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The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world

18:05, Sunday, 18 September, 2016
The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”
     How often have we all heard that resigned expression? How often have we said it ourselves? ‘The death of cinema’ is debated in university film studies programs worldwide. Critics lament the loss of 'small movies' in favour of superhero spectacles. Box-office analysts look for signs of an industry on the brink. Studio executives fear that video-on-demand may destroy the idea of going to the cinema more than broadcast and cable TV ever did.
     And what can we really call a new classic? What in recent vintage can hold its own on the big screen with the likes of The Searchers, The Godfather, The Rules of the Game, Seven Samurai or Citizen Kane? Some film journalists even think the movie star is a thing of the past.
     Perhaps the fault lies not in our movie stars, but in ourselves. If you can’t find masterpieces amid the blockbuster flotsam, you simply aren’t looking hard enough. Film-making today, whether massively expensive or made with tiny budgets, shot on celluloid or video, is thriving artistically as much as it ever has. But today you’ll find greater diversity in the kinds of films being made, if not in the people who are making them. That’s why we, the editors of BBC Culture, decided to commission a poll of critics to determine the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century. Last year, we asked critics to name the greatest American films of all time, and we were surprised that only six films made since 2000 made the top 100. Is there a feeling that time sanctifies a classic? Perhaps. But this time, we wanted to prove that this century has given us films that will stand the test of time, that you will continue to think about and argue about if only you give them a chance and watch them.
     For our poll to determine the 100 greatest American films, we surveyed 62 film critics from around the world. This time, we received responses from 177 – from every continent except Antarctica. Some are newspaper or magazine reviewers, others write primarily for websites; academics and cinema curators are well-represented too. For the purposes of this poll we have decided that a list of the greatest films of the 21st Century should include the year 2000, even though we recognise that there was no ‘Year Zero’ and that 2001 is mathematically the start of the century. Not only did we all celebrate the turn of the millennium on 31 December 1999, but the year 2000 was a landmark in global cinema, and, in particular, saw the emergence of new classics from Asia like nothing we had ever seen before.
     We believe that the new classics on this list are destined to become old classics. Whether or not that happens is ultimately up to you, the moviegoers. But one thing is certain: cinema isn’t dying, it’s evolving.
     100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
     100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
     100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
     99. The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
     98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
     97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
     96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
     95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
     94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
     93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
     92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
     91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
     90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
     89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
     88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
     87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
     86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
     85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
     84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
     83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
     82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
     81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
     80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
     79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
     78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
     77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
     76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
     75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
     74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
     73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
     72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
     71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
     70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
     69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
     68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
     67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
     66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
     65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
     64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
     63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
     62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
     61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
     60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
     59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
     58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
     57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
     56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
     55. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
     54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
     53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
     52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
     51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
     50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
     49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
     48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
     47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
     46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
     45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
     44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
     43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
     42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
     41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
     40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
     39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
     38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
     37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
     36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
     35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
     34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
     33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
     32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
     31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
     30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
     29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
     28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
     27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
     26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
     25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
     24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
     23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
     22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
     21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
     20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
     19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
     18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
     17. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
     16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
     15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
     14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
     13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
     12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
     11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
     10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
     9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
     8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
     7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
     6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
     5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
     4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
     3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
     2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
     1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

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