The Single Best Movie of the 21st Century, According to Critics

Based on the reviews, these are the greatest films of the last 20 years.

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While any list of the greatest films ever made should include movies from throughout the 20th century, the last 20 years ought to be represented as well. There have been plenty of modern-day classics released since the year 2000, many of which could be considered some of the all-time greats. But rather than incorporate those into that larger list, we're focusing solely on the past two decades with this list of the best movies of the 21st century, based on the reviews.

The folks over at Stacker used data from review aggregator site Metacritic to compile a list of the best reviewed films since 2000. These are the movies that the critics loved, and that audiences couldn't get enough of either. Read on to see if any of your 21st century favorites made the list. And for other recent picks, These Are the Best Horror Films of 2020, According to Critics.

50
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2017)

the diving bell and the butterfly
Paramount Pictures

Metascore: 92

49
Toy Story 3 (2010)

toy story 3
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 92

And to see how the critics felt about other Pixar classics, check out our Ranking of Every Pixar Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

48
The Rider (2018)

the rider
Sony Pictures Classics

Metascore: 92

47
The Florida Project (2017)

the florida project
A24

Metascore: 92

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46
Shoah: Four Sisters (2018)

shoah four sisters
Arte

Metascore: 93

45
Sherpa (2015)

still from sherpa
Discovery

Metascore: 93

44
Sita Sings the Blues (2009)

sita sings the blues
GKIDS

Metascore: 93

And to see what other lists this film has made, these are The 50 Best Comedies of All Time, According to Critics.

43
Yi Yi (2000)

yi yi
Criterion Collection

Metascore: 93

42
Toni Erdmann (2016)

toni erdmann
Sony Pictures Classics

Metascore: 93

41
Shoplifters (2018)

still from shoplifters
GAGA Pictures

Metascore: 93

And for some lighter family fare, these are The Best Family Movies of All Time, According to Critics.

40
There Will Be Blood (2007)

there will be blood
Paramount Vantage

Metascore: 93

39
Spotlight (2015)

still from spotlight
Open Road Films

Metascore: 93

38
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

inside llewyn davis
CBS Films

Metascore: 93

37
Call Me By Your Name (2017)

call me by your name
Sony Pictures Classics

Metascore: 93

36
We Were Here (2011)

we were here
Weissman Projects, LLC

Metascore: 94

35
Carlos (2010)

still from carlos
IFC Films

Metascore: 94

34
Faces Places (2017)

faces places
Le Pacte

Metascore: 94

33
Amazing Grace (2018)

amazing grace
Neon

Metascore: 94

32
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

crouching tiger hidden dragon
Sony Pictures Releasing

Metascore: 94

31
45 Years (2015)

45 years
Paramount Pictures

Metascore: 94

30
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

the lord of the rings the return of the king
New Line Cinema

Metascore: 94

29
Before Midnight (2013)

before midnight
Sony Pictures Classics

Metascore: 94

28
Sideways (2004)

still from sideways
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Metascore: 94

27
Mr. Turner (2014)

mr. turner
Sony Pictures Classics

Metascore: 94

26
Amour (2012)

still from amour
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Metascore: 94

25
Carol (2015)

still from carol
StudioCanal

Metascore: 94

24
Lady Bird (2017)

still from lady bird
A24

Metascore: 94

23
Dunkirk (2017)

dunkirk
Warner Bros.

Metascore: 94

22
Marriage Story (2019)

marriage story
Netflix

Metascore: 94

21
La La Land (2016)

la la land
Lionsgate

Metascore: 94

20
Inside Out (2015)

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 94

19
The Irishman (2019)

the irishman
Netflix

Metascore: 94

18
I Am Not Your N***** (2016)

james baldwin in documentary
Lifestyle pictures / Alamy Stock Photo

Metascore: 95

17
The Hurt Locker (2009)

the hurt locker
Summit Entertainment

Metascore: 95

16
WALL-E (2008)

wall-e
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 95

15
A Separation (2011)

a separation
Sony Pictures Classics

Metascore: 95

14
The Social Network (2010)

the social network
Sony Pictures Releasing

Metascore: 95

13
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

zero dark thirty
Sony Pictures Releasing

Metascore: 95

12
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

portrait of a lady on fire
Neon

Metascore: 95

11
Ratatouille (2007)

still from ratatouille
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 96

10
Spirited Away (2002)

spirited away
Studio Ghibli

Metascore: 96

9
Gravity (2013)

still from gravity
Warner Bros.

Metascore: 96

8
Roma (2018)

roma
Netflix

Metascore: 96

7
Manchester by the Sea (2016)

manchester by the sea
Amazon Studios

Metascore: 96

6
Parasite (2019)

still from parasite
Neon

Metascore: 96

5
12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 years a slave
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Metascore: 96

4
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2008)

4 months 3 weeks 2 days
IFC Films

Metascore: 97

3
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

pan's labyrinth
Warner Bros.

Metascore: 98

2
Moonlight (2016)

still from moonlight
A24

Metascore: 99

1
Boyhood (2014)

still from boyhood
IFC Films

Metascore: 100

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