Community: What are the Ten Best Films of the Century?


On social media platforms, critics and movie-goers are constructing their list of the best films of the century for BBC.  With sixteen years into the 2000’s, I thought I could weigh in with my own personal list, while inviting our readership to include their own.

This will all break into our long-standing argument among the staff of “best vs. favorite” and where these films stand on your list.  I rallied through the years and pulled the ten that I still think about and want to revisit, right after typing their names into the list.  I’ve also included some honorable mentions because some films deserves shout outs.


  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
    A thrilling end to a magnificent series.
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013)
    One of the most grotesque oversights in Oscar’s history so far.
  3. Toy Story 3” (2010)
    The best animated film this century and the best in Pixar’s arsenal thus far.
  4. Gravity” (2013)
    The sole reason why “Interstellar” and “The Martian” did nothing for many and why Lubezki is the master.
  5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007)
    It would be #1 on the list of best cinematography this century with powerhouse turns by Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.
  6. Son of Saul” (2015)
    The most recent and possibly the most harrowing that I’ll probably NOT revisit again.
  7. Chicago” (2002)
    Rob Marshall’s debut holds up and holds up well with stunning set pieces and killer vocals.
  8. Bowling for Columbine” (2002)
    Michael Moore’s most touching film that’s just as topical today.
  9. The Hours” (2002)
    Nicole Kidman and Stephen Dillane’s train platform scene still wrecks me.
  10. The Hurt Locker” (2009)
    Kathryn Bigelow’s soft yet gripping look into the mindset of war and its soldiers.


  • “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014)
  • “Selma” (2014)
  • “Boyhood” (2014)
  • “Les Miserables” (2012)
  • “Searching for Sugar Man” (2012)
  • “Mystic River” (2003)
  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)
  • “Revolutionary Road” (2008)
  • “Little Children” (2006)
  • “United 93” (2006)
  • “A History of Violence” (2005)
  • “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)
  • “Closer” (2004)
  • “Moulin Rouge!” (2001)
  • “Cast Away” (2000)

What are your favorites?  Sound off in the comments!

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