Top Ten Tuesday: Modern Day Classics

What newer films are aging to be considered “classics” in years time…?

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top10You would think after how excruciatingly difficult it was to create a top 10 performances of all time list that I’d attempt an easy return to Top Ten Tuesday, but alas here I am with 10 films I consider modern classics. Spurned on by this article, I decided to take a look at the landscape from 2000 onward to see what movies could possibly be offered up in the pantheon of “classics.” I chose not to include anything from this current year (though Boyhood surely would have a strong shot at a list like this) and I tried my hardest to make sure that no more than one film per year made it, but one year completely blew past that. It’s a challenge I think you all should undertake, the one film a year rule I mean. Now that I’ve said, this is a list of films that I tried to make eclectic across genres, languages and subject matter, to give it some balance. Also, to kind of cheat, I have included another modern film and a classic film to go with each movie, to give you a wonderful triple feature. So without further ado, here are 10 modern classics.


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Written by Terence Johnson

When he's not enduring Shade Samurai training from Victoria Grayson, you can find Terence spends his time being an avid watcher of television, Criterion film collector, Twitter addict, and awards season obsessive. Opinionated but open minded, ratchet but with class, Terence holds down the fort as the producer of the Power Hour podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @LeNoirAuteur.


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Well, I am not really sure how to go about doing this. That is…. it seems hard to distinguish between my personal favorite of each year from what will inevitably be looked back on from years to come as a modern classic. Take 2001. I believe that A Beautiful Mind really was the best film of that year, but I have no doubt that something like Shrek will be considered more of a classic. So I should then go in between and cite Fellowship… I’ll just list 2 each year, my personal opinion of them removed. 2000: Gladiator OR Crouching… Read more »

Steve Glansberg

Well that was cool. I like your rather clever way of including honorable mentions and classic parallels for each choice. I would like to see you try a top 10 Tuesday closer to Halloween where you list the horror movies from the last 14 years that will most likely be future classics. The fact that it’s a discussion about which movies will be generally remembered for one reason or another might allow us to eschew this whole greatest vs favorites debate that has taken over. This would be especially helpful for examining horror, a genre that for many (silly) people… Read more »

Robert Hamer

I feel pretty confident in saying that Mulholland Dr., In the Mood for Love, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are *already* considered classics.


I would add The Social Network, The King’s Speech, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, 12 Years a Slave, Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, Sideways, The Descendants, Gravity, Her, Blue Is the Warmest Color, American Hustle, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, Amour, Inside Llewyn Davis, WALL-E, Waltz with Bashir, Slumdog Millionaire, The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, Milk, The Hurt Locker, The Departed, Pan’s Labyrinth, Children of Men, Django Unchained, Atonement, Michael Clayton, Juno, Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Looper, The Master, Chicago, Punch-Drunk Love, 127 Hours, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Million Dollar Baby, and The Kids Are All Right. I’m not… Read more »


You are so right about A Separation being a new classic, Terrence. It’s already being studied in high school English in Australia. SUCH a good movie!

Max Conoley

I believe that Zodiac is the best film made since 2000 and that, in due time, I will be in the majority.



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