NY Times: 25 Best Movies of the 21st Century (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 799,886 | Gross: $154.06M

2. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 573,302 | Gross: $10.06M

3. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 472,867 | Gross: $40.22M

4. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

7.4
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99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 236,465 | Gross: $27.85M

5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.3
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89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 840,703 | Gross: $34.40M

6. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 552,324 | Gross: $356.46M

7. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 595,416 | Gross: $100.49M

8. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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73 Metascore

Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco

Votes: 370,727 | Gross: $109.45M

9. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.6
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95 Metascore

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 398,062 | Gross: $17.02M

10. Boyhood (I) (2014)

R | 165 min | Drama

7.9
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100 Metascore

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith

Votes: 319,455 | Gross: $25.38M

11. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 200,842 | Gross: $47.40M

12. I'm Not There (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 54,471 | Gross: $4.02M

13. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.5
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93 Metascore

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 126,196 | Gross: $13.24M

14. Yi Yi (2000)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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93 Metascore

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee

Votes: 17,636 | Gross: $1.14M

15. Wendy and Lucy (2008)

R | 80 min | Drama

7.1
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80 Metascore

Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Lucy, David Koppell, Max Clement

Votes: 14,992 | Gross: $0.86M

16. A Touch of Sin (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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76 Metascore

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao, Lanshan Luo

Votes: 9,319 | Gross: $0.09M

17. White Material (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

6.9
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81 Metascore

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 6,230 | Gross: $0.30M

18. Timbuktu (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, War

7.1
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92 Metascore

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed

Votes: 14,974 | Gross: $1.08M

19. Silent Light (2007)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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79 Metascore

In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall

Votes: 5,544 | Gross: $0.05M

20. The Child (2005)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.5
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87 Metascore

Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 16,644 | Gross: $0.65M

21. Three Times (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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80 Metascore

Three stories set in three times, 1911, 1966 and 2005. Two actors play the two main characters in each story.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Fang Mei, Shu-Chen Liao

Votes: 5,140 | Gross: $0.15M

22. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

R | 153 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Doru Ana, Monica Barladeanu, Alina Berzunteanu, Dorian Boguta

Votes: 12,388 | Gross: $0.08M

23. Summer Hours (2008)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Family

7.2
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85 Metascore

Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier, Edith Scob

Votes: 6,629 | Gross: $1.64M

24. The Gleaners & I (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

7.7
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83 Metascore

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 5,261 | Gross: $0.15M

25. In Jackson Heights (2015)

TV-MA | 190 min | Documentary

7.1
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81 Metascore

Jackson Heights, Queens is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the US where 167 languages are spoken. IN JACKSON HEIGHTS explores the conflict between maintaining ties to old traditions and adapting to American values.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 491 | Gross: $0.05M


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