The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films

INTRODUCTION
By Bill Georgaris

The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Films is an annually-updated compendium of end-of-year, end-of-decade, all-time and miscellaneous lists and ballots. This is the seventh edition. It contains, based on TSPDT's calculations, the 250 leading films (critically-speaking) from 2000 to 2013. These 250 films were the highest ranked from a starting list of 3,018 contenders.

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This year the list has remained largely the same. Only nine changes have occurred, and only seven of the nine entrants are films that appeared in 2013's end-of-year lists. This may become the trend from here on in, at least until the end-of-decade lists shake things up again at the end of 2020, or thereabouts. Having said this, Stories We Tell, American Hustle and Blue is the Warmest Colour only just missed the cut and are a strong chance to climb into 2015's edition, providing they can score some appearances on miscellaneous lists during 2014.

On a personal note, TABU (2012) by Miguel Gomes was the most impressive recent release I saw during 2013. It is a film, amongst others of course, that very much deserves a place on this 21st Century list.

I'm keeping things nice and brief this year (those who know me, know that I am a man of few words!), but I must thank everyone who contributed to the compilation of this edition and to everyone who has contacted me with their ongoing support.

TSPDT's 25 Most Critically-Acclaimed Films of 2013

1. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
2. 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Steve McQueen
3. HER
Spike Jonze
4. THE ACT OF KILLING
Joshua Oppenheimer
5. BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Richard Linklater
6. GRAVITY
Alfonso Cuarón
7. FRANCES HA
Noah Baumbach
8. STORIES WE TELL Sarah Polley
9. AMERICAN HUSTLE David O. Russell
10. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR Abdellatif Kechiche
11. A TOUCH OF SIN Jia Zhangke
12. UPSTREAM COLOR Shane Carruth
13. LEVIATHAN Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel
14. ALL IS LOST J.C. Chandor
15. SPRING BREAKERS Harmony Korine
16. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Martin Scorsese
17. BLUE JASMINE Woody Allen
18. MUSEUM HOURS Jem Cohen
19. COMPUTER CHESS Andrew Bujalski
20. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE Abbas Kiarostami
21. NEBRASKA Alexander Payne
22. NO Pablo Larrain
23. THE GRANDMASTER Wong Kar-wai
24. AT BERKELEY Frederick Wiseman
25. SHORT TERM 12 Destin Daniel Cretton

Directors with the most films in the 21st Century list:
5 - Michael Haneke.
4 - Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Steven Spielberg, Jia Zhangke, Jafar Panahi, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
3 - Pedro Almodóvar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuarón, Claire Denis, Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson, Mike Leigh, Richard Linklater, Lucrecia Martel, Christopher Nolan, Alexander Payne, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier.
See the
Top 50 Directors.

Breakdown of 250 films by Year:
2000 = 26 (-2)
2001 = 28 (no change)
2002 = 30 (-1)
2003 = 24 (no change)
2004 = 22 (-2)
2005 = 15 (+1)
2006 = 19 (no change)
2007 = 15 (-1)
2008 = 16 (no change)
2009 = 10 (-1)
2010 = 14 (-1)
2011 = 14 (no change)
2012 = 12 (+2)
2013 = 5 (+5)

Breakdown of 250 films by Country:
Argentina 4, Austria 2, Belgium 2, Brazil 1, Canada 2, China 6, Denmark 4, Finland 2, France 38, Germany 3, Greece 1, Hong Kong 3, Hungary 2, India 1, Iran 5, Ireland 1, Israel 1, Italy 1, Japan 3, Mali 1, Mexico 4, Netherlands 1, New Zealand 1, Philippines 1, Portugal 2, Romania 3, Russia 3, Senegal 1, South Korea 6, Spain 6, Sweden 4, Taiwan 5, Thailand 4, Turkey 2, United Kingdom 13, USA 111.

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