Hollywood today seems to favor superhero movies and franchises. While many of these films certainly receive good reviews, their strength lies more in their ability to draw people to the cinema. Meanwhile, critically acclaimed films are still being made – in Hollywood, as well as overseas. And you don’t have to search hard to find them.
To determine the top 40 movies of the 21st century, 24/7 Tempo developed an index based on several metrics, including movie IMDb ratings, Rotten Tomatoes audience scores, and Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer scores. All scores have been weighted equally.
Although we are only a fifth of the way through the 21st century, thousands of films have already been released. Criminals, oil moguls, school kids, lovers, dreamers, and athletes – they’ve all been here on our list of the best movies in cinema since 2000.
Some of these films will be familiar to almost everyone, while others are more obscure but worth checking out. For those looking for even lesser-known films, here are the 40 best movies you probably never saw.
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To determine the best movies of the 21st century, 24/7 Tempo has developed an index based on several metrics from the Internet Movie Database and Rotten Tomatoes. The index is a composite of the films’ IMDb rating, the Rotten Tomatoes audience score, and the Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer score. All scores have been weighted equally.
Only films with at least 25,000 reviews on IMDb, 5,000 ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and 10 reviews from Tomatometer reviews were considered. The data was collected in mid-March 2021.
Additional data on national box office and production budgets per film comes from industry data site The Numbers.