The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century as decided by 177 critics from 36 count

25 - Memento (2000) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

25 - Memento (2000)

Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Staring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

IMDB rating: 8.5
24 - The Master (2012) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

24 - The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Staring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

IMDB rating: 7.1
23 - Cache (2005) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

23 - Cache (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror.

Director: Michael Haneke

Staring: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou

IMDB rating: 7.3
22 - Lost in Translation (2003) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

22 - Lost in Translation (2003)

A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte, meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.

Director: Sofia Coppola

Staring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi

IMDB rating: 7.8
21 - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

21 - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

In the far reaches Eastern Europe in the former Republic of Zubrowka, there once was the Grand Budapest hotel. A writer remembers a stay at the hotel during the off season many years ago and recalls the tales he heard of the hotel's past from the elderly owner, Mr. Mustafa. He tells the young writer about how he came to acquire the hotel and of the original concierge of the Grand Budapest, M. Gustave H. Mustafa was a lobby boy at the time and accompanies Gustave to the reading of a will after one of their regular guests dies. She leaves Gustave a valuable painting but when the woman's son challenges the will, Gustave and Mustafa steal the painting setting off a series of events that will lead to Mustafa present circumstance.

Director: Wes Anderson

Staring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

IMDB rating: 8.1
20 - Synecdoche, New York (2008) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

20 - Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, N.Y., is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's own deteriorating reality.

Director: Charlie Kaufman

Staring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams

IMDB rating: 7.5
19 - Mad Max, Fury Road (2015) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

19 - Mad Max, Fury Road (2015)

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Director: George Miller

Staring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

IMDB rating: 8.1
18 - The White Ribbon (2009) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

18 - The White Ribbon (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold.

Director: Michael Haneke

Staring: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch

IMDB rating: 7.8
17 - Pans Labyrinth (2006) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

17 - Pans Labyrinth (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Staring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi Lopez

IMDB rating: 8.2
16 - Holy Motors (2012) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

16 - Holy Motors (2012)

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man... He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part - but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Celine, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He's like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives. But where is his true home, his family, his rest?

Director: Leos Carax

Staring: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes

IMDB rating: 7.1
15 - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

15 - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use a male abortionist, Bebe, who in addition to an absurd amount of money, also demands sex with both women as payment.

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Staring: Anamaria Marinca, Vlad Ivanov, Laura Vasiliu

IMDB rating: 7.9
14 - The Act of Killing (2013) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

14 - The Act of Killing (2013)

Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan, Indonesia. When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

Staring: Anwar Congo, Herman Joto, Syamsul Arifin

IMDB rating: 8.2
13 - Children of Men (2006) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

13 - Children of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth.

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Staring: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

IMDB rating: 7.9
12 - Zodiac (2007) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

12 - Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case.

Director: David Fincher

Staring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo

IMDB rating: 7.7
11 - Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

11 - Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Directors: The Coen Brothers

Staring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

IMDB rating: 7.4
10 - No Country For Old Men (2007) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

10 - No Country For Old Men (2007)

In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh, on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sherrif Ed Tom Bell blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart.

Directors: The Coen Brothers

Staring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

IMDB rating: 8.1
9 - A Separation (2011) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

9 - A Separation (2011)

Nader and Simin argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father , who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter.

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Staring: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

IMDB rating: 8.4
8 - Yi Yi (2000) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

8 - Yi Yi (2000)

Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries. NJ is morose: his brother owes him money, his mother is in a coma, his wife suffers a spiritual crisis when she finds her life a blank, his business partners make bad decisions against his advice, and he reconnects with his first love 30 years after he dumped her. His teenage daughter Ting-Ting watches emotions roil in their neighbors' flat and is experiencing the first stirrings of love. His 8-year-old son Yang-Yang is laconic like his dad and pursues truth with the help of a camera. "Why is the world so different from what we think it is?" asks Ting-Ting.

Director: Edward Yang

Staring: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata

IMDB rating: 8.1
7 - The Tree of Life (2011) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

7 - The Tree of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

Director: Terrence Malick

Staring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

IMDB rating: 6.7
6 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

6 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

Director: Michel Gondry

Staring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood

IMDB Rating: 8.3
5 - Boyhood (2014) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

5 - Boyhood (2014)

A 12 year story of Mason the Younger, and his sister, Samantha lived a rough life with their mother, Olivia, divorced with their father, Mason. Mason is always giving them advices about living a simple life, when they were hanging out on the weekends. In their American-life journey, Mason Jr. must face the reality that his parents will never be together, started when his parents chose to marry again with other persons, and he must try to focus chasing his own career and achieving his dreams, step-by-step, even when the conditions are awful and full of ugly truths.

Director: Richard Linklater

Staring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

IMDB rating: 8.0
4 - Spirited Away (2001) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

4 - Spirited Away (2001)

10 year-old Chihiro and her parents are riding along during a family outing through the countryside when they stumble across an amusement park that has seemingly been abandoned for years. Despite Chihiro's premonitions about the creepy setting, her parents explore the area and eventually discover and indulge in an empty eatery filled with fresh food. As a result of their unfaithfulness, they are magically turned into pigs, which in turn scares away Chihiro. She meets the enigmatic Haku, who explains to her that this land is actually a magical bath house, a kind of holiday resort, where supernatural beings seek comfort away from the earthly realm and she must work here, as laziness is not permitted, to free both herself and her parents from the mystical land.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Staring: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki
Staring (English Dub): Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden

IMDB rating: 8.6
3 - There Will Be Blood - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

3 - There Will Be Blood

Daniel Plainview is an oil man and spends his days harvesting the money from discovered oil. When Paul Sunday asks Plainview to dig for the oil at his family home, he finds it too hard to resist. Soon, he is up in Little Boston, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him as tension builds between Daniel and preacher, Eli Sunday as well as the greed.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds

IMDB rating: 8.1
2 - In the Mood for Love (2000) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

2 - In the Mood for Love (2000)

Set in Hong Kong, 1962, Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen, a beautiful secretary and her executive husband also move in to the crowded building. With their spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen spend most of their time together as friends. They have everything in common from noodle shops to martial arts. Soon, they are shocked to discover that their spouses are having an affair. Hurt and angry, they find comfort in their growing friendship even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong

Staring: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu

IMDB rating: 8.1
1 - Mulholland Dr. (2001) - The BBC just released their top 25 films of the 21st century

1 - Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio.

Director: David Lynch

Staring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux

IMDB rating: 8.0