ByMark Hofmeyer, writer at
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Mark Hofmeyer

Which 21st century movies do critics and audiences love the most? The folks over at Movies, Film and Flix recently gathered a list of 1,300 21st century films and averaged out their Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb and Metacritic scores to figure the best of the 21st century. You can check out the top 200 here (really great list) and the top 10 are below!

Make sure to check out the top 200!

10. '12 Years a Slave' (2013)

Averaged Score - 91

12 Years a Slave won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2014, and it appears on IMDb's Top 250 at #187. It is a great film that deserves its spot in the top 10.

9. 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (2003)

Averaged Score - 91

I was a bit surprised seeing The Return of the King at #9. It won 11 Oscars in 2004 and is ranked #9 on IMDb's Top 250.

8. 'Spotlight' (2015)

Averaged Score - 91

Spotlight just won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture and is equally beloved by audiences and critics (which is rare).

7. 'The Look of Silence' (2015)

Averaged Score - 91.25

The Look of Silence is absolutely brilliant and is one of my favorite 21st century films. Check out this amazing documentary.

6. 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' (2001)

Averaged Score - 91.5

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite of the trilogy, and I love seeing it in the top 10.

5. 'Pan’s Labyrinth' (2006)

Averaged Score - 91.5

Pan's Labyrinth is the also the number one critic/audience rated horror/fantasy film of the 21st century. I love that!

4. 'The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers' (2002)

Averaged Score - 91.5

I love The Two Towers, but was really surprised to see it at #4. I thought Return of the King or Fellowship of the Ring would be ranked higher.

3. 'The Best of Youth' (2003)

Averaged Score – 91.75

You need to watch the Best of Youth. It is a beautiful film that totally deserves the #3 spot.

2. 'A Separation' (2011)

Averaged Score – 92.25

A Separation won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and it received a rare nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Foreign films are rarely nominated for screenplay Academy Awards. Watch this movie!

1. 'Spirited Away' (2001)

Averaged Score – 93

Spirited Away is an Academy Award winning film that totally deserves the #1 spot. It appears on almost every 21st century "best of" list and has earned this spot. If you haven't watched Spirited Away do it now.

What is your favorite 21st century film? Please comment below and tell me your favorites!


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