My best 15 films of the 21st centuryby JuguAbraham | created - 25 Aug 2016 | updated - 24 Jul 2018 | Public
My best 15 films by content, direction, music, editing and cinematography.
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1. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 157,324 | Gross: $13.30M
One of the two best works from Malick--the other being "The Thin Red Line"
2. Leviathan (2014)
R | 140 min | Crime, Drama
In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Votes: 43,786 | Gross: $1.09M
The best work of Zvyagintsev and his team--which included Philip Glass.
3. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Not Rated | 272 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Votes: 2,954 | Gross: $0.11M
The crowning work of Ruiz, among those that I have seen.
4. The Return (2003)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces.
Votes: 38,644 | Gross: $0.50M
The film that introduced Zvyagintsev to the world.
5. Three Monkeys (2008)
Not Rated | 109 min | Drama
A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships.
Votes: 17,688 | Gross: $0.04M
My personal favourite Ceylan film.
6. The Consequences of Love (2004)
100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid.
My favourite work of the director.
7. Bitter Dream (2004)
88 min | Comedy, Drama
For forty years, Esfandiar has been unconcernedly preparing corpses for the journey to their final resting place. One day, whilst preparing a burial service, he's taken ill. Might he too be mortal ?
The best Iranian film ever made--only very few have seen it because it was banned soon after it was made and shown at Cannes and Dubai.
8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
Not Rated | 157 min | Crime, Drama
A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.
Votes: 35,190 | Gross: $0.14M
Another amazing Ceylan work.
9. The Banishment (2007)
157 min | Drama, Romance
A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.
A Russian adaptation of an American novel with subtle political undertones.
10. Honey (2010)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama
The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest.
The crowning work of the Yusuf trilogy.
11. Locke (2013)
R | 85 min | Drama
Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.
Votes: 122,071 | Gross: $1.36M
An amazing script, acting and direction rolled into one film that deals with Thomas Locke's views/philosophy.
12. Certified Copy (2010)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper.
Votes: 18,534 | Gross: $1.34M
A mature work of an Iranian director working outside his country.
13. The Third Murder (2017)
Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A courtroom drama centered around the murder of a factory president.
Votes: 4,111 | Gross: $0.09M
The most impressive Japanese film in recent years.
14. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
R | 153 min | Drama
Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis.
Votes: 12,295 | Gross: $0.08M
The best of the resurgent Romanian cinema.
15. The Intruder (2004)
Unrated | 130 min | Drama
An emotionally cold man leaves the safety of his Alpine home to seek a heart transplant and an estranged son.
Votes: 1,591 | Gross: $0.04M
The most satisfying work from Clair Denis