Staff Picks: Top 25 Films of the Century

Staff - July 6, 2017

Inspired by The New York Times’ recent list of The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far, we asked Moviegoer writers to list their top films of the century.

Rahel Tekeste:

  1. There Will Be Blood (2007, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  2. Moonlight (2016, dir. Barry Jenkins)
  3. Dope (2015, dir. Rick Famuyiwa)
  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, dir. Michel Gondry)
  5. Oldboy (2003, dir. Park Chan-wook)
  6. Anomalisa (2015, dir. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)
  7. Punch-Drunk Love (2002, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  8. Palo Alto (2013, dir. Gia Coppola)
  9. Whiplash (2014, dir. Damien Chazelle)
  10. Don't Breathe (2016, dir. Fede Álvarez)
  11. Adaptation (2002, dir. Spike Jonze)
  12. Mulholland Drive (2000, dir. David Lynch)
  13. 4th Man Out (2015, dir. Andrew Nackman)
  14. Let the Right One In (2008, dir. Tomas Alfredson)
  15. Heartbeats (2010, dir. Xavier Dolan)
  16. Brokeback Mountain (2005, dir. Ang Lee)
  17. I Saw the Devil (2010, dir. Kim Jee-woon)
  18. Little Miss Sunshine (2006, dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Davis)
  19. Excision (2012, dir. Richard Bates Jr.)
  20. Coraline (2009, dir. Henry Selick)
  21. Children of Men (2006, dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  22. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006, dir. Larry Charles)
  23. Ratatouille (2007, dir. Brad Bird)
  24. Howl's Moving Castle (2004, dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
  25. Stardust (2007, dir. Matthew Vaughn)

Stephan Cho:

  1. Melancholia (2011, dir. Lars von Trier)
  2. Phoenix (2015, dir. Christian Petzold)
  3. The Social Network (2010, dir. David Fincher)
  4. In The Mood for Love (2000, dir. Wong Kar-wai)
  5. There Will Be Blood (2007, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  6. A Separation (2011, dir. Asghar Farhadi)
  7. The Handmaiden (2016, dir. Park Chan-wook)
  8. Margaret (2011, dir. Kenneth Lonergan)
  9. Moonlight (2016, dir. Barry Jenkins)
  10. Clouds of Sils Maria (2015, dir. Olivier Assayas)
  11. Michael Clayton (2007, dir. Tony Gilroy)
  12. Eden (2014, dir. Mia Hansen-Løve)
  13. Only Lovers Left Alive (2014, dir. Jim Jarmusch)
  14. White Material (2010, dir. Claire Denis)
  15. Certain Women (2016, dir. Kelly Reichardt)
  16. Monsters, Inc. (2001, dir. Pete Docter)
  17. Secret Sunshine (2011, dir. Lee Chang-dong)
  18. Mary and Max (2009, dir. Adam Elliot)
  19. American Honey (2016, dir. Andrea Arnold)
  20. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  21. Where the Wild Things Are (2010, dir. Spike Jonze)
  22. Lilo and Stitch (2002, dir. Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders)
  23. Marie Antoinette (2006, dir. Sofia Copolla)
  24. Speed Racer (2008, dir. Lana and Lily Wachowski)
  25. Tropic Thunder (2008, dir. Ben Stiller)

[Honorable Mentions: Adventureland, Bridge of Spies, Carol, Collateral, Easy A, The Fits, The Host, I'm Not There, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Master, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, Spirited Away, Spy, The Departed, The Tree of Life]