Best films of the 21st century – so far

Here is my response to A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis’ much-abused list. We’ve got some overlap, although I left documentaries off because they deserve their own ranking; that’s where you’d find In Jackson Heights, The Gleaners, Capturing the Friedmans, Stories We Tell, and others.

1. Yi-Yi (Edward Yang)
2. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
3. Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas)
4. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)
5. What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang)
6. Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman)
7. Time Regained (Raul Ruiz)
8. Kings and Queens (Arnaud Desplechin)
9. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
10. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
11. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
12. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
13. Still Life (Jia Zhangke)
14. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
15. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
16. In The Family (Patrick Wang)
17. Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas)
18. The Son (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
19. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
20. A Serious Man (Ethan and Joel Coen)
21. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)
22. Being 17 (André Techiné)
23. The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr)
24. The Lost City of Z (James Gray)
25. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)

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