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The 21st Century`s 25 Best Films


The beginning of new milennium marked a new era in cinematography providing film-makers with better technologies and new creative ideas.  So many great movies have been made sience 2000 but some of them are really outstanding. BBC Culture surveyed 177 film critics from all over the world to determine the 100 greatest films of the 21st century. We suggest you to skip to the top 25 from this list to enjoy the best from the best.

25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)

A man juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.



24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.


23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.


22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.


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

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.


20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.


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

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.


18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?


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

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.


16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.


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

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.


14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.


13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.


12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.


11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.


10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.


9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision — to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.


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

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.


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

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings.


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

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.


5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.


4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

During her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.


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

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.


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

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.


1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.




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