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. 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.

Selection criteria[edit]

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Christopher Nolan
Wes Anderson
Michael Haneke
Paul Thomas Anderson
Coen brothers

BBC Culture requested 177 film critics from around the world to submit their responses for ten films which according to them are the greatest, the time period was limited from January 2000 to June 2016 (when the responses were completely collected). Each film listed in these responses were then given points based on their ranking, for instance, if a film was ranked at #1 in a critic's list, that film would get 10 points, whereas the one ranked at #10 would get 1 point. The list has 102 titles to be exact, due to a tie between Carlos, Requiem for a Dream, and Toni Erdmann for the 100th rank.[1][2] With three each, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Haneke, and the Coen brothers have the largest number of films in the list.

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 55 are women, and are primarily newspaper/magazine film reviewers, website film reviewers, academics, and cinema curators.

Full list[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films". BBC. August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "BBC - Culture - The 21st Century's 1-- Greatest Films: Who Voted?". BBC.Com. Retrieved 28 August 2016.