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Hello and welcome. We’re proud to present the result of months of consideration from the Film4 website team and the votes of 30 carefully selected film critics: this is our collectively collated 100 must-see movies of the 21st century so far.
Drawn from 29 countries around the world, the most recent release on our list is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which stormed into the chart at number 5. Other recent releases in the top 20 include Steve McQueen’s landmark 12 Years A Slave and Jonathan Glazer’s mesmeric Under The Skin. Glazer is one of just a handful of directors with two films on the list – the others are the afore-mentioned Linklater, indie essentials the Coen brothers, US powerhouse David Fincher and of course Austrian auteur Michael Haneke.
Something else we’re really proud of is the mixture of different types of film this list represents – there’s everything from modern teen classics like the Tina Fey-scripted Mean Girls, to massive animated blockbusters like Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s Frozen, to Oscar winners like Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, to austere art-house triumphs such as Kelly Reichart’s Old Joy, to the acutely humane social realism found in The Selfish Giant by Clio Barnard. And much, much more.
The difficulty with these lists is always what gets left off (we're saving documentaries for another list entirely). Our long-list ran to an unwieldy 300+ which we had originally intended to cut down to a top 50 before realising that the 21st century has already generated too much brilliant cinema to represent in any meaningful way with 50 films. So with apologies to the many wonderful filmmakers whose work we were unable to include, we present our list of 100 must-see films of the century so far...
Written by Catherine Bray, David Cox, Joe Cunningham and Michael Leader
This is a list that's in the same book as the official "TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life." After discovering that a lot of the films on that list are just merely passing titles in the book, I noticed at the end there was a list of 100 films. That section is titled "100 to Watch."
The 1000 film list is just pulling it from the index, ergo, all the films on this list also appear on that one.
The best 100 animated movies, as listed in Elspeth Beidas' 10,000 Things You Need to Know: The Big Book of Lists (2016)
List contains 102 films because the Toy Story trilogy is listed as one entry in the book.
The best 100 movies, as listed in Elspeth Beidas' 10,000 Things You Need to Know: The Big Book of Lists (2016)
List contains 101 films because The Godfather Parts I & II is listed as one entry in the book.