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Best Thriller Films Of the 2000s, Ranked

The 2000s was filled with some really intriguing thriller films of all time. Now that many of them have touched their 20th anniversary, it’s the right time to examine which one stood where and how they prominently changed the filmmaking landscape within the genre. Moreover, movies under this particular theme often thrive to merge with other genres such as crime, drama, or horror for that matter. With that being said, these are the best thriller movies of the 2000s, ranked as per their IMDb ratings –

Oldboy

IMDb rating: 8.4
IMDb rating: 8.4

This is the movie version of a famous comic book series from South Korea named Oldboy. It was filled with a feeling of revenge where a man seeks to discover the details about his kidnapper after getting locked up for around fifteen years. While the movie is filled with horrifying violence and a tough journey of an innocent person, it also highlights some really intense action scenes that grip the audience till the end. With that being said, Oldboy is perhaps referred to as a cinematic masterpiece. In fact, the critics have also raved about the film as they got blown away with every single element of it. While the global audience loved Oldboy, the film was apparently not that famous amongst the American audiences.

The Lives Of Others

IMDb rating: 8.4
IMDb rating: 8.4

The Lives of Others is a 2006 released film that sailed from Germany. It focused on genres such as mystery and a bit of drama as well. With that being said, the film was all about a secret police officer who keeps his eyes on unsuspecting couples so that he could become a bit more invested in their respective lives than what is being originally anticipated. The Lives of Others was so spectacular that it won the Best Foreign Language Film award as well. It was also the directional debut of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Maybe because of its language, the movie is yet considered underrated to the standard American audiences.

The Departed

IMDb rating: 8.5
IMDb rating: 8.5

The Departed was Martin Scorsese’s best movie ever released between 2000 and 2010. It was American-sized on the 2002’s Internal Affairs. The plot sees a spectacular merge between the drama and crime genres where the story follows the life of an undercover police officer who investigates a gang from Boston. Surprisingly, The Departed was the only Oscar Martin Scorsese managed to win. However, a bit of credit goes to the star cast as well that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Jack Nicholson, and Anthony Anderson.

The Prestige

IMDb rating: 8.5
IMDb rating: 8.5

The Prestige was one of the classics that Christopher Nolan delivered on screen for the global audience. The film was filled with thrills, magic, drama, and mystery of course. Expecting such a twisted plot from the 2000s released movie was really something huge. However, The Prestige delivered it so nicely that audiences were forced to leave the cinema halls questioning the truth. Again, a bit of credit goes to the star cast as well that included Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie. With that being said, The Prestige won quite a couple of Academy Awards for its best visuals, best cinematography, and art direction as well.

The Dark Knight

IMDb rating: 9.0
IMDb rating: 9.0

Last but not least, it is again Christopher Nolan who delivered the top-ranking thriller of the 2000s, The Dark Knight. It was the second film of the Dark Knight trilogy that included an even more chaotic story, spectacular visuals, and a top-notch cast. It included Heath Ledge who portrayed the role of The Joker. With that said, The Dark Knight remained a staple in global cinema as the makers worldwide took inspiration from this very film and that is what makes it rank top on today’s list.

Prateek Chatterjee
Prateek Chatterjee

Hey there! I'm a content and copywriter by profession. Been like three years into this domain and have been a perpetual writer with Animated Times since last one year (approx.). A Marvel maniac and kinda Potterhead. Trying to articulate things simpler and thrillful to experience. Check out my articles with Animated Times here and do not forget to follow us on social media platforms for regular updates.

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