50 Films of the 21st Century (an alternative list)

BBC Culture released a list of the (alleged) top 100 films of the 21st Century yesterday, and it wasn’t terrifically received by most people. Perhaps it’s to do with the fact that only 9 of the 100 films were directed by women, or that it placed Inception¬†higher than Finding Nemo, or that¬†The Wolf of Wall Street was on there at all. Instead of complain about it on twitter (though I did do that too), two of my greatest cinephile friends and I set about compiling our own list. Due to time restraints (you know, full time jobs and all that), we have only 50 films on our list and they are only in a very rough order. Whilst all films are pretty much equal in our love for them, the ones are the top are ranked slightly higher than those at the bottom.

Let the list commence!


Girlhood – Celine Sciamma (2015)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Ana Lily Amirpour (2015)

The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos (2016)

Amelie – Jean Pierre Jeunet (2001)

Mean Girls – Mark Waters (2004)

A Ma Soeur – Catherine Breillat (2001)

Far From Heaven – Todd Haynes (2002)

Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller (2015)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Michael Gondry (2004)

Under The Skin – Jonathan Glazer (2013)

City of God – Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund (2002)

What We Do In The Shadows – Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement (2014)

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud (2007)

Little Miss Sunshine – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (2006)

Mustang – Deniz Gamze Erguven (2015)

The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer (2014)

Attenberg – Athina Rachel Tsangari (2010)

Chevalier – Athina Rachel Tsangari (2015)

Dogtooth – Yorgos Lanthimos (2009)

Alps – Yorgos Lanthimos (2011)

Pans Labyrinth – Guillermo del Toro (2006)

Her – Spike Jonze (2013)

Fish Tank – Andrea Arnold (2009)

Room – Lenny Abrahamson (2015)

The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino (2013)

Il Divo – Paolo Sorrentino (2008)

Donnie Darko – Richard Kelly (2001)

Spirited Away – Hayao Miyazaki (2001)

Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski (2013)

This is England – Shane Meadows (2006)

There Will Be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)

Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee (2005)

Wild Tales – Damian Szifron (2014)

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle (2014)

In The Mood For Love – Wong Kar-Wai (2000)

Dreams of a Life – Carol Morley (2011)

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

Senna – Asif Kapadia (2010)

Irreversible – Gaspar Noe (2002)

Love Trilogy – Ulrich Seidl (2012)

Bend it Like Beckham – Gurinder Chadha (2002)

Carol – Todd Haynes (2015)

Sexy Beast – Jonathan Glazer (2000)

Shaun of the Dead – Edgar Wright (2004)

The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson (2012)

Let the Right One In – Tomas Alfredson (2008)

What Happened Miss Simone – Liz Garbus (2015)

Y Tu Mama Tambien – Alfonso Cuaron (2001)

Inglorious Bastards – Quentin Tarantino (2009)



(Due to our lack of mathematical skills, this list is only 49… We studied film, not maths so give us a break…) Also I’d like to point out that one of our (unnamed and un-shamed) contributors wanted to put Gladiator on this list. That decision was overruled.

Any films you’d like to see in this list, or think we should have included? What did you think of the BBC list? Let us know in the comments!


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