The 25 Best Films Of This Century

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 buy them for your collection.

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 buy.

25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)

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24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)

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23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)

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22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)

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

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

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

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18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)

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

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16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)

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

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

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13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

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12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)

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

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

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9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

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

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

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

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5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

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4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

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

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

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1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

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