The Best Movies of the Early 21st Century


Almost a fifth of the current century has now passed, so what have been the best movies to emerge since the turn of the millennium?

Mulholland Drive

At the top of many 21st century film lists is David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” (2001). This complex, dream-like story tells of Rita, who crashes her car on Mulholland Drive and wanders, amnesic, into an apartment occupied by Betty Elms, a young actress. Intrigued by her plight, Betty embarks on a quest to help Rita recover her memory and unravel her story.


Another movie centered around memory loss is “Memento”, from the year 2000. In this chronologically jumbled masterpiece, the main protagonist battles his anterograde amnesia as he tries to trace the killers of his wife.

No Country for Old Men

The beautifully shot “No Country for Old Men” (2007) is a thought-provoking thriller that tackles weighty issues like philosophy, morals and ethics. In said movie, the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh, has an unshakable set of morals that are often demonstrably less dubious than those of his victims.

Other great movies of the century so far include:

  • The Pianist (2002)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • The Lives of Others (2006)
  • There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • A Prophet (2009)
  • Fish Tank (2009)
  • Drive (2011)
  • The Master (2012)
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Boyhood (2014)