The 40 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century

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25. Lost in Translation (2003)
> Director: Sofia Coppola
> Cast: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi
> RT Tomatometer: 95%
> IMDb rating: 7.7 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $45 million

Sofia Coppola was nominated for Best Director for “Lost in Translation.” The film follows a fading actor (Bill Murray) and a young, neglected wife who form an unlikely bond of friendship in Tokyo. Similarly to Campion, Coppola won an Oscar for writing the movie, but not for directing.

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24. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
> Director: Clint Eastwood
> Cast: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
> RT Tomatometer: 90%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $100 million

An impoverished, cantankerous 31-year-old waitress is determined to become a boxer, and she finds a boxing gym owner to take her on and train her. The two develop a surrogate father-daughter relationship as she hones her pugilistic skills. She’s finally ready for a championship fight against the middleweight women’s champion. Her opponent fights dirty, and finally blindsides her, knocking her into a corner stool and leaving her permanently paralyzed. Bedridden and with a leg amputated for gangrenous bed sores, she simply wants to end her life. Her trainer grants her wish.

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23. Before Sunset (2004)
> Director: Richard Linklater
> Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff
> RT Tomatometer: 94%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $6 million

Years after the whirlwind romance depicted in “Before Sunrise,” Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and CĂ©line (Julie Delpy) reunite for another romantic encounter. “Before Sunset” ranks among IMDb’s top 250 movies of all time. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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22. Leviathan (2014)
> Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
> Cast: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov
> RT Tomatometer: 97%
> IMDb rating: 7.6 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $1 million

“Leviathan” is a Russian crime drama about a man standing up to a corrupt mayor and facing the consequences. The film was nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign language film. It won the Golden Globe in the same category.

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21. No Country for Old Men (2007)
> Director: Ethan Coen
> Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
> RT Tomatometer: 93%
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Domestic gross box office: $74 million

The blood flows freely in Ethan and Joel Coen’s tale of a hunter (Josh Brolin) who finds dead drug dealers and $2 million and decides to keep the money. Javier Bardem won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as the nut-job killer who goes after the money and Brolin, leaving dead bodies along the way. The Coen brothers also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture.