top 100 films of the 21st century (so far)

my personal picks, from what i've seen. super rough order but definitely ranked

i tried to be as objective as possible, putting my preference aside for what i consider the best in all aspects. still, it is my personal ranking so preference can't be totally avoided

my own rules: no documentaries (i haven't seen enough important ones honestly) and hardly any animated. i grouped the lotr trilogy together as well for convenience

edit: updated and slightly reordered

  • Amélie

    1

  • Whiplash

    2

  • The Social Network

    3

  • The Lord of the Rings Collection

    4

  • Interstellar

    5

  • American Honey

    6

  • Synecdoche, New York

    7

  • Spirited Away

    8

  • Her

    9

  • Donnie Darko

    10

  • Inglourious Basterds

    11

  • Let the Right One In

    12

  • Before Sunset

    13

  • The Dark Knight

    14

  • Moonlight

    15

  • Columbus

    16

  • It Follows

    17

  • Mommy

    18

  • The Shape of Water

    19

  • The Tree of Life

    20

  • Drive

    21

  • Jackie

    22

  • Children of Men

    23

  • There Will Be Blood

    24

  • Inception

    25

  • Incendies

    26

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    27

  • The Fall

    28

  • The Handmaiden

    29

  • The Lobster

    30

  • Under the Skin

    31

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    32

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    33

  • Short Term 12

    34

  • Snowpiercer

    35

  • Mulholland Drive

    36

  • Stoker

    37

  • The Tribe

    38

  • Thelma

    39

  • Pariah

    40

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    41

  • Breathe

    42

  • Victoria

    43

  • The Tale

    44

  • Martyrs

    45

  • Take Shelter

    46

  • Gravity

    47

  • Lore

    48

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    49

  • City of God

    50

  • Gone Girl

    51

  • The Duke of Burgundy

    52

  • The Double

    53

  • Room

    54

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    55

  • Annihilation

    56

  • Melancholia

    57

  • Hunger

    58

  • A Single Man

    59

  • Juno

    60

  • Ghost World

    61

  • La La Land

    62

  • Son of Saul

    63

  • The Florida Project

    64

  • Death Proof

    65

  • Brick

    66

  • Lovesong

    67

  • The Prestige

    68

  • Girlhood

    69

  • Phantom Thread

    70

  • Polytechnique

    71

  • Frances Ha

    72

  • You Were Never Really Here

    73

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    74

  • Nightcrawler

    75

  • The Fits

    76

  • Carol

    77

  • The Master

    78

  • Moon

    79

  • Adaptation.

    80

  • Still Alice

    81

  • The Witch

    82

  • Rust and Bone

    83

  • Get Out

    84

  • Tangerine

    85

  • Doubt

    86

  • Brokeback Mountain

    87

  • The Hurt Locker

    88

  • Closer

    89

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    90

  • Dogville

    91

  • Mysterious Skin

    92

  • Paterson

    93

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    94

  • Enemy

    95

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    96

  • 20th Century Women

    97

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    98

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    99

  • Hereditary

    100