A personal list inspired by the newly published BBC poll.
- The Turin Horse (2011, Béla Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky)
- Russian Ark (2002, Alexander Sokurov)
- Upstream Color (2013, Shane Carruth)
- Norte, the End of History (2013, Lav Diaz)
- The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu (2011, Andrei Ujica)
- Songs from the Second Floor (2000, Roy Andersson)
- La captive (2000, Chantal Akerman)
- The Forbidden Room (2015, Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson)
- There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson)
- Stray Dogs (2013, Tsai Ming-liang)
Aug. 29, 2016 update: In case you were wondering what the best-reviewed movies of the century would be according to the CRU Rating, I don’t have much of an answer. We don’t keep a master list of scores. I can say that the movie that received the highest number of reviews this century while maintaining a 100 is almost certainly Jia Zhangke’s Still Life, which currently has 21 reviews.
Jul. 13, 2017 update: A month ago, when critics and cinephiles were creating lists of the top 25 films of the century so far, I didn’t join in. There are two reasons for that: #1) I already made this top 10 less than a year ago to tie into the BBC ballots that were being published at the time, and felt that making another list was somewhat redundant. #2) I did in fact make a top 25 which I’m mostly proud of but kept it to myself because of one flaw I found hard to shake. I became a cinephile around 2005 and a hardcore cinephile in 2011. What this means is that I don’t trust most of my reactions to movies I’ve seen pre-2011 because I had extremely different standards back then, standards I’m less proud of. As a result, my list was heavily slanted in favor of movies from the current decade, with only 9 out of the top 25 coming from the ’00s. I like my list, but I’m okay with sitting this game out.