The Best Films of the New Millennium

There was a thread in the filmspotting forums that discussed the best films of the millennium,I got to thinking: "What are the best films of the millennium?" I had already submitted a couple of preliminary lists but those weren't really representative of my current state of mind. So I made this list it to try to atone for that. I'm kind of gravitating toward something more purely cinematic and less... not? Not all of these are examples of that. Some of them are just films that are dear to my heart for whatever reason. Anyway...

50. Ping Pong (Fumihiko Sori, 2002)

49. Woman is the Future of Man (Hong Sang-soo, 2004)

48. Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, 2005)

47. Su-ki-da (Hiroshi Ishikawa, 2005)

46. Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr, 2000)

45. Still Life (Jia Zhang-ke, 2006)

44. The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, 2004)

43. Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-Dong, 2007)

42. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)

41. The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-liang, 2005)

40. Chop Shop (Ramin Bahrani, 2007)

39. Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2007)

38. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

37. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)

36. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Ki-Duk Kim, 2003)

35. Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay, 2002)

34. Kill Bill (Quentin Tarantino, 2003/2004)

33. Millennium Actress (Satoshi Kon, 2001)

32. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)

31. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001)

30. Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2004)

29. Three Times (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2005)

28. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuaron, 2001)

27. Friday Night (Claire Denis, 2002)

26. 3-Iron (Ki-Duk Kim, 2004)

25. Last Life in the Universe (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 2003)

24. House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou, 2004)

23. Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin, 2004)

22. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai, 2004)

21. The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2002)

20. Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant, 2007)

19. Lilya 4-ever (Lukas Moodyson, 2002)

18. Volver (Pedro Almodovar, 2006)

17. The Happiness of the Katakuris (Takashi Miike, 2001)

16. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)

15. L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2005)

14. Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004)

13. Mind Game (Masaaki Yuasa, 2004)

12. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)

11. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)

10. Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2001)

9. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar, 2002)

8. In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)

7. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)

6. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

5. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)

4. All The Real Girls (David Gordon Green, 2003)

3. All About Lily Chou-Chou (Shunji Iwai, 2001)

2. Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)

1. Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)

I think I'm starting to look at film a little differently. I'm not sure, honestly.
Something is happening though and that very fact is worth mentioning...

Anyway, criticize me plz.


jk said...

is the something different more minimalist film? i reckon about a third of your films would fall into that camp (without going back over them to get a better numerical sense). also, love the Tennenbaums frame. are these frames all readily available online, or do you search through each film to find one you want to use? nice list


roujin said...

There's probably something more minimalistic going on (see: all the asian stuff pretty much). But I think there's something to it more than that. Whatever.

The stills are probably available online. A lot of them are from dvdbeaver. Some were found in a private community.


1minutefilmreview said...

Great! Nice selection of films.

Tim said...

Nice one.


Anonymous said...

Pan's Labyrinth?
The Namesake?!

c'mon man!
nice list though.

S said...

I think there's more going on than just more minimalist films. I'd love to hear what it is you think makes these films so special (for you).

Also, you need to watch Still Life again. As it stands, its too far down on the list :).


Roadside Attractions said...

I'm so glad you dug 'Chop Shop.' Be sure to check out Bahrani's latest film 'Goodbye Solo' when it opens in theaters on March 27th. Roger Ebert calls it "a force of nature" and The New York Times' A.O. Scott says it has "an uncanny ability to enlarge your perception of the world." You can check out the trailer and theater listing at www.goodbyesolomovie.com.