Andersen 2058
41 The Dreamers Bernardo Bertolucci 2064
42 The Last Samurai Edward Zwick 2134
43 The Corporation Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar 2170
44 Bad Santa Terry Zwigoff 2258
45 Something's Gotta Give Nancy Meyers 2303
46 Holes Andrew Davis 2334
47 Good Bye, Dragon Inn Ming-liang Tsai 2383
48 Zatôichi Takeshi Kitano 2408
49 Osama Siddiq Barmak 2425

2004

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michel Gondry 79
2 The Incredibles Brad Bird 250
3 Shaun of the Dead Edgar Wright 290
4 Before Sunset Richard Linklater 329
5 Million Dollar Baby** Clint Eastwood 347
6 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Quentin Tarantino 508
7 Downfall Oliver Hirschbiegel 557
8 Sideways* Alexander Payne 558
9 Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi 636
10 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Adam McKay 648
11 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alfonso Cuarón 673
12 The Bourne Supremacy Paul Greengrass 822
13 The Notebook Nick Cassavetes 829
14 Napoleon Dynamite Jared Hess 876
15 Howl's Moving Castle Hayao Miyazaki 940
16 Primer Shane Carruth 963
17 Garden State Zach Braff 987
18 Hotel Rwanda Terry George 995
19 Miracle Gavin O'Connor 1002
20 Crash** Paul Haggis 1026
21 Ray* Taylor Hackford 1045
22 Mean Girls Mark Waters 1081
23 Friday Night Lights Peter Berg and Josh Pate 1099
24 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Rawson Marshall Thurber 1124
25 Shrek 2 Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon 1183
26 Team America: World Police Trey Parker 1200
27 Finding Neverland* Marc Forster 1222
28 The Sea Inside Alejandro Amenábar 1248
29 Saw James Wan 1270
30 The Passion of the Christ Mel Gibson 1276
31 Dead Man's Shoes Shane Meadows 1285
32 Fahrenheit 9/11 Michael Moore 1294
33 Dawn of the Dead Zack Snyder 1317
34 2046 Kar-Wai Wong 1385
35 The Aviator* Martin Scorsese 1469
36 Head-On Fatih Akin 1474
37 Bad Education Pedro Almodóvar 1478
38 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Wes Anderson 1548
39 House of Flying Daggers Yimou Zhang 1580
40 Kung Fu Hustle Stephen Chow 1594
41 The Motorcycle Diaries Walter Salles 1663
42 DiG! Ondi Timoner 1681
43 Super Size Me Morgan Spurlock 1768
44 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Danny Leiner 1769
45 Mysterious Skin Gregg Araki 1836
46 Tropical Malady Apichatpong Weerasethakul 2009
47 Collateral Michael Mann 2017
48 The Butterfly Effect Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber 2028
49 Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman 2109
50 Moolaadé Ousmane Sembene 2119
51 Vera Drake Mike Leigh 2125
52 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky 2166
53 3-Iron Ki-duk Kim 2251

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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