They Shoot Pictures, Don't They - The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films

The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Films is an annually-updated compendium of end-of-year, end-of-decade, all-time and miscellaneous lists and ballots. This is the seventh edition. It contains, based on TSPDT's calculations, the 250 leading films (critically-speaking) from 2000 to 2013. These 250 films were the highest ranked from a starting list of 3,018 contenders.

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1

Faa yeung nin wa 2000 -  Wong Kar-wai - IMDb

2

Mulholland Drive 2001 -  David Lynch - IMDb

3

Yi Yi: A One and a Two 2000 -  Edward Yang - IMDb

4

De reis van Chihiro 2001 -  Hayao Miyazaki - IMDb

5

Werckmeister Harmonies 2000 -  Béla Tarr, Agnes Hranitzky - IMDb

6

The Tree of Life 2011 -  Terrence Malick - IMDb

7

There Will Be Blood 2007 -  Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb

8

Russian Ark 2002 -  Alexander Sokurov - IMDb

9

Caché 2005 -  Michael Haneke - IMDb

10

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 -  Ang Lee - IMDb

11

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 -  Michel Gondry - IMDb

12

Tropical Malady 2004 -  Apichatpong Weerasethakul - IMDb

13

Talk to Her 2002 -  Pedro Almodóvar - IMDb

14

Punch-Drunk Love 2002 -  Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb

15

Blissfully Yours 2002 -  Apichatpong Weerasethakul - IMDb

16

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu 2005 -  Cristi Puiu - IMDb

17

Platform 2000 -  Jia Zhangke - IMDb

18

WALL·E 2008 -  Andrew Stanton - IMDb

19

Dancer in the Dark 2000 -  Lars von Trier - IMDb

20

Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse 2000 -  Agnès Varda - IMDb

21

Cidade de Deus 2002 -  Kátia Lund, Fernando Meirelles - IMDb

22

Lost in Translation 2003 -  Sofia Coppola - IMDb

23

Far from Heaven 2002 -  Todd Haynes - IMDb

24

Dogville 2003 -  Lars von Trier - IMDb

25

Zodiac 2007 -  David Fincher - IMDb

26

A History of Violence 2005 -  David Cronenberg - IMDb

27

Brokeback Mountain 2005 -  Ang Lee - IMDb

28

Y tu mamá también 2001 -  Alfonso Cuarón - IMDb

29

No Country for Old Men 2007 -  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - IMDb

30

The Hurt Locker 2008 -  Kathryn Bigelow - IMDb

31

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 -  Steven Spielberg - IMDb

32

The Son 2002 -  Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne - IMDb

33

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin 2011 -  Asghar Farhadi - IMDb

34

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 -  Wes Anderson - IMDb

35

Melancholia 2011 -  Lars von Trier - IMDb

36

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2010 -  Apichatpong Weerasethakul - IMDb

37

Sideways 2004 -  Alexander Payne - IMDb

38

The Social Network 2010 -  David Fincher - IMDb

39

The White Ribbon 2009 -  Michael Haneke - IMDb

40

Before Sunset 2004 -  Richard Linklater - IMDb

41

Requiem for a Dream 2000 -  Darren Aronofsky - IMDb

42

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 2007 -  Cristian Mungiu - IMDb

43

Memento 2000 -  Christopher Nolan - IMDb

44

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 -  Peter Jackson - IMDb

45

Syndromes and a Century 2006 -  Apichatpong Weerasethakul - IMDb

46

Colossal Youth 2006 -  Pedro Costa - IMDb

47

The Turin Horse 2011 -  Béla Tarr - IMDb

48

Million Dollar Baby 2004 -  Clint Eastwood - IMDb

49

Inland Empire 2006 -  David Lynch - IMDb

50

Amélie 2001 -  Jean-Pierre Jeunet - IMDb

51

Distant 2002 -  Nuri Bilge Ceylan - IMDb

52

Elephant 2003 -  Gus Van Sant - IMDb

53

Pan's Labyrinth 2006 -  Guillermo del Toro - IMDb

54

The Piano Teacher 2001 -  Michael Haneke - IMDb

55

Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks  -  IMDb

56

Songs from the Second Floor 2000 -  Roy Andersson - IMDb

57

Code Unknown 2000 -  Michael Haneke - IMDb

58

No Quarto da Vanda 2000 -  Pedro Costa - IMDb

59

2046 2004 -  Wong Kar-wai - IMDb

60

Moulin Rouge! 2001 -  Baz Luhrmann - IMDb

61

Das Leben der Anderen 2006 -  Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck - IMDb

62

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 -  Peter Jackson - IMDb

63

Silent Light 2009 -  Carlos Reygadas - IMDb

64

Still Life 2006 -  Jia Zhangke - IMDb

65

Goodbye, Dragon Inn 2004 -  Tsai Ming-liang - IMDb

66

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 -  Kathryn Bigelow - IMDb

67

La Ciénaga 2001 -  Lucrecia Martel - IMDb

68

The Headless Woman 2008 -  Lucrecia Martel - IMDb

69

Amores perros 2000 -  Alejandro González Iñárritu - IMDb

70

Donnie Darko 2001 -  Richard Kelly - IMDb

71

Synecdoche, New York 2008 -  Charlie Kaufman - IMDb

72

Inglourious Basterds 2009 -  Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino - IMDb

73

Finding Nemo 2003 -  Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton - IMDb

74

Grizzly Man 2005 -  Werner Herzog - IMDb

75

Children of Men 2006 -  Alfonso Cuarón - IMDb

76

Adaptation 2002 -  Spike Jonze - IMDb

77

Amour 2012 -  Michael Haneke - IMDb

78

Ten 2002 -  Abbas Kiarostami - IMDb

79

The Incredibles 2004 -  Brad Bird - IMDb

80

The Departed 2006 -  Martin Scorsese - IMDb

81

Toy Story 3 2010 -  Lee Unkrich - IMDb

82

Winter’s Bone 2010 -  Debra Granik - IMDb

83

Oldeuboi 2003 -  Park Chan-wook - IMDb

84

Hero 2002 -  Zhang Yimou - IMDb

85

Ghost World 2001 -  Terry Zwigoff - IMDb

86

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty  -  IMDb

87

The World 2004 -  Jia Zhangke - IMDb

88

L'Enfant 2005 -  Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne - IMDb

89

Irréversible 2002 -  Gaspar Noé - IMDb

90

Let the Right One In 2008 -  Tomas Alfredson - IMDb

91

Mystic River 2003 -  Clint Eastwood - IMDb

92

Atanarjuat 2001 -  Zacharias Kunuk - IMDb

93

Black Swan 2010 -  Darren Aronofsky - IMDb

94

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 -  Peter Jackson - IMDb

95

Hunger 2008 -  Steve McQueen - IMDb

96

Moonrise Kingdom  -  Wes Anderson - IMDb

97

The Master  -  Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb

98

Up 2009 -  Pete Docter, Bob Peterson - IMDb

99

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2006 -  Larry Charles - IMDb

100

A Serious Man 2009 -  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - IMDb

101

The New World 2005 -  Terrence Malick - IMDb

102

United 93 2006 -  Paul Greengrass - IMDb

103

Head-On 2004 -  Fatih Akın - IMDb

104

American Splendor 2003 -  Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman - IMDb

105

Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 -  Clint Eastwood - IMDb

106

Hugo 2011 -  Martin Scorsese - IMDb

107

The Host 2006 -  Bong Joon-ho - IMDb

108

The Queen 2006 -  Stephen Frears - IMDb

109

The Squid and the Whale 2005 -  Noah Baumbach - IMDb

110

You Can Count on Me 2000 -  Kenneth Lonergan - IMDb

111

L'Intrus 2004 -  Claire Denis - IMDb

112

The Circle 2000 -  Jafar Panahi - IMDb

113

The Pianist 2002 -  Roman Polanski - IMDb

114

Inside Llewyn Davis  -  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - IMDb

115

The Man Without a Past 2002 -  Aki Kaurismäki - IMDb

116

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 2011 -  Nuri Bilge Ceylan - IMDb

117

Flight of the Red Balloon 2007 -  Hou Hsiao-Hsien - IMDb

118

35 Shots of Rum 2008 -  Claire Denis - IMDb

119

Waiting for Happiness 2002 -  Abderrahmane Sissako - IMDb

120

The Holy Girl 2004 -  Lucrecia Martel - IMDb

121

The Kids Are All Right 2010 -  Lisa Cholodenko - IMDb

122

Summer Hours 2008 -  Olivier Assayas - IMDb

123

La Commune 2000 -  Peter Watkins - IMDb

124

Moolaadé 2004 -  Ousmane Sembène - IMDb

125

Avatar 2009 -  James Cameron - IMDb

126

Gladiator 2000 -  Ridley Scott - IMDb

127

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 -  Andrew Dominik - IMDb

128

Capturing the Friedmans 2003 -  Andrew Jarecki - IMDb

129

Millenium Mambo 2001 -  Hou Hsiao-Hsien - IMDb

130

Kings and Queen 2004 -  Arnaud Desplechin - IMDb

131

George Washington 2000 -  David Gordon Green - IMDb

132

Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 -  Wes Anderson - IMDb

133

Wendy and Lucy 2008 -  Kelly Reichardt - IMDb

134

Time Out 2001 -  Laurent Cantet - IMDb

135

The Artist 2011 -  Michel Hazanavicius - IMDb

136

In the City of Sylvia 2007 -  José Luis Guerín - IMDb

137

A Christmas Tale 2008 -  Arnaud Desplechin - IMDb

138

Man on Wire 2008 -  James Marsh - IMDb

139

Waltz with Bashir 2008 -  Ari Folman - IMDb

140

12 Years a Slave  -  Steve McQueen - IMDb

141

House of Flying Daggers 2004 -  Zhang Yimou - IMDb

142

I'm Not There 2007 -  Todd Haynes - IMDb

143

In Praise of Love 2001 -  Jean-Luc Godard - IMDb

144

Café Lumière 2003 -  Hou Hsiao-Hsien - IMDb

145

Regular Lovers 2005 -  Philippe Garrel - IMDb

146

About Schmidt 2002 -  Alexander Payne - IMDb

147

My Winnipeg 2007 -  Guy Maddin - IMDb

148

Volver 2007 -  Pedro Almodóvar - IMDb

149

Her  -  Spike Jonze - IMDb

150

Beasts of the Southern Wild  -  IMDb

151

Holy Motors  -  Léos Carax - IMDb

152

Sexy Beast 2000 -  Jonathan Glazer - IMDb

153

To Be and to Have 2002 -  Nicolas Philibert - IMDb

154

The House of Mirth 2000 -  Terence Davies - IMDb

155

Waking Life 2001 -  Richard Linklater - IMDb

156

Certified Copy 2010 -  Abbas Kiarostami - IMDb

157

The Dark Knight 2008 -  Christopher Nolan - IMDb

158

Almost Famous 2000 -  Cameron Crowe - IMDb

159

A Prophet 2009 -  Jacques Audiard - IMDb

160

Unknown Pleasures 2002 -  Jia Zhangke - IMDb

161

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 -  Quentin Tarantino - IMDb

162

In the Bedroom 2001 -  Todd Field - IMDb

163

Inception 2010 -  Christopher Nolan - IMDb

164

Saraband 2003 -  Ingmar Bergman - IMDb

165

Lincoln 2012 -  Steven Spielberg - IMDb

166

What Time Is It There? 2001 -  Tsai Ming-liang - IMDb

167

24 Hour Party People 2002 -  Michael Winterbottom - IMDb

168

Munich 2005 -  Steven Spielberg - IMDb

169

Argo  -  Ben Affleck - IMDb

170

Gosford Park 2001 -  Robert Altman - IMDb

171

Divine Intervention 2002 -  Elia Suleiman - IMDb

172

Vera Drake 2004 -  Mike Leigh - IMDb

173

Shrek 2001 -  Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson - IMDb

174

Paranoid Park 2007 -  Gus Van Sant - IMDb

175

Traffic 2001 -  Steven Soderbergh - IMDb

176

The Return 2003 -  Andrey Zvyagintsev - IMDb

177

Nostalgia For The Light 2010 -  Patricio Guzmán - IMDb

178

Shaun of the Dead 2004 -  Edgar Wright - IMDb

179

The King's Speech 2010 -  Tom Hooper - IMDb

180

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara 2003 -  Errol Morris - IMDb

181

Le scaphandre et le papillon 2007 -  Julian Schnabel - IMDb

182

Salinui chueok 2003 -  Bong Joon-ho - IMDb

183

The Act of Killing  -  IMDb

184

The Aviator 2004 -  Martin Scorsese - IMDb

185

Two Lovers 2008 -  James Gray - IMDb

186

Carlos 2010 -  Olivier Assayas - IMDb

187

The Sun 2005 -  Alexander Sokurov - IMDb

188

The Descendants 2011 -  Alexander Payne - IMDb

189

Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom 2003 -  Kim Ki-duk - IMDb

190

Persepolis 2007 -  Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud - IMDb

191

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 -  Peter Weir - IMDb

192

The Hours 2002 -  Stephen Daldry - IMDb

193

The Triplets of Belleville 2003 -  Sylvain Chomet - IMDb

194

White Material 2010 -  Claire Denis - IMDb

195

The Ghost Writer 2010 -  Roman Polanski - IMDb

196

Erin Brockovich 2000 -  Steven Soderbergh - IMDb

197

Morvern Callar 2002 -  Lynne Ramsay - IMDb

198

Together 2000 -  Lukas Moodysson - IMDb

199

Good Night, and Good Luck. 2005 -  George Clooney - IMDb

200

Gerry 2003 -  Gus Van Sant - IMDb

201

Before Midnight  -  Richard Linklater - IMDb

202

Mysteries of Lisbon 2010 -  Raoul Ruiz - IMDb

203

Bad Education 2004 -  Pedro Almodóvar - IMDb

204

Three Times 2005 -  Hou Hsiao-Hsien - IMDb

205

Notre musique 2004 -  Jean-Luc Godard - IMDb

206

Best of Youth 2003 -  Marco Tullio Giordana - IMDb

207

Police, Adjective 2009 -  Corneliu Porumboiu - IMDb

208

Black Book 2006 -  Paul Verhoeven - IMDb

209

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 -  Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris - IMDb

210

Drive 2011 -  Nicolas Winding Refn - IMDb

211

Half Nelson 2006 -  Ryan Fleck - IMDb

212

Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 -  Mike Leigh - IMDb

213

Battle In Heaven 2005 -  Carlos Reygadas - IMDb

214

Le Havre 2011 -  Aki Kaurismäki - IMDb

215

The Wrestler 2008 -  Darren Aronofsky - IMDb

216

Minority Report 2002 -  Steven Spielberg - IMDb

217

25th Hour 2002 -  Spike Lee - IMDb

218

Mou gaan dou 2002 -  Andrew Lau, Alan Mak - IMDb

219

Bowling for Columbine 2002 -  Michael Moore - IMDb

220

Oasis 2002 -  Lee Chang-dong - IMDb

221

Once 2006 -  John Carney - IMDb

222

Kill Bill Volume 2 2004 -  Quentin Tarantino - IMDb

223

Offside 2006 -  Jafar Panahi - IMDb

224

Gravity  -  Alfonso Cuarón - IMDb

225

Freedom 2001 -  Lisandro Alonso - IMDb

226

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 -  Michael Moore - IMDb

227

Crimson Gold 2003 -  Jafar Panahi - IMDb

228

Fat Girl 2001 -  Catherine Breillat - IMDb

229

Monsoon Wedding 2001 -  Mira Nair - IMDb

230

Los Angeles Plays Itself 2003 -  Thom Andersen - IMDb

231

Ebolusyon ng isang pamilyang Pilipino  -  IMDb

232

Silver Linings Playbook  -  IMDb

233

Capote 2005 -  Bennett Miller - IMDb

234

Take Shelter 2011 -  Jeff Nichols - IMDb

235

Django Unchained  -  Quentin Tarantino - IMDb

236

Kairo 2005 -  Kiyoshi Kurosawa - IMDb

237

Tarnation 2004 -  Jonathan Caouette - IMDb

238

Spellbound 2002 -  Jeffrey Blitz - IMDb

239

Bamako 2006 -  Abderrahmane Sissako - IMDb

240

The Devil's Backbone 2001 -  Guillermo del Toro - IMDb

241

Margaret 2011 -  Kenneth Lonergan - IMDb

242

Another Year 2010 -  Mike Leigh - IMDb

243

Dogtooth 2009 -  Yorgos Lanthimos - IMDb

244

Moneyball 2011 -  Bennett Miller - IMDb

245

Frances Ha  -  Noah Baumbach - IMDb

246

Zoolander 2001 -  Ben Stiller - IMDb

247

Gangs of New York 2002 -  Martin Scorsese - IMDb

248

I'm Going Home 2001 -  Manoel de Oliveira - IMDb

249

Eastern Promises 2007 -  David Cronenberg - IMDb

250

This Is Not a Film 2011 -  Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi - IMDb