Critics Rank 100 Greatest Films of 21st Century

Critics Rank 100 Greatest Films of 21st Century

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177 critics from around the world were tasked with choosing the 100 greatest films of the 21st century. Admit it, you’re dying to know what they picked. Read more after the jump.

Choose your top 100 films from the last 16 years. Take your time. Finished? That’s great, but I guarantee you it wouldn’t be the same as my list. Even if the movies were all there, there’s no chance they’d be ranked the same. How could they? I’ve never been the biggest fan of movie ranking lists. Films are 99.99999% subjective (we can all agree certain films are terrible), so  having a single comprehensive list of the “best” films seems nuts. Nevertheless, The BBC decided to attempt the impossible (or at least unlikely) and list the 100 best films of the 21st century. How? They got nearly 200 film critics together to make the decision. Even I have to admit that I was curious to see what they would say. Have a look at the list for yourself, courtesy of BBC Culture.

Title, Director, Year Rank
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
1
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
2
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
3
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
4
Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
5
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
6
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
7
Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
8
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
9
 No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
10
 Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
11
 Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
12
 Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
13
 The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
14
 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
15
 Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
16
 Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
17
 The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
18
 Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
19
 Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
20
 The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
21
 Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
22
 Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
23
 The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
24
 Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
25
 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
26
 The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
27
 Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
28
 WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
29
 Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
30
 Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
31
 The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
32
 The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
33
 Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
34
 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
35
 Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
36
 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
37
 City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
38
 The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
39
 Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
40
 Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
41
 Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
42
 Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
43
 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
44
 Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
45
 Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
46
 Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
47
 Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
48
 Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
49
 The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
50
 Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
51
 Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
52
 Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
53
 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
54
 Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
55
 Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
56
 Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
57
 Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
58
 A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
59
 Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
60
 Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
61
 Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
62
 The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
63
 The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
64
 Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
65
 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
66
 The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
67
 The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
68
 Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
69
 Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
70
 Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
71
 Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
72
 Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
73
 Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
74
 Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
75
 Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
76
 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
77
 The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
78
 Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
79
 The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
80
 Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
81
 A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
82
 A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
83
 Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
84
 A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
85
 Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
86
 Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
87
 Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
88
 The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
89
 The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
90
 The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
91
 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
92
 Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
93
 Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
94
 Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
95
 Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
96
 White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
97
 Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
98
 The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
99
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
100
Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100
Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
100

This list is pretty surprising. There’s considerably more range to it than you’d normally expect from professional film critics. We’ve got straight dramas, black comedies and documentaries throughout the list. There’s also a decent offering of animated movies. Along with acclaimed Japanese animation like Spirited Away, there are also Western offerings like Finding Nemo and WALL-E. The closest to a comedy on the list is Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom. The list is choc full of notable directors like Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky and Steven Spielberg. A lot of avant garde and foreign language offerings are also thrown into the mix.

2012 and 2013 were apparently the best years for amazing movies, with 18% of the list. So far 2016 has been the worst with only one mention (Toni Erdmann).

This list has a lot of holes. It’s not surprising that the list of 100 has basically no comedy, horror or sci-fi to its name. These aren’t genres that professional critics tend to love. However, if you wanted a list of acclaimed movies to watch you could do a lot worse than this.

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