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The 25 best films of the 21st century so far

Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott have written up an interactive feature for The New York Times counting down the best 25 films of this century:

We are now approximately one-sixth of the way through the 21st century, and thousands of movies have already been released. Which means that it’s high time for the sorting – and the fighting – to start. As the chief film critics of The Times, we decided to rank, with some help from cinema savants on Facebook, the top 25 movies that are destined to be the classics of the future. While we’re sure almost everyone will agree with our choices, we’re equally sure that those of you who don’t will let us know.

The write-ups are obviously worth reading in their entirety, but here’s the list of just the films:

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. Spirited Away
  3. Million Dollar Baby
  4. A Touch of Sin
  5. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  6. Yi Yi
  7. Inside Out
  8. Boyhood
  9. Summer Hours
  10. The Hurt Locker
  11. Inside Llewyn Davis
  12. Timbutku
  13. In Jackson Heights
  14. L’Enfant
  15. White Material
  16. Munich
  17. Three Times
  18. The Gleaners and I
  19. Mad Max: Fury Road
  20. Moonlight
  21. Wendy and Lucy
  22. I’m Not There
  23. Silent Light
  24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  25. The 40-Year Old Virgin

I personally find several of the choices puzzling (for instance, I wasn’t a massive fan of Inside Llewyn Davis like many of my colleagues — it’s probably my least favorite Coen Brothers film that they’ve made since 2000, which is no dig on the movie but more a testament to how damn good and consistent the Coen Bros are). But I’m impressed with the breadth and scope of the list.

Any list in which The 40-Year Old Virgin can co-exist with There Will Be Blood is good in my book.

  • Kyle

    Million Dollar Baby at 3 is…confounding.

    I agree with six of these (albeit not necessarily their placement): Inside Out, Boyhood, 40YOV (top three for me), Eternal Sunshine, ILD, Mad Max (#2 for me, behind Sideways).

  • DaanishSyed

    Interesting list. Not one I’s make, but interesting. All but Million Dollar Baby – man what a BAD movie.

  • Eniola Fawehinmi

    Only thing I agree with is There Will be Blood at 1. I scanned the rest of the list and didn’t see The Lives of Others and No Country for Old Men & just checked out.

  • You’re Not My Supervisor

    Please for the love of all that as good in the world tell me that you don’t like The Ladykillers more than Inside Llewyn Davis.

  • It’s a good list. I love that Munich, 40-Year-Old Virgin and Mad Max all got love. I’m a big Inside Llewyn Davis fan, but I don’t know how an argument can be made that it’s better than No Country for Old Men or A Serious Man.