The 10 best movies since 2000 according to critics

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To determine the best movies since 2000, BBC Culture scoured the globe for the thoughts of film critics and received responses from 177. With those, it put together a list of the top 100 movies of this century.

There are major big-budget studio movies like "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and "The Dark Knight," as well as intimate arthouse titles including "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" and "Lost in Translation."

But none of those cracked the top ten.

Below are the 10 best movies of the 21st century according to the critics polled:

The 10 best movies since 2000 according to critics
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The 10 best movies since 2000 according to critics
10. "No Country for Old Men" (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
This adaptation of the gritty Cormac McCarthy novel earned Joel and Ethan Coen Oscars for directing and screenwriting. It also won best picture and a best supporting actor award for Javier Bardem as the sadistic Anton Chigurh. 
9. "A Separation" (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

The first Iranian film to ever win the best foreign language Oscar, the film looks at a family who must decide whether to leave Iran to start a new life or stay home to care for a parent who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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

Life for a middle-class family living in Taipei is seen through three generations.

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

Director Terrence Malick received a best director Oscar nomination for his deeply personal look at a young boy's loss of innocence.

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

Michel Gondry brings the words of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman to life in this unique love story with a sci-fi twist.

5. "Boyhood" (Richard Linklater, 2014)
For one of the most ambitious American narrative movies ever made, director Richard Linklater spent 11 years shooting on and off. We watch actor Ellar Coltrane grow up as he plays the character Mason going through his adolescence in Texas.  
4. "Spirited Away" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
The highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and the only Japanese-produced animated movie to win the best animated feature Oscar, director Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece follows a young girl who finds herself in a spirit world where humans are turned into beasts.
3. "There Will Be Blood" (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
Daniel Day-Lewis (who won an Oscar for his performance) plays an oil tycoon at the turn of the 20th century in Paul Thomas Anderson's epic look at greed. 
2. "In the Mood for Love" (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

Director Wong Kar-wai examines temptation in his classic that follows two neighbors who share a bond after realizing their spouses are having affairs, but resist doing the same.  

1. "Mulholland Drive" (David Lynch, 2001)

Once director David Lynch couldn't get what was supposed to be a TV series off the ground, he made it into a feature film. In typical Lynch fashion, the movie invites different meanings as it bounces from reality to dreams and back. It follows the friendship between a woman recently suffering from amnesia (Laura Harring) and an aspiring actress (Naomi Watts) who tries to help her.

And, to critics anyway, it's the best movie that's been made this century.


See all 100 titles over at BBC's site.

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