The 40 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century

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35. Inception (2010)
> Director: Christopher Nolan
> Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page
> RT Tomatometer: 87%
> IMDb rating: 8.8 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $293 million

“Smart, innovating, and thrilling,” is the critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes as it goes on praising this complex sci-fi mystery about a thief who can enter the dreams of others and steal their ideas — and ultimately maybe implant new ones. Critics applied words like “spectacular,” “endlessly fascinating,” and “awesomely original.”

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34. Oldboy (2003)
> Director: Park Chan-wook
> Cast: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-Tae, Kang Hye-jeong
> RT Tomatometer: 82%
> IMDb rating: 8.4 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $1 million

The first of two movies on this list directed by Park Chan-wook, “Oldboy” follows a man who, after being held captive for 15 years, is released and now goes on a mission to find the people who kidnapped him and held him captive. “Violent and definitely not for the squeamish, Park Chan-Wook’s visceral ‘Oldboy’ is a strange, powerful tale of revenge,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.

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33. Get Out (2017)
> Director: Jordan Peele
> Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
> RT Tomatometer: 98%
> IMDb rating: 7.7 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $176 million

“Get Out” is Jordan Peele’s biting and provocative social commentary that is, at turns, a comedy and a horror movie. Peele became the first African American to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The film has a 98% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 86% approval rating from audiences.

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32. Moonlight (2016)
> Director: Barry Jenkins
> Cast: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes
> RT Tomatometer: 98%
> IMDb rating: 7.4 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $28 million

“Moonlight” follows the life of a young African-American named Chiron as he struggles to reconcile himself with his sexual identity, beginning in childhood and leading up through his adult years. Chiron is relentlessly bullied, helped by a Puerto Rican drug dealer who watches out for him, he comes to terms with who he is, and reconciles with his drug addict mother and the school friend who had once beaten him up.

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31. Ida (2013)
> Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
> Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
> RT Tomatometer: 96%
> IMDb rating: 7.4 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $4 million

“Ida” is the black-and-white devastating story of a new nun who goes on a trip in 1962 to Poland with the mission to discover what happened to her Jewish parents. The Polish drama won the Oscar for best foreign movie in 2015.