The Best Movies of the 21st Century

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A few months ago, the BBC published a list of the “best” movies of the 21st century. While these lists are nothing if not subjective, let’s be clear: that list is wrong. Way wrong. Horribly, terribly wrong. So, why not come up with my own list? It may not have the seal of approval from the Queen’s official network, but it’s certainly better than the drivel they published. (Seriously – check out that list. It’s atrocious, or as I would say to my friend Kim, “atrosh.”) N.B. that the BBC’s list considers the 21st century as starting in 2000, so I will use that format. Read that ridiculous list and then check out mine, below, and you tell me (in the comments or on twitter or Facebook) which movies you’d actually rather (re-)watch. Without further ado, the real 100 best movies of the 21st century, presented in alphabetical order:

  1. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
  2. 10 Years (2011)
  3. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  4. 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
  5. 50/50 (2011)
  6. 8 Mile (2002)
  7. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  8. Almost Famous (2000)
  9. American Hustle (2013)
  10. Argo (2012)
  11. Arrival (2016)
  12. Batman Begins (2005)
  13. Before Sunset (2004)
  14. Big Fish (2003)
  15. Birdman (2014)
  16. Blue Valentine (2010)
  17. Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  18. Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  19. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  20. Casino Royale (2006)
  21. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  22. Creed (2015)
  23. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  24. Donne Darko (2001)
  25. Drinking Buddies (2013)
  26. Drive (2011)
  27. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  28. End of Watch (2012)
  29. Enough Said (2013)
  30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  31. Ex Machina (2015)
  32. The Fast and the Furious series (except the 2nd and 3rd one) [2001-2015]
  33. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
  34. Gladiator (2000)
  35. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
  36. Gone Girl (2014)
  37. Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
  38. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  39. Half Nelson (2006)
  40. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  41. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011)
  42. High Fidelity (2000)
  43. In the Bedroom (2001)
  44. Inside Out (2015)
  45. Iron Man (2008)
  46. Jackie (2016)
  47. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
  48. Knocked Up (2007)
  49. Limitless (2011)
  50. Little Children (2006)
  51. Love Actually (2003
  52. Match Point (2005)
  53. Memento (2000)
  54. Miracle (2004)
  55. Munich (2005)
  56. National Treasure (2004)
  57. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  58. Old School (2003)
  59. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  60. Predestination (2014)
  61. Primer (2004)
  62. Prisoners (2013)
  63. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  64. Rogue One (2016)
  65. Room (2015)
  66. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  67. Skyfall (2012)
  68. Snatch (2000)
  69. Source Code (2011)
  70. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  71. Spotlight (2015)
  72. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  73. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  74. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  75. Thank You for Smoking (2005)
  76. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
  77. The Avengers (2012)
  78. The Aviator (2004)
  79. The Big Short (2015)
  80. The Departed (2006)
  81. The Hangover (2009)
  82. The Hurt Locker (2008)
  83. The Ides of March (2011)
  84. The Incredibles (2004)
  85. The Lego Movie (2014)
  86. The Martian (2015)
  87. The Science of Sleep (2006)
  88. The Skeleton Twins (2014)
  89. The Social Network (2010)
  90. The Way, Way Back (2013)
  91. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  92. Training Day (2001)
  93. Tropic Thunder (2008)
  94. Up (2009)
  95. Up in the Air (2009)
  96. Vanilla Sky (2001)
  97. Wall-E (2008)
  98. Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  99. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  100. Zodiac (2007)

Near misses (also alphabetical): 127 Hours; 21 and 22 Jump Street; American Pie 2; Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Celeste and Jesse Forever; Easy A; Elf; Friends with Kids; Hotel Rwanda; I Heart Huckabees; In a World; Looper; Milk; Mystic River; Ruby Sparks; Save the Date; Sleeping with Other People; Step Brothers; Superbad; Supertroopers; Talladega Nights; Ted; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; The Notebook; The Rocker; Wedding Crashers; Wet Hot American Summer; What a Girl Wants; What If; X-Men 2: X-Men United; Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Movies by year:

2000: 6

2001: 7*

2002: 3

2003: 5

2004: 10

2005: 8

2006: 5

2007: 4

2008: 5

2009: 4

2010: 3

2011: 8

2012: 6

2013: 8

2014: 7

2015: 9*

2016: 3

*Note: 2001 and 2015 get counted for the Fast and Furious franchise, so this list adds to 101.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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