The award-winning movies from the 2000s feature historical epics, musicals, dramas and action thrillers. These movies featured Oscar-winning actors and directors and every movie on this list won the Academy Award for Best Picture at sometime in the 2000s.

  1. “Gladiator” Ridley Scott directed this award-winning movie from the 2000s, a historical epic about a gladiato fighting for his freedom. Russell Crowe won Best Actor at the 2001 Academy Awards for his role in the movie. The film received twelve Oscar nominations, winning five.

  2. “A Beautiful Mind” Russell Crowe starred in his second straight Oscar award-winning movie from the 2000s. The movie is the biopic of Noble Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, a paranoid schizophrenic. The movie received eight Oscar nominations, winning four of them.

  3. “Chicago” “Chicago” was the first musical to take home the Oscar for Best Picture since “Oliver!” in 1960. Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones star as two women awaiting their trial for killing their lovers. The movie received thirteen Oscar nominations, winning six of them.

  4. “The Return of the King” The third movie in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise sees the heroes finally defeat the forces of evil. The movie accomplished an impressive feat by winning all eleven Oscars it was nominated for, including Best Picture and Best Director.

  5. “Million Dollar Baby” Clint Eastwood directed this award-winning movie from the 2000s. The movie stars Hilary Swank as a female boxer who comes to Eastwood’s trainer for help with her career. This drama earned seven Oscar nominations, winning four including Best Picture and one each for Eastwood, Swank and Morgan Freeman.

  6. “Crash” In one of the more controversial award-winning movies from the 2000s, “Crash” defeated “Brokeback Mountain” in one of the closest matchups in recent memory. The movie is about racial equality featuring a number of people who live in racial hatred.

  7. “The Departed” Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar for Best Director for this 2006 movie. The film is a remake of the Hong Kong crime flick “Infernal Affairs” about two men who go undercover, one in the mob and the other in the police force. The movie earned five Oscar nominations, winning four.

  8. “No Country for Old Men” The Coen brothers directed this award winning movie from the 2000s, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. Javier Bardem had a career defining role as hit-man Anton Chigurh who hunts down a man who finds, and keeps, drug money.

  9. “Slumdog Millionaire” This Danny Boyle movie is a loving homage to the Bollywood movie genre. The movie follows a Mumbai street kid who gets the opportunity to play on the Indian “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” It received ten Oscar nominations, winning eight.

  10. “The Hurt Locker” “The Hurt Locker” is a war movie about the men who are tasked with defusing bombs. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, she became the first female to ever win Best Director. It won six Oscars with nine nominations.