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The Best Films of the 21st Century

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People who added this item 635 Average listal rating (460 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4

The Shape of Water

2017 | Fantasy / Romance | 2h 3m | R


Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer

A mute custodian at a top secret research facility forms a complex relationship with an amphibious man being held in captivity.

"Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere."
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People who added this item 260 Average listal rating (173 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6

Phantom Thread

2017 | Drama | 2h 10m | R


Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville

Reynolds Woodcock, England's premier fashion designer, finds comfort, disruption and a muse in the young Alma in the 1950s.

"Don't pick a fight with me, you certainly won't come out alive. I'll go right through you and it'll be you who ends up on the floor. Understood?"
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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (278 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5

Lady Bird

2017 | Comedy / Drama | 1h 35m | R


Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson comes of age and develops her strained relationship with her mother in Sacramento, California, 2002.

"Why can't you say I look nice?"
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People who added this item 658 Average listal rating (497 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

Get Out

2017 | Thriller | 1h 44m | R


Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

A black photographer goes to visit his white girlfriend's parents in their isolated home in the woods, but not all is what it seems.

"I want your eyes, man. I want those things you see through."
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People who added this item 212 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6

The Florida Project

2017 | Drama | 1h 55m | R


Director: Sean Baker
Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe

The film follows six-year-old Moonee over one summer as she explores life with her young mother, her friends, and her neighbors who live in a cheap motel outside Walt Disney World.

"I can always tell when adults are about to cry."
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People who added this item 710 Average listal rating (483 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8

Dunkirk

2017 | War | 1h 46m | PG-13


Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance

Over 330,000 Allied soldiers find themselves trapped on Dunkirk beach in France, awaiting evacuation, while opposing German forces threaten them from all sides.

"We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender."
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Call Me By Your Name

2017 | Romance | 2h 12m | R


Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writers: James Ivory, André Aciman (novel)
Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg

In the summer of 1983, 17-year-old Elio and Oliver, his father's intern, find a growing relationship between them, amongst the sun-drenched landscape of their villa, somewhere in Northern Italy.

"When you least expect it, nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot."
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People who added this item 715 Average listal rating (475 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

Blade Runner 2049

2016 | Sci-fi | 2h 44m | R


Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writers: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green, Philip K. Dick (characters)
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Harrison Ford

In 2049 Neo-L.A., Officer K, a replicant blade runner for the L.A.P.D., discovers his reality and memories may not be what they seem, and tracks down Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

"More human than human."
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Toni Erdmann

2016 | Comedy / Drama | 2h 42m | R


Director: Maren Ade
Writer: Maren Ade
Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek

A father tries to reconnect with her busy daughter by creating an absurd alter ego known as Toni Erdmann, her CEO's life coach.

"Don't lose the humor."
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People who added this item 552 Average listal rating (398 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4

Moonlight

2016 | Drama | 1h 55m | R


Director: Barry Jenkins
Writers: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney (story)
Stars: Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali

The childhood, youthhood, and manhood of Chiron, a black gay man growing up in Miami.

"At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.
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Manchester by the Sea

2016 | Drama | 2h 17m | R


Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Writer: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler

After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler is forced to take care of his teenage son and reluctantly moves back to his hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

"I can't beat it. I can't beat it. I'm sorry.
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People who added this item 831 Average listal rating (547 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1

La La Land

2016 | Musical | 2h 8m | PG-13


Director: Damien Chazelle
Writers: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

An ambitious actress and an aspiring jazz pianist fall in love in the dreamy City of Angels, but as their careers take off, they grow further from each other.

"I guess I'll see you in the movies."
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People who added this item 321 Average listal rating (204 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

The Handmaiden

2016 | Thriller | 2h 24m | NR


Director: Park Chan-wook
Writer: Park Chan-wook, Seo-kyeong Jeong, Sarah Waters (novel)
Stars: Min-hee Kim, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, while two men devise an elaborate plot to seduce her.

"Women love to play with fate."
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People who added this item 882 Average listal rating (634 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9

Arrival

2016 | Sci-fi | 1h 58m | PG-13


Director: Denis Villeneueve
Writers: Eric Heisserer, Ted Chiang (story)
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forrest Whitaker

A linguistics professor is flown in to help make contact with an extra-terrestrial life form when twelve mysterious spaceships touch down on Earth.

"If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?
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People who added this item 138 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4

20th Century Women

2016 | Comedy / Drama | 1h 59m | R


Director: Mike Mills
Writer: Mike Mills
Stars: Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig

In 1979 Santa Barbara, a woman enlists the help of a provocative teenager and an artsy twenty-something to help her raise her fifteen-year-old son.

"Why can't things just sound... pretty?"
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People who added this item 451 Average listal rating (345 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.8

The Witch

2015 | Horror | 1h 33m | R


Director: Robert Eggers
Writer: Robert Eggers,
Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

In 1630s New England, a family exiled by their community is terrorized by a witch that resides in the woods nearby.

"Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"
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People who added this item 644 Average listal rating (468 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6

Sicario

2015 | Thriller | 2h 1m | R


Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Stars: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin

An FBI agent is sent to help in an escalating war against drugs at the United States/Mexico border.

"Time to meet God."
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People who added this item 1033 Average listal rating (727 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
The Revenant (2015)

The Revenant

2015 | Western | 2h 36m | R


Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Writers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith, Michael Punke (novel)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

A frontiersman fights for survival after being mutilated by a bear and left for dead by his hunting team.

"As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight."
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People who added this item 1484 Average listal rating (1042 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

Mad Max: Fury Road

2015 | Action | 2h | R


Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCartney, Nick Lathouris
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

A drifter named Max helps a rebellious woman and a psychotic warrior free a group of female prisoners from a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia.

"I live. I die. I live again."
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People who added this item 567 Average listal rating (378 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1

The Lobster

2015 | Drama | 1h 59m | R


Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writers: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Stars: Colin Farrel, Rachell Weisz, Léa Seydoux

In a dystopian society, all single people are sent to The Hotel, where they must find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into an animal and sent into The Woods.

"We dance alone. That's why we only play electronic music."
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People who added this item 1355 Average listal rating (979 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.2

Inside Out

2015 | Fantasy | 1h 35m | PG


Director: Pete Docter
Writers: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley
Stars: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

The emotions of an 11-year-old girl struggle to adapt to the situation when her family moves to San Francisco.

"Take her to the moon for me, okay?"
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People who added this item 1017 Average listal rating (721 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7

Ex Machina

2015 | Sci-fi | 1h 50m | R


Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

A young programmer wins a contest to spend a week at his company's CEO's private estate. When he arrives, he learns that he was chosen to be a human factor in a Turing test determining the consciousness of a female robot.

"If you're gonna exist, why not enjoy it?"
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People who added this item 1203 Average listal rating (865 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5

Whiplash

2014 | Drama | 1h 47m | R


Director: Damien Chazelle
Writer: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons

An ambitious young jazz drummer enrolls in a prestigious music conservatory. His instructor is an abusive teacher who will do whatever it takes to see him succeed.

"Not my tempo."
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People who added this item 1852 Average listal rating (1233 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar

2014 | Sci-fi | 2h 49m | PG-13


Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

In the future, Earth's crops are slowly diminishing, and a former NASA pilot-turned farmer and a team of explorers are tasked with flying through a wormhole in order to find a new home for life.

"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage, against the dying of the light."
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The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014 | Comedy | 1h 40m | R


Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Wes Anderson
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham

Between the two Great Wars, the story follows the adventures of Gustave H., the concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel, and his friend and protege, Zero, a lobby boy. When he is accused of murdering one of his usual guests, M. Gustave finds himself the center of a manhunt.

"Get your hands off my lobby boy!"
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This is my first list, and this is a lot more of a personal, opinion-based list not of my favorite films but of the films I personally think are the most well-made of this century, cinematically, technically, and visually.

This list is in order from release date, newest to oldest (2017 - 2000).

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