BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century

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The 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century is a list compiled in August 2016 by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), chosen by a voting poll of 177 film critics from around the world.[1]

It was compiled by collating the top ten films submitted by the critics who were asked to list the best films released since the year 2000.[2]

Selection criteria[edit]

BBC Culture asked 177 film critics from around the world to rank the ten films produced in the twenty-first century that they considered the greatest. Participants were permitted to choose from titles released between January 2000 to June 2016 (when all responses were collected). Each film listed in these responses was then given points based on their ranking. If a film was ranked first in a critic's list, that film would get ten points, whereas the one ranked in tenth place would get one point. The list features 102 titles because of a tie between Carlos, Requiem for a Dream, and Toni Erdmann for the 100th place ranking.[3][4] With three films apiece, directors Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Haneke, and the Coen brothers have the most titles on the list. Spirited Away was the highest ranked animated film at #4, whilst Children of Men at #13 was the top film with British production input (the BBC being a British company).

A total of 177 critics from 36 countries participated in the poll, with the largest number (81) from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom. Out of the 177, 122 are men and fifty-five are women. Most participants are newspaper/magazine film reviewers, Internet film reviewers, academics, and cinema curators.[5]

Full list[edit]

No. Title Director Country Year
1 Mulholland DriveDavid LynchUnited States, France 2001
2 In the Mood for Love Wong Kar-wai Hong Kong, France 2000
3 There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson United States 2007
4 Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki Japan 2001
5 Boyhood Richard Linklater United States 2014
6 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michel Gondry United States 2004
7 The Tree of Life Terrence Malick United States 2011
8 Yi Yi Edward Yang Taiwan, Japan 2000
9 A Separation Asghar Farhadi Iran 2011
10 No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen United States 2007
11 Inside Llewyn Davis United States, France 2013
12 Zodiac David Fincher United States 2007
13 Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón United Kingdom, United States 2006
14 The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom 2012
15 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Cristian Mungiu Romania 2007
16 Holy Motors Leos Carax France, Germany 2012
17 Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro Spain, Mexico 2006
18 The White Ribbon Michael Haneke France, Austria, Germany, Italy 2009
19 Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller Australia 2015
20 Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman United States 2008
21 The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson United States 2014
22 Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola United States 2003
23 Caché Michael Haneke France, Austria, Germany, Italy 2005
24 The Master Paul Thomas Anderson United States 2012
25 Memento Christopher Nolan United States 2001
26 25th Hour Spike Lee United States 2002
27 The Social Network David Fincher United States 2010
28 Talk to Her Pedro Almodóvar Spain 2002
29 WALL-E Andrew Stanton United States 2008
30 Oldboy Park Chan-wook South Korea 2003
31 Margaret Kenneth Lonergan United States 2011
32 The Lives of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany 2006
33 The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan United States 2008
34 Son of Saul László Nemes Hungary 2015
35 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Ang Lee Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, United States 2000
36 Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako Mauritania, France 2014
37 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand 2010
38 City of God Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund Brazil 2002
39 The New World Terrence Malick United States 2005
40 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee United States 2005
41 Inside Out Pete Docter United States 2015
42 Amour Michael Haneke France, Austria, Germany 2012
43 Melancholia Lars von Trier Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany 2011
44 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen United States, United Kingdom 2013
45 Blue Is the Warmest Colour Abdellatif Kechiche France, Belgium, Spain 2013
46 Certified Copy Abbas Kiarostami Iran 2010
47 Leviathan Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia 2014
48 Brooklyn John Crowley United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland 2015
49 Goodbye to Language Jean-Luc Godard France, Switzerland 2014
50 The Assassin Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan, China, Hong Kong 2015
51 Inception Christopher Nolan United States, United Kingdom 2010
52 Tropical Malady Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand 2004
53 Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann Australia 2001
54 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey 2011
55 Ida Paweł Pawlikowski Poland, Denmark, France, United Kingdom 2013
56 Werckmeister Harmonies Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky Hungary 2000
57 Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow United States 2012
58 Moolaadé Ousmane Sembène Senegal, France, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia 2004
59 A History of Violence David Cronenberg United States 2005
60 Syndromes and a Century Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand 2006
61 Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland 2013
62 Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino United States, Germany 2009
63 The Turin Horse Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky Hungary 2011
64 The Great Beauty Paolo Sorrentino Italy, France 2013
65 Fish Tank Andrea Arnold United Kingdom 2009
66 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring Kim Ki-duk South Korea, Germany 2003
67 The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow United States 2008
68 The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson United States 2001
69 Carol Todd Haynes United Kingdom, United States 2015
70 Stories We Tell Sarah Polley Canada 2012
71 Tabu Miguel Gomes Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France 2012
72 Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch United Kingdom, Germany 2013
73 Before Sunset Richard Linklater United States 2004
74 Spring Breakers Harmony Korine United States 2012
75 Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson United States 2014
76 Dogville Lars von Trier Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden, France 2003
77 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Julian Schnabel France, United States 2007
78 The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese United States 2013
79 Almost Famous Cameron Crowe United States 2000
80 The Return Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia 2003
81 Shame Steve McQueen United Kingdom 2011
82 A Serious Man Joel Coen and Ethan Coen United States 2009
83 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Steven Spielberg United States 2001
84 Her Spike Jonze United States 2013
85 A Prophet Jacques Audiard France, Italy 2009
86 Far from Heaven Todd Haynes United States 2002
87 Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet France 2001
88 Spotlight Tom McCarthy United States 2015
89 The Headless Woman Lucrecia Martel Argentina 2008
90 The Pianist Roman Polanski France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom 2002
91 The Secret in Their Eyes Juan José Campanella Argentina 2009
92 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Andrew Dominik United States 2007
93 Ratatouille Brad Bird United States 2007
94 Let the Right One In Tomas Alfredson Sweden 2008
95 Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson United States 2012
96 Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton United States 2003
97 White Material Claire Denis France 2009
98 Ten Abbas Kiarostami Iran 2002
99 The Gleaners and I Agnès Varda France 2000
100 Carlos Olivier Assayas France, Germany 2010
100 Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky United States 2000
100 Toni Erdmann Maren Ade Germany, Austria 2016


  1. ^ BBC unveils 100 Best Movies of the 21st Century List|Collider
  2. ^ Are These the 100 Best Movies of the 21st Century?|Vanity Fair
  3. ^ "The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films". BBC. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ "BBC - Culture - The 21st Century's 1-- Greatest Films: Who Voted?". BBC.Com. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. ^ 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century: BBC Surveys Global Critics|IndieWire

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