‘Mad Max’ Is One of The Best Films of the 21st Century

The BBC rounded up consensus on the best movies, 2000-2016.


Despite what you have heard, film critics have a deep appreciation for all kinds of films, from high-profile blockbusters to indies made on shoestring budgets.

Case in point: the BBC just polled 177 film critics from around the world to name the “21st century’s 100 greatest films,” and it’s a motley selection with everything from David Lynch to Mad Max: Fury Road.

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“Film-making today […] is thriving artistically as much as it ever has,” the BBC wrote. “Today you’ll find greater diversity in the kinds of films being made, if not in the people who are making them.”

David Lynch’s surreal masterpiece Mulholland Drive was named the definitive best film, but popcorn fare like The Dark Knight and Inglourious Basterds still got some love.

Below is the list assembled by the BBC with some of our faves in bold.

20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)

17. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)

16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)

15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)

14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)

13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)

11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)

10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)

9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)

7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

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

5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

Check out the full list and on the BBC‘s website.