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The Greatest Films of the 21st Century (According to BBC Culture)

BBC Culture has released a selection of the 100 (102) greatest films of the 21st century. How they made this list was asking 177 professional film critics from around the world to name their 10 best films of the 21st century. From there, they combined the totals to come up with these particular films. I personally find this list very interesting and mostly accurate. There are of course some that I would put higher/lower or ones I would take out all together. There are certainly ones I would put in instead, for example there is no Birdman, but for the most part this list was very good. It has an interesting film at the #1 spot, but I can’t get too upset because Mulholland Drive is by far one of the most thought-provoking, original films I have ever seen. Rounding up the top 10 are some of my all-time favorite films including There Will Be Blood, Boyhood, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I’m happy to see those particular films get recognition, and it’s interesting to wonder how they would be ranked in another decade or so. I think out of those three, There Will Be Blood has the greatest potential to still be a top 10 all time film of the 21st century.

I will keep this post updated and change the tally as soon as I see a new film on this list. I have never seen the #2 film In The Mood for Love, which I have heard nothing but great things about. I will be sure to view it sometime in the near future. So without further ado, here is the list of the greatest films of the 21st century in its entirety:

(*If I have seen it)

*1 Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

2 In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

*3 There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

4 Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

*5 Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

*6 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)

*7 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

8 Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)

9 A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

*10 Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)

*10 No Country For Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)

*12 Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

*12 Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)

14 The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)

15 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)

16 Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)

17 Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)

18 The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)

*19 Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

20 Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

*21 The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

22 Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)

*22 Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)

*24 The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)

*25 Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2001)

*26 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)

*27 The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

28 Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)

*29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)

*30 Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)

31 Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)

32 The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

33 Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)

*33 The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

*35 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)

36 Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)

37 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)

38 City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)

39 The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)

*39 Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)

*41 Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, 2015)

*42 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

42 Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)

*42 Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)

*45 Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)

45 Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)

45 Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

*48 Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)

49 Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)

*49 Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

49 The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)

52 Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)

53 Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013)

53 Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)

53 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)

56 Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2000)

56 Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)

*58 A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)

*58 Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, 2009)

58 Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene, 2004)

58 Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)

*58 Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)

63 Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)

63 The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)

63 The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)

66 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)

66 The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)

68 Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)

*68 The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)

70 Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)

70 Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)

*72 Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)

72 Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)

74 Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)

*75 Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)

*75 Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)

75 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)

*78 Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)

78 The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)

*78 The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)

81 A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)

81 A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)

81 A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)

*81 Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)

*81 Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)

*86 Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

86 Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)

*88 Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)

89 The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)

*90 Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)

90 Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

*90 Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)

*90 Ratatouille (Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, 2007)

90 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)

90 The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)

90 The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)

97 Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)

97 The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)

97 White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)

100 Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)

*100 Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)

100 Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)

Here is a link to the actual poll on BBC

Here is a link to some surprising facts about the aftermath of the list

Here is a link to all the voters and their selections

1 Comment

  1. VIA VHS

    Glad to see ‘There Will Be Blood’ so high on the list. It’s become on of my favorite movies of all time.


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