100 Must-See Chinese-Language Films of the 21st Century

This is a response to this list from Film4 of the 100 Must-See Films of the century so far that only saw fit to include two Chinese language films (and you know which ones).

This list only includes films that I've seen, which means it's inherently limited. I feel I've barely scratched the surface of Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinema, and I'm making new (for me) discoveries all the time. It's a vast, diverse and vibrant film culture(s), in my opinion the most exciting in the world today.

  • Millennium Mambo

    1

  • Oxhide II

    2

  • Running on Karma

    3

  • Platform

    4

  • Sparrow

    5

  • 2046

    6

  • Romancing in Thin Air

    7

  • In the Mood for Love

    8

  • Exiled

    9

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    10

  • PTU

    11

  • Kung Fu Hustle

    12

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    13

  • Throw Down

    14

  • Ashes of Time

    15

  • My Left Eye Sees Ghosts

    16

  • 607

    17

  • Yi Yi

    18

  • Let the Bullets Fly

    19

  • House of Flying Daggers

    20

  • Oxhide

    21

  • Golden Chicken

    22

  • Love in a Puff

    23

  • Blind Detective

    24

  • Red Cliff

    25

  • A Touch of Sin

    26

  • Devils on the Doorstep

    27

  • Fat Choi Spirit

    28

  • What Time Is It There?

    29

  • Drug War

    30

  • The Midnight After

    31

  • Three Times

    32

  • Stray Dogs

    33

  • Hero

    34

  • The World

    35

  • Chinese Odyssey 2002

    36

  • The Grandmaster

    37

  • Isabella

    38

  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

    39

  • Still Life

    40

  • Dragon

    41

  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart

    42

  • The Sun Also Rises

    43

  • Written By

    44

  • Journey to the West

    45

  • Running Out of Time 2

    46

  • Shaolin Soccer

    47

  • Turn Left, Turn Right

    48

  • Thomas Mao

    49

  • Three Sisters

    50

  • Election 2

    51

  • Ip Man: The Final Fight

    52

  • Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

    53

  • Infernal Affairs

    54

  • Yesterday Once More

    55

  • When Night Falls

    56

  • Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

    57

  • Breaking News

    58

  • Memories Look at Me

    59

  • Unknown Pleasures

    60

  • The Last Time I Saw Macao

    61

  • Election

    62

  • Perhaps Love

    63

  • Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

    64

  • Walker

    65

  • Four Ways to Die in My Hometown

    66

  • Tai Chi Zero

    67

  • Yumen

    68

  • Life Without Principle

    69

  • The Legend Is Born: Ip Man

    70

  • People's Park

    71

  • Love in the Buff

    72

  • Emperor Visits the Hell

    73

  • I Don't Want to Sleep Alone

    74

  • Golden Chicken 2

    75

  • Mad Detective

    76

  • Needing You...

    77

  • Time and Tide

    78

  • Black Coal, Thin Ice

    79

  • Drunken Monkey

    80

  • Eye in the Sky

    81

  • Gallants

    82

  • 24 City

    83

  • SPL: Kill Zone

    84

  • Motorway

    85

  • Help!!!

    86

  • East Meets West

    87

  • Trap Street

    88

  • Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

    89

  • I Wish I Knew

    90

  • Love on a Diet

    91

  • The Equation of Love and Death

    92

  • Distant

    93

  • Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

    94

  • The Drunkard

    95

  • Fearless

    96

  • Tai Chi Hero

    97

  • After This Our Exile

    98

  • Sophie's Revenge

    99

  • Summer Palace

    100