The 40 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century

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30. The Handmaiden (2016)
> Director: Park Chan-wook
> Cast: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Cho Jin-woong
> RT Tomatometer: 95%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $2 million

Park Chan-wook transposes Sarah Waters’ crime novel “Fingersmith” from Victorian London to Korea in the 1930s. The film follows a woman who is hired as a handmaiden but is secretly working to defraud her employer.

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29. Talk to Her (2002)
> Director: Pedro Almodóvar
> Cast: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti
> RT Tomatometer: 91%
> IMDb rating: 7.9 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $9 million

“Talk to Her” tells the story of two men, a nurse and a writer, who bond over being infatuated with two women in deep comas. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish drama won an Oscar for best original screenplay. It was also nominated for best director.

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28. The Great Beauty (2013)
> Director: Paolo Sorrentino
> Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
> RT Tomatometer: 91%
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $3 million

“The Great Beauty” centers on an aging writer going through an existential crisis. After spending much of his life reveling in Rome’s nightlife, he is now looking for a new meaning in the world around him. The Italian drama won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2014.

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27. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
> Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
> Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
> RT Tomatometer: 92%
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $13 million

Directed by the Coen Brothers, “Inside Llewyn Davis” follows a young singer on his journey of trying to make it in the folk music industry. The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category.

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26. The Hurt Locker (2008)
> Director: Kathryn Bigelow
> Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
> RT Tomatometer: 97%
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $17 million

Kathryn Bigelow made history at the Oscars in 2010. Her low-budget, apolitical Iraq war film “The Hurt Locker” won a total of six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Bigelow is the first woman — and so far the only one — to win the Best Director award at the Oscars. The movie follows three American soldiers, members of a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad, who are at the end of their tours.