25 Best Films of the Century So Far

Inspired by A.O. Scott & Manohla Dargis's list, here's my attempt to sum up the century so far.

It's not easy to rank some of these, and the idea of ranking movies I've seen half a dozen times (Fantastic Mr. Fox; Wet Hot; Monsters, Inc.) with those I've only seen once and will likely never see again (There Will Be Blood) is an especially difficult task. There were a hundred or so others I considered here, but couldn't bring myself to include, instead choosing those that have stuck with me over the years, either due to the indelible mark left by that single viewing, or their eminent re-watchability.

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  • Synecdoche, New York

    1

  • Boyhood

    2

  • There Will Be Blood

    3

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    4

  • WALL·E

    5

  • Her

    6

  • The Lives of Others

    7

  • Ocean's Eleven

    8

  • O.J.: Made in America

    9

  • Inside Out

    10

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    11

  • No Country for Old Men

    12

  • The Social Network

    13

  • Lost in Translation

    14

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    15

  • Ratatouille

    16

  • Into the Wild

    17

  • A Separation

    18

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    19

  • Rachel Getting Married

    20

  • Children of Men

    21

  • Whiplash

    22

  • Minority Report

    23

  • Wet Hot American Summer

    24

  • Monsters, Inc.

    25