The BBC’s 100 Greatest 21st Century Films

In the wake of a U.S. summer film season in which not a lot was well-received, and a culture more vocal about their differing opinions on films than ever before, a good list of ‘Top Movies’ always seems to incite some healthy and rigorous debate. Today, the results have been published from a BBC Culture commissioned poll of critics to determine the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century.

The results is one of the best lists of this type in some time. An excellent mix of titles from 2000 onwards and from filmmakers of pretty much every nationality. Some like the Coens, Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Michael Haneke and Paul Thomas Anderson made the list three times while David Fincher, Abbas Kiarostami, Andrew Stanton and Terrence Malick got on there twice.

As always there will be debate over what’s missing, and you could easily include another hundred films of worthy additions such as: “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Casino Royale,” “Collateral,” “Black Swan,” “The Quiet American,” “Munich,” “In the Loop,” “Mommy,” “The Others,” “Gladiator,” “United 93,” “Drive,” “Skyfall,” “Donnie Darko,” “A Single Man,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Grey,” “The Incredibles,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Batman Begins,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Departed,” “The Guard,” “In Bruges,” “Traffic,” “28 Days Later,” “Bowling for Columbine,” “Chicago,” “Best in Show,” “Whiplash,” “Gran Torino,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Prestige,” “Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Birdman,” “Calvary,” “Minority Report,” “Tangerine,” “The Avengers,” “The Descent,” “The Wrestler,” “Hunger,” “Adaptation,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Battle Royale,” “The Babadook,” “Borat,” “Secret Sunshine,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” “The Raid,” “The Raid 2,” “The Fog of War,” “Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Inside Man,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” “Brick,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” “Looper,” “Moon,” “Waltz with Bashir,” “Snowpiercer,” “The Hunt,” “Primer,” “Memories of Murder,” “District 9,” “V or Vendetta,” “Before Midnight,” “Toy Story 3,” “Hero,” “Downfall,” “Little Children,” “Burn After Reading,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “Gravity,” “Prisoners,” “The Imposter,” “Shadow of the Vampire,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ex Machina,” “The Revenant,” “I’m Not There,” “Amores Perros,” “Starred Up,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Weekend,” “The Martian,” “I Am Love,” “Nightcrawler,” “Sicario,” “Aquarius,” “Creed,” “Clouds of Sils Maria” and one of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Check out the list for yourself below. What changes would you make?

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. “No Country for Old Men” (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
11. “Inside Llewyn Davis” (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
12. “Zodiac” (David Fincher, 2007)
13. “Children of Men” (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
14. “The Act of Killing” (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
15. “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 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. “Lost in Translation” (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
23. “Cache” (Michael Haneke, 2005)
24. “The Master” (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
25. “Memento” (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
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. “The Dark Knight” (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
34. “Son of Saul” (Laszlo Nemes, 2015)
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)
40. “Brokeback Mountain” (Ang Lee, 2005)
41. “Inside Out” (Pete Docter, 2015)
42. “Amour” (Michael Haneke, 2012)
43. “Melancholia” (Lars von Trier, 2011)
44. “12 Years a Slave” (Steve McQueen, 2013)
45. “Blue Is the Warmest Color” (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
46. “Certified Copy” (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
47. “Leviathan” (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
48. “Brooklyn” (John Crowley, 2015)
49. “Goodbye to Language” (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
50. “The Assassin” (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
51. “Inception” (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
52. “Tropical Malady” (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
53. “Moulin Rouge!” (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
54. “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
55. “Ida” (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
56. “Werckmeister Harmonies” (Bela Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
57. “Zero Dark Thirty” (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
58. “Moolaade” (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
59. “A History of Violence” (David Cronenberg, 2005)
60. “Syndromes and a Century” (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
61. “Under the Skin” (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
62. “Inglourious Basterds” (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
63. “The Turin Horse” (Bela Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
64. “The Great Beauty” (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
65. “Fish Tank” (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
66. “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring” (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
67. “The Hurt Locker” (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
68. “The Royal Tenenbaums” (Wes Anderson, 2001)
69. “Carol” (Todd Haynes, 2015)
70. “Stories We Tell” (Sarah Polley, 2012)
71. “Tabu” (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
72. “Only Lovers Left Alive” (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
73. “Before Sunset” (Richard Linklater, 2004)
74. “Spring Breakers” (Harmony Korine, 2012)
75. “Inherent Vice” (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
76. “Dogville” (Lars von Trier, 2003)
77. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
78. “The Wolf of Wall Street” (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
79. “Almost Famous” (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
80. “The Return” (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
81. “Shame” (Steve McQueen, 2011)
82. “A Serious Man” (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
83. “A.I. “Artificial Intelligence” (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
84. “Her” (Spike Jonze, 2013)
85. “A Prophet” (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
86. “Far From Heaven” (Todd Haynes, 2002)
87. “Amelie” (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
88. “Spotlight” (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
89. “The Headless Woman” (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
90. “The Pianist” (Roman Polanski, 2002)
91. “The Secret in Their Eyes” (Juan Jose Campanella, 2009)
92. “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
93. “Ratatouille” (Brad Bird, 2007)
94. “Let the Right One In” (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
95. “Moonrise Kingdom” (Wes Anderson, 2012)
96. “Finding Nemo” (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
97. “White Material” (Claire Denis, 2009)
98. “Ten” (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
99. “The Gleaners and I” (Agnès Varda, 2000)
100. “Carlos” (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
100. “Requiem for a Dream” (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. “Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade, 2016)