My Top 100 Movies of the 21st Century… So Far!

The Guardian have published their random selection of a 100 films of the past 20 years. It certainly isn’t definitive. There’s only about a dozen the average cinema-goer would have had multiplex or streaming access to. That’s roughly the same amount that overlap with my own personal choices here. I reckon there are a lot more here the unpaid, amateur blockbuster fan will agree with, than not. Though their number one (There Will Be Blood – a great film) probably fell out of the list by only a few places. My own controversial preferences are here; only one Marvel Studios film, Moneyball in pole position, my love of unwieldy, much maligned, ambitious, adult blockbusters become mainstays from entry 38 onwards. Only 5 are from non-English speaking countries though that is very much my bad, though equally I am surprised there isn’t more horror. Happy disagreeing – just please remember about 50 of the best films ever were released in 1999 which is why X, Y and Z are ineligible for this list!

  1. Moneyball
  2. No Country For Old Men
  3. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
  4. Dunkirk
  5. Toy Story 3
  6. The Fighter
  7. Zodiac
  8. Kill List
  9. The Bourne Supremacy
  10. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  11. The Bourne Identity
  12. Mystic River
  13. The Mist
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums
  15. Phantom Thread
  16. La La Land
  17. Memento
  18. Amelie
  19. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  20. The Dark Knight
  21. Whiplash
  22. The Prestige
  23. 25th Hour
  24. Gran Turino
  25. Mad Max: Fury Road
  26. Inception
  27. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  28. A Prophet
  29. High Fidelity
  30. Children Of Men
  31. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  32. Sightseers
  33. Drive
  34. Green Room
  35. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  36. The Social Network
  37. Black Swan
  38. Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
  39. Bad Santa
  40. The Illusionist
  41. Battle of the Sexes
  42. Ghost in the Shell
  43. Whip It!
  44. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  45. Brokeback Mountain
  46. Quantum of Solace
  47. American Psycho
  48. Dragged Across Concrete
  49. The Guard
  50. Captain Philips
  51. City of God
  52. The Martian
  53. Only God Forgives
  54. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
  55. The Old Man and the Gun
  56. The Avengers: Infinity War
  57. The Jungle Book
  58. Casino Royale
  59. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  60. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  61. Inside Man
  62. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  63. Factotum
  64. The Conjuring
  65. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  66. 28 Days Later
  67. Unbreakable
  68. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  69. Prometheus
  70. Best in Show
  71. The Wolf of Wall Street
  72. Comedian
  73. Punch Drunk Love
  74. Dredd
  75. Gone Baby Gone
  76. Frozen
  77. Way of the Gun
  78. Spider-Man: Into the Spidey-Verse
  79. Nine Queens
  80. X-Men
  81. Sexy Beast
  82. Django Unchained
  83. A Bittersweet Life
  84. Crimson Peak
  85. The Cabin in the Woods
  86. The Lives of Others
  87. Birdman
  88. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  89. Ali
  90. Atonement
  91. Moonrise Kingdom
  92. The Spectacular Now
  93. Miami Vice
  94. X-Men 2
  95. In Bruges
  96. Donnie Darko
  97. It Follows
  98. Open Range
  99. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  100. Seabiscuit

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