The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world. It's a film about the American economy and greed that's as entertaining as it is eye-popping. AP Read the review, Stephen Frears brings tonal tact and unobtrusive genius to this wonderfully funny and touching real-life tale of an Irish natterer (Judi Dench) and cynical reporter (Steve Coogan) who demolish red tape and challenge evil nuns to try to find her long-lost son. The story was already timeless before Peter Jackson got his hands on it. CS Read the review, Director Matteo Garrone announced himself big-time with this blazing screen treatment of Roberto Saviano’s fearless account of the contemporary activities of Neapolitan mobsters: a thoroughly chilling chronicle of corruption and savagery rendered in tremendous style. Martel has been called “the Malick of Latin American cinema” but this feels closer to Herzog. AP Read the review, Has there ever been a more beautiful couple in the history of cinema than Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung in Wong Kar-Wai’s smouldering love story In the Mood for Love? But Alfonso Cuaron’s amazing “Children of Men” accomplished something far more daring. Further down the page are additional lists of high- (and low-) scoring films by category. CS Read the review, Terence Davies utilised Gillian Anderson’s poised elegance to good advantage in this brilliantly controlled adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel. Rampling is sensational. CS Read the review, French film-maker Jacques Audiard’s blistering arthouse prison thriller begins with a 19-year-old rookie prisoner (Tahar Rahim) being made an offer he can’t refuse by the mob: execute a police informant or be killed. But the magnitude of what you’re watching never escapes you. By Emma Carey It is perfectly cast and paced, endlessly surprising, uncompromising and compassionate: a story purely and powefully told, yet full of the extraordinary visual grace notes. What a spectacle Anderson and Day-Lewis create: a portrait of male belligerence and fear, a Tutankhamun of misery, walled up in his own sarcophagus of wealth and prestige. Looking back, “Traffic” plays like the best ensemble piece of its era with precise editing that ties together harsh stories about the drug trade and mesmerizing performances from Benecio Del Toro, Don Cheadle and Catherine Zeta- Jones. Huppert is Maria, obsessed with getting in the coffee harvest as a violent civil conflict moves ever closer. CS Read the review, Steve McQueen’s real-life story of Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery in 19th-century Louisiana, exudes all of the dignity, impatience and artistic fidelity of its director. These days, it looks like a fantasy: a president with principles: who’d have thought? Exploiting then newly developed video technology, Sokurov crafted an elaborately choreographed procession of tableaux and set pieces that explored three centuries of Russian history and culture, from the imperial era to the wartime siege of Leningrad. Perhaps no film showcases the magic of Pixar more. AP Read the review, Having made his name as one of the pioneers of ordeal arthouse with unflinching chronicles of trauma and cruelty, Austrian auteur Michael Haneke achieved a unlikely popular success with this film that connected with France’s deep well of unease about events of the relatively recent past. Love is something that can’t be controlled. Movie producers in the early 2000's must've taken pity on parents because they created some of the best kids movies that were just as … CS Read the review, Even non-ravers can’t fail to be shaken by Mia Hansen-Løve’s vital tale of love and clubbing, vaguely based on the rise of Daft Punk. Do you agree? CS Read the review. The inhabitants of a small village are dogged by mysterious, violent incidents that serve mostly to exacerbate the dysfunctional social codes they all live by – and elliptically suggests the moral climate that evolved into Nazism. If you’ve never “City of God,” brace yourself for a crime drama of epic proportions. The murder, a brutal struggle with a razor blade in a six by eight cell, is unforgettable. 45. CS Read the review, A beautiful, strange dream of a film, Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s drama looks at first as if it’s set sometime in the dim and distant, a portrait of villagers exploited by feudal oppression. AP Read the review, Andrea Arnold tossed out the costume drama rulebook with her raw, passionate retelling of Emily Brontë’s novel. From No Country for Old Men to Paddington 2, Guardian readers on the best films of the 21st century so far 2,530 103 Weirdest Movies That Are Actually Really Great. Their leader is show-offy Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood), but Reichardt’s focus, as is customary for her, is on the women – a trio played by Michelle Williams, Zoe Kazan and Shirley Henderson. Films that are between the dates of 2014 and 2000 (just because, just because) So get clicking, see how many you've seen. Peter Bradshaw on why our No 1 is our No 1, Christian Phalangists at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. CS Read the review, Israeli soldier-turned-film-maker Ari Folman’s film is a kind of animated companion to Apocalypse Now, a hallucinatory statement about the trauma of conflict and the madness of war. CC Read the review, Possibly the most fun anyone’s had at the cinema so far this century, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street ought to be a cautionary tale. Jordan Peele's original ending for "Get Out" had the main character getting arrested for the murder of the white family that intended to steal his brain. Ranking the best movies of the past 19 years, from "The Dark Knight" and "No Country for Old Men" to last year's "Black Panther." Daniel Giménez Cacho is petty, wretched Zama, clinging to his white man’s sense of importance (and his ill-fitting periwig), a symptom of colonial rot. And it's all anchored by Leonardo DiCaprio in what might be the greatest performance of his career. The performances of Sean Penn and Tim Robbins loom large over Clint Eastwood's powerful "Mystic River." In its most basic sense, “The Dark Knight” is about good versus evil. He spent months upon months building vehicles and choreographing stunts that would make “Mad Max: Fury Road” seem unlike any other film of today. Who’s to blame? Anderson plays Lily Bart, the woman whose reputation and standing are gradually sullied until she becomes an unmarriageable outcast in end of 19th-century America. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay play a Norfolk couple planning their 45th wedding anniversary. CC Read the review, Here’s a police procedural with a difference by the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan – the whodunnit and why playing second fiddle to long stretches of silence. Mickey Rourke gives the performance of a lifetime, both physically and emotionally, as a professional wrestler who can only find happiness abusing his body in the ring. But it’s also about one man reaching his limits and being forced to trust in the people he’s chosen to protect. CC Read the review, British director Andrew Haigh’s quietly devastating drama is a deeply moving portrait of marriage with the shiver of a ghost story. The film’s climax is the massacre of Palestinian refugees by Christian Phalangists at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. David Thewlis voices the depressed motivational speaker to whom everyone sounds the same – except for Jennifer Jason Leigh’s scarred sales agent. It was easy to gloss over Steven Spielberg's "Munich" when it was released for two reasons. --Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times George Clooney is at his most Cary Grant-ish as the leader of the crack team of robbers. Your heart breaks for him. It's a all-time great and critically acclaimed movie that just so happens to be about black characters. Todd Haynes’ “Far from Heaven” is a period piece that carries a timeless vibe. This year's Oscar category for Best Picture features one of the highest box office totals over. CC Read the review, Arguably Penélope Cruz’s finest performance, in one of Pedro Almodóvar’s key films: a heady stew of murder, family strife and supernatural shenanigans. The best movies released between 2000-2009, from Spider-Man 2 to The Dark Knight, Moulin Rouge! It’s a well-polished film that at times, feels almost too real to believe. Like Brief Encounter, the film aches with the understanding that impossible love makes for a more romantic movie. CC Read the review, Lars von Trier’s Brechtian parable about coercive capitalism remains arguably the Danish provocateur’s masterpiece. Jesse Eisenberg is a knockout Mark Zuckerberg, the smartest guy in the room (though not sartorially, in flip-flops and a hoodie). The decade of the 2000s in film involved many significant developments in the film industries around the world, especially in the technology used. In a world of CGI and special effects, George Miller decided it was time to go old school. AP Read the review, Hayao Miyazaki’s wondrous animation, the greatest success of a spectacular run from Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Cruz plays a woman forced to kill and bury her ex-husband, while her dead mother appears to be haunting her hairdresser sister. A real original, and it still looks unique. Set in post 9/11 New York, Anna Paquin is an overentitled teenager partly responsible for a tragic accident. CS Read the review, Just nudging Gene Hackman’s Tenenbaum clan down the list, Wes Anderson’s glorious 1930s confection is a delight with a hard nugget of politics at its core. Pixar’s greatest film brings not only a story to its proper evolution, but also showcases how far the studio has come. The cinematography is out of this world, while Daniel Day Lewis gives an acting performance that’s beyond staggering. Still, we'll stand behind our updated list of the 50 best movies since 2000 that we chose. AP Read the review, Michael Haneke won his first Palme d’Or with this chilling, steel-hard parable set in Germany just before the first world war. The cheated-on pair become friends, but vow not to behave badly. AP Read the review, Despite lingering controversy over its adoption by Netflix in its war with the film industry, Roma still stands as an absolutely major work. It's one of the best cop movies we got in the 2000s. Our hero fisherman is forced from his home so that the corrupt local mayor can build his own palace on the site. But where do movies like "Black Panther" or "Roma" rank among the best of this era? It’s about how struggles with loneliness and longing for friendship can drive people to the fine line that exists between genius and self-destruction. Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany both excel in this study of a woman on the run from gangsters who is offered shelter in a small town in return for undertaking chores. CS Read the review, The only comic book movie to make the cut is Christopher Nolan’s genre masterpiece: fatalist, bracing and forever the legacy of Heath Ledger, posthumously awarded an Oscar for his terrifying performance. Upon its release, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" felt like a bloated body of work that could have been trimmed. Part memoir, part elegaic fiction, Cuaron hit the heights with this. CC Read the review, Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako won a lot of admirers for this slow-burn study of life in a west African town. The 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century is a list compiled in August 2016 by the British … AP Read the review, One of Isabelle Huppert’s finest performances, and that’s saying something. Astoundingly good. Generally, films that touch on the end of the world tend to be sensationalized. But Sofia Coppola’s film paints a portrait of loneliness in a crowded world. “Drive” is a modish film that has a tremendous cool factor. Probably not. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Daniel Day-Lewis gives perhaps the greatest, certainly the most exotic performance of his career as an oil prospector in the early 20th century, rewarded with colossal wealth that never gives him the smallest pleasure. AP Read the review, The Handmaiden is one of cinema’s great literary adaptations: Park Chan-wook transposes Sarah Waters’s crime novel Fingersmith from Victorian London to Korea in the 1930s. These are the best 2000s romantic comedies, ranked from best to worst by user votes.Some of these great 2000s romantic comedies feature main characters that just can't do anything right but find love nonetheless, and there are others on this list that see … The stuff in the middle is the everyday, dissected with rare beauty and gravity. With very few words uttered, he tells a story of survival and family that keeps you on the edge of your seat. That’s the message writer Charlie Kaufman delivers with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” a mesmerizing love story for the ages. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Haleigh Foutch runs down the best horror movies from 2000 to 2010, from The Descent to Saw, in a wide-ranging, global list. to Juno, Harry Potter and beyond. AP Read the review, When Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for his film about the Irish rebellion against British rule, the tabloids went on the attack (Daily Mail: “Why Does Ken Loach hate his country so much?”). By the time “Memento,” one of the best psychological thrillers ever made, gets to its conclusion, you realize the unthinkable – you’ve been rooting for the wrong man all along. Crafting a brilliantly written dramedy around the concept of wine, Alexander Payne scored a tasty result with “Sideways.” The film is as hilarious as it is touching, anchored by Paul Giamatti’s character, who brings an unprecedented level of humanity to his role. That wouldn’t do Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic justice. Like a disorienting dream, it’s a film of fragments, moments that worm their way into your memory – a slave limping with flayed feet, a llama barging into frame during an uncomfortable meeting. CS Read the review, Rarely has summer lust been so headily captured as in Luca Guadagnino’s breakout Italian romance. Absolute Top 100 Films Since 2000 - Page 2 show list info. CS Read the review, After a string of brilliant, industry-transforming scripts, Charlie Kaufman made his directorial debut with this complex, convoluted drama, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as theatre director Caden Cotard, who is swamped by personal crises as he works on his dream project: building an ever-expanding replica of the city streets and buildings inside a giant warehouse, and populating it with lookalikes; the blurred boundary between performance and reality is mirrored in Cotard’s own breakdown, with the title giving the big clue – this is all symbolic. The past 10 years have featured an abundance of raunchy bro comedies. The cinematography is fantastic and the performances are dead on. AP Read the review, Iranian-French director Marjane Satrapi adapted her own graphic novel in this animated fantasy-memoir about a 10-year-old girl growing up in Tehran after the 1979 revolution. The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century. 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