TSPDT: Top 1000 Films of the 21st Century (2015)by dvachevskikhlip | created - 09 Oct 2015 | updated - 09 Oct 2015 | Public
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1. In the Mood for Love (2000)
PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.
Votes: 112,526 | Gross: $2.73M
2. Mulholland Drive (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Votes: 301,313 | Gross: $7.22M
Great movie. However, I'd watch this after exploring other Lynch movies in order to have a better appreciation for it.
4. Spirited Away (2001)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
Votes: 588,672 | Gross: $10.06M
Not a fan of this particular Ghibli movie. I think this would be a good choice though for watching with little kids.
5. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
145 min | Drama, Mystery
An innocent young man witnesses violence break out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions: a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince."
Votes: 11,783 | Gross: $0.03M
6. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Votes: 161,118 | Gross: $13.30M
7. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 483,401 | Gross: $40.22M
8. Russian Ark (2002)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, History
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.
Votes: 17,958 | Gross: $0.04M
Aesthetically and technically impressive. I loved Russian Ark but I'd be lying if I said it appealed to everybody.
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 858,222 | Gross: $34.40M
A must see if you are a Charlie Kaufman fan. I've seen this movie many times and love it each time.
11. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
Votes: 245,245 | Gross: $128.08M
Awesome. If you enjoyed this, check out Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Fearless, and Ip Man.
12. The Gleaners & I (2000)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary
Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.
Votes: 5,456 | Gross: $0.15M
Interesting documentary. I enjoyed it a lot. This will not appeal to conservative viewers at all.
13. Tropical Malady (2004)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.
15. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Votes: 139,026 | Gross: $17.84M
Must-see PTA, especially if you're not a fan of Sandler. You will be floored.
19. Lost in Translation (2003)
R | 102 min | Drama, Romance
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.
Votes: 389,207 | Gross: $44.59M
20. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.
Votes: 97,090 | Gross: $4.18M
Brutal, but excellent. Lars von Trier can be a real bastard to his female characters, but it makes for terrific cinema.
21. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
R | 153 min | Comedy, Drama
Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis.
Votes: 12,612 | Gross: $0.08M
22. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 946,155 | Gross: $223.81M
One of the best animated features I've ever seen.
23. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 800,202 | Gross: $74.28M
Great Coen movie.
24. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 281,132 | Gross: $78.62M
I thought this movie was good up to a point, where I think it should have ended, but then it kept going... much to my disappointment.
25. The Social Network (2010)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Votes: 588,411 | Gross: $96.96M
I don't understand the appeal of this movie at all. My roommate loves it, but I was bored watching it.
27. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
R | 106 min | Drama
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.
Votes: 110,324 | Gross: $13.62M
Cuarón has directed better movies. Didn't really care about this one too much.
28. A Separation (2011)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Votes: 206,470 | Gross: $7.10M
29. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
Votes: 667,798 | Gross: $7.56M
Could easily, and deservedly, be described as the Brazilian GoodFellas. Terrific.
30. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 404,665 | Gross: $17.02M
Pretty good. I enjoyed this one a lot more than Zero Dark Thirty, but I seem to be in the minority.
31. A History of Violence (2005)
R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core in this action thriller.
Votes: 215,807 | Gross: $31.49M
32. Elephant (2003)
R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.
Votes: 82,556 | Gross: $1.23M
This movie is very polarizing. The opinions tend to be as follows: you are either shocked and amazed by this movie, or you dismiss it as a banal exercise. I am of the former opinion.
PG-13 | 178 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,572,318 | Gross: $315.54M
If you haven't seen this movie, you owe it to yourself. Seriously.
34. Zodiac (2007)
R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Votes: 418,409 | Gross: $33.08M
Good movie. However, not one I think about very often.
35. Dogville (2003)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.
Votes: 130,899 | Gross: $1.53M
Like watching a gripping novel unfold on the screen. One of my favorites.
36. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy
Dying of kidney disease, a man spends his last, somber days with family, including the ghost of his wife and a forest spirit who used to be his son, on a rural northern Thailand farm.
Votes: 12,599 | Gross: $0.18M
37. Melancholia (2011)
R | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Votes: 159,006 | Gross: $3.03M
38. Before Sunset (2004)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.
Votes: 218,444 | Gross: $5.82M
Obviously watch Before Sunrise first. This movie is great. Linklater has a flair for honest, realistic dialogue that makes the movie.
39. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.
Votes: 253,748 | Gross: $52.36M
Not a Wes Anderson fan, but this is in my opinion his best work. Worth watching.
40. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance