TSPDT - The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films

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The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Films is an annually-updated compendium of end-of-year, end-of-decade, all-time and miscellaneous lists and ballots. This is the seventh edition. It contains, based on TSPDT’s calculations, the 250 leading films (critically-speaking) from 2000 to 2013. These 250 films were the highest ranked from a starting list of 3,018 contenders.

March 2014 update

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  1. 2.
    Mulholland Dr.
    by David Lynch

  2. 3.
    Yi Yi (The Criterion Collection)
    by Edward Yang

  3. 4.
    Spirited Away
    by Hayao Miyazaki

  4. 5.
    Werckmeister Harmonies
    by Bela Tarr

  5. 6.
    The Tree Of Life
    by Terrence Malick

  6. 7.
    There Will Be Blood (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)
    by Paul Thomas Anderson

  7. 8.
    Russian Ark: The Masterworks Edition
    by Alexander Sokurov

  8. 9.
    Cache (Hidden)
    by Michael Haneke

  9. 10.
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    by Ang Lee

  10. 11.
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
    by Michel Gondry

  11. 12.
    Tropical Malady
    by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

  12. 13.
    Talk to Her (Hable con Ella)
    by Pedro Almodóvar

  13. 14.
    Punch-Drunk Love (Two-Disc Special Edition)
    by Paul Thomas Anderson

  14. 15.
    Blissfully Yours
    by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

  15. 16.
    The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
    by Cristi Puiu

  16. 17.

  17. 18.
    Wall-E (Single-Disc Edition)
    by Andrew Stanton

  18. 19.
    Dancer in the Dark
    by Lars Von Trier

  19. 20.
    The Gleaners and I
    by Agnès Varda

  20. 21.
    City of God
    by Fernando Meirelles

  21. 22.
    Lost in Translation
    by Sofia Coppola

  22. 23.
    Far from Heaven
    by Todd Haynes

  23. 24.
    by Lars von Trier

  24. 25.
    Zodiac (Widescreen Edition)
    by David Fincher

  25. 26.
    A History of Violence
    by David Cronenberg

  26. 27.
    Brokeback Mountain (Widescreen Edition)
    by Ang Lee

  27. 28.
    Y Tu Mama Tambien
    by Alfonso Cuarón

  28. 29.
    No Country for Old Men
    by Ethan Coen

  29. 30.
    The Hurt Locker
    by Kathryn Bigelow

  30. 31.
    Artificial Intelligence: AI
    by Steven Spielberg

  31. 32.
    The Son

  32. 33.
    A Separation
    by Asghar Farhadi

  33. 34.
    The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection)
    by Wes Anderson

  34. 35.
    by Lars von Trier

  35. 36.
    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

  36. 37.
    by Alexander Payne

  37. 38.
    The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    by David Fincher

  38. 39.
    The White Ribbon
    by Michael Haneke

  39. 40.
    Before Sunset
    by Richard Linklater

  40. 41.
    Requiem for a Dream (Director's Cut)
    by Darren Aronofsky

  41. 42.
    4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
    by Cristian Mungiu

  42. 43.
    by Christopher Nolan

  43. 45.
    Syndromes and a Century
    by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

  44. 46.
    Colossal Youth
    by Pedro Costa

  45. 47.
    The Turin Horse
    by Bela Tarr

  46. 49.
    Inland Empire
    by David Lynch

  47. 50.
    by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Created by maggiem on May 05, 2006.


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Untitled — 51 weeks ago

New Films for 2013:

Blissfully Yours

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

The Turin Horse

Code Unknown

In Vanda’s Room

Zero Dark Thirty

La Ciénaga


As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

The Master

Moonrise Kingdom

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Waiting for Happiness


Millennium Mambo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Holy Motors

Divine Intervention



Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring

Nostalgia for the Light

White Material

Mysteries of Lisbon

The Return

Memories of Murder

Le Havre


Infernal Affairs

Crimson Gold

Evolution of a Filipino Family

The Devil’s Backbone


This is Not a Film

The Wire

Silver Linings Playbook

Django Unchained


La Libertad


You, the Living

Dropping off from 2012:

School of Rock


In the Loop



Last Days



In America

127 Hours


Inside Job

I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

Exit Through the Gift Shop


28 Days Later…

Hotel Rwanda

Bloody Sunday


Femme Fatale

Nobody Knows

Rachel Getting Married

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Casino Royale

A Prairie Home Companion

Chicken Run

Monsters, Inc.

Black Hawk Down


Flags of Our Fathers

Old Joy

Slumdog Millionaire

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit

Maria Full of Grace

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

High Fidelity

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I Am Love

Woman on the Beach

Updated — 1 year ago

Lots of changes in the 2013 update. Enjoy!

2012 Update Complete — 2 years ago

New additions:

*The Tree of Life

*A Separation

*The Artist

*The Descendants


*Certified Copy

*Take Shelter




*Star Spangled to Death

*Another Year

*Old Joy


*The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

*Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The recently departed:

*Bright Star

*Blissfully Yours

*The Beaches of Agnes

*Battle in Heaven

*Match Point

*King Kong

*Tristram Shandy – A Cock and Bull Story

*The Fighter


*The Man Who Wasn’t There

*The Dutches of Lageais

*Before Night Falls

*12:08 East of Bucharest

*Howl’s Moving Castle

*Late Marriage

*I Heart Huckabees


2012 Update in Progress — 2 years ago

Dropped films are off, new films have been added, but some re-ordering still needs to be done, which I will pick up tomorrow.

Untitled — 3 years ago

Would it be possible to include movies dropped from previous lists, maybe at the end?

January 2011 Update — 3 years ago

All done.

50%! — 3 years ago

This is a great list, really THE list for me when it comes to recent films. Not sure how much further i’ll ever get, maybe 65%? (at least until it’s updated next year) The reason being is that there are so many foreign art films, which while I LOVE in moderation are hard to watch often. I really have to prep myself to watch films that are supposed to be slow and meticulously shot.

Anybody else working through this intriguing list?

My turn to be a pretentious asshole — 4 years ago

How could Shrek make it two steps above Silent Light?!!!

All done — 4 years ago

Reordered the last 100.

Implementing Update — 4 years ago

Done to 150, all additions and deletions made. The remaining 100 need to be reordered, that’s all.

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