The 25 Best Films Of The 21st Century, And Where To Watch Them

There have been a lot of great films released since the year 2000, but some of them stood above the rest and elevated the medium to a whole new level of storytelling. These are the 25 best films of the 21st century according to film critics around the globe, and where you can watch them for yourself.

BBC Culture reached out to 177 of the world's most prominent film critics and asked them each for their top 10 picks for films released between the beginning of 2000 and the present day. When it was all said and done, BBC looked over the votes and came up with a list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century. If you want to skip to the extra good stuff, and give yourself a quick education in great film, here are the top 25 with links to where you can watch them on any of your devices.

25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)

Where to watch: Available on Quickflix's DVD/Blu-ray subscription service.

24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)

Where to watch: Available on PlayStation. Also available on DVD.

23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)

Where to watch: This film was also released under the title Hidden. Available on Google Play.

22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)

Where to watch: Available on iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on DVD.

21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

Where to watch: Available on Dendy Direct, iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on DVD/Blu-ray.

20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

Where to watch: Available on Stan, Presto, Google Play and PlayStation. Also available on DVD.

19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

Where to watch: Available for rent or purchase on Stan, Dendy Direct, iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on DVD/Blu-ray.

18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)

Where to watch: Available on Dendy Direct and iTunes. Also available on Blu-ray.

17. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)

Where to watch: Available on Presto, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on DVD/Blu-ray.

16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)

Where to watch: Available on Dendy Direct, iTunes, Google Play, Quickflix and PlayStation. Also available on DVD.

15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)

Where to watch: Available on DVD.

14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)

Where to watch: Available on Stan, Dendy Direct, Quickflix, iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on DVD.

13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

Where to watch: Available on iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on Blu-ray.

12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)

Where to watch: Available on Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on Blu-ray.

11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)

Where to watch: Available on Dendy Direct, iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on DVD/Blu-ray.

10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)

Where to watch: Available on Amazon Prime Video, Presto, iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on DVD/Blu-ray.

9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

Where to watch: Available on Dendy Direct and PlayStation. Also available on DVD.

8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)

Where to watch: Available on Quickflix's DVD/Blu-ray subscription service.

7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

Where to watch: Available on Dendy Direct, iTunes, Google Play, Quickflix and PlayStation. Also available on DVD/Blu-ray.

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)

Where to watch: Available on Netflix, Stan and Dendy Direct. Also available on DVD.

5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

Where to watch: Available on iTunes, Google Play, PlayStation and the Microsoft store. Also available on DVD/Blu-ray.

4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

Where to watch: Available on DVD/Blu-ray.

3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

Where to watch: Available on Dendy Direct, iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. Also available on DVD/Blu-ray.

2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

Where to watch: Available on DVD.

1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

Where to watch: Available on DVD.


You can check out the complete list of all 100 films here. And if you're curious who the critics are and what each of their lists looked like, you can see that here.


Comments

    The year 2000 isn't in the 21st century, so 3, 8, and 25 should't be in that list :)

    Mulholland Drive? As number ONE? From Mr "Deep and Meaningless" David Lynch?
    That's... controversial.

    Sure, it's not his worst film: that would be Wild At Heart [about Elvis impersonators, the Wizard of Oz, matches being lit in slow motion, and the ceiling of a dance hall]. But is a little gratuitous nudity and Naomi Watts masturbating REALLY what it takes to be number one?

    Thank goodness we've still got plenty of years, and upcoming movies, to knock this off it's perch.

      Obviously you didn't understand the film...

        What's to understand?

        "And then I realised it was all a dream" [a story ending unsuitable for anyone above third grade] is rounded off with a few scenes of "reality" followed by "...and reality sucked, so I killed myself"

        Maybe you can find more in the movie: there are people who find pictures of Jesus in their toast, so anything is possible.

          Yeah. If you think it was all a dream, then you CERTAINLY didn't get the film ;)

    Year 2000 is the last year of the 20th century. 21st century started on Jan 1 2001.

    This is basically a random list of good movies subjectively picked by the author.

    It would be great if there was an opinion why they made the list and a short synopsis

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