We are only 16 years into the 21st century, but it has been quite a dramatic period for cinema. Instead of focusing on films from era's long gone, BBC Culture decided to press critics about their favorite films from recent memory, and the resulting list was quite interesting. Leading the pack of the best films from the 21st century so far was David Lynch's brilliant film Mulholland Drive.

Critics choice

Anyone who has watched the perplexing, yet thoroughly captivating film by David Lynch knows that it belongs to the top of one list or another.

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The director is responsible for some of the most important works of our time, including the dark and dreary television series Twin Peaks.

The top ten films on this list were as follows:

  • Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • In the mood for love (2000)
  • There will be blood (2007)
  • Spirited away (2001)
  • Boyhood (2014)
  • Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004)
  • The Tree of life (2011)
  • Yi Yi: A one and a two (2000)
  • A separation (2011)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

The list was compiled by BBC with the help of 177 film critics from 36 countries, with each critic allowed to submit 10 films for consideration.

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A total of 599 films managed to be featured in the first pool of films, but they were eventually narrowed down to the top 100 based on the number of votes each film received.

All the films that made the top 10 places on this list are instant classics and thoroughly deserve one spot or another. Wong Kar-wai's In the mood for love was a brilliant and poignant film about love and the complex nature of relationships, while Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood is a brutal and honest film that is driven by superior performances and a deeply murky storyline.

Peering through the lens

The poll also managed to shed some light on the most successful directors of our time according to critics. Six directors managed to make the list on three separate occasions, making them the critical darlings of this generation. This great honor was reserved for Wes Anderson, Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Joel and Ethan Coen, Christopher Nolan and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

What did you think of this list? Did the critics miss any films?

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