The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed 250 Films

  1. 2000

  2. Almost Famous (Crowe, Cameron; US)
  3. Amores perros (Inarritu, Alejandro Gonzalez; Mexico)
  4. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Kunuk, Zacahrias; Canada)
  5. Bamboozled (Lee, Spike; US)
  6. Before Night Falls (Schnabel, Julian; US)
  7. Billy Elliot (Daldry, Stephen; UK)
  8. Chicken Run (Lord, Peter & Nick Park; US-UK)
  9. Chuck & Buck (Arteta, Miguel; US)
  10. Chunhyang (Im Kwon-taek; South Korea)
  11. Circle, The/Dayereh (Panahi, Jafar; Iran-Italy-Switzerland)
  12. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Lee, Ang; China-Taiwan-US)
  13. Dancer in the Dark (von Trier, Lars; Denmark-France-Sweden-Italy-Germany-Norway-Netherlands-Iceland)
  14. Day I Became a Woman, The (Meshkini, Marzieh; Iran)
  15. Erin Brockovich (Soderbergh, Steven; US)
  16. Eureka [2000] (Aoyama, Shinji; Japan-France)
  17. Faithless/Trolosa (Ullmann, Liv; Sweden-Norway-Finland-Italy-Germany)
  18. George Washington (Green, David Gordon; US)
  19. Gladiator [2000] (Scott, Ridley; US)
  20. Gleaners & I, The/Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (Varda, Agnes; France)
  21. Heart of the World, The (Maddin, Guy; Canada)
  22. High Fidelity (Frears, Stephen; US-UK)
  23. House of Mirth, The (Davies, Terence; UK-US)
  24. I'm Going Home (de Oliveira, Manoel; Portugal-France)
  25. In the Mood for Love/Huayang Nianhua (Wong Kar-Wai; Hong Kong-France)
  26. Intimacy/Intimite (Chereau, Patrice; France-UK)
  27. La Commune (Paris, 1871) (Watkins, Peter; France)
  28. Memento (Nolan, Christopher;
  29. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen; US-France)
  30. Platform/Zhantai (Zhang Ke Jia; Hong Kong-Japan-France-Netherlands-Switzerland)
  31. Quills (Kaufman, Philip; US)
  32. Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky, Darren; US)
  33. Sexy Beast (Glazer, Jonathan; UK-Spain-US)
  34. State and Main (Mamet, David; US)
  35. Time for Drunken Horses, A (Ghobadi, Bahman; Iran)
  36. Together/Tillsammans (Moodysson, Lukas; Sweden-Denmark-Italy)
  37. Traffic [2000] (Soderbergh, Steven; Germany-US)
  38. Under the Sand/Sous le sable (Ozon, Francois; France-Japan)
  39. Werckmeister Harmonies (Tarr, Bela; Hungary-Germany-France-Switzerland-Italy)
  40. Wonder Boys (Hanson, Curtis; US-Germany-UK-Japan)
  41. Yi Yi/A One and a Two... (Yang, Edward; Taiwan-Japan)
  42. You Can Count on Me (Lonergan, Kenneth; US)
  43. 2001

  44. A ma soeur!/Fat Girl (Breillat, Catherine; France-Italy)
  45. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Spielberg, Steven; US)
  46. Ali (Mann, Michael; US)
  47. Amelie (Jeunet, Jean-Pierre; France-Germany)
  48. Beautiful Mind, A (Howard, Ron; US)
  49. Black Hawk Down (Scott, Ridley; US)
  50. Bloody Sunday (Greengrass, Paul; UK-Ireland)
  51. Deep End, The (McGehee, Scott/David Siegel; US)
  52. Domestic Violence (Wiseman, Frederick; US)
  53. Donnie Darko (Kelly, Richard; US)
  54. Gerry (Van Sant, Gus; US)
  55. Ghost World (Zwigoff, Terry; UK-US-Germany)
  56. Gosford Park (Altman, Robert; UK-US)
  57. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Mitchell, John Cameron; US)
  58. In Praise of Love/Eloge de l'amour (Godard, Jean-Luc; France)
  59. In the Bedroom (Field, Todd; US)
  60. Lantana (Lawrence, Ray; Germany-Australia)
  61. Late Marriage (Kosashvili, Dover; Israel-France)
  62. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (Jackson, Peter; US-New Zealand)
  63. Lovely & Amazing (Holofcener, Nicole; US)
  64. Man Who Wasn't There, The (Coen, Joel and Ethan Coen; US-UK)
  65. Monsoon Wedding (Nair, Mira; US-Italy-Germany-France)
  66. Monsters, Inc. (Docter, Peter/David Silverman/Lee Unkrich; US)
  67. Moulin Rouge! (Luhrmann, Baz; US-Australia)
  68. Mulholland Dr. (Lynch, David; France-US)
  69. Others, The (Amenabar, Alejandro; Spain-US)
  70. Piano Teacher, The/La Pianiste (Haneke, Michael; Austria-France-Germany)
  71. Royal Tenenbaums, The (Anderson, Wes; US)
  72. Shrek (Adamson, Andrew & Vicky Jenson; US)
  73. Spirited Away (Miyazaki, Hayao; Japan)
  74. (Hegedus, Chris; US)
  75. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (Sprecher, Jill; US)
  76. Time Out/L'Emploi du temps (Cantet, Laurent; France)
  77. 24 Hour Party People (Winterbottom, Michael; UK)
  78. Va savoir/Who Knows? (Rivette, Jacques; France-Italy-Germany)
  79. Waking Life (Linklater, Richard; US)
  80. What Time is it There? (Tsai Ming-Liang; France-Taiwan-Italy)
  81. Y tu mama tambien/And Your Mother Too (Cuaron, Alfonso; Mexico)
  82. 2002

  83. About a Boy (Weitz, Paul & Chris Weitz; Germany-US-France-UK)
  84. About Schmidt (Payne, Alexander; US)
  85. Adaptation (Jonze, Spike; US)
  86. Blissfully Yours (Weerasethakul, Apichatpong; Thailand-France)
  87. Bowling for Columbine (Moore, Michael; US)
  88. Bus 174/Onibus 174 (Larceda, Felipe & Jose Padilha; Brazil)
  89. Century of the Self, The [TV] (Curtis, Adam; UK)
  90. Chicago (Marshall, Rob; US-Germany)
  91. City of God (Meirelles, Fernando; Brazil-Germany-France)
  92. demonlover (Assayas, Olivier; France-Japan-Mexico-US)
  93. Dirty Pretty Things (Frears, Stephen; US-UK)
  94. Far from Heaven (Haynes, Todd; US-France)
  95. 8 Mile (Hanson, Curtis; US-Germany)
  96. Femme Fatale (De Palma, Brian; France)
  97. Gangs of New York (Scorsese, Martin; US)
  98. Hero/Ying xiong (Zhang Yimou; Hong Kong-China)
  99. Hours, The (Daldry, Stephen; US)
  100. Irreversible (Noe, Gaspar; France)
  101. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (Jackson, Peter; US-New Zealand-Germany)
  102. Magdalene Sisters, The (Mullan, Peter; UK-Ireland)
  103. Man Without a Past, The (Kaurismaki, Aki; Finland-Germany-France)
  104. Minority Report (Spielberg, Steven; US)
  105. Morvern Callar (Ramsay, Lynne; UK-Canada)
  106. Pianist, The (Polanski, Roman; France-Poland-Germany-UK-Netherlands)
  107. Punch-Drunk Love (Anderson, Paul Thomas; US)
  108. Quiet American, The (Noyce, Phillip; US-Germany)
  109. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Noyce, Phillip; Australia-UK)
  110. Russian Ark (Sokurov, Aleksandr; Russia-Germany-Japan-Canada-Finland-Denmark)
  111. Solaris [2002] (Soderbergh, Steven; US)
  112. Son, The/Le Fils (Dardenne, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne; Belgium-France)
  113. Spellbound [2002] (Blitz, Jeffrey; US)
  114. Spider (Cronenberg, David; Canada-UK-Japan-France)
  115. Spider-Man (Raimi, Sam; US)
  116. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang; China-Hong Kong-France)
  117. Talk to Her/Hable con ella (Almodovar, Pedro; Spain)
  118. Ten (Kiarostami, Abbas; France-Iran)
  119. To Be and to Have/Etre et avoir (Philibert, Nicolas; France)
  120. 25th Hour (Lee, Spike; US)
  121. Unknown Pleasures (Zhang Ke Jia; Japan-France-Korea-China)
  122. Vendredi soir/Friday Night (Denis, Claire; France)
  123. Whale Rider (Caro, Niki; New Zealand-Germany)
  124. 2003

  125. American Splendor (Pulcini, Robert & Shari Springer Berman; US)
  126. Bad Santa (Zwigoff, Terry; US-Germany)
  127. Barbarian Invasions, The (Arcand, Denys; Canada-France)
  128. Best of Youth, The (Giordana, Marco Tullio; Italy)
  129. Cafe Lumiere (Hou Hsiao-Hsien; Japan-Taiwan)
  130. Capturing the Friedmans (Jarecki, Andrew; US)
  131. Cold Mountain (Minghella, Anthony; US-UK-Romania-Italy)
  132. Cowards Bend the Knee (Maddin, Guy; Canada)
  133. Crimson Gold (Panahi, Jafar; Iran)
  134. Distant/Uzak (Ceylan, Nuri Bilge; Turkey-Netherlands)
  135. Dogville (von Trier, Lars; Denmark-Sweden-France-UK-Germany-Finland-Italy-Netherlands-Norway)
  136. Elephant (Van Sant, Gus; US)
  137. Finding Nemo (Stanton, Andrew & Lee Unkrich; US)
  138. Five Obstructions, The (Leth, Jorgen & Lars von Trier; Denmark-Belgium-Switzerland-France-Sweden-Finland)
  139. Fog of War, The (Morris, Errol; US)
  140. Good Morning, Night (Bellocchio, Marco; Italy)
  141. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-Liang; Taiwan)
  142. Head-On (Akin, Fatih; Germany)
  143. In America (Sheridan, Jim; US-Ireland-UK)
  144. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Tarantino, Quentin; US)
  145. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (Jackson, Peter; Germany-New Zealand-US)
  146. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Andersen, Thom; US)
  147. Lost in Translation (Coppola, Sofia; US-Japan)
  148. Maria Full of Grace (Marston, Joshua; US-Colombia-Ecuador)
  149. Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World (Weir, Peter; US)
  150. Mighty Wind, A (Guest, Christopher; US)
  151. Mystic River (Eastwood, Clint; US-Australia)
  152. Nobody Knows/Dare mo shiranai (Koreeda, Hirokazu; Japan)
  153. Saddest Music in the World, The (Maddin, Guy; Canada)
  154. Saraband (Bergman, Ingmar; Sweden-Denmark-Norway-Italy-Finland-Germany-Austria)
  155. School of Rock (Linklater, Richard; Germany-US)
  156. Secret Lives of Dentists, The (Rudolph, Alan; US)
  157. Shattered Glass (Ray, Billy; US-Canada)
  158. Station Agent, The (McCarthy, Thomas; US)
  159. Tarnation (Caouette, Jonathan; US)
  160. Time of the Wolf (Haneke, Michael; France-Austria-Germany)
  161. Touching the Void (Macdonald, Kevin; UK-US)
  162. Triplets of Belleville, The (Chomet, Sylvain; France-Canada-Belgium-UK)
  163. 21 Grams (Inarritu, Alejandro Gonzalez; Germany-US)
  164. 2004

  165. Aviator, The (Scorsese, Martin; Germany-US)
  166. Bad Education (Almodovar, Pedro; Spain)
  167. Before Sunset (Linklater, Richard; US)
  168. Collateral (Mann, Michael; US)
  169. Control Room (Noujaim, Jehane; US)
  170. Crash [2004] (Haggis, Paul; Germany-US-Australia)
  171. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry, Michel; US)
  172. Fahrenheit 9/11 (Moore, Michael; US)
  173. Holy Girl, The (Martel, Lucrecia; Argentina-Spain-Italy-Netherlands-Switzerland)
  174. Hotel Rwanda (George, Terry; UK-US-South Africa-Italy)
  175. House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou; Hong Kong-China)
  176. Howl's Moving Castle (Miyazaki, Hayao; Japan)
  177. I Heart Huckabees (Russell, David O.; Germany-US-UK)
  178. Incredibles, The (Bird, Brad; US)
  179. Intruder, The/L'Intrus (Denis, Claire; France-Korea)
  180. Keane (Kerrigan, Lodge H.; US)
  181. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Tarantino, Quentin; US-China)
  182. Kings & Queen (Desplechin, Arnaud; France)
  183. Kinsey (Condon, Bill; Germany-US-UK)
  184. Kung Fu Hustle (Chow, Stephen; Hong Kong-China)
  185. Last Days (Van Sant, Gus; US)
  186. Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The (Anderson, Wes; US)
  187. Look at Me (Jaoui, Agnes; France-Italy)
  188. Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood, Clint; US)
  189. Moolaade (Sembene, Ousmane; Senegal-Burkina Faso-Morocco-Tunisia-Cameroon-Switzerland-Germany)
  190. Motorcycle Diaries, The (Salles, Walter; UK-US-France)
  191. Mysterious Skin (Araki, Gregg; US-Netherlands)
  192. Notre Musique (Godard, Jean-Luc; France-Switzerland)
  193. Power of Nightmares, The [TV] (Curtis, Adam; UK)
  194. Ray (Hackford, Taylor; US-UK)
  195. Sea Inside, The/Mar adentro (Amenabar, Alejandro; Spain-France-Italy)
  196. Shaun of the Dead (Wright, Edgar; UK-US-France)
  197. Sideways (Payne, Alexander; US)
  198. Spider-Man 2 (Raimi, Sam; US)
  199. Tropical Malady (Weerasethakul, Apichatpong; France-Thailand-Germany-Italy-Switzerland)
  200. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai; China-France-Germany-Hong Kong)
  201. Vera Drake (Leigh, Mike; UK-France)
  202. Very Long Engagement, A (Jeunet, Jean-Pierre; France-US)
  203. World, The (Zhang Ke Jia; China-Japan-France)
  204. 2005

  205. Battle in Heaven (Reygadas, Carlos; Mexico-France-Germany-Belgium-Netherlands)
  206. Beat That My Heart Skipped, The (Audiard, Jacques; France)
  207. Brick (Johnson, Rian; US)
  208. Brokeback Mountain (Lee, Ang; US-Canada)
  209. Broken Flowers (Jarmusch, Jim; US-France)
  210. Capote (Miller, Bennett; US-Canada)
  211. Constant Gardener, The (Meirelles, Fernando; US-UK-Canada-Germany)
  212. Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The (Puiu, Cristi; Romania)
  213. Descent, The (Marshall, Neil; UK)
  214. 40-Year-Old Virgin, The (Apatow, Judd; US)
  215. Good Night, and Good Luck (Clooney, George; US-France-UK-Japan)
  216. Grizzly Man (Herzog, Werner; US)
  217. Hidden/Cache (Haneke, Michael; France-Austria-Germany-Italy)
  218. History of Violence, A (Cronenberg, David; Germany-US)
  219. Junebug (Morrison, Phil; US)
  220. King Kong [2005] (Jackson, Peter; US-Germany-New Zealand)
  221. Land of the Dead (Romero, George A.; US-Canada-France)
  222. L'Enfant/The Child (Dardenne, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne; Belgium-France)
  223. Match Point (Allen, Woody; UK-US-Luxembourg)
  224. Me and You and Everyone We Know (July, Miranda; US-UK-Japan)
  225. Munich (Spielberg, Steven; US-Canada)
  226. New World, The (Malick, Terrence; US)
  227. Paradise Now (Abu-Assad, Hany; Netherlands-Israel-Germany-France)
  228. Proposition, The (Hillcoat, John; UK-Australia)
  229. Squid and the Whale, The (Baumbach, Noah; US)
  230. Syriana (Gaghan, Stephen; US)
  231. Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The (Jones, Tommy Lee; France-US)
  232. Three Times (Hou Hsiao-Hsien; France-Taiwan)
  233. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Winterbottom, Michael; UK)
  234. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Park, Nick & Steve Box; UK-US)
  235. 2006

  236. Babel (Inarritu, Alejandro Gonzalez; US-Mexico) +Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Charles, Larry; US-UK)
  237. Casino Royale (Campbell, Martin; US-Germany-UK-Czech Republic)
  238. Children of Men (Cuaron, Alfonso; US-UK-Japan) _Climates (Ceylan, Nuri Bilge; Turkey-France)
  239. Departed, The (Scorsese, Martin; US-Hong Kong)
  240. Flags of Our Fathers (Eastwood, Clint; US)
  241. Half Nelson (Fleck, Ryan; US)
  242. Inconvenient Truth, An (Guggenheim, Davis; US) _Inland Empire (Lynch, David; US-Poland-France) +Inside Man (Lee, Spike; US)
  243. Iraq in Fragments (Longley, James; US-Iraq)
  244. Letters from Iwo Jima (Eastwood, Clint; US)
  245. Little Children (Field, Todd; US)
  246. Little Miss Sunshine (Dayton, Jonathan & Valerie Faris; US)
  247. Old Joy (Reichardt, Kelly; US)
  248. Pan's Labyrinth (del Toro, Guillermo; Spain-Mexico-US)
  249. Prairie Home Companion, A (Altman, Robert; US)
  250. Queen, The (Frears, Stephen; UK-France-Italy-US) _Scanner Darkly, A (Linklater, Richard; US)
  251. United 93 (Greengrass, Paul; US-UK-France)
  252. Volver (Almodovar, Pedro; Spain)