Are these really the greatest movies of the 21st century so far?
Mulholland Drive

The best movies since the turn of the millennium? Or a reflection of intellectual navel-gazing?

A poll by BBC Culture has surveyed 177 critics from around the world, in order to come up with a countdown of the 100 greatest 21st century films.

You can read the full list here, but the Top 10 is as follows:

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)

David Lynch’s atmospheric, surreal Hollywood satire Mulholland Drive tops the poll, which is dominated by brooding experimental dramas and esoteric character studies.

There’s no doubting the quality of the included films, but it certainly seems a quintessential ‘critics’ list’; hence the inclusion of the aloof and arguably pretentious Tree Of Life – while suspenseful and popular Coens’ thriller No Country For Old Men barely scrapes into the top ten.


As a summary of some of the last sixteen years’ most interesting and provocative cinema, it’s definitely worthy of discussion. Whether or not it can stand as a definite countdown of the best films, however, is open to debate.

What do you think? Have your say:


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